Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette! – Photos, Swatches, First Impression

For Christmas this year, I asked for the Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette. I had seen the ad for it at Ulta and immediately looked up reviews and swatches. I don’t have any large palettes that have a big variety of colors so I’ve been looking for one to add to my collection. This palettes has 30 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, and a bronzer. The eyeshadow colors looked amazing! The palette also came with 4 cards for different eye looks you could do. I have seen palettes do this before, but the unique thing about this one is that the cards didn’t say to use specific colors – just colors 1, 2, 3, 4. The idea is that you can lay the card over any 4 shadows in the palette that are next to each other in a row and the look will work for that. I thought it was really cool that the colors are arranged that way!

First impression: All of the shadows (as well as the blushes and bronzer) are really pigmented and soft. Some of the darker colors are a tiny bit chalky, but it’s nothing that prevents them from being able to work with and create a good look. The top row of shadows has mostly matte browns that are very wearable and the lighter ones make good midtone and transition shades. I’m not a huge fan of the second row (warm peachy/orange shades) because I gravitate toward cooler shades for eyeshadow. I do like the shade Umber though – it’s a pretty unique shade of brown that almost has dark green undertones. The third row has some really nice blues and greens and I love the fourth row!! Beautiful pinks and purples with a nice pearly-pink shade. The bottom row is by far my favorite! It has some awesome silvers and grays and a gorgeous taupe!! The blushes are really pretty and 2 out of the 3 are matte, which is great because I prefer matte blushes. The bronzer is also matte and a nice shade that isn’t too orange or too dark for me since I have really fair skin.

The packaging isn’t the best. It’s that common cheap cardboard outside that I’ve seen on a lot of palettes. I wish the palette snapped shut and propped open better. I usually have to hold it open with my other hand while I use it. The cardboard backing on the original one I got for Christmas actually started separating on one of the sides so I had to exchange it. The outside also dents easily, as you can see in the bottom center of it in the picture below. The palette does have a nice big mirror though!

Closed palette

Closed palette

Open palette

Open palette

Palette with label insert

Palette with label insert

Eye look cards

Eye look cards

Palette with eye look card

How to use the eye look card with any adjacent 4 colors

I apologize about the lighting and shadows in the photos below – it was really sunny today! Also I’m sorry it’s hard to see some of the lighter shades on my pale arms haha

Row 1, left to right: beige, almond, golden, chestnut, fawn, chocolate

Row 1, left to right: beige, almond, golden, chestnut, fawn, chocolate

Row 2, left to right: taupe, peach, citrine, orange, red, umber

Row 2, left to right: taupe, peach, citrine, orange, red, umber

Row 3, left to right: maize, mint, turquoise, green, blue, dark blue

Row 3, left to right: maize, mint, turquoise, green, blue, dark blue

Row 4, left to right: pearl, pink, lavender, violet, purple, black

Row 4, left to right: pearl (super pretty!), pink, lavender, violet, purple, black

Row 5, left to right: silver, grey, slate (my favorite!!), brown, pewter, glitz

Row 5, left to right: silver, grey, slate (my favorite!!), brown, pewter, glitz

I really wanted to do a few looks using the cards and show you but I didn’t get a chance to play around with it enough before I had eye surgery last Wednesday. I can’t wear makeup on my right eye and I kind of look like a zombie :/ Maybe I’ll do some looks with this palette in a separate post after I recover.

What I look like right now...

What I look like right now…

Perfect Palette Tag!

Okay so I’m going to do this post since it doesn’t involve me taking my own pictures and I can use pictures from online!

1.) Best Packaging – Naked 2: It was hard to decide between this and Lorac Pro because Lorac is much sleeker, but I like that Naked 2 snaps closed and has a space for a brush (I’ll often put a brush there when traveling but I don’t use the brush the palette came with). Plus the Naked 2 mirror is bigger.

2.) Best Color Payoff – Lorac Pro: Again, it was hard to choose between this and Naked 2. A lot of beauty gurus on YouTube have been choosing their UD shadows for this one, but I think the Lorac Pro is better because the shimmers are a lot softer. UD shadows are great except when they have a lot of glitter, so I would say overall Lorac Pro is better because every shadow in the palette has great payoff and not just most of them.

