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A couple weeks ago a good friend of mine brought me flowers and I got the Smashbox Double Exposure palette in the same week! I thought it was appropriate to combine them into the same post together. All the pretty things in one place!
This is an absolutely gorgeous palette from the packaging to the actual shadows inside. I love the paint brush effect to the packaging. It’s fun and pretty and gets me excited for what’s inside.
This is such a lovely palette through and through. Like the Full Exposure palette, there are several shimmery and several matte shades. I love that in this palette, we get a silver, some neutrals, and some lovely rose golds and purples. I’m also digging that they remembered to include a matte cream, deep brown, and black shade in the mix since I reach for those regularly. I typically go with a naturally pretty look, but I could get a dramatic smoky eye out of these as well! The only thing I find it lacking is super bright shades but I don’t wear those on a regular enough basis that I’m sad if they’re not in a palette.
L-R (top row): Silver, Mauve, Peony, Blanc, Quartz, Flushed, Veiled; L-R (bottom row): Midnight, Temper, Haze, Noir, Copper, Fig, Espresso
The formula of these pretty shadows is awesome. I don’t find them to be overly powdery, and they have no real fallout. They’re also meant to be shades that will transform when “activated” with water. Wet/dry eyeshadows are nothing new to the makeup world. Adding a bit of water to the formula amps up the vibrancy, makes the shade deeper, turns it metallic or does something to mix it up a bit. So we have 14 shadows here, but really with a little “activation” we have 28 types of shadow to work with. If you buy this at the store, you’ll also get a little insert with how-to’s for various application methods and a mini of the Full Exposure mascara.
The brushes that come in so many of these palettes are worthless, but I really am enjoying this one! It is dual sided, and each side works for a different cause. The domed side is meant for applying with water and grabs just the right amount to change the formula from dry to wet and vibrant. The angled side creates a precise line when wet and a diffused line when dry. I personally wear shadows dry most of the time, but when I wear them wet, I like to dip my brush in the formula first, then wet the brush. You could also wet the brush first if you wanted to, but I thought I would just tell you how I liked to do it!
The two palettes I have from Smashbox are above- the top one is Double Exposure and the bottom one is Full Exposure. I reviewed Full Exposure here. Since having reviewed the Full Exposure, I’ve gotten some mileage out of the shimmery shadows in that palette. I really like the texture of all the Smashbox shadows and their ability to make a shimmer shadow that’s not overly glittery. The shade range and the mix of mattes and shimmers of the Double Exposure reminds me a lot of the original LORAC Pro palette, except less buttery and with less fallout!
Below I’m wearing a few shades from the Double Exposure palette, including Quartz over the whole lid, and Fig in the crease. I’m loving Quartz’s rose gold type shimmer. It’s so pretty on! Have you seen this palette around? Would you spring for it?