Review: Smashbox Full Exposure palette

I first saw this beauty in a friend’s beauty area and the moment I swatched it I realised I had to have it. There was no way around that. Unfortunately, living in Australia I get to pay this thing called the ‘Australia Tax’ whereby everything (I mean everything) gets a 50-100% price inflation. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because we live in the biggest hole in the Southern hemisphere and it’s a pain to ship anything here.
Fortune shone upon me though, as my parents were soon to depart for a very long, very expensive and very exciting Europe trip. I managed to get my mum to snag me the Full Exposure palette while she was in London for £38? I can’t quite remember the exact price but I think it was close to that price. Since she was a visitor she also managed to get 20% off VAT and the whole thing ended up to be somewhere around AUD$56 – a whole $10-$15 cheaper than if I bought it here. That, is what we refer to fondly as the ‘Australia Tax’. /backstory
Any how! Let’s keep this rolling – on to the review!

Basically… It is an eyeshadow palette that has 7 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades and all shades are neutral. It has a day-to-night versatility and it comes packaged in a sturdy and quite handy palette as it also includes a dual ended eyeshadow brush (one end for matte shadows and the other end for shimmer shadows). The brush, while not of the highest quality ever, is dense and works just fine and is much, much better than any cheap sponge applicator.


The Good Stuff… The shadows are very creamy and pigmented and makes application a dream! Blending is easy and no-fuss and the shades are split into warm and cool tones which, should suit anyone! The palette itself is quite sturdy and makes it an ideal travel palette, however, due to its size would be more suited to be packed into luggage rather than carried around in your personal bag. There is minimal fall out but if you take a dense brush to it and purposefully brush it back and fourth over the surface of the shadows, you will end up with dusty fall out. To avoid that I only ever brush in one direction, this also increases how much shadow my brush picks up as I am not dusting it back into the pan! The shadows also have good longevity (even on my oily lids!) but there is still some slight creasing. The creasing is always unavoidable but I’m impressed at how little the creasing is when I compare it to other eyeshadows.

Swatches: My swatches aren’t the best you can find, but I’ve included them for completion sake. All swatches were done once with a finger.
Matte shadows
Shimmer shadows

Issues: As I’ve mentioned before, there will be fall out if you brush back and forth over the shadows but for me, I just brush in one direction to avoid this altogether. The size of the palette can be an issue for travel but I consider its versatility to outweigh the issue of the size. It’s not particularly large either as I can hold it with one hand.

In a Nutshell:

Love: Shadows are highly pigmented and creamy, application is easy, the shadows blend well, the included brush is pretty decent and the eyeshadows have pretty good longevity on my oily lids.
Do not love: The issues I mentioned here don’t particularly bother me so I’ll say I have nothing that I do not love about this.
Repurchase? This will last me a long time so I probably won’t repurchase it! But as a gift? I’m all up for repurchasing it to spread the love of the full exposure palette!
I rate it: 4.5/5 I deducted 0.5 just because it does have some issues even though I’m not bothered by it.

Best neutral palette? (Excluding all the Urban Decay Naked palettes)

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  • Laila

    I wanted this a while ago, but now I think I want it again! Thanks for commenting on my blog:)

    Laila from Townhouse Palette