Two weeks or so ago, Birchbox had a Birchbloggers giveaway and I won! As my prize, they sent me the Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette to review on my blog. The palette also came with a sample size of the Full Exposure mascara. So, without further ado, onto the review.
This palette has been getting a good bit of hype on blogs and on YouTube. It seems like a pretty promising neutral palette with shimmers and matte shades. The palette even comes with a brush (which I’ll admit I haven’t used… I’m too lazy to wash it right now and I don’t want to use it before washing it).
Here’s a closer look at the colors. The top row is all shimmery, and the bottom row is all mattes. The palette moves from warm to cool shades. I don’t really care for that aspect of it. It is just personal preference, but I like my shades to be in color order (lightest to darkest). But like I said, it’s a personal preference.
Despite the layout, there is a large variety of colors, and I really can’t think of a shade that is really missing. I like gold eyeshadow (like Stila’s Bubbly), but I can see why they didn’t include it in this palette. Other than that, I think the selection is pretty good, especially for those looking for their first neutral palette.
Here’s a closeup of the shadows. It is a little difficult to tell, but I really wanted to show the chunky glitter in the majority of the shimmery shades (only the middle shade is not glittery). I find that this chunky glitter does not transfer onto the eyelid, but I think that is what makes the eyeshadows have so much fallout. I apply the shimmery shades and then find that there is a good amount of powder that has fallen below my eyes. It’s pretty hard to get of it, too, since it is so shimmery. The matte shades are equally chalky, but they apply with less fallout on the eye (in the pan, they are really messy).
Here are the swatches. The top photo is the shimmery shades (in order), and the bottom photo is matte (in order as well). As you can see, the shimmery shades don’t have THAT much pigmentation, but the colors are still very beautiful. They are very shimmery, which can create some really fun looks. I have to admit that I do enjoy a good shimmery shadow, and these will not disappoint the shimmer lover. The matte shades are a bit more pigmented, but they still blend well (the shimmery ones blend well, too, just not as good as the matte shadows). The colors are also very beautiful. I do wish that there weren’t three super dark matte colors, but they are still very nice.
As far as the mascara goes, I don’t really care for it. I find my eyelashes look kind of clumpy and I don’t get enough volume. Also, throughout the day, my lashes tend to lose their curl, which is weird because they are usually super curly on their own. I also think it tends to disappear from the tips of the lashes. How? I don’t know. I don’t get any smudges or anything. Overall, I don’t really care for the mascara (although I do like the big wand).
In total, I think the eyeshadow palette is pretty standard. The colors are nice and the selection is pretty good. There are few changes I would make (less glitter in the shimmers, add a gold, take away one of the dark mattes, etc.), but I think it is solid. Besides the shadows being a bit too powdery, the quality is good. You aren’t going to get strong pigmentation from this palette, but I think it is good for what it is. Would I spend about 40 bucks to go buy it? No, probably not. I would opt for the Stila In the Light palette. However, I think that this palette could appeal to certain people out there. For me, it’s good but not the best.
I am so grateful to have had the chance to try out this palette. Thanks again, Birchbox.
What are your favorite palettes?
I was sent this palette as a prize for a Birchbloggers giveaway on Twitter. I am not getting paid for this post. All opinions are my own.