Sunday 5 April 2015

Smashbox Double Exposure

When the first photos started doing the rounds on Smashbox Cosmetic's latest palette I waited patiently for weeks for the release date. I bought the Smashbox Full Exposure from a friend who couldn't get on with it back in September so I just had to welcome it's younger sister to the palette family. Come Christmas Day my lovely parents surprised me with it after managing to bag one online when it was first released. Waiting to play with it before I took photos was a killer, blogger problems. When all the festivities finally died down I finally took it out of its beautifully packaged box from Smashbox Cosmetics. Photos were taken thanks to an oddly sunny December morning and I was finally able to have a good play with the silky shadows. 

The Double Exposure has fourteen shades which turn to twenty eight shades when wet. They come housed in a black, magnetic flip palette, thankfully not matte like the Full Exposure which gets so messy. The brush inside isn't my favourite. One end is slightly tapered which makes lining under the eye and the crease really easy but the other end is quite stubby and really doesn't pick up product well. I've just kept it in the palette as I've preferred using my Nanshy brushes as they blend better. 

The shadows themselves are really buttery and look really pigmented in the pan but they don't transfer very well on the lid. It's pretty disappointing. They do work so much better wet but who has time to apply eyeshadow wet every time you want to use them? I sure as hell don't. I've used the more neutral shades during the day more with a quick spritz of MAC Fix+ but it's still effort. 

I expected so much more from this palette, the purples, mauves and blues are all so beautiful but I wanted amazing pigmentation from them and Smashbox have thoroughly disappointed me! I'd love to know your thoughts on the Double Exposure if you have it too or if you have any tips so I can get the most out of it. I haven't seen many posts on it so far so feel free to comment below or tweet me @alicespake with your opinions!

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