Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette | Golden Hour

I've been on quite the eyeshadow kick lately. I went from not wearing any every single day to hoarding a bunch of palettes. One of my latest favorites has been the Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Hour - the Cover Shot Palettes are a collection of seven small palettes in various colorways to create different looks. I was immediately drawn to the shades in the Golden Hour palette, and once I swatched it in store it just had to be mine.

The Golden Hour palette comes with two matte shades and six shimmer shades, ranging from a pale champagne to a deep eggplant. The shades included go beautifully together, and as the name suggests, remind me of a sunset. If you were looking to do more elaborate looks, you may need to dip into another palette for more mattes, but for the simple looks I do on a day to day basis, the included shades are perfect. They're super soft and buttery to the touch and blend well without any patchiness. The deeper shades have slightly less pigmentation than the lighter ones, but for someone like me who doesn't like to do dramatic eye looks, this is perfect and actually makes me more likely to use every shade in the palette. They crease a tiny bit on me by the end of the day, but there's only one or two eyeshadow formulas I've found that don't crease at all on me, so minimal creasing is fine in my book.

I've heard some people complain about the packaging, and while it does feel a little cheap, it's not a dealbreaker for me. I don't feel like it's going to fall apart on me, and I love that it's a good size to take along with you when traveling - it's about the size of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palettes. The holographic design on the lid is a super cool touch, too. Overall I've really been loving this palette, so much so that I convinced my sister she needed one in her life (she went for the Soft Light palette). As someone who doesn't wear tons of eyeshadow I appreciate the curated selection of shades, small size, and more affordable price tag.

Have you tried any of the Cover Shot Eye Palettes?