Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sonia Kashuk Holiday 2014 collection review + swatches

         This past week, I visited my old stomping grounds in the northeast. New England has such a special charm with its huddled houses and snowflake filled skies. Needless to say, I put a vintage Max Mara and my trusty Uggs to good use!

          Today, I'm dreaming of warmer weather, with a sleek collection inspired by Miami Art Deco. The Sonia Kashuk Holiday 2014 collection sports jet black casing with gleaming gold accents, with an overall theme of smoky eyes and nude lips. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

          The Sonia Kashuk Golden Age Four-Piece Brush Set with Clutch ($19.99) consists of a two-zip tasseled case, accompanied by a powder brush, duo fiber shader, angled eye brush, and smudge brush. The two-pocket pouch is quite flat, so it's going to hold an edited amount of goods. That said, I can easily fit the brushes into one pocket and my two holiday palettes (see below) into the other. I believe the brushes are synthetics. They're full and fluffy and best for a soft (as opposed to precision) effect.

          I love how the Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Deco Starlet ($19.99) contains colors molded together for decorative effect, a technique typically employed by high end lines. The shimmery brown, matte black, metallic gold, and cream shades combine to create a lovely smoky eye. Overall the shades are well pigmented; the formula is on the softer end with easy kick-ups by your brush.

          My hands down favorite from the collection has to be the Sonia Kashuk Nude Lip Palette in Jazzed Up Nudes ($19.99). As someone who wears nude lips 99% of the time, I couldn't wait to dip my brush (also included) into this one. The palette includes light to medium shades, including a blush nude, beige nude, pink nude, peachy nude, and mauve nude (that can, of course, be combined to create a multitude of shades). The shades are perfect for complementing the smoky look of the deco palette, however great for practical everyday use as well. Overall the formula gives a medium opacity finish and runs more on the satin (as opposed to glossy) end of the lipstick spectrum.

        I've swatched both the Sonia Kashuk Deco eye palette in Deco Starlet and Sonia Kashuk Lip Palette in Jazzed Up Nudes below. Of note, colors tend to pull warmer on my skin (since I do run a little pink!) I've also noticed that the overall collection pulls a bit neutral to warm in tone.

        Finally, I wasn't sure how much I'd reach for Sonia Kashuk Decadence Shimmering Body Souffle ($10.99) however, I was pleasantly surprised. The product is not nearly as frosty or strong as your typical facial highlighter, making it more appropriate for body use. The lightly shimmery cream adds much needed luster to winter skin. It's hard to overdo, and is flattering when applied to bare arms/legs etc. I like  that it's more champagne toned, which I find to be much more natural than the multitude of bronze iterations that typically come out in the summer months.

         Overall, I've been finding the art deco inspired Sonia Kashuk Holiday Collection to be both a pretty and practical one. My favorite piece has to be that gorgeous nude lip palette (perfect for toting in my purse), with the rich colors of the Deco eye palette coming in at a close second. Like the rest of your Sonia Kashuk favorites, this limited edition line is available at Target and online at Target's Sonia Kashuk shop! Thanks for reading!

Love, Dovey.

Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own. As usual, no ads or affiliate links!


  1. The Body Souffle was perfection for my legs at a cocktail party a couple weeks ago. I didn't do self-tanner this year and while the SK lotion is totally a different type of product, it has that nice finishing effect. I'm not usually a fan of lip palettes, but I've been using SK's because I love the colors and the product!

    1. Hi Alison, I was surprised by how handy the Body Souffle was as well! Like you mentioned, I think it's great for parties and similar occasions :)

    2. This looks very high end!! Great review :-)


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