Oh Smashbox Eye Shadows I do love you, I love you a lot. Smashbox Eye Shadows are one of my favourite's in fact I would go as far to say they are my Holy Grail. I love that they are soft, pigmented and easily blended. Last year Smashbox released the Full Exposure Palette (read about it here) which was a neutral palette with one row of Matt's and one row of glitters. This year Smashbox are treating us to the Double Exposure Palette.
Most brands provide a look book with palettes, Smashbox like to do things a little differently and have created a look book which cleverly flatters eye shape. Each eye shade is provided with 3 different looks (Day, Dramatic and Defined) making it even easier to make the most of your eyes.
The big selling point on the palette is that each shadow transforms when used with a wet brush, inside the palette a description of each shade is given and how they transform - some shades deepen in colour, some turn metallic, some have more sparkle -. I love eye shadows that you can use wet/dry I think they add versatility and make it easy to create different looks, mostly I find it brilliant for creating a liner out of darker shades.
I love the shade selection in the Double Exposure Palette, they range from beautiful purple/blues to neutral shades. If you find the selection a little overwhelming (14 shades is a little overwhelming) and your not finding any inspiration from the look book I like to use the palette like a group of eye shadow duos pairing the top shade as an all over colour and the shade underneath it for the crease or as a liner creating 7 eye shadow duo sets.
The palette also includes a Smashbox double ended brush. I like to call Smashbox brushes the Louboutin of makeup brushes, the easily distinguishable red handles make them easy to spot. One end of the brush is a short haired fluffy brush making it perfect for applying all over colour (especially for small eyes like my own) and the other end is angled helping created a great crease or to line the lid. Its not often that you get a good brush in a palette but Smashbox have included a brush you can actually use.
As I mentioned the shadows can be used dry or wet to up the intensity (be that colour or sparkle). Lets look at the top row swatched. Dry and then wet.
The Bottom row, first dry then wet.
If I am being honest with you I don't see a massive change when I swatched the shadows wet, most of the time when shadows can be used wet the colour naturally intensifies or deepens and while this is the case there is not a dramatic change with most of the shades. While this "Double Exposure" seems to be the selling point for Smashbox I personally don't see a massive difference, that being said I think the shadows are absolutely stunning when used dry. As you can see each shade is beautifully pigmented, they are also soft and easy to use. I think the palette is simply stunning without the mention of a damp or wet brush.
I have been using this palette every day - its hard to part me from it. I cant fault any of the shades. I LOVE using the Double Exposure Palette, I love the shades, the effect they create, how they blend. The Full Exposure Palette was a neutral lovers dream but I think the shades in the Double Exposure palette bring the eyes to life, without being overbearing or OTT. I think Smashbox have created a wonderful palette that will suit a lot of people, the shadows are simply stunning and the shade selection is gorgeous, each day I am finding and creating a new combination. Its a wonderful palette which I highly recommend.
When I was buying the palette I was given a sample of Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer which I have been using and loving, when I use the sample up Ill be buying a full size as its stopped shadow gathering in my oily lids.