Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox's Full Exposure Palette can be described as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" type of product, in that it has some aspects that are good – but others that are just plain bad!
This shadow palette contains 14 neutral shades. The top row of seven shadows includes a mix of shimmer or glitter shades, while the bottom row is all mattes. This does lend a great deal of versatility to the palette.
The matte shades are truly matte, and have a soft texture that's easy to apply and blend. The color quality is sheer, meaning you have to put on a couple of layers before it really shows up, but it is buildable and wears well.
The big problem, though, is in the glitter shades. All of them are quite sheer, and even piling them on to your lids, what comes through more is the glitter – not the color. With the darker glitter shades, there's also the issue of fallout. If you apply enough to get a full color impact, you will wind up with glitter and shadow on the top of your cheekbones, which is not where eyeshadow is intended to go!
This is certainly not the worst palette out there, but there are definitely many alternatives that feature a full range of shades that are wearable and don't have the issue with flaking this one does!
- A lot of eyeshadow for a fairly good price.
- Matte shades are truly matte and easy to blend.
- Matte shades wear well.
- Glitter shades have very little color payoff, even when piling them on.
- Glitter shades flake.
Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.
Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.
For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.
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