3.) Most Versatile – Naked 2/Lorac Pro: couldn’t decide! I wanted to go with a neutral palette because I personally think neutrals are more versatile than bright colors (which is why I didn’t choose my Sigma Creme de Couture for this one). Part of me wants to say Lorac Pro because it has half matte and half shimmer, and a variety of tones and neutral colors. The other part of me wants to say Naked 2 because the colors are more unique. So I’m just gunna go with both 🙂

*** NOTE: When I get the Smashbox Wondervision Mega palette for Christmas I would definitely say that one. It has 30 shadows that are colors but still a good amount of neutrals to combine with, a combination of mattes and shimmers, plus 3 blushes and a bronzer. Can’t wait to get it and use it!!

4.) Best for Travel – Too Faced Naked Eye: Any neutral palette is good for travel but I chose this one because the shape of the palette is great. While Lorac Pro and Naked 2 are slimmer, Naked Eye fits in my makeup bags better because it’s smaller.

5.) Biggest Regret – Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Nude: I discussed products I regret buying and mentioned why I regret buying this here. Zero pigmentation!! Sucks because it would be perfect for traveling since it’s so tiny but still has 9 shadows, plus it’s neutral. But neutral means nothing if you can’t see the shades!

6.) Best Color Names – Too Faced Naked Eye: Too Faced is one of those brands that has fantastic names. UD is good too, but for these palettes, Too Faced was better. Naked Eye has scandalous sexual names (because the palette is called “Naked”): In The Buff, Birthday Suit, Pink Cheeks, Pillow Talk, Satin Sheets, Lap Dance, Like A Virgin, Unmentionables, Stiletto

7.) Least Used – Urban Decay Skull palette: I bought this because it was on sale and had some UD shades I wanted. The shades I was after are Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Chopper (which I ended up getting later when I bought the Naked 2 anyway), Shattered (duotone turquoise/gold), Blunt, and Twice Baked. I also thought Vert and Grifter were cool shades to have. The quality of these shadows are typical UD – good unless they have a lot of glitter. I just hardly reach for this because I mostly stick to neutral looks, for which I pull out my all-neutral palettes for. I only ever reach for this to use Vert, Shattered, or Grifter which isn’t often.

8.) Most Used, Most Loved, Desert Island:  Naked 2! For the fourth time (half the questions of this tag), I was choosing between Naked 2 and Lorac Pro. I originally got Naked 2 instead of the original Naked because I prefer cooler toned colors to warmer tones. In the Naked 2, I love and often use every color except Chopper and Foxy. I just don’t like the yellow tone of Foxy and I don’t like the copper tone and micro-glitter formula of Chopper. In the Lorac Pro, I have never used Gold or Garnet, and I rarely use Taupe, Sable, Light Bronze, and Espresso. When it comes to shades I’m totally crazy about, Naked 2 has a little more of these than Lorac Pro. So overall I would just rather have Naked 2 if I had to choose just one!

*** THESE PICTURES ARE NOT MINE! *** Unless I linked to another post from this blog, I got these pictures from Google Images.

Lorac Pro Palette (swatches from Temptalia here):

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

UD Naked 2 Palette (swatches from Temptalia here):

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

See the Too Faced Naked Eye Palette and swatches from my September Favorites post here

UD Skull Palette:

Urban Decay Skull Palette

Urban Decay Skull Palette

Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette:

Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette

Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette

and a few swatches from it:

Wondervision Mega Palette swatches

Wondervision Mega Palette swatches

Sigma Limited Edition Créme de Couture palette!

This is the first palette I’ve purchased from Sigma. It was $32.00 and has 16 colors that are all matte and mostly pastel, candy color shades. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like you can get the palette right now but I really wanted to show some swatches. The shadows are all fairly pigmented but I don’t think they are as good quality as the Sigma single eyeshadows. But I do feel like you get a decent quality for the price. You’re pretty much paying $2 for each shadow in the palette so that’s not as pricey as other colored palettes like Urban Decay for example.

I bought this palette because I thought it had a nice range of colors and I liked that they were all matte. I feel like it’s difficult to find palettes with colored shadows without most of the shadows being shimmery or glittery. I especially really love the purples and blues in this palette and I think they would go well with a lot of my colored eyeliners and mascaras (colored mascara collection post coming soon!). I didn’t have that many colored shadows in my collection so this was definitely a good addition.

