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Friday, March 29, 2013

Swatches + Review: Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette in Eye On Dazzling Color 03

  • more affordable compared to palettes from other brands, such as Mac or Urban Decay
  • these eyeshadows have not been tested on animals
  • non-sparkly eyeshadows feel silky and buttery
  • non-sparkly eyeshadows have great color payoff (when used with a primer)
  • non-sparkly eyeshadows applies smoothly
  • blends easily
  • lasts at least 8 hours without fading (when worn with a primer)
  • doesn't crease when used with a primer
  • sparkly eyeshadows are sheer, but they compliment the non-sparkly eyeshadows very well

  • fallouts during application
  • palette gets really dusty and messy 
  • palette is bulky because there are step-by-step instructions that slide out on the side

The Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette in 03 Eye On Dazzling Color comes with step-by-step instructions on how to create 3 different looks, which can be useful for those who are makeup beginners, but it also makes the palette bulky. (Sonia Kashuk recently revamped the packaging of her other eyeshadow palettes and removed the instructions.) 

It comes with 7 pigmented shimmery shades, 1 pigmented shimmery shade with sparkles (the last eyeshadow in the 4th row) and 4 sheer sparkly shades (the entire 2nd column). The eyeshadows are numbered 1 to 12 and they don't have individual names, which I don't mind because the quality of these eyeshadows are amazing for the price. The non-sparkly eyeshadows have great color payoff when used with a primer, and they all apply smoothly & blend easily. 

The sparkly shades don't feel as silky smooth as the other shades, but the texture is not gritty or chunky at all. They contain tiny microglitters that leave a sparkly and wet finish. They're very sheer, but I find that they compliment the shimmery shades very well. I love applying the sparkly shades on top of the shimmery shades to create a shiny metallic finish. It looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the way that they make my eyes sparkle and glisten, especially under direct lighting. The swatches are not doing them any justice! >_<

I recommend applying these eyeshadows before your foundation because there will be fallouts during application. Because of this reason, the palette also gets dusty easily. To minimize the amount of fallouts, tap off any excess from your brush before applying. I really don't mind the fallouts because I can easily wipe off the mess with makeup remover. 

As for the longevity, they last at least 8 hours without fading or creasing when worn with a primer underneath. (I always wear a primer underneath my eyeshadows because I have oily lids.)

(Click to enlarge to read the ingredients list.)

Bottom Line: I'm usually not a fan of glitter, but the sparkly shades blew me away because I love how they make my eyes sparkle and the shiny metallic finish looks amazing. This is a must-have for those who love to create dramatic and smokey eye looks. 

Note: The Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette (0.34oz/9.6g) retails $19.99 and is only available at Target. It is currently on clearance for $16.98 and will be discontinued.

Do you prefer colorful or matte palettes?

*This post contains affiliate links. The product mentioned was purchased by me, using my own funds.


  1. Really love the look of this if only you could get it in the UK.

    Jazzie x

  2. Sonia Kashuk needs to go to the UK and other countries outside the US. I love the quality that she offers and they're at an affordable price too!

  3. The colors in this palette are perfect everyday shades. I like to mix matte colors with satin ones and save shimmers for evening.

  4. I love use shimmery shadows too, especially a shimmery beige shadow like MAC Shroom in the inner corner of my eyes to brighten them up.


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