{Smashbox} Full Exposure Palette

Hello Lovelies!~

I recently picked up Smashbox’s Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette and omg! I’m in love. Keep reading to see all the reasons why I love this palette!

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“This versatile palette includes 14 must-have neutral shades—from nudes to blacks—in long-wearing shimmers and velvety smooth mattes. The clearly organized palette—shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom—makes them easy to work with, and the kit also includes a breakthrough eye shape chart to achieve your most gorgeous look, along with a dual-ended brush to use with both formulas, and a bonus Full Exposure Mascara sample.” Available at Sephora for $49

What’s Included:
The palette includes 7 shimmers, 7 mattes, a double ended brush, and a deluxe sample size of the Full Exposure Mascara. I haven’t tried the mascara yet so let me know in the comments below if it’s good! The Palette also comes with a How To Use Guide for different eye shapes which I honestly thought wasn’t helpful. 🙁 The step by step portion is printed in black and white, so not very helpful at all.

The shadows are packaged in a sturdy palette with a big mirror which covers most of the lid of the palette. The palette has a magnetic close and the shades are nicely organized. All the shimmers are on the top row and all the mattes are on the bottom row. I love that you get a full range of neutrals ranging from subtle nudes to a true black.

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Shades (from left to right):

  • Top Row Shimmer Shades ::  S1: Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl | S2: Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl | S3: Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl | S4: Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl | S5: Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl | S6: Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl | S7: Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
  • Bottom Row Matte Shades :: M1: Matte Warm Chocolate Brown | M2: Matte Midtone Brown | M3: Soft Matte Midtone Tan | M4: Creamy Matte Beige | M5: Soft Light Taupe | M6: Ashy Dark Brown | M7: Suede Black

Here’s a closer look:

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Shimmers: With 7 shimmer shades, there’s lot of glitz and glam to play with. Love S3 and S4 as a highlighter. S1 and S2 are beautiful warm brown tones which I think will work with any skintones. S5 is referred to as a Golden Wheat… but I think it looks more taupe. Either way, it’s one of my favorite colors from the palette. 🙂 S6 is a gray/slate shade and of course you have S7 which is deep gray shade with tons of sparkle. Prettyyyyy.

Mattes: A total of 7 mattes allows a ton of options to create natural daytime looks. M2, M3, and M5 are good contour and transition shades. M4 is a beautiful highlighter. Then you have M1, M6, and M7 which are great for adding a bit of drama.

Swatches: Gorgeous!!! The shadows are super soft and provide good pigment payoff. Click on the swatch photo below to get an even closer look.

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Final Thoughts: Do I recommend this palette?! YES! I love it! It offers a great range of subtle nudes to true blacks. I love that there’s an equal number of shimmers and mattes too. The matte neutral shades makes it an easy everyday palette, and you have the shimmers to get playful and dramatic for an evening look. Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering…

 How does the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette compare to the Urban Decay Naked Palettes?

Well you’re in luck. In my next post, I’ll have a side by side visual comparison of this palette and all the Naked Palettes. So check back or follow me on Instagram or Facebook to stay informed!

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I wanna know what your favorite palette is, so let me know in the comments below.

Also, remember to come back and see my side by side comparison of the Full Exposure Palette to the Naked Palettes. See you soon!!!!

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  1. jane
    January 14, 2017 / 10:30 pm


    I was wondering if you knew whether M3 from Smashbox had a dupe in another brand? I love the color but I hate the formula.


  2. Ellsa
    April 2, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Hi! 🙂 With Smashbox’s Double Exposure Palette just released, could you do a comparison between that and the Lorac Pro 1? I’d love that so much. Thanks! <3

    • April 2, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Great idea! I’ll do one shortly. Connect with me on Instagram @prettygossip (if you haven’t already) to get the heads up when I post my new review. I’ve been getting some other palette reviews ready too so stay tuned! Thanks for visiting and your comment. 😉

  3. Tania Fraise
    March 10, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I luuuve thise palette so much! But unfortunately I live in switzerland 🙁 is it possible to have it? (the exposure palette). It’s exactly the colors I love…

    • March 11, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      I live in Switzerland too and Marionnaud Parfumeries sells ‘Smashbox’ cosmetics along with the ‘Exposure Palette’ and just today I saw that Manor is selling all three Urban Decay Palettes if you’re interested in one of those palettes. It’s so nice to finally be able to test out these much coveted eye shadows in person.

  4. L.C.
    November 28, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    NEED!!!! So beautiful

  5. November 11, 2014 / 10:08 am

    Thanks so much for your review! I love my Naked 1 & 2 palettes, as well as Bobbi Brown palettes, and my Too Faced palettes. Naked 2 is my favorite, but I use Too Faced matte at work a lot. I really didn’t think I need another eyeshadow palette, but after looking at the gorgeous color swatches, I think I need to get it. Thanks so much, and looking forward to your next comparison post.

    • November 11, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment. I can’t wait to share my comparison!! I hope it’s helpful! xo