The Smashbox Wondervision Eye Set in Sparks was the only item I picked up from Sephora’s post-Christmas sale. It was marked down from $32 to $24 but there was a promo code at the time that took an additional 20% off sale items, so that brought the price down to $19.20 pre-tax. I’d had my eyes on the set for quite some time and couldn’t pass up such a great deal.
The set comes with a Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black and Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx but it was mainly the Sparks eye shadow palette that interested me. It’s been years since I’ve owned any Smashbox shadows and the ones I tried in the past weren’t all that great to be perfectly honest. But lately I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews of Smashbox’s newer eye shadows and palettes so I wanted to give the brand another chance.
Since mascaras start to dry up the second you open up a tube I haven’t even tried the Full Exposure mascara yet. I’m using a different mascara at the moment and I don’t like to have more than one tube opened at a time, so unfortunately I can’t share any pictures of the Full Exposure mascara brush, etc. but I’m sure there are tons of reviews for it already. Same goes for the Limitless eye liner. I’d like to keep it unopened and fresh until I finally get around to using it.
I dug into the Sparks palette right away though. Starting from the top of the palette, the six shades are: Peach (soft shimmery peach), Gold (shimmering copper), Coral (pink with gold pearl), Bronze (golden brown shimmer), Cocoa (rich dark brown), and Bare (matte peach).
Right away I can tell you that the current eye shadow formula is much better than what I remember of the old version. The texture, especially that of the shimmer shadows, is a lot softer and smoother. The mattes feel drier than the shimmers but that’s to be expected. All of the shadows, however, apply and blend on the skin nicely. I have really dry skin and some shadow formulas do a better job of sticking to my skin than others (even with a primer). Smashbox is okay but so far Bare Minerals READY shadows are my favorite; the latter apply and stick to my skin so easily. I know that my sister who has the polar opposite skin type (extremely oily) has always favored Smashbox eye shadows and they seem to perform much better on her than on me. Perhaps Smashbox shadows work better over a sticky base, even if that sticky base is a naturally oily eyelid.
The color payoff overall is good to very good. I only had issues with two of the shades: Bare (matte peach) and Coral (pink with gold pearl) directly across from it. Those two are sheerer but luckily buildable. My favorites in the palette are the shimmery Gold and Bronze shades.
All in all, I don’t think I’ll be running out and buying every single Smashbox eye shadow palette anytime soon. I really like the new formula but I’ve tried better. However, if any other Smashbox sets or palettes ever go on a major discount I’d happily buy another.