March 31, 2015

The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

The hype for new eyeshadow palettes never stops, does it?! When we started blogging, the first Naked palette hadn’t even been released. Now, even the most basic of makeup kits seems incomplete without a decent neutral eyeshadow palette. So many brands have hopped onto the bandwagon - in fact, this is Smashbox's second 'big' neutral offering.

I really wasn’t interested in last year’s Full Exposure palette – the glitters were a little full-on and it was a bit too cool-toned for me overall. If you’re like me and far prefer warmer shades, Double Exposure* is a far safer bet. There's still a line of mattes and a line of shimmers, but not a whiff of chunky glitter in sight.

I’d actually liken a lot of the tones in this to the NARS NARSissist palette – they’re not actually all warm, but very wearable for most skintones. Even the more mauvey shades are really flattering and I've used every shade bar the blue!

The texture of these shadows is something that I was concerned about when I received the palette – Smashbox say they can be used either wet or dry. I was concerned about using them damp and honestly originally thought this was an easy way for Smashbox to get around the fact that these shadows don’t all swatch very strongly on the first pass. When you get down to using them properly with a brush, though, pigmentation honestly isn't an issue and there is almost zero fallout. I didn't feel that I had to dampen these to get the most out of them as they perform really well on their own.

My absolute favourite shades in this palette are the warm browns - not a surprise as they're colours I always gravitate towards, but these four are particularly lovely and work really well together. I used them in the look below for a brown smokey eye last month and a lot of you seemed to like the look!

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Overall, I actually really do like this a lot and would totally recommend Double Exposure to any of you that are interested in it. It comes with a really lovely double-ended brush - I think that plus fourteen lovely shades is decent value at under €50!

The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette is €44 from Arnotts and bigger Boots stores nationwide.


  1. The colours look really great... Siobhan xx

  2. I love those colors x


  3. I want to buy only one product that conceal my eyes should I buy corrector in porcelain bisque or concealer in porcelain? Many products creases under my eyes especially these kind of non liquid stuffs. I also have normal to dry skin I mean I don't use any powder even for my face I can't use under my eyes neither. So I'm confused. Also think about Nars Vanilla concealer... What should I do? My shade is alabaster from bobbi brown ^.^ Thanks!

  4. ohhh I love those colours! They're all so wearable! I love the pigmentation of Smashbox eyeshadows!

    Chrissy x


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