There were a lot of mixed reviews floating around when Smashbox released their Full Exposure Palette. Some people loved it, some people hated it and some sat nicely in between. The beauty addict in me wanted to test it out, of course, but the realist in me didn't want to fork out for a fourteen pan eyeshadow palette that, realistically, I might never reach for.
All of my prayers were answered when Australia got access to the Full Exposure Travel Palette at Mecca Maxima and a while ago I picked up both, Full Exposure and Double Exposure. I've not yet had much of a play with Double Exposure so I can't really comment on that, however I've been playing with Full Exposure for a while now and it's time to share my thoughts!
The Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette is a condensed version of the original Full Exposure Palette featuring eight of the fourteen shadows from the larger one. It has four matte shades and four shimmer shades, all of which are very neutral, that vary in tone from nudes to a slate grey, with some browns thrown in for good measure!
The palette is set out into two rows, as you can see. The top row contains the shimmer/glitter shades, whilst the bottom row houses the matte. In the top row you'll find a chocolate brown with gold shimmer, a soft gold shimmer, a light tan shimmer shade and a gunmetal grey shimmer. For mattes we have a warm chocolate brown, light-mid toned neutral brown, creamy beige and a mid toned cool brown.
In terms of formula, the top row is a bit inconsistent. The first two shades, as well as the last, have a chunky, almost glittery finish to them, whilst the third shade is a bit different in consistency and a lot smoother. The chunkier shades aren't bad, they just take more work and definitely need a tacky base or primer. The mattes in this palette are pretty good. They're pigmented and smooth to the touch, whilst having a little more powder kick off than I'd like. They can be a little patchy when first blended but blend out nicely with a bit of love and they can be built up really easily.
A look I've created with the palette. Read about it here.
All in all, the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette didn't surpass my expectations but I wasn't disappointed either. Sure, some of the shadows don't perform great without the help of an eyeshadow primer but, for $36.00 at Mecca Maxima stores, I'm actually okay with that! I've been reaching for this palette so much lately, purely because I'm in love with the gold shade, but it only takes one or two winners to create a great palette and I think this has that.