Sonia Kashuk eye couture eyeshadow palettes Review + swatches

Sonia Kashuk eye couture eyeshadow palettes reviewEver since Target came to Canada two years ago, I knew the one brand I would always be going there for was Sonia Kashuk.  For years and years, people have been raving about how amazing Sonia Kashuk products are.  And the best part?  They are a mid-ranged drugstore brand with affordable but very good quality products.  I absolutely love their brushes and they also come out with awesome seasonal collections which are always eye catching.  They are definitely doing the most, I mean look at their latest collection!!  I WANT! No other drugstore brand comes up with stunning limited edition products four times a year like this, only Sonia Kashuk.

sonia kashuk knockout 2But sadly Target left Canada just after one year of operation.  Sigh… Anyways, let’s get to the review of their stellar eyeshadow palettes.  Let’s GOOOO! ヾ(。・ω・)シ
sonia Kashuk shadow palette reviewFull name of product:
Sonia Kashuk Eye couture

Limited edition/ Permanent?:

Description of product:
“Choose from two palettes; the seasonal palette with a range of colourful shades and the core palette that is compromised of your essential matte neutral shades. The formulas have are extremely blendable with a velvety soft touch and superior color release. Eye on Neutral palette is fragrance and paraben free.”


Amount of product:
0.34 oz (9.6g)

Duration before expiration:

Country of Manufacture:
Made in USA

Where to buy:
Sonia Kashuk

Shades available:
PicMonkey Collage

The two permanent versions of these neutral palettes come in a fully matte one (left one) and a fully shimmery one (right).

sonia kashuk knockoutThere is also a spring collection from Sonia Kashuk at the moment called “Knock out beauty” which seems to be half and half of the two permanent palettes in one for the price of $24.99.  I think this is a steal of a deal, especially if there are any left over after a couple of  months and most likely it will go on sale for 50% off!!  Also if you think about it, Urban decay naked palettes retail for $50+ each and these are $19.99.  Honestly these two palettes are the reason why I don’t own the Urban Decay ones, they are really that good!

Talc, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zeolite, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, C12-18 Acid Triglyceride, Sorbic Acid, Synthetic Beeswax, Hexylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Carmine, Zinc Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake
IMG_0615Product packaging:
The packaging for this product is super standard, no bullsh*t kinda design.  It just comes in a matte black plastic compact with a clear cut out so you can see which version of the palette you are grabbing.  The front has the snap closure and is super secure so you know it won’t pop open when you are travelling.


IMG_0616Color/ Pigmentation:
Neutrals are a staple in any makeup collection, whether you are starting out or a self-proclaimed “guru”.  Matte eyeshadows have never been an easy formula to produce, from high-end to drugstore.  When Tati (Glamlifeguru on Youtube) stated that this was the best matte eyeshadow palette available in the drugstore, you know it has to be good!  So when Target came to Canada, it somehow magically snuck into my cart and came home with me.  I actually couldn’t wait, so I cracked it open in the car to see if she was right or not.  Boy was she on the money!

Sonia Kashuk eye on neutral reviewThe matte version has a good mix of warm and cool tones and a good variety of matte white, beige, reddish brown down to the blackest of black.  The undertones definitely work for all skin types and I’d recommend it to anyone, even to my chocolate ladies out there.
Sonia Kashuk eye on neutral shimmer reviewShimmer formulas are the easiest formula cosmetic companies to produce, so if you mess up on these formulas, then you will know everything else they have to offer most likely will not be that great. The shimmer version also has a good mixture of shades from champagne, light pinks, dark plums to stone greys and chocolate browns.

*Please keep in mind, all of these swatches were without primer.  I didn’t do this on purpose, I actually forgot to use any when I was taking the pictures but you can see here that you honestly don’t need any for the pigmentation to show up!*Sonia Kashuk eye on netural swatches

Sonia Kashuk eye on neutral swatches

Sonia kashuk eye on neutral shimmer swatches

Sonia kashuk shimmer swatchesTexture/ Finish:
I was honestly skeptical at first with the matte palette since a lot of drugstore brands can not produce a decent matte shadow without it being chalky.  Also in Canada, you can’t return drugstore products like in USA so if you buy it and open it, that’s it. Money down the drain if it doesn’t work out.  These palettes are not cheap, affordable but not cheap running you $19.99 a palette before tax.  Surprisingly the matte shadows might be one of the best drugstore eyeshadows I have tried by far and definitely comparable to Urban Decay’s shadows.  Now that is a bold statement to put out there but rest assure, you will definitely not be disappointed with Sonia Kashuk’s palette.  
The shimmer palette is also no exception and is super pigmented, blendable and buttery as well.

Both versions are blendable, not chalky and pigmented enough to say “Urban Decay Naked what? What’s that?”.

Lasting power:
With or without primer, these work great on my skin.  Of course my routine is always to use a primer to keep things in check and lasting the whole day with no fuss.  Without a primer, these last 8+ hours no problem with slight fading by the time I get home.  With a primer, it lasts more then 10+ with absolutely no fading.  Of course this is with my dry skin and little to no oil on my lids, so take my experiences with a grain of salt.

-super pigmented
-buttery formula, blendable

-can only be bought in Target or Sonia Kashuk online


Stars given out of 5:

Overall thoughts:
For those of you who are still looking for the best neutral eyeshadow palettes, whether it is the drugstore or high end department store brands, these would be for you.  I absolutely love these two palettes and these are the reason why I don’t own any Urban Decay Naked palettes.  I can not see myself without these and would be super sad when I do end up finishing them since I’d have to drive across the border to buy it.  Overall I think these are for everyone and you guys really should get on it.  To be frank, K-beauty does not cut it when it comes to the eyeshadows compared to Western cosmetics.  I give these products a holy grail status because I honestly can not live without these.  Two thumbs up, go and get yours too!

What do you guys think about these eyeshadow palettes?  Do you own one yourself?  Do you want one?  Let me know in the comments down below what you think and also, what is your most favourite eyeshadows?

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Midori

    WHAT. THE.
    These look so good!!!

    1. Christina

      That’s because these are good!

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