I love having a eyeshadow palette to play with, All the colours I need in one place, and not necessarily ones I have chosen like my Mac palette for example, but colours that have been put together for me that compliment each other, making eyeshadow looks pretty effortless.
The newest addition to my makeup bag is the Smashbox Softbox. The palette contains 9 eyeshadows, 2 cream eyeliners, a double ended brush and and mini Photo Finish Eyelid Primer
I'm not going to swatch the colours because I fail at swatches but the colours are (from left to right) Nectar, Vanilla, Flirt, Lucky Penny, Sugar, Stone, Sienna, Nude, Truffle and the eyeliners and in Bronze and Taupe. There is also a small leaflet inside which gives you ideas for different looks.
Apparently the concept of the palette is based on one particular Studio in the Smashbox Studios it's called the Softbox, and the roof rolls back letting natural (soft, flattering) daylight into the studio, and hence the name Softbox. The colours in the palette are supposed to be equally soft and flattering to wear.
The main thing that first struck me about these colours is that they actually feel soft. It's hard to describe but they are so velvety and easy to blend. I also like that there are cream eyeliners in the palette too which makes it a good idea for travelling.
However, having said that, I have been quite disappointed with this palette. I find that I get quite a bit of fallout from the colours onto my cheeks, even when using matte colours, and the shades just aren't WOW enough for me. If I use my Bobbi Brown or Mac shadows I will look at my eyes during the day and think how nice they look but with this I honestly looked and wanted to start over again! The shadows all seem to mix together and look blah. It could be that the shades don't go with my colouring, I don't know.
It might of course be suitable for someone else, it's just not want I want in a palette and it has made me want the Urban Decay Naked palette instead. I'd been holding off getting it, telling myself that I really didn't need it...but I do!
If you do want to try this palette it costs £30.00, it's currently quite hard to get hold of in the UK but you can use the magic of Google and see where have it in stock. I bought mine from QVC which is great because it means I can return it for a full refund, even though I've used it.
Have you tried the Softbox palette? Do you recommend the Naked palette?