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.
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 is available at Sephora and Smashbox.com for $49.
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