I know what you’re probably thinking… Cats are the most incredible animals to have ever walked the earth.
Wait — that’s not what you were thinking? Oops! Sorry, my bad.
After seeing my eye look in the top pic, you might be thinking, “Good grief! Another neutral eye palette, Karen?”
OK, fair enough, but before you leave to pet your cat, who for unknown reasons decided to grace you with his presence today (SHOCKER), hold on a sec.
This new Smashbox Full Exposure palette is like the mullet of neutral eyeshadow palettes! — and I mean that in the best possible way — except that instead of being all party in the front and business in the back, it’s party on the top and business on the bottom. Equal parts play and work.
We’re talking major possibilities.
Full Exposure and I spent last weekend together. Just the two of us (and El Hub). On Friday night, we did a cool-toned smokey eye (like what I’m wearing in these pics) and went out to dinner. Then on Saturday we did a nude shimmery lid with a little liner, stayed home, did laundry and watched Game of Thrones (the palette is not a fan of House Lannister). I whipped up this warm brown cat eye while unsuccessfully trying to stop Tabs from jumping into a pile of clean shirts and jeans that needed to be folded…
On Sunday I just kept things simple with a nude matte lid and a smidgen of brown liner along my upper and lower lash lines.
So many possibilities!
And with all of the looks I tried, I still always felt like me, and not like “me with a sh*t-ton of eye makeup on,” if that makes any sense.
Full Exposure is one of those palettes that packs just enough pigment to define and call attention to my lids, but not so much that I feel like a rodeo clown…
Hahaha! I just totally made myself laugh.
Now, if you crave pigment out to HERE, this might not be your bowl of gravy. With the exception of the heavily pigmented dark brown and the black matte shades, I’d say that most of the shadows in this 14-pan palette are only moderately pigmented.
I think of this as a true neutral neutral palette (neutral neutral?), in that the warm- and cool-toned colors are neither too cool nor warm. Rather, they’re in the Goldilocks zone and should suit most skin tones.
I should point out that I did experience a little fallout (just a tiny bit) with these shadows and some fading after about 7-8 hours of wear (and that was on top of primer), but I generally had an easy time blending them… I did need a few extra windshield wiper swipes to thoroughly buff out the darkest brown and black matte eyeshadows.
Oh, the palette also comes with a tiny tube of Full Exposure Mascara (better for thickening than lengthening) and a dual-ended brush.
I usually end up tossing the brushes that come with palettes, but I think this one’s actually pretty good and not scratchy at all, although I do wish the flat eyeshadow end was a bit denser.
If you lean more toward Bobbi Brown than, say, Illamasqua, you might really like the Full Exposure palette (you may still like it either way).
I think this one will be great for days when I just want to wear something straight-up pretty. Just add pink or peach cheeks and lips and a great set of false lashes.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,