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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Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance

Sometimes all you need to look more alive is a good bright blush.  Have you ever had those days where you feel like you look dull, washed out, and just flat out boring?  I find that the remedy for me is to add a nice blush.  One that I often pick up for a refreshed look is the Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance.  

The packaging of this blush is very interesting.  From the top it looks like it is just a ordinary pot of blush with a see-thru top, but the bottom actually swivels out to reveal a nice mirror that will come in handy when doing your make-up anywhere other than your vanity.

The vivid pink color probably intimidates many but it is really nothing to be feared…

As you can see: when applied heavily it looks just like it does in the pan but if you use a nice fluffy brush and don’t apply a ton of product you can get a natural bright flush look.  

Another thing I like about this blush is that it isn’t shimmery but it does have a gorgeous satin, skin-like finish.  Perfect for those that want a luminous look but don’t want the shimmer.  

This blush also lasts such a long time.  I notice that my face looks blush-less after half a day’s time with certain blushes.  The Blush Rushes by Smashbox last a good-long time and stay looking even and amazing.  I give them 5 out of 5 stars!  
What is your go-to product for a happy face?
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Smashbox Proof Cream Eye Liner Palette Review and Swatches

If you are like me, you looove your liner.  I almost never skin eyeliner.  It adds so much to a makeup look.  I am always wanted to experiment with new colors but I have a  hard time committing to ones that I have never tried in the full size.  Smashbox has a palette filled with 10 cream liners and this one is called Proof.

This palette has your basic black and brown but a few other unexpected, fun colors.
The names are printed on the back for your convenience when going to purchase a full size in your favorites.
The swatches below match up to the names above.
They are unreal with lasting time.  I never have to touch up when I wear these liners.  And I love that there are so many fun shades that I wouldn’t typically wear.  I use some of the more natural colors (like Deep Bronze, Putty, and Thunder) as eyeshadow primers on occasion and they work GREAT for that as well.
The Smashbox Proof Cream Eye Liner Palette retails for $32. I give these palettes two giant thumbs up.  I have had 2 or 3 of these throughout the years and enjoy being able to travel with such a pocket friendly palette.  The product is great and even though they aren’t air-tight sealed I don’t have a problem with them drying up super fast.  I have had this palette for MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONTHS now and I am still using it almost daily.  Definitely something to look into if you are wanting to branch out.
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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

I have been using BB Creams for over a year now.  In the last year more and more “Western” cosmetics companies have been coming out with their form of BB Creams.  They are leaps and bounds different from the “Eastern” cosmetics companies, but they are still breaking boundaries within the foundation world!  The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is the one I am reviewing for you today, so let’s get right to it!

The packaging is great.  It has a squeeze tube and dispenses the product nicely.  You are really able to control the amount that comes out. 
The consistency of the BB cream is slightly thick but still very airy.  It is more of a cream than a liquid.  
This BB cream as a light to medium coverage.  I find that it evens out my skin well and it still lets my actual skin (like freckles and suck) peek through.

Notice in the top picture you see very visible freckling on the back of my hand but after the Smashbox BB cream was blended in you can see the freckling but it is toned down quite a bit.

This BB cream claims to prime, perfect, hydrate, protect and control oil.   I find that as a primer is does a nice job.  As far as it perfecting my skin it does an okay job, not the best not the worst.  It does offer some hydration, although I don’t really count on a product like this to give me the moisture I need so I always apply one underneath.  As far as protection goes, SPF of 35 is pretty high and I think it does a good job.  Controlling oil………. what?  No, no, no, no…  
This does nothing to help my oil production at all!  I don’t even know why they would throw that into their claims because I can’t see that happening for anyone.  I could definitely be wrong by saying I don’t think it would work for everyone–because, sure, it may work for some.  My skin tends to get a bit oilier when I wear this BB cream.  I have oily skin to start with, so blotting throughout the day is no stranger to me, I just wanted you to not be fooled by that claim.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream retails for $39 and can be purchased online at Smashbox or Nordstom, as well as anywhere else Smashbox products are sold.  Overall I give this BB cream 3 out of 5 stars.  It does it’s job, but really I feel as though it is nothing more than a pigmented tinted moisturizer.  I do have BB creams that I love whole-heartedly but this one is just okay in my book.  
What is your favorite BB cream?  Let me know in the comments below!  I am always on the looking for a new goodie to try!
*This product was a prize in a Facebook contest.  In no way is this post sponsored.  All opinions are my own.  I am making use of affiliate links.

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