Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Thursday, February 6th 2014 1

7 shimmers, 7 mattes

Smoky eyes - we all want them, but we all have different things in mind when we mention them. Luckily Smashbox have got all bases covered with their new Full Exposure palette, a neutral number with every eventuality covered...

This is one of the cleverest palettes I’ve seen because it completely takes the guess work out of pairing flattering eyeshadow shades together. Divided into two horizontal rows, there’s a row of 7 shimmer shades and a row of 7 matte shades. Directly below each shimmer shade is a matte in a flattering hue.

From pearly creams to chocolate browns and even some gun metal and black, there’s a range to suit any make-up need. The shimmer shades are infused with a really fine glitter; they’re more eye catching than a satin finish, but the sparkles are demure enough for even the subtlest of make-up lovers. And as for the mattes, these are great to mix and match to add depth to any smoky eye look, or even to use alone in the day for a hint of colour.

Full Exposure Smashbox

One of the things that I love about this palette is the brush. A double ended brush is included, one end flat for applying shadow to the lid, and one end fluffy for softening out any harsh lines. I always say that half of mastering make-up is having the right brushes, and this little inclusion gives us the tools to create the ever coveted ‘smoky eye’. To really make the most of this palette I’d also make sure you keep a small pointed brush to hand – I love MAC’s 123 or Illamasqua’s Smoulder Brush. Of course no smoky eye is complete without a hearty lashing of mascara, so Smashbox have included a handbag sized Full Exposure mascara to seal the deal.

TOP TIP! Take your shimmer shade of choice all over the eye lid using the flat end of your brush, and use the matte shade positioned directly below it to add some soft, smoky depth in the socket of the eye using the fluffy end.

We’ve had so many great neutral palettes this year; from Nars to Clinique and Urban Decay, everyone is at it. But Smashbox are ahead of the game with this palette because it contains such a strong collection of mattes. When you look at a make-up look, it’s easy to focus on the most prominent part – perhaps a set of lashes, or a sparkling golden lid. But what really holds the look together is a clever blend of mattes to frame the eye, and Smashbox have seven to hand in one go.

FUll Exposure

Before this I hadn’t tried an awful lot of Smashbox but now I’ll be keeping an eye on them. A total winner and a fool proof kit for the perfect smoky eye. Need some help with make-up tips? Smashbox have got a great playlist on YouTube designed to show you how to make the most of the Full Exposure palette whatever your eye shape.

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is a steal at £36.00 from

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