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Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette

As mentioned in my Honey Brown look, I’m a bit annoyed that I own this palette. I purchased the Smashbox Shades of Fame palette because it had the cruelty-free bunny on the packaging a few weeks ago. I mistakenly thought Smashbox was cruelty-free at that time, and later I contacted Smashbox via email to confirm their status. In their email, they politely told me:

Thank you for taking the time to contact Smashbox, a brand of the Estee Lauder Companies.

Providing consumers with products unsurpassed in quality and safety, while strictly adhering to legal requirements wherever we do business, is part of the deep heritage of the Estée Lauder Companies.

Our longstanding commitment to end animal testing has not changed: we do not test our products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.

We were one of the first cosmetic companies to demonstrate that cosmetic product safety can be achieved by non-animal testing methods. We are proud of the role we have played in advocating to regulators and industry participants worldwide, that cosmetic product safety can be proven by means other than animal testing. We have consistently supported the research program coordinated by the European trade association, Cosmetics Europe, for the replacement of animal tests since its inception 20 years ago. This broad program includes projects co-funded by the European Commission such as SEURAT (Safety Evaluation Ultimately Replacing Animal Testing). We are also members of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA), an initiative launched in 2005 by stakeholders from various industries, including the European Commission, to promote the sharing of knowledge across industries and facilitate the validation and acceptance of alternative test methods and strategies.

We are proud of our role in the great progress that has been made in eliminating animal testing around the world. Given, however, that there are still countries that require some animal testing, we have an opportunity to encourage global acceptance of scientifically validated non-animal testing methods. We are increasing our efforts and investments to make this goal a reality. Our activities toward this end include:

• Hosting industry dialogues and consortia to discuss the promotion of non-animal testing, state-of-the-art research and new breakthroughs in in vitro and other advanced testing methods, to regulators throughout the world

• Contributing funds to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a US-based non-profit research and testing laboratory dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide

• Developing and implementing programs in China and other markets where in vitro testing is not accepted in order to educate scientists on the scientifically validated safety record of these methods

• Continuing to support innovation at maximum speed and sharing protocols with regulators and industry participants worldwide

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact Smashbox. Please know that your satisfaction and business is very important to us. We hope you will continue to look to Smashbox for your essential beauty needs.

So I feel I purchased this under false pretenses, because the packaging stated the product was cruelty-free.

The box came with 3 looks to try out. There’s Casting Call.

There’s Meet the Photographer.

Finally, there’s Test Shoot.

Here’s the palette.


Shade Descriptions and products enclosed:
Bliss – pale golden beige
Honey – soft translucent yellow pink
Sandstone – soft sandy beige
Nude – matte soft caramel
Sherbert – shimmery coral
Safari – deep golden green
Pacific – shimmery aqua
Praline – bronzed
Mocha – toasted brown with gold flecks
Gold – gold creme shadow / liner
Bronze – bronze creme shadow / liner
Photo Finish Lid Primer (mini size)
Eye shadow brush

Honey is my favorite shade in this palette.

I think BftE Beautiful is similar.

I swatched all eyeshadows on top of Meow Light Primer.

So my favorite shades in this palette are Honey, Praline, Nude and Bliss.

Honey is a fun light golden shade with pink duochrome.
Bliss is a nice pale skintone matte shade to use to blend out colors. (BftE Very Vanilla is a good match to this.)
Nude is a nice light caramel brown that makes for a natural crease shade for my skintone. (Silk Naturals Bare Back is a good match to this.)
Praline is a pretty bronzed gold.

Honey, Bliss, Nude, and Mocha from my Honey Brown look.

While I do like this palette and the eyeshadows are nice, I will not be purchasing from Smashbox again until they are truly cruelty-free. I find it disingenuous that their packaging says ‘cruelty-free’ when they are testing ‘where required by law.’

Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • Rebecca

      Hmmm…I wonder what other companies do this? It would seem like there would be some type of “department” or what have you that would regulate what companies can proclaim to be “cruelty-free”. “Cruelty-free” in select parts of the world does not make it “cruelty-free”. Interesting use of semantics…

      • Phyrra

        I think because ‘cruelty-free’ is not strictly defined by law, companies can do that :(

    • http://projectswatch.blogspot.com Emi at Project Swatch

      That’s really frustrating! I think it would be very appropriate to return the palette. I also think it would be worth contacting whoever is responsible for the bunny; they’re really the ones most at fault (in my opinion) – they should really take Smashbox off the cruelty-free list.

