Santigold for Smashbox

Sunday, May 4th 2014 0

Santigolden Age Summer Collection

In recent months, Smashbox have unveiled a sequence of make-up classics. Their Full Exposure palette has evolved into something I use daily, and their CC Cream is a dream for perking up tired skin. Now, their summer collection has landed and this unique collaboration with Santigold is one of the best make-up partnerships I've seen in years.

Santigold Collaboration

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but there’s a loophole when we’re talking Smashbox because you simply know that the product will be great. An eclectic mixture of serpents, pyramids, all seeing eyes and acid bright colours, the packaging is just mind blowing. I feel infinitely more ghetto fabulous for having it to hand in my make-up bag.


Now let’s talk eye colours. If you picked up the Full Exposure palette a little while back, you’ll be familiar with the rich colour pay off and ease of blending that comes with Smashbox colours. (If you didn’t, you need it. After much deliberation I have realised that it is THE best neutral palette of them all, hands down.) What’s lovely about each palette – Apocalypse Now and Earth As We Know It – is that it contains a mixture of textures. I have the Apocalypse Now palette which contains the following…

  • A matte jet black, not for the feint hearted. Use alone for a smoky eye that won’t budge or mix with water or gel to create a rich liner shade.
  • A shimmer finish dark turquoise, great for setting off a tan.
  • A shimmer finish orange gold, stunning against blue eyes to really make them pop.
  • A tiny champagne coloured highlighter, perfect for use on the brow bone or to create a classic, neutral eye make-up look.
  • A glitter finish grey gold, use alone for a very soft smoky look or layer on top of black for a sultry, shimmer finish smoke.

On first look the palette seems quite daring, but once you’ve mixed and matched you can really make of it whatever you wish to. For example, taking the black as your liner, the champagne as a highlighter and the grey gold on the lid, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d used a trio of Bobbi Brown neturals. If, however, you were to take the black all around the lash line, work the turquoise around and under the eyes and use the orange gold in your tear duct, you’ll get that colour pop wow factor that Santigold herself would be proud of. Be sure to team them with the new Smashbox eyeshadow primer (more about that soon) and the colours will last you through the night.

Santigold Image

The rest of the collection is equally gorgeous. Smashbox have ventured into nail art for the first time with two varieties of nail wrap. With a choice of either all seeing eyes or a serpent that runs across your hand, each look great with gold rings aplenty…

Santigold Nail Wraps

…That’s where the lipstick ring comes in! A heavy golden pyramid, this is a real costume piece that beholds a versatile lip and cheek stain.

Santigold Ring

Speaking of lips – you can choose from either a bold jelly red or an iridescent golden shimmer to plump and soften any of your favourite lipsticks. Smashbox glosses are especially good at staying put and keeping a juicy finish without running or smudging away.


Two double ended pencils work a charm at adding a pop of colour to the waterline, lash line, or even buffed all over the lid as a full colour primer. With a mint green, a bright turquoise, a sunshine yellow and a light golden shade to choose from, I’m sticking to the minty and golden duo to compliment my Apocalypse Now palette perfectly.


I am so taken with this collection, it’s one of the best collaborations I’ve seen. Snap them up quickly – something tells me that in years to come these will be real collectors items.

Palette Cover

Santigold’s collaboration with Smashbox is available at Want to see how I wear it? You can find all of my make-up looks over on my Instagram account @MixedGemsBeauty.

(A special mention to my cousin Pat who quite rightly noted the resemblance between the configuration of this palette and Spiderman’s mask – ha ha!)

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