Smashbox Lighting Theory Master Class Palette review and swatches

Happy Monday lovelies,
Today I'm going to share with you guys my experience with this Smashbox Lighting Theory Master Class Palette that I bought not long time ago (you can read my post about my Smashbox beauty purchase here). Smashbox calls this product a face palette to create an even complexion, add depth and dimension, and achieve eye looks for any occasion, since this palette has everything you need to create pro makeup looks with a perfectly lit glow.
 I like the fact that this Smashbox Lighting Theory Master Class Palette is free from Parabens, Phthalates, fragrance, Sodium laurel sulfate, and talc.
Now let's see what we get for $45, actually, I believe, it's on sale now on$39:

Smashbox Lighting Theory Master Class Palette

This Smashbox palette contains:
16  Photo Op Eyeshadow
4 Cream Color Corrector
3  Contouring cream 
3  Cream highlighter
4  Get the look insert
3  Blush

 Let me start from packaging: the case of this palette is solid and nicely made. One side has all creams __ color correctors, contouring creams, and highlighters, other side has powders __ eyeshadows and blushes. Both sides have their own transparent plastic cover so powders will not go to cream side and will not get messy. In case you find this palette bulky the way it comes, you can always take out each side from the case and use them seperatly. This Smashbox Lighting Theory Master Class palette comes with different makeup looks idea cards, which is nice.

I took out both sides of this Smashbox Face Palette from its case

Now let's talk about cream side: 
 From color correctors, I basically use peach color corrector under my eyes that perfectly covers dark circles and most importantly, it helps my concealer not to oxidize and not look like grayish  after few hours (I don't know about you, but my undereye concealers become kinda grey just in a few hours after applying it, if I don't apply color corrector first). 
Sometimes use Green corrector to cover redness.
Color correctors: from left to right: Lavender, Green, Peach and Orange

I haven't used contouring creams so I will just show you some swatches. 
 My absolute favorites on cream side of this Smashbox palette,  are the highlighters. I love Luminous Pink and Luminous Gold, I use them almost every day. I like Luminous Peach one too but it's little too dark for my fair skin, but would be beautiful on little darker skin.
P.S. Sorry for the pure quality of some of the pics below: It doesn't show very well highlighters here, but first is gorgeous rose golden shade and second is golden shade, bith are very beautiful.

From left to right: Highlighters _ Luminous Pink, Luminous Gold, Luminous Peach.
Contour, Bronze, Highlight

DIfferent makeup Look idea cards 

Powder side: 
 It's not first time that I tried Smashbox eyeshadows, I had Smashbox eyeshadow trio in travel size and I absolutely loved it, so I was thinking that I would like these eyeshadows too, and I like them indeed. They are very smooth and nicely pigmented.

Left to right: Sand, Totally Nude, Nectar, Almond,
Truffle, Light Wave, Sunrise, Sunlight

I use a few shades from first 3 raws every single day, I haven't used last raw though, they are more like for dramatic, night out looks. Staying power is at least 6-7 hours for me, when I apply my Lancome eyeshadow primer first.

From Left to right: Optics, Mettalic Violet, Mettalic Bronze, Metallic Brick
Nocturnal, Blackout, Sumatra, Backlit

And , last but not least, blushes __ they are all gorgeous shades, but I mostly apply bright pink for everyday makeup. 

Overall, I like this palette, I enjoy wearing most of the highlighters , blushes and eyeshadows, so I'm glad I bought it.

Thanks for reading beauties, and have a fabulous day.


  1. The eyeshadows looks so so pretty! Love the metallic ones you featured last, the pigment looks lovely! Xx

  2. Very tempting palette, I love pigmetation of eye shadows :-)

  3. Nina, this eyeshadow palette is so dope, it has got some really amazing shades....I love literally all the swatches....Great Post hun...xx, Neha

  4. Glad you're enjoying this palette, I love my smashbox blushes, contour
    and eyeshadows!

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  5. So much variety in this palette! It looks like a good one to have!

    xo, Liz

  6. Good to know that you're pleased with this palette, it looks terrific :)

  7. I will pay attention from now on, for concealers to turn into grey after some hours... maybe mine do too, but I never paid attention, so I am a but worried now! I would like to try the eye shadows from this Smashbox Master Class palette and the highlighters, cause I am always looking for a good highlighter! Hope you have a very lovely day and week!

  8. This sounds like a great palette - I love that you get so many different products. I have never tried Smashbox before but will sure take a closer look.
    Christina ♥

  9. I didn't know about the oxidation of standard concealers! Thanks for the heads up! I love these palettes, I think the eyeshadows are beautiful and I would use all of them! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

    1. Yes, Valeria, a concealer can oxidize under eye area if you have dark circles under eyes.

  10. Love all of this in one palette! I'm a big fan of my ELF palettes but this looks amazing.
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  11. Perfect *_*

    Federica Di Nardo

  12. This is a very nice palette. I love the magic hour look, perfect for dates and events too!

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

  13. oh my gosh i love all the colors here!

  14. These are gorgeous!!! Love the colors! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  15. Love the eye shadow palette! Such pretty colors!

    xo, Jennifer

  16. Looks like a great palette for someone who loves make up!


    Tamara -

  17. Stunning colors and beautiful palette! cool swatches Nina!
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  18. Oh, these colors. Beautiful!

  19. This looks like an awesome palette! I'd love to try it!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  20. Looks amazing!
    Mónica Sors

  21. It's a beautiful palette, looks like every colour that I want is there.

  22. Wonderful shades! ❀

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  23. There are many amazing reviews for this palette so I'm not surprised that you like it too, Nina!

  24. Ooh looks amazing!! I love Smashbox

    Alya / moorizzla xx

  25. This is just perfection, I would love to have this one on my hands one day!

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  26. This sounds amazing!
    Kate x

  27. This palette look perfect!

  28. Beautiful shades! thanks for sharing!

    Inside and Outside Blog

  29. Smashbox is one of my fave makeup brands- their products are awesome!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. What an amazing palette! Love the new set up on your blog too.

  31. ooooo looks so amazing!!

  32. I've seen this palette once before, but never opened up and shown swatches, so it was great to see all the colors and pigmentation! It really seems like a great and convenient palette to own! Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you're having a great day so far!



  33. Those are such beautiful shades.

  34. Love the palette!

    Vanessa x |

  35. This looks like a perfect all-in-one palette! I love the versatility and the compact size! I definitely need to get myself one of these - thank you for such a thorough review! xo

    Sabina | I've Got Sunshine

  36. Pretty shades!

  37. I am starting to really get turned onto this brand, the more I see it. This was an excellent review and the tones here look so gorgeous :)

  38. What a great and thorough review. I have one of the Smashbox contouring kits and it's helped me learn how to contour!


  39. It looks quite lovely!! Great review!!


  40. Such a gorgeous palette! Especially loving the color correctors <3
    Green Fashionista

  41. Great item! thanks for sharing it with us!

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  42. Oh wow this palette looks amazing - so many options and variety of colours! I love how 4 cream colour correctors are also included in the palette :)

  43. So I def need to look into color correctors. My concealer looks gray after a few hours, but I've honestly never tried to do anything about it! You just taught me something. :-D

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  44. That is neat that is has two separate sides. I haven't seen a palette like that. Thanks for sharing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  45. Wow it looks like such a lovely palette x
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