Because you can never have too many neutral eyeshadow palette can you?
Today's palette has been flying off the shelves since it launched late 2013 and here is why...
The newest addition to my ever expanding eyeshadow collection is Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette which is a neutral selection with a difference - one row is entirely shimmer based and the other has a wide range of matte eyeshadows. It also comes with a step by step guide to make the most of your eye shape and a dinky tube of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara which is said to contain enough for up to five weeks of use.
Oh but if that is not enough the Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette also features a full sized duo ended brush - one end is a synthetic duo fibre large flat head which has been marked shimmer. My guess is that due to the shape and texture of the bristles this is ideal for packing on colour be it the Smashbox Full Exposure shimmer eyeshadows or not. The other end is a large fluffy natural blending brush which has been marked matte - my guess this is because it is great for blending out harsh edges which often come hand in hand with matte formulations.
As mentioned above Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette contains an entire row of shimmer eyeshadows which haven't had the best press and of course a selection of matte eyeshadows which most can't get enough of. The reason I like the Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette is because it not only features a selection of finishes but also warm and cool toned shades which many palettes in the past lack.
Truthfully I didn't experience many problems with either offering but will state that the shimmer eyeshadows may not be on par with the likes of Urban Decay's formula of the same name but it is not the worst either. The Smashbox shimmer eyeshadows veer a little sheer in some cases mainly the lighter toned shades but the deeper options do pack more of a punch. I do feel that all of the shimmer formulas would and do benefit from being layered over a primer and will state that they are a little prone to fall out due to their slightly drier texture, all the swatches above are only one swipe of colour. The matte Smashbox eyeshadows on the other hand are buttery soft and utterly jam packed with pigment - they are easy, blend out and are not prone to product fall out. You can also dampen the matte formulas to create your own liquid liners meaning you get more bang for your buck.
Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette is a great everyday palette particularity the matte shades! You can find it via Boots (out of stock online) and via Smashbox UK - link.
- This post contains a press sample.