Smashbox Full Exposure

I have been wanting to show you this palette for a week or two now so I am so excited to finally post this review and makeup look.  Neutral eyeshadows are totally my thing and I feel like the Smashbox Full Exposure palette hasn’t gotten the fair amount of attention that it deserves.  This palette has 14 eyeshadows: 7 matte and 7 shimmers.  It is a neutral palette lover’s DREAM.Smashbox Full Exposure palette review

 

I love how in the Smashbox Full Exposure palette warm shades are concentrated on the right side of the palette and the cool shades are on the left.  Grouping them together in this fashion actually make it dummy-proof.  I also love how they placed the two perfect highlights, shimmer and matte, right in the center and both are very neutral in tone.  Perfect compliment to either side of the palette.  Ingenious placement, for sure.

Smashbox Full Exposure palette

Smashbox Full Exposure palette

Smashbox Full Exposure palette

Sort of GORGEOUS, right?  Well get ready for all of the swatch pictures of the Smashbox Full Exposure palette now!

The first two pictures are the first row of shimmer shades.  There are 7 shadows so I had to break it up into 2 pictures because I only have 4 fingers (not including the thumb ;P).

smashbox full exposure palette swatches

smashbox full exposure palette swatches

The 2nd row consists of the matte shades.  So pigmented and creamy for being matte shades.  I am so impressed by these shades because matte eyeshadows are known for being powdery, chalky and less pigmented than shimmery.  The mattes in the Smashbox Full Exposure palette definitely isn’t any of those things.

smashbox full exposure palette swatches

smashbox full exposure palette swatches

 

I included to different shots of arm swatches.  The first one was taken in direct sunlight to pick up the shimmer bits. LOOK at how saturated the color is.

smashbox full exposure palette swatches

The 2nd photo was taken in the shade.  And you can see that the darker shimmer shades just wont quit.  Amazing.

smashbox full exposure palette swatches

So this palette is also accompanied by a sample of their Full Exposure mascara.  I used it in the makeup look I show below.  I think it is really good.  I only did one coat and I was super impressed with just one coat.  I love big, bristle-y brushes.  They are my favorite for volume.

smashbox full exposure mascaraThe Smashbox Full Exposure palette also comes with a dual ended brush.  One side is meant for mattes and one side is meant for shimmer.  If you are like me you don’t really pay attention to the actual uses of brushes and use what you think they would be good for.  The “matte side” really reminds me of a MAC 217, which I LOVE and have 3 of…  I use this kind of brush in virtually every eyeshadow look I do.  it is perfect for applying color to the crease, applying lid color.  You can use the tip of the brush to run shadow along the lower lash line.  It is a huge work horse.

smashbox full exposure matte brush

This brush is interesting.  It is for “shimmer” but it is dual sided.  There was a whole collection of dual sided makeup brushes from MAC and I actually reviewed some dual sided brushes from Japonesque.  It is a nice brush.  Good for packing shadow onto the lid.smashbox full exposure shimmer brush

And the rest of the pictures are me wearing a few of the warmer shades.

smashbox full exposure makeup look

smashbox full exposure makeup look

smashbox full exposure makeup look

smashbox full exposure makeup look

I am totally in love with the Smashbox Full Exposure eyeshadow palette.  I love every single one of the eyeshadows and that mascara is a winner too!  I think that the selection of shades are the best compilation for neutral eyeshadow lovers.  There are many other high end neutral palettes on the market but none that really got me excited like this one. The entire bottom row reduces your need for the Naked basics palette, the entire top row reduces your need for Naked 1 and 2 palettes.  The only thing you would be missing is colorful shades, which isn’t the point of this palette anyway.  I recommend this palette to everyone because these shades are so versatile.  The mattes could be added into just about any makeup look and who doesn’t love a little shimmer?

Anyway, this palette retails for $49 and you can find it at SephoraNordstrom, Macy’s, and Smashbox.com.


