Because why not?

Smashbox - Double Exposure Palette

28 June 2016

So you guys should probably know by now that I have a problem with palettes, I just can't resist them and I guess I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to buying palettes within a collection.

I reviewed the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (Review) back in 2014 and when I saw that the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette had been released I snapped it up, hoping for improved performance of the formulas.

Inside the palette you'll find 14 shades, seven shimmers, four satins and three mattes, and a double ended brush.

Smashbox promote their Exposure palettes as shadows that can be used wet and dry, simply using a damp brush changes the way the colour translates on the eyes, they also claim that the pans will 'never glaze over and will always dry like new'.

Let's start by saying this 'never glaze over' claim is simply not true, you guys will be able to see in the video, just with swatching and the testing phase I experienced glazing, they do come back over time if you use a stiff brush to attempt picking up product but it's important to note that if you plan to use this palette wet then you need to be prepared to remedy possible glazing issues.

The brush that it contains isn't anything to get excited about, double ended shader and angled shader that looks like it was supposed to be used for blending but is useless.

The colour selection is quite pink and mauve, then you have a token black and brown. You'll also find a blue which just looks so out of place in my opinion and the fact that the shade doesn't perform well just makes it feel like they put it in there to fill a blank space. As in; 'No one wears blue eyeshadow any more so what does it matter!?!' How wrong they are.

Before I get on to swatches I want to talk quickly about the packaging. It's the same size as the Full Exposure palette, sturdy cardboard (lacking the rubberised finish) with a strong magnetic closure, the mirror is the same size and you will still be required to support it yourself as the lid isn't hinged.

So as you can see the way each shade performs wet and dry varies widely, some are nice some are rubbish, it's worth noting that I swatched each shade only once and when applying them wet I used a brush dampened with water. To be honest the only shade that I think benefits from being applied wet is Midnight, it brings out the blue highlights beautifully but realistically it would only work well in a very dark smokey eye, patted over the eyelid and then smoked out with another shade in the crease.

Overall I think this is a pretty crappy palette, I won't risk purchasing another Smashbox eyeshadow palette, they just don't have good formulas.

The Smashbox Double Exposure palette retails for $62AUD and is available online at Mecca and in Mecca Maxima stores. They also have a smaller version containing 8 shades that retails for $35AUD.

Tried any Smashbox shadows? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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