a neutral palette for eyes


a neutral everyday makeup look
brown shadow swatches

Every brand these days seems to jumping on the naked palette wagon. It seems nearly all your favouirte brands have their own version of the 'naked' palette. While I love a pop of colour in my life, I do find myself weak at the knees when it comes to a pretty neutral palette and when Smashbox released their version I knew I had to get my hands on it.

I once tried Smashbox shadows years back and was highly disappointed in them, I found they were hard to blend and lacked serious pigmentation. So I was a bit dubious about this palette, but after reading numerous positive reviews and then swatching it in stores I was convinced it was the bee's knees. 

The palette itself comes with a row of shimmer shades and a row of matte shades, so you can choose what type of look you want to go for. It also contains a duo ended brush that for once isn't useless and actually really good, the fluffy side is for the matte shadows and the flatter side is for the shimmer shadows.The shimmer shades are a little hit and miss, some of them are great like  S2, S1, S3 and S7 but then S4 lacks serious pigmentation. I don't feel they are as good as the shimmery shades that are in Urban Decays naked palettes, but they are really eye catching shades. On the other hand the matte shades are phenomenal, they are super pigmented a great range of colours ranging from cool to warm and they are buttery and easy to blend. I reach for these shades the most over the shimmer ones and I say you would get a lot of use out of them.

Overall a really nice edition from smashbox, I feel I will get a lot of use out of it as it contains a lot of amazing matte shades and there are some pretty shimmery shades that look great on the eye. I really recommend it to people who are in search of a neutral palette that contains more matte shades. While I love my naked palettes, I do sometimes wish I had more matte in my life. 

Have you tried this palette?

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette retails for €43 /£36/ $49