      • Phyrra

        I don’t think that PETA is at fault in this instance. I’m not sure how the ‘cruelty-free’ on the box works entirely but I think at one point they were on PETA’s list and then they got yanked, so I don’t know why they can still print the bunny on the packaging.

    • http://www.glitterishallsorts.blogspot.com glitterishallsorts

      I think they are using a generic bunny image which a lot of brands have started to do. It often misleads people into thinking the product is certified as cruelty free by Peta but that’s a different bunny image.

      In the UK the BUAV have a different bunny image which has started to be mimicked by brands who are not officially affiliated with them. It’s very sneaky!

      • Phyrra

        That’s awful :(

    • http://www.thefabzilla.com Kath

      I am hoping these bunny images printed on the packaging were produced way before their conversion to non-cruelty free status. But even then, Smashbox could’ve been more proactive in revising their packaging and not openly deceive consumers. That palette is undeniably beautiful though.xo

      • Phyrra

        I don’t think so, that’s what bothered me. I think the packages were printed after they lost their CF status.

    • http://www.Thejewellsparkle.blogspot.com Jewellsparkle

      Wow the Honey shade looks really unique and sherbet too but I can’t quite justify the purchase for a couple of shades, singles would be nice.

    • http://makeupfancyblog.blogspot.com/ Emily♥ 에밀리 ♥エミリー (@Makeupfancy)

      Wow what a nice palette.. I don’t buy palettes or high-end brands but this palette I’d actually use a lot. All the colors are nice! I do have BFTE’s Very Vanilla and Beautiful though, and I use them all the time. They do look like good dupes for those shades. Thanks for sharing!

      • Phyrra

        I’m glad you think they look close, too!

    • http://www.primebeautyblog.net Cindy (Prime Beauty)

      Mine just arrived in the mail–I had no idea. On the plus side, your swatches are amazing!! Thank you!

      • Phyrra

        You’re welcome Cindy :)

    • Sarah

      Hi Phyrra,

      Thanks for all of the great reviews you’ve done – I’ve been a long time lurker. The animal testing issue has always been huge for me, and I was happy to find recently that the American Anti Vivisection Society keeps a list of cruelty free companies (http://www.aavs.org/site/c.bkLTKfOSLhK6E/b.6534461/k.A0FD/Compasionate_Shopping_Guide.htm#.T-ueJvH_KM4). I’ve found it to be helpful, and maybe you and your other readers will as well?

      I’m glad I saw this post, as I had been considering buying some smashbox products, but now I think I’ll give them a pass.

      • Phyrra

        Thank you for sharing the link Sarah!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/katexchampagne Katie

      Do you know, by any chance, if Smashbox products are actually tested or if it’s a Body Shop kind of thing where their parent (L’Oreal) does testing, but TBS’s products themselves aren’t?

      I’m asking because I am clearing out my collection of all things non-CF, but I am keeping some things to use up, where the scenario is similar to the TBS example. Everything else, sadly (or not really actually, there are so many CF alternatives) is going to family, friends, and into swaps.

      • Phyrra

        Hi Katie,

        From the email they gave me (which is displayed above) they are “we do not test our products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.” which means they are testing in places like China where it is required by law.

        This is why I will not buy from MAC, Smashbox or Urban Decay, because they all say ‘except where required by law.’

    • http://noirekittenrevenge.blogspot.com/ Marasy

      That is not cool that they still have Peta’s bunny on their packaging. It would be a good idea to put a little sign up in store displays and online that though the packaging has cruelty-free logos they are in fact, no longer so. Supposedly Estee Lauder, Avon and Mary Kay are involved in a class action lawsuit because they were not clear that they had begun animal testing to sell in China and kept their cruelty-free status while testing, thus misleading consumers. I only buy cruelty-free and could care less about companies passing the blame on to “but we only test when required to by law.” They only test when there is potentially a good profit to be made from it, they mean. Sorry, still heartbroken about Urban Decay. I went vegan recently and was buying up their vegan products when they made their sad announcement.

      • Phyrra

        UD’s stuff still has cruelty-free on it too :( It really does bother me that the products can be packaged that way but they’re not actually cruelty-free.

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