Today I bring to you a palette from the Smashbox Image Factory line.  There are two shadow palettes included- Muse and Icon.  Muse is a soft, wearable and warm neutral palette that is perfect for fall.  Icon is sultry and smoldering and contains more dramatic shades.  
If you want to check out the collection, you can see them on Smashbox’s website here.  They are each available for $39 and contain 6 shades, so each shadow ends up retailing for about $6.50.

Gotta love the artsy packaging!
Here are the colors in the palette- there are 3 shimmers, and 3 mattes.  The shimmer shades are the top left, and the bottom two left.  The matte shades are the 2 top right and the bottom right shade.  

Top row L-R
Russet: A warm, light golden brown
Truffle: A satin, grey taupe
Bare: A matte, pale pink beige

Bottom row L- R
Sandstorm: A mid-tone, shimmery plum
Juniper: An antiqued, sandy gold
Sumatra: A rich, matte brown

With flash

No flash

This is super cool- on the back of the palette you can scan the image and your smart phone will let you watch a video to do the look!
When I first opened this palette, I thought, UGH!  Another neutral palette!  But after I had a little fun swatching and playing, I realized this is actually a very unique palette. There is a nice range of shimmer and matte shades- 3 of each.  I thought for sure that when I opened NAKED and NAKED 2 I would find some dupes or near dupes, but wouldn’t you know- each of these is unique enough that I was not able to find a dupe for any of them in my collection- even in my 2 nude palettes!  I was really surprised by that.  
The shade “bare” is a matte pink beige and I really love using this over the whole lid.  It’s a very clean color to wear and looks great as a base if you are going to be working with deeper colors in the crease.  In the looks below, I wore “bare” on the entire lid, then “russet” (warm light golden brown shimmer) on the crease applied with a fluffy brush.  I then applied the deepest shade “sumatra” (rich matte brown) with the same fluffy brush applied just to the outer corner.  I used a small pencil brush to concentrate even more of “sumatra” on the outer v of the lid, building a little color at a time.  I was really pleased with the results.  
All in all, this is a great palette for any time of the year.  If you are a fan of neutrals, I recommend scooping this up, since the colors are unique enough that you probably don’t have an exact dupe in your collection (or at least I didn’t, and I have around 30 eyeshadow palettes from various brands).  I love that you can get a great neutral look, and this palette is small enough that it’s great for travel without being bulky.  Plus you have the shimmer and the matte all in one spot! 
Have any of our readers heard of this palette?  Will you be picking one up?
Yours in Beauty,
This product was provided for review by Smashbox.  All opinions represented here are honest and my own.  We were not compensated for the review of this product.

1 Comment on Smashbox Image Factory MUSE Palette

  1. Roberta L
    October 9, 2012 at 8:58 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous! I need this!


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