It’s hard to imagine something topping the launch of Smashbox Photo Finish primer, pretty much the primer staple du jour among makeup artists but now the Full Exposure palette ($49) has become the biggest launch in the brand’s history.
The set of neutrals gives you everything from matte to shimmer, all with a beautiful sleek double-ended shadow brush.
The most beautiful thing about this palette may be the full range of matte eye shadows: I am pretty crazy for a good matte eyeshadow, which can not only function as a great base but also give you that depth for layering. Here are the top features of the Full Exposure palette that makes it worth the price:
- A beautiful array of matte shades, from nudes to beiges to browns;
- A corresponding array of shimmer shades, often great complements to the matte shades;
- The double-ended eye shadow brush that makes the shadows a cinch to apply:
- A bonus mascara.
One of the best tips I have seen about applying a good eye shadow comes from makeup artist Sam Fine, who says that women of color make a big mistake by not wearing makeup. Don’t be afraid to do the smokey eye! The Full Exposure palette gives you clear instructions on how to leverage the shadows to suit your eye shape, which is a great idea (for instance, almond-shaped eyes are considered the most versatile shape for wearing any look; down turned eyes are more suitable for the cat eye look etc.).
The pamphlet that accompanies Full Exposure is really worth reading because it encourages to you to identify your eye shape and then explore the ways you can make those windows of the soul pop. Another tip that I’ve found after using the palette is:
- If you’re transitioning from a day look to an evening look, simply apply the corresponding shimmer eye shadow with a dry brush for an intense effect; all you need is one or two brush strokes and you have your glam look.
If you’re into neutrals, this is a good investment to make. It took a couple of layerings on my eye to get the pigment just as intense as I would like (use a wet brush and then a dry brush for layers).