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Maybelline The Nudes

So a couple weeks ago Maybelline released a collection of new eye products.  One of the most exciting thing from that collection was The Nudes palette.  It is essentially the drugstore answer the Naked palettes of the high end world.  I have personally seen these at CVS, Walmart and Ulta.  And believe it or not, the cheapest place I saw it was at Ulta for $9.99!  This is a full review and swatches of Maybelline The Nudes.Maybelline The Nudes palette

So first look you can see that a lot of the shades are very warm.  Very similar to the original Urban Decay Naked palette.  There are a few shades (the lighter matte ones) that are less warm and more neutral in tone.  The swatches below are in order from top to bottom left to right.

Maybelline The Nudes palette swatches

As you can see there are some really great ones in Maybelline The Nudes but also some that are lacking.  The third one in the top row is a light brown/tan and even though it is light in color, it also doesn’t have great pigmentation.  It would work for a great transition color for the crease.  I personally like to lay down a skin tone shade to help the darker colors blend over it.  It makes for a gorgeous blown out gradient of color.

The black shade (last one in the bottom row) is also lacking in pigmentation.  I think that for beginners this black may be the way to go because a full on black can be kind of overwhelming.  I even get overwhelmed with them at times because once they are down, they are locked down.

The two light, shimmery shades are disappointing as well.  Those are the ones I can’t find a good excuse for.  In the look I did below I placed the 5th shadow in the 2nd row down and it was like nothing was there.  I did 4 layers of this shadow until I gave up.  I then went to the first shadow in the first row.  It was slightly better but after all was said and done I did 7 layers of these light shimmery eyeshadows just to get a somewhat pigmented look to my lid.  Shimmery shades are usually the most pigmented so for these to fail so hard is kind of inexcusable.

The rest of the shades are magnificent.  8 out of 12 isn’t bad!  My two favorites from Maybelline The Nudes are actually the 4th and 6th ones in the top row!  Very gorgeous!

Maybelline The Nudes palette

Maybelline The Nudes palette

 

Maybelline The Nudes palette

Maybelline The Nudes palette

Maybelline The Nudes is a pretty decent palette.  I would give it a B- if I were grading it.  Even though some of the shades are lacking in pigmentation the majority are good.  Even a couple of the ones that lack in pigment actually aren’t all that bad.  They are slightly powdery with minimal fall out.  TIP:  I tap my brush to rid it of excess eyeshadow.   I find that to be extremely helpful in minimizing fallout.

Tell me in the comments below, do you own Maybelline The Nudes?  Are you lusting after it?  Do you not want it at all?


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LORAC PRO 2 Palette Review

I am sure you all know by now but LORAC Cosmetics released their new PRO palette.  The LORAC PRO 2 Palette is still mostly neutral with a few colors.  This palette is still half matte, half shimmer.  This palette still has amazing textures, formulas and pigmentation.  This palette is STILL AWESOME.  It is just mostly cool tones versus warm tones.  Did I just accidentally give away the ending?  I am sure you all guessed it anyway, right?  So now you have to stick around and see the 10000 pictures in this post.  That was your warning.  Turn back now before it is TOO LATE!

lorac pro 2 palette

 

OOOOOOO!  AHHHHH!  Isn’t it pretty?

lorac pro 2 palette

 

So, there are 16 eyeshadows in this palette: 8 shimmers and 8 mattes.  A little something for everyone.  Because they are placed in two rows I am basically going to show you 4 at a time.  It is the only way to photograph it and make sense of it for review purposes.  So here goes.

The first 4 eyeshadows from left to right are Buff, Light Brown, Snow and Beige.

lorac pro 2 palette

Buff is just that.  Matte skin tone shade.

Light Brown is also pretty explanatory.  Matte light brown/tan.

lorac pro 2 palette

Snow is a shimmery white.

Beige is a shimmery peachy beige.

lorac pro 2 palette

The next 4 shades are Cool Gray, Nectar, Rosé, and Mocha.

lorac pro 2 palette

Cool Gray a matte gray-purple taupe.

Nectar a matte peach.

lorac pro 2 palette

Rosé is a beautiful, shimmery rose gold.

