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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.