Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox's Full Exposure Palette ($49 ; is a travel friendly palette that features 14 neutral eye shadows in a mix of matte and metallic finishes. The upper row is made up of the shimmery shades while the lower row is all matte.

The palette also comes with a travel size of the Full Exposure mascara, a good mascara for volume that does't flake or smudge though the day. It can clump a little, but definitely adds a lot of volume to sparse lashes. There's also a good quality , dual ended brush which is probably my favorite part of the palette. I love the brush - its like having two of my favorite brushes in one - the MAC 217 and the MAC 239. The flatter side helps with laying down shadows, especially the shimmery ones and the fluffy end helps with blending.

As for the shadows themselves, I'd have to say that some shades are a hit or miss. I prefer the texture of the matte shadows a little more since they have less fall out and blend better. The shimmery shades are nice when patted on the lid using fingers, but tend to fall out quite a bit while blending, so I would recommend doing your face later. On the plus side, they are very pigmented. Like with most powder shadows, I used these over a primer and it lasted pretty well without creasing too much. The colors are all wearable, and perfect for neutral or smokey looks. If only the textures of the metallic shades were a tad more easy to work it, it would have been perfect.

What are your thoughts on the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette?

*Press Sample

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