Today I’m doing a little bit different than usual. I’m creating a more creative look for today’s tutorial using UD Moondust palette as well as some mascaras. You can skip smudging the mascara for a more wearable look. Anyways, read more below for product info and step-by-step pictorial!
As promised, today I wanted to share my new favorite palette – the Smashbox Full Exposure palette. This palette would make a really great Christmas gift! I wanted to post this next week as my Product of The Week, but I really want to post this today because I’ve been teasing you all with tutorials using this palette. So, I’ll categorize this under Product of The Week even though I do not put it up on the title.
What is Smashbox Full Exposure Palette?
“A set of universally awesome neutrals that’s essential, effortless, and enhanced for your eye shape. […] This totally versatile palette is organized with crease-resistant, long-wearing shimmers in the top row and velvety smooth mattes along the bottom. Fourteen essential neutral shades include a range of nudes, blacks, shimmers, and mattes. Use the brilliant eye shape chart, dual-ended brush, and Full Exposure Mascara to complete any look.
[…] Smashbox has taken the guesswork out of application with a cool, new dual-ended brush. There’s a fluffy end perfect for blending matte shades and a flat end to easily lay down the shimmer shades without sparkle overload. Plus, it’s double-sided with black bristles on one side and white on the other, so you’ll never accidentally dip a light shade into a dark shade.”
At first look, I was attracted to the huge flecks of glitters in the top row of the Smashbox Full Exposure palette. They did say it’s actually shimmer, but I feel that the light-reflecting particles are definitely too big to be considered as shimmer. I was, also, quite skeptical regarding how well the glitters would stay on the lid when being used dry since I’ve negative experience with other brands.
When I swatched the eyeshadows on my hand in Sephora, I was very surprised and happy that the glitters stayed really well at the back of my hand. That sealed the deal for me! I took the beautiful palette and paid for it.
I know quite a few reviews in Sephora website said that they hated this palette because the glitters couldn’t stick well to the skin. Well, I didn’t have this issue at all, perhaps because I applied the glitters in a different way. First of all I applied eyeshadow primer on my eyelid. Then, I used a dense flat eyeshadow brush to apply it.
A black sleek carton packaging. 14 eyeshadows in a square (yay) pan. The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette also contains 1 sample-size Full Exposure mascara tube, a double-ended split-fiber eyeshadow and fluffy blending brush, as well as a large sheet (folded in the picture) of eye makeup tutorial.
The eye chart sheet shows information on how to create several looks based on your eye shape.
I’ve yet to wear this palette without a primer underneath. With Urban Decay Primer Potion, the Smashbox Full Exposure palette proves to be quite resilient. It lasted for 8hrs without creasing.
Top row: shimmer (S1-S7); Bottom row: matte (M1-M7)
- S1 – Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl
- S2 – Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl
- S3 – Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl
- S4 – Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl
- S5 – Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl
- S6 – Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl
- S7 – Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
- M1 – Matte Warm Chocolate Brown
- M2 – Matte Midtone Brown
- M3 – Soft Matte Midtone Tan
- M4 – Creamy Matte Beige
- M5 – Soft Light Taupe
- M6 – Ashy Dark Brown
- M7 – Suede Black
CA$58 (before tax) for 0.035oz x 14 eyeshadows, double-ended makeup brush, mascara and eye chart.
- Excellent colors – browns, nudes, and greys.
- You get 2 different textures – shimmer and matte.
- Great pigment pay-off.
- Glitters stick well to the skin if you pack the eyeshadow with a flat and dense eyeshadow brush.
- Matte eyeshadows are not chalky, it has quite a velvet finish to it.
- You can mix the matte eyeshadows to be used for the brows.
- Palette have a great range of colors, which is great for different skin tones.
- Great eye chart for inspiration.
- Awesome brush and mascara.
- Not too pricy – considering it’s around $5/eyeshadow when you break it down individually.
- Makes for a great bridal palette!
- The flat split-fiber eyeshadow brush does not pack the glitter on the eyelid that well. You might have to use another brush for the glitters.
- Quite a fall-out from the “shimmer” rows, so watch out! Try to do your eye makeup first before your base.
If you have been on my Twitter or Instagram, you should know that I’ve just received my Sleek Makeup palettes that I purchased from Luxola. I got my hands on it this weekend when I was in Bali, so I have yet to play with it. I wanted to swatch these palettes first before I do any tutorials with them. I’ve heard so much raves about these palettes on the blogsphere and youtube, that I was so excited when I get received them!
First of all, let me mention how great the Staff at Luxola are! I am affiliated with Luxola, but what I’m going to tell you guys is 100% based on my experience. You guys should know by now that I would never recommend anything that, in my personal and professional opinion, is below standard and expectations. Let me tell you what happened before we proceed to the swatches itself.
I bought (yes, bought! with my own money) several products from Luxola website. I’ve checked out and paid for all the items in my cart at end of March. I was told that my products would arrive between 5-8 business days. I was happy and excited to get the products before my trip to Japan. 8 days later, my shipment was nowhere to be found! I contacted Luxola, checked my tracking number and found out that my shipment was stuck at Indonesian customs! I tried calling Indonesian post to find out what’s going on, even went on their twitter asking questions but no answer.
I was devastated. I contacted Luxola regarding the issue and they tried to help me by contacting the courier service that they’ve used over in Singapore. Luxola Staff patiently replied to every single one of my emails promptly. I went to Japan, came back just to find out that customs isn’t releasing my shipment. No letters, no contact information, nothing to assist me to get the shipment out of customs! I almost gave up. That’s $100 worth of products that I’m not going to receive ever.
