Saturday, April 4, 2015

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Review and Swatches

I love my full exposure palette. Its a go to for me. So I was REALLY happy when they announced the double exposure palette. But I have refrained from reviewing it for the last 4 months. Because there is nothing WRONG with it. But there is nothing GREAT about it. I guess maybe that is whats wrong with it. Its simply fine. And after loving the first one so much it was extremely disappointing to have this palette not be as wonderful.

As you can see, the packaging is similar. The big improvement on the second one is in the shadow names. As in, THEY HAVE NAMES! As I am sure many of you can attest to, numbers or lack of names is beyond frustrating. Almost as much so as when the company names shadows but puts the names on a plastic sleeve unattached to the packaging (I'm looking at you Tarte!!). In this case the names are on the bottom of the box which is not my favourite place for the names to be (seriously, how hard is it to put the names beside the freaking shadows?) but beggars can't be choosers.

Now on to the shadows. Sigh.... I am not going to go in to a big rant about the claim of 28 shadows. Of how absurd it is and how they really don't TRANSFORM in to other colours at all. They dont. Period. When you wet a shadow it gets more intense. ANY SHADOW. Or at least the majority of them. That being said, when you wet a shadow and it dries they tend to get a hard crust over the top where the moisture was. These do not do that. Which is great. They dry down to the way they were before you got them wet in the first place. Which is great.

The top 7 dry. From left to right: Silver, Mauve, Peony, Blanc, Quartz, Flushed and Veiled.

And here they are with the dry on top and the wet on the bottom. As you can see, a bit more opaque, a bit more pigmented, but nothing really DIFFERENT.

Bottom seven dry - From left to right: Midnight, Temper, Haze, Noir, Copper, Fig and Espresso

And here they are with the dry on top and the wet on the bottom. Again, more pigmented (except for the shade Temper that just was a mess) but again, no transformations.

These are certainly not the worst shadows I have ever used. They are also not at all the best shadows. They are not as pigmented as I would prefer, the wear is ok, but not great, and well, they are ok. Just ok. Which for a follow up to the Full Exposure palette is ridiculous.


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