Friday, 2 May 2014

A Closer Look: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

This hyped up palette featured in a recent video of mine, Smashbox Full Exposure vs Urban Decay Naked 2. I spoke about how it compared to the Urban Decay Naked 2, but thought it would be a good idea to do a post to review it more in-depth.

As I mentioned in the video, it is a beautiful palette. It really is, there is a great colour range, both cool and warm shades. The top row are all shimmers/glitters while to bottom are all mattes. The palette does come with a dual ended brush, but mine didn't as it was a prize in a charity raffle and for whatever reason there just was not a brush inside when I opened it (I'm not complaining though, I won it for a fraction of the price and helped out a worthwhile charity at the same time!)

The matte shades are gorgeous, great to layer and are very creamy powders. You've got great matte shades that can be used as bases, for most skin tones. And also there is a staple matte black shade, perfect for smokey eyes and liner.

The shimmer/glitter shades are also great colours but for me, they aren't quite as great as the matte shades. Which is a shame because I normally go for at least a little shimmer on the eyes. So, why am I not so hot on the glitters? Well, they don't apply that easily. You can load them up on your brush and pat over the colour, but in terms of a quick 'swipe' of colour, these formulas are too great for that. Such a shame because they are such stunning colours, I just wish the overall pay off was better and more intense.

Overall it is a really lovely palette and would be a worthy addition to any make up collection. Is it the best palette I've come across though? Afraid not. It's great for the matte eyeshadow lovers who may go for a glitter every now and then, but if you're looking for a palette mainly for the shimmer/glitter factor, look elsewhere.

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