However, an email came through from Luxola. They messaged me saying that they will ship a new set of products (of whatever that I’ve bought) to my bff in Singapore. I was so thrilled when I read the message!
I was so happy! To be honest, I had the same issue with another online store at the same time, and they weren’t even as helpful or offered any assistance like Luxola. By this time, I was jumping up and down, and told my bff to keep the package for me till we meet again. Not even 2 days after, my package arrived at my bff’s and she was holding it for me! I mean, talking about fast and amazing services! So, thank you Luxola for the great service and assistance that you’ve offered.
Ok, let’s get on the swatches!
It comes in a black casing. Very light and small. The boxes above actually remind me of chocolate bars for some reason. Oh just to let you guys know, the reason why I bought these 3 palettes is because these 3 cannot be shipped to U.S.A or Canada (according to Sleek Makeup website). I wanted to buy them when I was in Canada, but since it cannot enter the country, I decided to buy them here.
Each palette costs IDR Rp. 157,000. From Sleek Makeup website it costs £7.99/palette.
The Sparkle 2 palette is a limited edition palette. My first impression when I opened the palette was “that’s a lot of sparkle”..well it is called the Sparkle palette. I didn’t expect the sparkle to be so huge! I’m a little afraid that the sparkle might be rough and hurt my eyelid. I’m also a bit skeptical on how much sparkles going to stay on the lid. I’ve worked with glitters and sparkles before, I find that I’ve to use some sort of “adhesive”, let it be cream or liquid to make it stick to the skin. I guess I just have to try it, right? 😉
The Sparkle 2 Palette comes with 12 shades. 4 of which are shimmery, while the other 8 has glitter/sparkles in them. The 4 shimmery eyeshadows are Chocolate Penny, Gold Ribbon, Truffle and Tinsel. The 8 glittery ones are Festive, Blue Spruce, Mulled Wine, Glitz & Glamour, Mistletoe, Twinkle, Illusion and Starry Night.
On the top part (L-R)
- Chocolate Penny – golden bronze.
- Blue Spruce – a turquoise with silver sparkles. Feels dry when touch, and surprisingly does not swatch very well considering how vivid the color is.
- Mulled Wine – crimson with gold glitter.
- Truffle – deep rich chocolate metallic color. Very buttery and has a lot of pigments.
- Mistletoe – forest green with silver glitter.
- Illusion – an eggplant purple eyeshadow with silver glitter.
On the bottom part (L-R)
- Festive – plum eyeshadow with silver glitter (the only one you can see with sparkles on the swatch below)
- Gold Ribbon – bright golden yellow with shimmer.
- Glitz & Glamour – grey with silver sparkles.
- Tinsel – silver shimmery eyeshadow.
- Twinkle – navy blue with silver sparkles.
- Starry Night – black with silver glitters.
The Snapshot palette is one that I really wanted to get. It has a combination of matte and shimmer eyeshadows. It has a whole loads of bright eyeshadows, and some neutral ones. I absolutely love and adore this palette.
In this palette there’s 5 matte eyeshadows and 7 shimmer eyeshadows. The 5 matte ones are Summer Breeze, Sand Walker, Washed Ashore, Purple Haze and Magenta Madness. The 7 shimmery ones are Martini, Kiwi Flower, Sunset, Lotus Folower, Green Iguana, Humming Bird and Tequila Sunrise.
During the swatching process, I found that Sand Walker does not show up on my arm because, it’s pretty much the same color as my skin. That shadow probably would work as a great base for my eyelid.
I also find that the shades on this palette turns out to be more on the medium shades range on my skintone. Nothing too dark for contour or crease color. Perhaps using a primer/base under the eyeshadows will make the shades brighter.
From the Top (L-R):
- Summer Breeze – matte cyan.
- Martini – shimmery vanilla.
- Kiwi Flower – shimmery chartreuse green.
- Lotus Flower – shimmery lavender.
- Humming Bird – shimmery deep turquoise blue.
- Tequila Sunrise – shimmery orange.
On the bottom (L-R):
- Sand Walker – matte beige nude shade.
- Washed Ashore – matte light orange.
- Sunset – shimmery copper.
- Green Iguana – green teal shimmer.
- Purple Haze – matte purple with cool undertone.
- Magenta Madness – fuschia pink matte shade.
The last palette is the Ultra Mattes V1 Brights, which is a very popular palette. I’ve heard raves about this palette on how great the colors were even though they are mattes. When I first opened the palette, my eyes immediately went to Dragon Fly shade. It’s soooo beautiful! It’s bright, it’s gorgeous and it’s so creamy when touched. The shades just seem to glide on the skin smoothly.
All the colors on this palette are matte. It does not feel chalky at all, instead it has a creamy, velvety texure to it. Most of the colors look pretty good without a primer when swatched. Even the lighter ones like pink, grey and white, though it might look light and chalky, you can still see the slight difference in hue on my arm.
On the top layer (L-R):
- Chill – aqua blue.
- Pout – hot pink.
- Sugarlite – purple with red undertone.
- Dragonfly – jungle green (yes, it is a color, I did not make this up).
- Pucker- another hot pink shade. I think this shade is very similar to Pout, but slightly lighter.
- Bammi – true yellow.
On the bottom layer (L-R):
- Cricket – grass green.
- Bolt – electric blue.
- Strike – orange (similar to that in Pantone’s).
- Floss – ballerina pink
- Crete – soft grey.
- Pow – vanilla.
All in all, I think all 3 palettes are pretty awesome. It’s a tad more expensive than the original price from Sleek, but I still think it’s a good price by Luxola. I’m one happy gal!