Because why not?

Blogmas - Smashbox Full Exposure Palette.

20 December 2014
I had to have this palette, it was one that I'd not heard great things about but there were no shits to be given, it was pretty and I just wanted it.

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette comes with 14 shades, 7 shimmer and 7 matte, it also includes a double ended brush which I've not used because double ended brushes are stupid. Try sticking one in a brush roll and not destroying the bristles.

The packaging is nice and annoying, it has a matte black finish that is almost rubberised, kinda like Nars packaging, you need only look at it and the damn thing gets dirty. Dirty packaging aside it has a magnetic closure and a decent sized mirror, I would opt to do a full face of makeup in it but if you were desperate it would certainly work.

The printing on the palette is really pretty though, it reflects light and gives awesome rainbow effects at all different angles, I think it's designed to suck people like me in.

The top row of shadows are shimmers that contain micro glitter except for the center one which is a true shimmer (or frost if you want to be super technical but I don't), the bottom row are all true mattes. They didn't bother to name any of their shades they are just listed S1-7 for the shimmers and M1-7 for the mattes.

Top L-R: S1 | S2 | S3 | S4
Bottom L-R: M1 | M2 | M3 | M4

You'll have to forgive my swatches, I couldn't get the colours just right.

S1 - Neutral chocolate brown with gold and baby pink micro glitter
S2 - Warm, light copper with gold and baby pink glitter
S3 - Cool, super pale peach with gold and baby pink glitter (you see where this is going don't you?)
S4 - Cool, pale pink, glitter free.

M1 - Cool chocolate brown
M2 - Neutral nude
M3 - Cool beige
M4 - Cool cream

Top L-R: S5 | S6 | S7
Bottom L-R: M5 | M6 | M7

S5 - Cool, light taupe with, you guessed it, gold and baby pink glitter
S6 - Cool, light steel blue with what looks like lavender micro glitter
S7 - Cool, gun metal grey with more glitter

M5 - Cool, mixture of light taupe and beige, I don't know what to call it.
M6 - Warm Taupe
M7 - Black, not completely shit either

Before I move on from the swatches I have to tell you what is really going on with these shadows. The shimmers have very little colour pay off when using a brush, don't even bother trying, just use your fingers and a damn good primer (and shadow shields or a tissue to catch all the fallout) or use them wet.

The mattes also need a lot of help, prime the shit out of your eyes and pack them on, always use a patting motion and not a sweeping motion for every single shadow (including the shimmers) and allow an extra 20 minutes in your makeup routine for frustration, do-overs and cursing.

It's a shame really because some of the colours are gorgeous, I don't know how Smashbox fucked this up but it is what it is.

Here are multiple photos of the brush up close, I'm not going to talk about it because I don't like it.

The palette also comes with a leaflet that shows some application suggestions for different eye shapes.

I can't, in good conscience, recommend this palette but you guys know I like to show the good, the bad and the ugly side of products so this review had to be done.

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette can be purchased from Mecca Maxima and Kit stores and online for $68AUD.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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