I was sent this product to review by Brand Backer.  I received this palette a few days ago. I have attempted to wear this twice. I was really excited about this palette. It looked cool and it looked small enough to carry for travel (which is becoming increasingly more important to me).

If you haven’t heard of Studio Gear (then you are in the exact same boat as me hehe) you can check them out at their website.  Their website has a really good variety of items to shop, and I can’t help but be curious about a few of them. Also, here is a snippet from the blurb I received about the company.

“Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigious cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.”

Here’s what they say about the Holiday palette:

“Be radiant on any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades is perfect for creating a classic smokey eye look, with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer. This collection of four complimentary eye shadows with matching blush, deliver several day to night options that are both seductive and wearable. With pure color, pigment-rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night!”


Upon receiving the product I swatched the shadows on my arm, with partial primer, I did not use NYX jumbo shadow in milk as I normally do, but I did use Urban Decay primer potion.  (I’ve noticed that my swatches are nowhere as pigmented as some other bloggers. Each shadow was swatched twice for consistency.)

Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Palette Color Swatches


Let me start by saying I absolutely ADORE the blusher color ‘Snowy Glow’.  It is a brilliant peachy pink shade with gold undertones that I really feel would work on a multitude of people. The product feels smooth and fine and packs a lot of punch in color pay off and there is little fallout. The eye shadow color Platinum was my second favorite. It had nice payoff and was a brilliant silvery satin color another fantastic choice for the winter holidays. This color also was fine and smooth to the touch.
Coal was the black shade with fine glitter in this palette. It doesn’t have fantastic color payoff but if you are weary of working with smokey black this may be an easier product for you to use as it isn’t as bold. I did find this shadow very dry to the touch but it is buildable.

The remaining two colors, Frost and Glimmer I was deeply disappointed in. I can’t exactly blame the company for Frost’s downfall. Practically every company I’ve come across that tries to make a glittery highlight color falls flat. Frost is very splotchy and inconsistent. It also produces the most fallout, out of all of the shadows. Glimmer is perhaps the shade I am most disappointed in because it was the most anticipated color for me. I so badly wanted it to work. I want that fantastic color that is in the pan on my eyes in opaque form preferably.

Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Palette Inside Design


The palette itself is compact and easy to put in a bag for travel. I especially like how they included some ‘how to’ instructions on the packaging. However, I would have much preferred a mirror. The instructions could have been posted on the sleeve it came with or the back of the product. I really think that the fact that it does not have a mirror drives the price down. ELF’s $2 quads have mirrors. So even though it is travel size, it isn’t exactly travel friendly because now you have to rely on finding a mirror or carrying yet another item. Also, what’s up with the incorrect labeling? The palette is put together one way and the instructions with the shadow names is in a different order.

Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Palette Makeup Application Instructions


Both times that I used the shadow from this palette was with primer. The first day was over Benefit, the second day over Lorac primer.  I also applied these shadows with my Sigma Bunny Collection eyeshadow brushes. The colors still faded within a few short hours.
**I will be updating this later this month with photos of me wearing the colors. I had an incident with my dog almost breaking my nose so needless to say I’m not taking any face shots for a little while. I plan to try it using NYX Milk as a brightening base and/or applying the shadows wet.
If you want to purchase this it’s on sale for $25 via StudioGear Cosmetic’s website. I think it’s regularly $40. You can also use promo code SGHOLIDAY for an additional 10% off your order. This is nice if you plan on trying their other products.
Studio Gear’s pinterest board is epic for makeup lovers so if you are on Pinterest, I would totally recommend adding them.
    Coal is a build-able shade
    Sturdy packaging
    Travel size
    Long lasting, pigmented blush
    Will be available at Ulta
    Easy Instructions


    No Matte shades


    is a sheen color, not a pigmented color


    is inconsistent, flakey and not very pigmented
    No mirror
    Fades quickly, even with primer


Like it or Lose it
PRODUCT : 4/10
TEXTURE : 5/10
PRICE : 3/10


I think the price for this is too high. While there are some good shades in this you can purchase a Too Faced palette for about the same price. I think this company is on the right track but needs to do some serious user testing on their products for improvement. If wet-n-wild can do it, I have faith that Studio Gear can too. They also might have better luck using a pearl shade for the highlight and maybe adding the black as a matte shade.

Also, I find that these colors work much better for darker skin tones. As I am one of the lightest tones. (Fair)