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L to R: Redberry Rose, Apricot Flower, Passion Fruit, Cherry Blossom

Row 1, L to R: Redberry Rose, Apricot Flower, Passion Fruit, Cherry Blossom

L to R: Meyer Lemon, Ginger Pumpkin, Cafe au Lait, Blueberry Cream

Row 2, L to R: Meyer Lemon, Ginger Pumpkin, Cafe au Lait, Blueberry Cream

L to R: Violet Whip, Lavender Honey, Cassis, Elderberry

Row 3, L to R: Violet Whip, Lavender Honey, Cassis, Elderberry

L to R: Blue Chocolat, Almond Pear, Creme de Menthe, Citron Pistachio

Row 4, L to R: Blue Chocolat, Almond Pear, Creme de Menthe, Citron Pistachio

BIG HAUL! Ulta, Sephora, Sigma, M.A.C

I went a little crazy when I got paid last week 😀

Here’s a list of all the stuff I bought! Swatches shown where appropriate (:

Face:

Face products

Face products

  • Lorac CC Cream in Light…as if my pale face would be any other shade haha.
  • Benefit B.Right Radiant Skincare 6 Piece Intro Kit – Mini sizes of these products: Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, It’s Potent Eye Cream, Total Moisture Facial Cream, Triple Performing Facial Emulsion, Refined Finish Facial Polish
  • Nyx Stick Blush in Pink Poppy
  • Nyx Cream Blush in Glow
  • Sigma F82 Round Kabuki
  • Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour (SOOO good for blush and super soft!)
Right: Nyx Creme Blush in Glow, Left: Nyx Stick Blush in Pink Poppy

Right: Nyx Creme Blush in Glow, Left: Nyx Stick Blush in Pink Poppy

Both the Nyx blushes are cream formula but I can tell just from swatching that the Creme Blush is more pigmented than the Stick Blush. I was able to achieve the color payoff on the right swatch in the picture above with only one press of my finger into the product and then just spreading it along my hand. The swatch from the Stick Blush required 4 strokes of the product (I swatched straight from the blush itself since it’s stick form makes it work like a large chapstick). However, the Creme blush has a pretty moist formula and seems like it would need to be set if it’s not blended out all the way. The Stick Blush doesn’t seem like it would need to be set though. Another thing I should mention is that the Creme Blush (at least for Glow) doesn’t have any sparkle but the Stick Blush does (at least for Pink Poppy). I don’t really like sparkly blush but I’ll see how it is when I actually wear it.

Face with no makeup

Face with no makeup

Face with 1 layer of Lorac CC Cream

Face with 1 layer of Lorac CC Cream

Face with 3 layers of Lorac CC Cream

Face with 3 layers of Lorac CC Cream

So far I’ve found that the Lorac CC Cream is actually pretty sheer. However it blends out perfectly and doesn’t cling to large pores or dry areas. It’s pretty buildable so I find I can really “color correct” my redness after a few layers. But it is kind of a let down because I expected it to have more coverage without having to build it up so much.

Eyes:

Eye Products

Eye Products

  • Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow quad in #740 Seashells
  • Clinique Bottom Lash mascara in Black
  • Sephora Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in #07 Infinite Beige
  • Stila eyeshadow in Kitten (Such a popular product I felt I just needed it to complete my life haha.)
  • MAC Pro Palette (holds 15 shadows)
  • MAC eyeshadows: Copperplate, Naked Lunch, Retrospeck, Greensmoke, Shadowy Lady, Shale, Satin Taupe
  • MAC eyebrow pencil in Fling
  • Sigma E30 Pencil (GREAT for outer corner work.)
  • Sigma E35 Tapered Blending (I have never blended so well until I used this! Especially great for crease work.)
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash mascara

Been using this and it’s PERFECT for what it is – tiny wand so I can get each little lash without smudging all over my lash line.

Stila Kitten eyeshadow

Stila Kitten eyeshadow

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty swatches of Kitten before! It’s your everyday shimmery pink/nude eyeshadow that looks good on anyone. But honestly this is probably the best eyeshadow formula I’ve ever tried. SUPER soft!

Sephora Infinite Beige Kohl Pencil

Sephora Infinite Beige Kohl Pencil

I got this just because I needed a nude eyeliner to make my eyes look more bright and awake and I feel like white eyeliner looks a little too unnatural for me. This is nothing special but it does the job. Also, the pencil itself is pretty long so I’m sure it’ll last me a while. It was only $9 – not too high but not too cheap – and I’d say you get what you pay for with this.

