9.12.2013

Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Review and Swatches

Sonia Kashuk's Eye Couture Eye Palettes finally proved too irresistible a few weeks ago. Gorgeous jewel tones caught my eye while walking through Target's makeup section. Then I spotted the words "Limited Edition" and I had to make Jewel of an Eye mine, like, immediately.


For months I'd pick up Eye On Glamour but I'd always manage to talk myself out of it. "The color arrangement is making you do this—put it baaack." This time was different though. It was on clearance; I had no choice. The situation was quickly snowballing and before I knew it I had Eye on Neutral in my basket as well. It's the Target effect! Then last week I spotted a new addition to the Sonia Kashuk line, the Eye on Neutral SHIMMER! I'm such a sucker...

I was able to find very little info online (frantically on my phone while in the makeup aisle) before checking out and I wish I'd known better. So reviews and swatches for each of these Sonia Kashuk palettes was an absolute must.

Sonia Kashuk's Jewel of an Eye Eye Couture Palette Jewel of an Eye
$19.99 | 9.6 grams
Available in stores and online

Jewel of an Eye is a new Limited Edition all-shimmer palette for Fall 2013, which launched in early August. It has beautiful jewel-toned colors perfect for Fall, but is totally well-rounded enough to use all year. The eyeshadows are opaque, extremely soft to the touch, and a great way to play with rich, deeper colors. The steel blue/teal is the only semi-dry shade.

Bottom Line: DEFINITELY GET IT! NOW! GO, GO, GO!



Sonia Kashuk's Eye on Neutral Eye Couture Palette Eye On Neutral 02
$19.99 | 9.6 grams
Available in stores and online

Eye on Neutral 02 is a re-release of an all-matte palette in the permanent line (the packaging was made less bulky). There's a wide range of neutral colors but the texture is so incredibly chalky. The eyeshadows are blendable, swatch pigmented, but sheer out significantly once applied to the eye. If a cream base is used the color can be built up, though.

Bottom Line: I feel like this palette gets a lot of hype because it's an all-matte neutral palette at a mid-range price. Given the quality I would recommend skipping it.* I will say despite its powderiness, it's great for brows!



Sonia Kashuk's Eye on Neutral Shimmer Eye Couture Palette Eye on Neutral Shimmer
$19.99 | 9.6 grams
Available in stores and online

Eye on Neutral Shimmer is an all-shimmer palette new for Fall/Winter 2013, which launched mid-August and seems to be permanent. There's a great range of neutral shades, much like the all-matte version of the palette. The colors are beautiful and opaque, the texture is nice and soft, and it's an awesome accent to Jewel of an Eye.

Bottom Line: A great alternative to the all-matte Eye on Neutral palette and worth getting if you love neutrals and aren't afraid of a little shimmer.



Sonia Kashuk's Eye On Glamour Eye Couture Palette Eye On Glamour
$13.98 | 9.6 grams
Available in stores and not sold online

Eye On Glamour is a bright-colored multi-texture palette from Spring 2013, which launched in March and is now discontinued. There is a mix of mattes, satins, and glitter shades, with the glitters being totally out of control (after swatching I had it on me for what felt like days). The colors are beautiful in the pan, however most performed just as chalky as Eye on Neutral 02.

Bottom Line: It's awful. And it's actually the reason I was back at Target last week and ended up with the Eye on Neutral Shimmer palette. I hastily returned it before taking anything more than a phone photo of it (sorry about that!).

Swatches without primer
Swatched without primer


Overall: Sonia Kashuk's Eye Couture Eye Palettes have me torn, they're so hit-and-miss. For the amount of product these palettes provide, and the number of colors, it seems like an awesome deal. However, some of the eyeshadows are just unusable in my opinion. Thankfully Target has a great return policy and, I'll admit, I feel guilty returning used cosmetics but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

*NOTE: Because it's at this weird too-expensive-for-its-own-good/so-cheap-when-compared-to-high-end-stuff, it's hard to completely hate Eye On Neutral 02. For $7 more you can get Urban Decay's Naked Basics ($27), for $19 more Stila's In the Know ($39), or for $22 more you can get the LORAC Pro Palette ($42), hell, even the LE Enlisting for Beauty Wet n Wild trio may be a good alternative and it's only $2.99! I think I may return mine because I own all of those palettes already (except Wet n Wild's new trio) since I have zero self-control.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting up this post! I'd been really curious about the Sonia Kashuk palettes but haven't really heard/read much about them. I definitely wish they were a little cheaper, but it sounds like two of the four are worth the money. (And btw, I succumbed to the Target clearance monster a few months ago when I found the Sonia Kashuk Kiss on the Cheek palette on clearance, and it turned out to be awesome! So I know what you mean - it's a weakness. LOL)

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    1. I'm glad you found the post useful. The palettes that work well are totally worth the price and when you break it down you really get a lot of bang for your buck. But when it's bad, it's bad. I have four of the Sonia Kashuk quads that I'll post about soon because I couldn't find much on those either. They're $13.49 for 5 grams which is so pricey.

      The sleek packaging pulls you in and the word "clearance" seals the deal! Target totally knows what it's doing!

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  2. I always like and want the neutrals even though I already have too many palettes of it! haha Jewel of an Eye looks really nice especially the purples :3

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    1. Same! It's like I can't help myself whenever I see a neutral palette no matter how many I own. I was really proud of myself when I returned my NAKED palette. It was a small victory in my makeup hoarding lifestyle.

      The cranberry, red, and burnt orange are my favorites after those purples! The emerald is so pretty too, ugh, I love 'em all! Totally recommend getting it if you find it. :)

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  3. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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  4. ahhh which one would you suggest for me im only fourteen but im so conflicted matte or shimmer neutral palette

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    1. Hey, Vivian! I would whole-heartedly recommend the shimmer neutral palette over the matte pigmentation-wise. If you're looking for sheer color, the matte palette would be better — just know that it's quite chalky. I hope this helps!

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