Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review

4 Aug


You may wonder if it’s possible to have too many natural themes eye shadow palettes because the colors are all neutral. The answer is no because there are thousands of shades and hues of each color. My most recent natural palette purchase is the Smashbox Full Exposure palette and I love it.

Company Description- ’14 must-have neutral shades-from nudes to blacks, long-wearing shimmers to velvety-smooth mattes’.

Smashbox Full Exposure Review

The palette contains the shadows, a mirror, a double ended brush and a mascara.

There are fourteen shadows included in this palette which unfortunately are unnamed. The top row consists of shimmery colors while the bottom row is all matte. If you check out the swatches below you’ll notice that they’re pretty much the same colors except that one has sparkle while the other doesn’t. This makes the palette easier to work with because it gives you more freedom to play and create different looks using colors that compliment each other.

Now for the swatches:


The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette


Swatches of the shadows in the same order as they are placed in the palette. These shadows were applied without primer, in the SHADE.


Swatches of the shadows in the same order as they are placed in the palette. These shadows were applied without primer, in the SUNLIGHT.

Something that I learned while looking at the Smashbox website is that while it’s to sweep the matte colors across your lids, they do recommend that you press down the shimmery shadows. This really helps to set the shadow so that you look your best. I will admit though- I have swept it across my lids and wan’t disappointed with the results.

Not only are the shadows beautiful but they are fantastic in quality as well. They’re highly pigmented and last for hours and hours on end when they’re used with primer. They’re also incredibly easy to blend so you can get that gorgeous natural smokey eye look without too much hassle.

The brush that is included in the palette is double ended. The shorter, wider part is meant to be used for the shimmery colors and the longer bristles are for the matte shadows. The bristles are soft and do a great job at picking up a lot of shadow so that you have to spend less time picking up more. It’s a great brush and I use it all the time now.


The Smashbox Full Exposure palette also includes a mascara. I love how long it made my lashes look but I have to admit that it would be more of a daytime mascara for me. At night I prefer to fatten up my lashes.


A bonus us that they include a guide stating how to get the best results for your eye shape. It’s a great tool for beginners as well as anyone who wants a few extra pointers.


I love my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and use it constantly. I definitely see myself repurchasing it once it’s finished.

Have you tried this palette? Thoughts?


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25 Responses to “Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review”

  1. Allison August 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    I haven’t tried this palette, but it looks very nice. I love everything from Smashbox that I’ve tried.
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  2. Kim August 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    I’ve heard mixed things about this palette, mainly the pigmentation of the shades isn’t consistent. Some are splotchy, and aren’t well pigmented.
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  3. Cosmetics Aficionado August 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    I love the shades in this! I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

  4. Laura MyNewestAddiction August 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    This palette is one of my favorites!
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  5. Phyrra August 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    This looks like a great palette
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  6. Ange August 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    The shades are to die for in this palette!
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  7. Leelo R August 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    This looks and sounds like something for me!
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  8. Nidia August 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I have a problem with neutral palettes.. can’t get enough! I especially love ones like this that have matte and shimmer shades, to help me with a complete look!
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  9. Mai August 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    This reminds me of the Lorac Pro Palette, the eyeshadows look beautiful!
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  10. BeautyJudy August 5, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Oh! I wish I didn’t want all the neutrals, but I do! Thanks for this review!
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  11. Melody August 5, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    ohh I’ve seen this and wanted to pick it up but judging from those swatches I didn’t need it at all.
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  12. Miranda August 5, 2014 at 1:04 am #

    Great neutral palette for fall!
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  13. Justina August 5, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    I own this palette and really like it!

  14. Cindy (Prime Beauty) August 5, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    My niece has this palette and loves it!
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  15. Destany August 5, 2014 at 3:56 am #

    Haven’t tried anything from Smashbox before, but wow – these look nice :)
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  16. Brittany August 5, 2014 at 4:02 am #

    I’ve been falling over LORAC’s Pro Palette 2 that I totally ignored this baby. It’s not like I need more palettes but this looks niiiice.
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  17. Lisa Heath August 5, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    I really want this palette!

  18. Betzy Carmona August 5, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    I have been debating wether or not to order it, but next time it’s on HSN I will deff place an order.
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  19. Kath TheFabZilla August 5, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    I agree, you can never have too many neutral palettes!
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  20. Anastasia August 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Gorgeous palette! I heard so many great things about it.
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  21. Sheila (Painted Ladies) August 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    The colors are divine!
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  22. Brooke @ Blushing Noir August 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    The colors in this palette are perfect. I’d totally use this every day!
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  23. Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries August 6, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    Glad to hear the shadows are all to your liking. I’ve had Smashbox palettes previously that had some hit and miss formulas.
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  24. Eugenia August 6, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    This would be a good palette for travel since it has day and night time looks!
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  25. Citizens of Beauty August 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I was 5 seconds away from buying this…but now I am going back!