Smashbox released the Full Exposure Palette in December 2013.  I have had this palette for a couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

This palette is a neutral based tone palette that is perfect for anyone looking to have a palette that can be used from day to night and all year round.  If you are a neutral color lover when it comes to eye makeup – this palette offers a wide range of shades to create those gorgeous every day looks and smoky eyes.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

The Full Exposure Palette comes with 14 shades, 7 matte and 7 shimmer and come in a range of nudes to blacks.  I especially love that the Matte shades are fairly easy to blend considering they are matte and many mattes can be difficult.  While the shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous – they do provide a significant amount of fall out because of the type of shimmer in the eye shadows, so patting motions when applying the shadows are suggested.  Also – I think it’s best to use them over a sticky base.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
– 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
– Get-the-look eye shape chart

This palette / set retails for $49US and can be found at, Sephora stores,, Ulta and

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches

Swatches were done on bare skin and are dry.  As you can see from the swatches – the shimmer shades, while pigmented and vibrant do have micro glitter in them that can cause the fall out mentioned previously.  Overall – I think it has great staying power, of course – over a base or primer, it will last all day.  I love that this palette is one I can grab for any day of the week and utilize it to create a number of looks.

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Tutorial for this look can be found here:  And photos for this look can also be found here.

The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios something like it. While on set, they have seen and worked with every single skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a palette that could be used universally, on anyone and anywhere.  The artists created the how-to’s to use this palette based on eye shapes so that you could create the most gorgeous eyes possible using this palette.

Overall – I am still pretty impressed, even with the cons I did find in this palette.  I will continue to use it in looks to come.

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  1. Cosmetic Sanctuary Reply

    Looks like a nice palette! Easily blendable mattes are a plus!

    • Yes – that definitely was a plus for me too. It’s hard to find that – I think they are more satin then completely matte… they feel more satin like.

  2. I was thinking about this the other day. It is a tad bit too shimmery for me. I never thought i would say that.

    • I rarely use the shimmer shades… if I do – I use it as a pop of shimmer on the inner corner of my eyes… otherwise, I’ve been using the mattes. They are super shimmery and because of that they feel more gritty than I would like.

  3. Betzy Carmona Reply

    I’ve seen to many negative reviews on this palette, but before putting it on the no list I will have to go swatch at sephora. However it looks decent from your swatches.

    • I would rank it negatively in comparison to many of my higher end palettes… for the price, I would rather go with a The Balm Nudetude. While my swatches are good – I just can’t get away from how much I do not like the shimmer shades in this palette. It makes it harder to work with. I love the mattes… but the shimmers would be a turn off to me if I was able to swatch it in person before getting the palette.

  4. Nidia Doherty Reply

    How do the shadows compare to other neutral palettes do you think?

    • If compared to my Lorac Pro palette as an example – I would still favor my Lorac. I think the shadows are nice, but they lack the buttery feeling I love from other palettes and I wish that as a neutral palette it would have a little more range. I still believe a neutral palette should have at least one purple shade… even if a deep plum. Purple is a universal color to bring out the color of the eyes in most eye shades… so I like to have that. I think it’s a great palette if collecting or if you like smashbox, but if it’s not a big deal – I would pass.

  5. Shelley Polarbelle Reply

    I love the lipstick you’re wearing in this post. I have the palette, but haven’t taken the pictures or used it yet.

  6. This is gorgeous on you! I don’t need another neutral palette but if I did I would get this one!

  7. Bummer about the fallout, and some colors look a bit patchy 🙁 Glad there are so many other neutral palettes to choose from these days. But of course it looks fabulous on you 🙂

    • thank you love… but yes, it is a bummer considering the brand. I would totally pick up something else at that price.

  8. Gorgeous colors. Love the natural look you did. I agree with you that it should have a purple!! Love that purple lip on you! <3

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