Swatched: Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette
Morning guys! This review was supposed to be part of my post on the new Smashbox bases but since that ran over 800 words, I thought it's best to write a separate one for the palette. The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette (~P2,500 in Beauty Bar) is a set of 14 eyeshadows that are designed to be used both dry and wet. When dry, the eyeshadows deliver a smooth layer of color, but it's when water is added that the pigments really shine.
There are six cool shades, two non-colors (white and black), and six warm shades. It's a good selection of colors that are as striking as they are wearable, but don't expect anything you haven't seen yet. If you have an extensive eyeshadow collection then this might not be a must-have per se, but if you're just starting out or want something comprehensive yet compact enough then this is def worth checking out.
I love the warm shades, particularly Fig, a dusty deep mauve, and Copper, the perfect rich reddish brown for those one-color shadow days. Quartz and Flushed are pretty lid washes! This isn't to say that I don't like the cool colors; the blues and purples look fabulous on my eyes, particularly Midnight and Temper. I do wish that Smashbox included a light matte brown or tan blending color. That would keep me from having to pick up another palette just to soften my eye look.
The box is cardboard and feels very sturdy. I wish that it was flatter though; it's rather bulky at the base. This bulkiness prevents it from being travel-friendly. This is a studio palette for sure! The double-ended brush is okay - it would've been great if the brush hairs were not so stiff. Maybe I just need to use and wash it several times? I have to see to that.
Overall, I've been enjoying the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette ever since I got it. While the colors won't set your pants on fire, they are reliable, richly pigmented, and stays on well even without primer. With a wet brush they become even more stunning! ^_^ Go for it if you're looking for a well-put together palette for home or studio use.
How's the week so far? Hope the gloomy weather isn't getting you down!