Mocha is a shimmery bronzed brown.

lorac pro 2 palette

The next 4 shades are Plum, Navy, Chrome and Silver

lorac pro 2 palette

Plum is a matte purple.

Navy is a deep matte navy blue.

lorac pro 2 palette

Chrome is a shimmery deep silver with a hint of brown.

Silver is a shimmery true silver.

lorac pro 2 palette

The next four shades are Charcoal, Black, Jade and Cocoa.

lorac pro 2 palette

Charcoal is a matte grey.

Black is a matte true black.

lorac pro 2 palette

Jade is a gorgeous shimmery khaki green.

Cocoa is a rich shimmery chocolate brown.

lorac pro 2 palette

Here they are all swatched out side by side.  The clouds were going in and out the whole time I was trying to take these pictures!  I know!  #FML, right?  So I tried to take several arm swatches in different intensities of natural light so you could get a true idea of what these look like on my medium toned skin.

lorac pro 2 palette

lorac pro 2 palette

lorac pro 2 palette

Like I said in my opening statement.  There isn’t a dud in the bunch.  These are all so smooth, rich, pigmented and long lasting eyeshadows.  The LORAC PRO 2 Palette comes with a nice sized primer, which I have had since the first PRO palette and love.  This palette retails for $42 and can be found anywhere that carries LORAC Cosmetics.  I have already done a Navy and Rose Gold look using the palette and I have a brown smoky eye coming soon!

So tell me, are you going to buy this palette?  Did you already?  Do you own the first one?


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Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

You all know how much I love my neutral/natural eyeshadow palettes.  I have hoarded added another to the collection.  The newly updated Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is a collection of 9 neutral eyeshadows, 3 of which are brand new to the palette!  4 of the shades are matte and the rest are shimmers but they are all gorgeous!  I had the original palette a few years ago and I never reached for it.  I felt like the shades didn’t have enough versatility.  I gave it away simply because I never used it.  I wish I would have held onto it just to show you the side by side comparison.  Not only did they update a couple of the colors inside but the packaging is so much better.  I love the new tins they come in.  They are more slender and will hold up better over time.

“Look naturally gorgeous for any occasion, from everyday to your wedding day. Our best-selling Natural Eyes collection allows you to perfect the most flattering, most requested look in the glamour universe. Newly made over in the prettiest packaging, the palette features nine matte and shimmer shadows in beautiful neutrals ranging from soft and pretty to slightly sexy and three new shades. Natural Eyes is a 2014 Brides Magazine award winner for Best Palette to Wear On Your Big Day!” – Too Faced 

TOO FACED NATURAL EYES   These shades are so stunning.  Seriously.

DAY

Heaven is a matte cream.  Cashmere Bunny is a mid-tone matte brown.  Sexpresso is a matte dark brown.

CLASSIC

Silk Teddy is a shimmer pinky-beige.  Push Up is a shimmery medium brown.  Erotica is a taupe-brown with gold shimmer.

FASHION

Nudie is a deep matte tan.  Honey Pot is a shimmery gold.  Chocolate Martini is a dark brown with gold shimmer.

Too Faced natural eyes FOTD Too Faced natural eyes FOTD Too Faced natural eyes FOTD Too Faced natural eyes FOTD Too Faced natural eyes FOTD Too Faced natural eyes FOTD Too Faced natural eyes FOTDDetails on the look I put together…

FACE

Pixi H2O Skin Tint
Hourglass Dim Powder
Milani Baked blush in Berry Amore
Jane Cosmetics Inspire Bronzing Powder

LIPS

Pixi Lip Balm in Honey Nectar

EYES

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (Push Up, Erotica, Honey Pot)
Cattiva liner on waterline
L’Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black
ARDENCY INN PUNKER mascara

Did you notice that my hair is shorter?  I chopped off about 8-9 inches and added in more layers.  O_o  I can’t believe I did it, such a big ballsy move for me! Anyway, I love the updates to the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette.  I think that this is one I will be reaching for a lot this summer!  What is your favorite neutral palette?  Tell me in the comments below! 



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