Sunday, 23 March 2014

Disappointment with Smashbox Full Exposure Palette..

If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you will know I love a good neutral eyeshadow palette, with both UD Naked 1 & 2 palettes very firmly placed into my 'holy grail' products so when I saw the beauty that was the Smashbox Full Exposure palette, in all it's neutral shaded glory, it was absolutely necessary that I must own it(!) so here are my, unfortunately, not so great views on what was deemed to be the eye shadow product of the year..

I was definitely far too excited when I first opened up this palette, and there were many 'oohs' and 'aahs' when looking at the beautiful shades inside, however it was a completely different story when I began to swatch them, and I actually think my heart sank a little(#firstworldproblems), when I applied some of the shades to my eyes..

Full Exposure contains 12 shades, 6 shimmery shades and 6 neutral ranging from warm to cool tones. They really are beautiful, however I think it's very much a product that sits in the 'better to look at than touch' category. The shimmery eyeshadows, when applied to the eyes are..ok, however some, in particular the light gold and khaki, have a lot of glitter fall out, making them a proper pain in the arse to use, and I feel like the Urban Decay naked palette shades have a much nicer, and easier to use formula. There's too much glitter, not enough shimmer...does that make sense? The matte shades are better, however the creamy white shade may as well not even be included, as it is one of the least pigmented shades I own.

The brown matte shades are fantastic however, pigmented and buttery, and translate well onto the lids, offering a subtle, low maintenance every day eye look. I think as I begin to play around with some of the other shades, I will get used to the formula, and find ways to use the palette, as most of the shades are very pigmented and really are gorgeous but overall, I'm really disappointed in this product and feel like the quality could be seriously improved, especially for the price of £36.

Is this palette overhyped? Yes.
Do I recommend it? Maybe, as the matte shades are pretty great..but I would choose the UD naked palettes 100x over this.
Is the palette overpriced? DEFINITELY.

Have you tried this product? What do you think to it?

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  1. Great post. I know what you mean about TOO GLITTERY and not shimmery. Sparkle eyeshadow must have a nano filament of metallic to sit right on skin. Not too much metallic though. Such an expensive kit! I hope you get your money's worth with practice, and thanks again for your review.

  2. Wow they are a tad glittery, pretty though x


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