I feel like the purchase of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette was inevitable for me both due to the endless rave reviews and my love of a good neutral eyeshadow palette. I think every beauty blogger is always on the look out for that perfect neutral palette. Maybe the thought of neutrals doesn’t set your world alight, but for me, the idea of a do-it-all palette is the stuff dreams are made of. Imagine a palette that housed the right shades to create a matte no-makeup eye look, an everyday defined eye, a summery bronzed look, a glam smokey eye, whilst also containing the right matte shades to fill in just about any eyebrow colour. Sound good? Well let me introduce you to my new best friend…
“Shape matters! A set of universally awesome neutrals, including how-to’s for 6 eye shapes. It’s essential, effortless and enhanced for your shape!
• Essential: 14 must-have neutral shades—from nudes to blacks, long-wearing shimmers to velvety-smooth mattes.
• Effortless: With shimmers in the top row and mattes along the bottom, it’s easy to turn up or tone down the luster. Remember, when using the shimmer shades, be sure to apply by pressing down, rather than sweeping across lids.• Enhanced for your eye shape: Breakthrough eye shape chart to get your most gorgeous look.”
I have a few neutral palettes in my vast makeup collection but this offering from Smashbox is the only one that allows me to create numerous looks AND the perfect defined brows in one fowl swoop. It contains more matte shades than any other palette I own and I think that’s what really sets it apart and makes it the most versatile out of the lot. Not only does the palette contain 7 matte shades and 7 shimmery shades but the colours range from cool to warm, offering something for everybody. It even comes with a fantastic double-ended brush that actually does the job. More often than not, palettes contain sub-standard brushes that are routinely tossed aside in favour of something that’s more suited to the job in hand.
The palette also comes with a mini Full Exposure Mascara which, in my opinion, isn’t much to write home about but it’s certainly not a bad product. After reading so many great reviews, I couldn’t make up my mind whether to buy the palette – mainly due to the fear that it was another over-hyped novelty. In a moment of weakness last week, I placed my order on the Boots website and patiently awaited it’s arrival! However, once I had it in my hands, I could see for myself the quality of the eyeshadows and the beautiful range of shades on offer. I didn’t notice any fallout from the shimmery shades and they aren’t full of chunky glitter either.
* I wasn’t quite able to pick up the intensity of the shadow applied with a damp brush on camera*
The matte shades in this palette are beautifully buttery, so well pigmented and blend like a dream! The shimmery shades feature some lovely warm tones for summer, the palest shade is the PERFECT inner eye highlight and the cooler shades on the right are great for building up a smokey, sultry eye. I use the matte taupe shade second from the right to fill in my eyebrows and it’s just ideal! I’m rather excited by the thought of a palette that I can chuck in a bag for a weekend away and know that it contains everything I need for my eyes and brows!
This palette is very versatile in the respect that you can go for that matte daytime look, add a little shimmer over the top for a pretty look or use the shimmer shades damp and pack them on for a really intense appearance. The darker matte shades are fabulous as a softer, more blurry alternative to eyeliner on the lower lash line. That’s a great option if you’re a little scared of applying eyeliner on your lower lash line because you can go as subtle as you like and it really helps to define and open up the whole eye.
Dare I say it…I prefer this palette to the Urban Decay Naked 3 one because it just offers more. It’s priced at £36 and is available in larger Boots and on their website.
I will be filming a couple of tutorial videos on my YT Channel using the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette showing you how to create a matte daytime look and also something a bit more glam. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here to see the videos when they go live!