Revlon Seashells

Revlon Seashells

The individual colors of the Revlon quad don’t have names but here are the descriptions of what’s pictured left to right:

  • shimmery nude with a hint of peach
  • slightly shimmery cream-white
  • matte warm soft pink
  • light matte taupe

Definitely colors of seashells! It’s hard to see the colors of the matte shades because they kind of blend in with my skin tone but all the shades are pretty pigmented. Revlon is one of my favorite drugstore brands and this product is consistent with their usual quality. I would say this is a great buy for only $6 and the colors are all very wearable shades.

MAC eyeshadows from left to right: Retrospeck, Naked Lunch, Shale, Copperplate, Greensmoke, Satin Taupe, Shadowy Lady

MAC eyeshadows from left to right: Retrospeck, Naked Lunch, Shale, Copperplate, Greensmoke, Satin Taupe, Shadowy Lady

I haven’t tried out all of the MAC shadows yet, but I know I really need to stop buying colors like Retrospeck – I have like 5 eyeshadows around that shade now!

Revlon creme shadows used as bases. Naked Lunch on lid, Retrospeck on mid lid, Copperplate in crease and outer corner

Revlon creme shadows used as bases. Naked Lunch on lid, Retrospeck on mid lid, Copperplate in crease and outer corner

Today I wore the soft pink Revlon shade on my lid and the taupe shade in the outer corner/crease area. Then I applied Naked lunch over the pink on the lid and Retrospeck to the mid lid (Retrospeck looks really pretty over light pink). I used a light hand and blended a little bit of Copperplate in to the crease and then used a heavy hand and a pencil brush to put copperplate in the outer corner. I REALLY love Copperplate. It can be a nice light gray or a bold dark gray depending on how you want to apply it. And it’s completely matte which is nice. I’ll let you know how I like the rest of the colors when I wear them 🙂

eyebrows before filling in

eyebrow before filling in

eyebrows after filling in with MAC Fling pencil

eyebrow after filling in with MAC Fling pencil

Clearly filling in my brows is a crucial step for me!

Lips: (I’m trying to break out of my comfort zone and wear more lipstick!)

Lip Products

Lip Products

  • Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in #18 Coral
  • MAC lipstick in Ravishing (Cremesheen finish)
Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Coral

I REALLY love Aqua Rouge even though I hate wearing stuff on my lips. It dries really fast and is very pigmented. I find that if I only use about a layer on my lips then I can barely feel it and it doesn’t come off, like at all. If I kiss my hand, there is no product transfer. It takes about 2 mins to dry and once it’s dry, it’s not budging. I tried to wash off the hand swatch shortly about 2 minutes taking the picture and it basically won’t come off at all unless I use actual makeup remover. I drank from a can while wearing it and it only left a little bit of a mark. Expensive ($24) but pretty worth it. And who doesn’t love wearing coral in the spring and summer?

MAC Ravishing

MAC Ravishing

MAC Ravishing

MAC Ravishing

Ravishing is a softer, less bright of a peachy coral shade. It has a cremesheen finish so it stays pretty creamy on the lips. It doesn’t dry the way Aqua Rouge does and it definitely transfers when I kiss my hand or eat/drink anything. Personally this is what I don’t like about lipsticks is having to worry about them getting messed up and wearing off. If I know I’m not planning to eat or drink anything then I would reach for this but Aqua Rouge is much more wearable for me.

June Favorites – my first post!

Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to buy a lot of new products this month – but the products I did buy I have really loved!

Face:

  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer: I like this so much I’ve already hit pan! I have big bags under my eyes which are also pretty dark, so a good concealer is a necessity for me. In the past I’ve used Benefit’s Erase Paste under my eyes. While the salmon color really provided a nice contrast to my dark circles, I felt that Erase Paste moved around too much. I definitely couldn’t use it without a setting powder, and when I tried to set it, it didn’t really stay in the places where I needed it most. I decided to try out something that felt more solid on my face. Boi-ing has a thicker consistency. I apply it with my finger by using a patting motion where I need it. It blends out very nicely this way and also STAYS PUT. It doesn’t need to be set as badly as Erase Paste, but I still set it because I tend to rub around my eyes a lot throughout the day. I use Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish powder on a Real Techniques multi-task brush or an Elf kabuki. The concealer doesn’t crease and I can also use it on blemishes (unlike Erase Paste, Boi-ing isn’t a salmon color so it’s more versatile). I’ve found that I can go all day without needing to reapply as well. I definitely recommend Boi-ing if you’re looking for a good concealer.

