Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

After Urban Decay Naked 3 and NARS NARSissist Eye Palette, Smashbox launches its very own Full Exposure Palette, which features 14 neutral colors that range from nudes to blacks in both shimmery and matte finishes.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette


The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette came in a rubberized black compact 6.75 inches by 3 inches. Included with the palette was a Double-Ended Shadow Brush to apply the different formulas, a 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara sample, along with a little booklet that shows you how to do various looks based on your eye shape.

The 14 shadows were split into 2 rows – shimmers on the top and velvety mattes on the bottom. Each shadow contains 0.0035 oz of product, compared to 0.05 oz in Naked 3.

S1 is a chocolate brown with golden pearl.
S2 is a deep golden brown with gold pearl.
S3 is a soft gold with gold and silver pearl.
S4 is a light tan with gold and silver pearl.
S5 is a golden wheat with gold pearl.
S6 is a mid-tone slate with silver pearl.
S7 is a rich grey with multi-color and silver pearl.
M1 is a matte warm chocolate brown.
M2 is a matte mid-tone brown.
M3 is a soft matte mid-tone tan.
M4 is a creamy matte beige.
M5 is a soft light taupe.
M6 is an ashy dark brown.
M7 is a suede black.

The color selection was very versatile and I loved that you could do various looks, not to mention pretty much everything from highlighting, contouring, defining the lashline to even brows, with just one palette.

The quality of the shadows though, could be better. The shimmers felt a bit dry and stiff like those in Urban Decay Vice 2 while the mattes were chalky and poorly pigmented. When used alone, the shadows applied sheerer than desired and faded quite easily. It was only when I added the latest Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer – by the way, is SO great it deserves its very own review – underneath that the colors really popped and stayed on for hours.



Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Closeup
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Closeup
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Eye Looks How To

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Shadows Closeup

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Shadows S1, S2, S3, M1, M2 and M3


Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Shadows Closeup

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Shadows S4, S5, S6, S7, M4, M5, M6 and M7


Smashbox Full Exposure Palette swatches

Swatches of Smashbox Full Exposure Palette S1 through S7 (with primer)


Smashbox Full Exposure Palette swatches

Swatches of Smashbox Full Exposure Palette M1 through M7 (with primer)


Wearing Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Wearing Smashbox Full Exposure Palette



Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is available at Sephora and Smashbox.com for $49.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

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