Smashbox’s fall collection is called Reign, and I confess, I was instantly attracted to the ornate, Juicy Couture-esque packaging (don’t judge me). The paletted items come bound in faux leather — perhaps a posh, Ralph Lauren nod to back-to-school.
The collection begins with a pair of eyeshadow palettes ($42): Majesty and Monarch. Each palette has three eyeshadow pans, with a shimmery shade on the outer ring, and a less shimmery shade (but not always matte) inside. You’d never know it by looking, but these shadows are baked — and can be used wet or dry.
The collection also offers a Jet Set Palette ($48), with four shades of their waterproof cream liner: matte black, matte dark brown, metallic gold, and metallic brown. I also appreciate that each pair of liners in the palette has a snap-top lid to protect against drying out. However, I didn’t swatch these because the testers I found were a little too well-loved.
If you’ve never tried Jet Set before, it’s a really nice cream liner with great staying power. Its consistency is a little firmer than Clinique’s Brush-On Liner or Bobbi Brown’s Long-wear Gel Liner. Jet Set Liners are $22 individually.
Reign includes a totally tempting Fusion Blush called Regal ($32). The peachy powder contains both matte and shimmer sections, and though I would have thought matte + shimmer = shimmer, I didn’t notice much shimmer as I was swatching.
There’s also a new lipgloss ($18), a pretty peach called Crowned.