Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection

May 4, 2018

Smashbox has been killing it with collabs this year. They just launched a stunning collection in collaboration with the super talented makeup artist Vlada Haggerty, aka @vladamua, whose mind-blowing metallic artwork you’ve probably seen all over Instagram. The collection is dedicated to and decorated with Vlada’s signature art that typically features metallic shades like rose gold. The packaging is the perfect representation of Vlada’s work which also includes her very well-known drip artwork. The limited edition collection includes three Petal Metal Highlighters, Cover Shot Petal Metal Eyeshadow Palette, Liquid Eyeliner, Be Legendary Petal Metal Liquid Lip, Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipstick, Shimmer Spray, Shimmer Drops, Photo Finish Petal Metal Primer and Eye Liner Jewels. Items I have swatched for you today include:

Up first is the Petal Metal Highlighter in Gilded Rose. Gilded Rose is a stunning warm peachy gold that has a luminous finish. The color is just gorgeous but is kind of underwhelming formula-wise if you’re a fan of on-trend gleaming highlighters. Initially I was expecting a blinding highlight due to the campaign and theme for this collection but instead it has a rather sheer base with semi- opaque pigmentation. You can build it using a denser brush and a little MAC Fix+ to get the full effect which takes about a good two layers. The texture is excellent and has a super smooth feel that blends easily into the skin. The shimmer particles are larger than I prefer in a highlighter but they did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture.

How pretty is the packaging though?

Here’s a closeup of the color and design

Swatched on the arm. I did swatch it a little heavy and as you can see it has great payoff when it is concentrated like this. When applied to the face with either a brush or fingers it disperses much sheerer so it takes some building to achieve the desired effect

Comparison swatches to: MAC Whisper of Gilt (reviewed here) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter (reviewed here)

Cover Shot: Petal Metal Eye Shadow Palette has a beautiful rose gold theme. I found the pigment to be out of this world intense. The colors are vibrant and creamy and blend out very easy with a long-lasting metallic finish. You can also use a dampened brush for the shimmers which will stretch the palette even further as they take on almost a liquid finish when wet. This is definitely my favorite item out of the collection. I love the colors and the overall formula is just on point.

A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them

  • Fresh Stem – is a warm, light gold with yellow undertones and a metallic finish
  • Opal Rose – is a warm, light to medium peach with pink undertones and has a metallic finish
  • Nude Rose – is a warm, medium brown with peach undertones and has a matte finish
  • Rose Quartz – is a warm, medium copper with pink undertones and has a metallic finish
  • Floral Support – is a warm, deep copper with reddish undrtones and has a metallic finish
  • Rose Rocked – is a warm, medium champagne with pink undertones and has a metallic finish
  • XO, Vlada – is a warm, rosy copper with red and brown undertones and has a metallic finish
  • Coffee Blossom – is a warm, deep brown with red undertones and has a matte finish

Swatched on the arm

For the complexion Smashbox and Vlada co-created the Photo Finish Petal Metal Primer. This is a face primer that illuminates, perfects and enhances radiance in the skin. Essentially this is the highlighting version of their original Photo Finish Foundation Primer (reviewed a long time ago right here). The Petal Metal primer has a glowy rose gold tint that does not corrupt the color of whatever foundation follows afterwards, nor does it oxidize it. On bare skin it creates a beautiful layer of radiance that flawlessly smooths out all areas of the face. This primer feels amazing on the skin because it is so hydrating, it also makes it super soft. I love the radiant glow it gives my face when I wear this with makeup, it almost improves the overall look of the skin and makeup application. In comparison to the Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer, the Petal Metal is a notch subtler in finish as seen below.

Swatched on the arm

Swatched side-by-side with the Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer

Lastly for the complexion is perhaps the most misunderstood product out of this entire collection, the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray. This is a GORGEOUS lightweight rose gold shimmer face mist that imparts a luminous, candlelit finish to both the skin and body. I love to use it as a setting and body spray but also as a priming layer for highlighters and even blushes to amp up the glow.

There are quite a bit of negative reviews on the nozzle design as it quite literally squirts product out like a watergun. It is advised to not spray it directly onto your face but on a brush or sponge instead. This allows for more controlled application, finish results, product volume but also placement. I spray this on my damp Beautyblender and then lightly dab it all over my face if I want to use it to set. For the body I will spray it on a larger brush and add highlights to the areas where I want to glow a little more.

I love everything about this spray but like most would’ve much more preferred it if they had designed it to be an actual misting spray just for convenience and ease of application. It’s such a gorgeous color and looks amazing on the face. That being said, a total life hack is to simply pour the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray into another empty setting spray bottle with a good misting nozzle, or, if you have empty Smashbox sprays see if the heads can be switched. This way you won’t lose the pretty packaging.

I tried to capture the finish as a whole but that proved much more difficult than I thought. The color itself won’t show up on my camera sine it’s picking up the shimmers more-so than anything else. The shimmers are visible but are not as emphasized as MAC’s new Prep + Prime Fix+ Shimmers (reviewed + swatched here). The Petal Metal Shimmer Spray has a nice even balance of color and shimmer.

Overall I’m quite pleased with the collection and am happy with everything I purchased except for the highlighter since I was hoping for it to be seen from space. This would be a great option for someone who prefers a subtle highlight over the on-trend super glowy ones, or is slightly conservative with their makeup. I highly recommend the Cover Shot eyeshadow palette and Photo Finish Petal Metal Primer – they add just the right amount of color, radiance and warmth to the skin and eyes.

You can find the Smashbox x Vlada Petal Metal collection online at, Sephora and Ulta. Note that most items are listed as limited edition!

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