Eyes:

  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-Tini: I was looking for a cream eyeshadow in a pretty lid color that I could use alone or as a base. I swatched every cream eyeshadow in Sephora that came in a beige/cream/champagne type of color. Almost every one I tried had a LOT of glitter fallout and not enough color. This one really stood out because it didn’t have as much glitter in the formula and had a nice metallic frosty finish. There wasn’t enough glitter to even have any fallout. I apply it with my finger and it glides nicely onto the lid and doesn’t crease (just like the name says!). With this product I found exactly what I was looking for in a cream eyeshadow and it looks great on its own. When used under a powder shadow, it adds a nice sheen to the color.
  • L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte: I absolutely love this eyeshadow over Bikini-Tini. The combination gives my lids a fantastic metallic pop – great on the inner corner as well. On it’s own, Iced Latte is still just as awesome. It’s a beautiful champagne frost. I really like it for summer but I would definitely wear it any day of the year. The formula is very interesting too. The powder is sort of loose but the packaging includes a plastic stopper that presses the powder down and packs it together. It’s extremely soft and smooth. It can be applied with a brush but I find I get better color payoff by using my finger.
left: Bikini-Tini, right: Iced Latte

left: Bikini-Tini, right: Iced Latte

Iced Latte layered over Bikini-Tini on lid

Iced Latte layered over Bikini-Tini on lid

Lips:

  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine: Okay, one thing you should know about me is that I rarely wear anything on my lips besides lip balms – I definitely don’t wear colors on a regular basis. Unlike my face and eyes, I use my mouth to talk/eat/drink throughout the day so I just don’t like putting makeup on it. I don’t like having to worry about smearing the color or getting lipstick on my teeth or getting food around it. And I NEVER wear lip gloss because I can’t stand wearing something that sticky. That being said, I am trying to get used to certain lip products so I can branch out and wear more color on my lips. I found a steal on Amazon where I got a full sized NARS blush, lip pencil, and gloss (which I will probably give to someone) for $40. You can buy the set here. The pencil is very smooth and doesn’t bother me too much. I really like the color because it’s not too dark or bright and is only slightly darker than my actual lips are. It’s very wearable and doesn’t smear too much, but it doesn’t dry completely either.
Sex Machine

Sex Machine

Nails:

  • Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI: Despite the name, I find this color is more blue than green. It doesn’t look anything like the picture online unless they changed the color. It’s a very light blue color and a nice mint shade for spring and summer. If you’re interested in a drugstore dupe, it’s pretty close to Sally Hansen’s Breezy Blue from the Hard As Nails line. OPI’s formula is great, of course. Even though the color is pretty light, it’s not streaky like a lot of Essie polishes are. I only have to apply two coats and three if I want it really opaque.
  • Zoya Pixiedust in Godiva: This is the first Zoya nail polish I’ve tried and it definitely won’t be the last. I bought this after watching Rachel Whitehurst talk about how awesome it was and she wasn’t exaggerating. The formula is FANTASTIC. It’s not gritty like a lot of glitter polishes and with a thick top coat it feels smooth. It paints very evenly and dries quickly. Two coats is sufficient but I usually do three for full opacity. The color is very pretty and wearable. It’s a nice beige and the champagne sparkle really makes it a fun color to wear.
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps: This is a great base coat. It’s pretty thin, doesn’t get sticky, and dries very quickly.
  • Sally Hansen Dries Instantly: When I use this, my nail polish doesn’t chip nearly as soon as it used to. I like to apply a thick coat of this to really make my nails nice and smooth. If your polish chips after a day, try this top coat.
Godiva and Gargantuan Green Grape

Godiva and Gargantuan Green Grape

Hair:

  • One ‘n Only Argan Oil Spray: This stuff is GREAT for frizz. The roots of my bangs tend to get frizzy after I wash my hair so I started spraying this all up on the roots and now they just get wavy when my hair dries. I also spray it on the ends of my hair and I find it leaves them feeling pretty soft. This product can also be used on dry hair for smoothing if used sparingly.
  • One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask: After accidentally doing a permanent dip dye on the ends of my hair with Kool-aid (long story…the moral of it is don’t boil the water if you’re dying your hair with Kool-aid), I ended up bleaching them twice and dying over the bleach to try and get my natural color back.  My ends are pretty dry and damaged, so I use this every week and leave it in for 10 minutes. I’ve found that it’s kept the damage to a minimum and you wouldn’t be able to tell I bleached my ends twice just from the texture or appearance of them.

That’s all my favorites for this month 🙂 I know this was pretty long, but I like to go into detail! Thanks for reading!