Review by Request: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Since its initial release the Smashbox Full Exposure palette has been the most requested and purchased products of the brand. And it doesn’t surprise me at all as this palette is a wonderful mix of wearable everyday shades and festive colors that work perfect together to create amazing looks.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette ($52.00) is a set with increased-pigment and universal, neutral eye shades. It features fourteen must-have neutral shades – from nudes to black, long-wearing shimmer to velvety-smooth mattes.

This palette is one of the follow-ups of the famous Naked palettes by Urban Decay. It is how the Smashbox brand sees neutral makeup and I find their vision pretty interesting. The palette does not seem boring because of the shimmers and still remains perfectly wearable due to seven amazing mattes.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

The packaging is black cardboard but very nicely done with minimalistic yet interesting design on the cover – the holographic name of the brand and the palette. Inside you will find a big full-size mirror that is very convenient if you do makeup on the go – cardboard packaging is very light and you can keep in one hand with no effort.

The size of the actual eyeshadows is quite big – you get a very generous amount of product in there (total weight 0.49 oz or 14.00 g!) and the eyeshadows are made in the USA. With this palette you have fourteen eyeshadows – seven mattes and seven shimmers. Shimmer shadows are located on the upper row and mattes are just below. This structure seems very convenient to me as you do not mix shimmers with mattes, even accidentally – your mattes stay truly matte which is sometimes a problem with the large palettes.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

The best part of this palette is an even amount of mattes and shimmers. For the daytime makeup you can easily go for matte look and it will be extremely easy to do. And if you want to amp up your look – just add a shimmer or too. To my mind, this is the easiest palette that I have ever used. Plus, you get a how-to guide on makeup looks that are ideal for different eye shapes and you can get some inspiration from it too. As for the eyeshadows – besides being equally divided in shimmer and mattes, these eyeshadows come in different undertones (which is a rare thing!) – cool, neutral and warm. Though you only have two neutral you can still mix warm and cool eyeshadows to get a perfect shade of your own.

Shimmer eyeshadows will show very little color if you apply these shades with a sweeping motion. The Smashbox recommends to press these shadows down on the lid that I personally find incomplete in terms of pay-off. I would suggest using water or sprays to to apply these shadows wet. And when applied wet all of the shimmers reveal their true beauty and sparkle. From left to right:

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches

Shimmer 1 – warm-toned medium deep brown shade with visible gold glitter and sparkling finish.

Shimmer 2 – warm-toned orange based copper shade with fine gold glitter and sparkling finish.

Shimmer 3 – warm-toned light coppery-gold shade with tiny gold glitter and metallic finish.

Shimmer 4 – neutral light champagne beige shade with satin finish.

Shimmer 5 – neutral golden light olive green shade with chunky gold glitter and glittery finish.

Shimmer 6 – cool-toned light grey shade with blue undertones and silver visible glitter with sparkly finish.

Shimmer 7 – cool-toned darkened bluish grey with fine silver glitter and metallic finish.

Matte shadows that are located on the second row in the palette have very good color pay-off and very silky and smooth texture. You can easily get enough color with one swipe and get the coverage from very sheer up to completely opaque. I prefer to apply theses eyeshadows over the base (like Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base) that guarantees that these eyeshadows stay till the end of the day. Mattes are very bendable and not powdery and are perfect as crease colors and all over shadows as well. From left to right:

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches

Matte 1 – warm-toned deep brown shade with completely matte finish.

Matte 2 – neutral darkened beige shade with slightly yellow undertones and mate finish.

Matte 3 – warm-toned light peachy shade with satiny matte finish.

Matte 4 – neutral light beige with light yellow undertones and satiny matte finish.

Matte 5 – neutral muted light taupe shade with matte finish.

Matte 6 – cool-toned darkened taupe shade with grey undertones and completely matte finish.

Matte 7 – cool-toned grayish black shade with matte finish.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and Brush
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and Brush

This palette also comes with a double-sided brush. One side is designed specifically for the mate shades and is quite fluffy that makes it perfect for crease work. The other side is more flat and combines two types of bristles: white ones are natural and therefore fluffy and good for blending, black ones are synthetic and quite stiff and are designed for packing the glittery shadows on the lid.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Makeup
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Makeup

Overall I have to say that the Smashbox full exposure palette is a really nice and well designed palette with high-performing eyeshadows. It is the easiest palette I have ever used and you can effortlessly create quite a lot of different makeup looks with it. I tend to reach for this palette when I am not sure what look I should go for – and this palette is a no-brainer – bendable crease shade in combination with a pigmented and sparkly glitter shadow makes any look sophisticated and flawless whether it is a simple daily look or a complex smoky eye.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Makeup
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Makeup

Even though it is a neutral eyeshadow palette it is neither comparable to other neutral palettes from other brands nor dupable by any of the Naked palettes. It is quite unique and if you already own several neutral palettes I still recommend you to check this one out because you might find it really interesting and unusual in comparison to what you already own.

I am really happy that I was reminded by one of my readers about this amazing palette and I hope that this review was interesting for you. Please leave any questions, ideas or  thoughts in the comments down below!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea


The price and descriptions are taken from the Smashbox official website www.smashbox.com and from Sephora official website www.sephora.com.
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22 thoughts

  1. Wow! That looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the balance between matte and shimmer. And that matte black looks so pigmented. I need this…

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  2. Wow applying wet makes all the difference. I had purchased the travel sized one and hated the shimmer shades with a passion! I never thought of applying wet. One problem I have with applying some shades wet though is I feel the colors don’t last as long on my lid. Have you noticed any change in staying power vs. what you would get with Urban Decay or Too Faced!? Great review, girl!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I always use the Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (check the my review on it – the link is in this post) – and absolutely every eyeshadow (no matter dry or wet) stays put till I take my makeup off – whether it is 5 hours or 15 😀 This base makes a huge difference – the color pay-off of any eyeshadow is amazing and the wear time is extended! And this shimmers should always be applied wet otherwise they have very weak color pay-off or even none at all

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