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We used to get frustrated that smoky eye tutorials didn’t take the spectrum of eye shapes into account (after all, we’re a diverse bunch). Turns out we weren’t alone. After nine years of research examining thousands of faces, the makeup pros at Smashbox narrowed it down to six common eye shapes found throughout the world: almond, round, upturned, downturned, monolid, and hooded. They applied their findings to this universal neutral palette, filled with all the neutrals you (and you and you) will ever need.
I have a lot of eye shadow palettes, three of a a similar concept from a popular competitor, but I love this one better. I wouldn't have thought to try it, since I have so many other palettes, and was happy with them. But I got gifted this on Customer Appreciation Day, and decided I might as well use it, since it was free.
I always loved my other palettes, but could only wear a small number of the colors, as the dark colors always seemed so pigmented that they would not blend out. It always looked like I was trying to do an Elvia look, so I stayed away from the dark browns and settled on the lights and mid-tones.
But with this palette, the darks are blendable. I am able to use the full spectrum, and create dramatic looks that are still appropriate to wear during the day. They are so blendable, that I can even take a pencil brush and draw in the crease as a hard line with a dark brown, and then blend it out with a blending brush.
I love the selection of both cool and warm brown mattes. I wear them both, sometimes switching depending on the colors I am wearing that day, and other times mixing them together in one eye look.
The bottom row, I get the most use out of. I always make my eye look primarily with the mattes. My favorite shadow in this palette is to the left of center on the bottom row, a beautiful peach.
The top row has a shiny satin highlight in the middle, very useful and well pigmented. The to the left there is a shimmer version of the peach color that I love so much. I pat it over the matte peach, sometimes. I haven't had any fall out from doing that.
I admit, I haven't tried the other shimmers, yet, but I think they will be fun for special occasions.
I have been a big fan of Smashbox for years but I strayed away a few years back thinking I could save money. Well after purchasing this kit I remembered why I loved their products so much. The eye shadows go on with such ease and the colors are true to form. This set is wonderful as gives you such variety and l adore that it comes with instructions based on the shape of your eye. I never paid attention to that before but surely do now as I see the results. So happy to be a Smashbox customer again!!5
I own one and I truly love it! comes with a mascara and a brush. Do the smokey look or just go dark. Very smooth!5
If you want one, very good, long lasting, basic shadow palette, this is it. Create a perfect smokey eye. A perfect da shadow. This is one of my essentials.5
Its definitely not a bad pallette, it has very nice colors. I've just had better, its not as pigmented as like make up geek. It feels too thin and almost grainy. It is colors I would use everyday but for that price I could get something much nicer.3
There are a lot of different color combinations you can use and the product seems to cover well and last long. The reviews I saw before purchasing the item weren't that great, but I don't have complaints.4
I love this palette! I have the naked 2 palette with similar colors and this palette is by far much better! The colors last, there is a great tone to the colors and they last all day. I love that it contains a matte and shimmer colors - the mattes are incredible! Extremely happy that this sampe came in my birchbox as I have been on the search for the perfect matte colors for my fair skintones and they are defintely it!5
I used my birchbox points to buy this as a gift to myself after starting a new job and I am soooo glad I did! The colors are very pigmented, and blend easily with minimal fallout. I use maybelline color tattoo cream shadows in coordinating colors as a base, and my eye make up looks fresh after a busy, sweaty 10 hour shift at work, and even after a nap! This is my new favorite everyday palette, and I can't wait to try other smashbox products since I am so impressed with this one. Worth every penny. I'd rate it 10 stars if I could! :)5
I own the NAKED 3 and this palette - love them both equally. Naked gives you a few more shimmers than mattes. This one gives you an even number of both with a great brush with an end for matte and an for shimmer. You can create a lot of different looks with. Plus it comes with a really great guide in there to help you out when you first purchase it. If you love the NAKEDs, you'll love this too.5
My aunt bought me the Full Exposure palette as a gift and I definitely like it. There are 7 matte colors and 7 shimmery colors. Good formula, good color payoff. The brush that comes with it is fluffy, but a little hard. Would definitely recommend to anyone who doesn't care about the cruelty status of their products.4