Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Part 2: The Shimmers

This is the second part of my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review. This one focuses on the seven shimmery eye shadows.

Like the matte colors, the shimmer ones come in a range from cool to warm toned. Once again, the shades are pretty basic and kind of expected (charcoal, bronze, etc.), with a couple of standouts, the more complex S1 and S5. The shimmer is created by infusing silver and gold pearl into the pigment (sometimes both). The eye shadows have visible shimmer micro-shimmer particles, though it's not actual glitter, and surprisingly: almost no fallout. The photo above shows the palette after intense swatching and some playing with the colors. The debris you can see was actually a result of shipping/transit and not from actual use, so I'm highly impressed with that.

The texture of these Smashbox shimmer eye shadows is decent but far from perfect. I'm spoiled, I know, but I'd like something smoother and less gritty. Still, pigmentation is good, end even the lighter colors show up well. It's just not a luxury palette, though I know it will do the work and then some. Longevity is exponentially improved by using a primer, and the Smashbox brush, while not the softest, is usable and effective. The palette would make a good gift for a beginner or give  a good value for someone who wants a bunch of workhorse colors in one palette.

Bottom Line: Better suited for those who are less obsessed with textures.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette was sent to me by PR. It's available from Sephora ($49). The palette is made in the USA, brush manufactured in China.

1 comment:

  1. I am always scared of the fallout ...... these do not do this - really???


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