Yay or Nay Sunday – Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Today’s Yay or Nay Sunday: Smashbox Double Exposure Palette. Even if I have mixed feelings about this palette, I still think this palette is a Yay (with some nay mixed in).

This is Smashbox’s sequel to the Full Exposure palette and retails for $60 at Sephora. I do not own that one for the simple reason of the bad reviews that it has gotten. I did swatch it myself and it really wasn’t much to talk about. Sheena also has it and doesn’t reach for it.

So when this one came out. I debated over getting it and the only reason I purchased it is because I did not pay full price for it. I like the colour choices because sometimes I like blues, gold and copper cool tones.

Smashbox says that this palette transforms when used wet. You can see my swatches below of the colour and the what they look like swatched dry and wet.

Here is how Smashbox describes it

This innovative eye palette features coated pigments formulated with coating technology to create multiple effects when wet, allowing the shadows to transform in one of four ways—allowing these 14 shadows to become 28 shades in just one palette. When wet, these colors amp up vibrancy, become deeper, turn metallic, or create sparkle for endless, customizable eye looks.

Apply eye shadows with the foolproof, double-ended brush. The domed in brush absorbs just the right amount of water for impactful color while the angled side creates a precise line when wet, a diffused line when dry. Then elevate looks for your eye shape with the #SHAPEMATTERS insert, featuring how-to’s for six shapes. Top off your looks with the included, Full Exposure Mascara, in a bonus, five-week supply.

My beef with this is that doesn’t every shadow look more metallic or intense when applied wet or with something like MAC’s Fix +? So what makes this so special? I am not one to usually use my makeup wet, I normally don’t have the time for that or think about it. That is probably my biggest beef with this palette. Not sure I would purchase it for the full price of $60. As you can see from the swatched  below, the swatches are deeper, metallic, etc. The blue colour Midnight does transfer the way it says, it adds more sparkles, but the Temper colour, doesn’t look more sparkly… other than that, they transfer and swatch nicely.

The dense side of the brush it comes with, does work nicely with the swatches and I did use it to try this palette out and I liked how it performed with these shadows. I did try it dry, and I had no problems with now the shadows blended. They applied nicely and were buildable. Dry however, I had to apply more than one coat, that’s for sure. When I swtched these, they all felt soft and nice, the only colour that was more chalky is the Blanc colour. But that is not a big deal because I use this colour more as a glitter on top of other shadows when I want to add a little something something.

All in all, I like the cool colours, they do feel great. If you like to use your shadows wet and metallic, I think this will be a nice versatile palette for you.

– Nat

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