Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Review, Swatches and Photos
Although this Double Exposure palette has been around for a while, I only picked it up on impulse the other day whilst in Sephora. It looked like it had some nice colours, including purples which I like without being too much of a neutral palette, of which I have several. It came with a trial size Full Exposure Mascara and a Shape Matters How To booklet explaining eye shapes and how best to use the eyeshadows.
The packaging is nice with a sturdy feeling palette with a magnetic clasp and a good size mirror in the lid. The palette consists of 14 eyeshadows (7 shimmer, 4 satin and 3 matte) and a double ended brush. The brush has one end which is domed and the other angled. The palette is promoted as 14 shadows that can transform into 28 by using them either wet or dry. The six shadows on the left are cool-toned and the six on the right are warm-toned. They are divided by a black and white in the centre.
I decided to swatch the palette by top and bottom row to make it easier to follow and did each as both dry and wet on top of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original. This is what they looked like and my thoughts.
Top row from left to right:
Silver: Described as a shimer this is a pretty silver that I can see being quite versatile. It has an almost blue undertone to it but also gives off a gold finish. It is hard to describe and the photo does not really pick it up, but it is a nice shade. It is more delicate in colour when dry, but the wet version leans towards a grey.
Mauve: As a satin shade this a pretty lilac shade when dry which I can see myself using quite a bit. Once wet it becomes a much deeper purple.
Peony: This is described as a shimmer, but I would class it as satin. As a dry shadow it is a pale pink and as a wet shadow is a deeper rose shade.
Blanc: This was one of my least favorites. As its name suggests it is a white with shimmer but it had the most fallout of any colour in the palette. This one is actually better used wet as there is more colour payoff and much less fallout.
Quartz: A very pretty pink shimmer with a peachy tone to it. When used wet it appears more gold.
Flushed: I would describe this as a peachy rose shade which didn't seem to change too much from dry to wet. It did look slightly darker in colour when wet, but nothing drastic.
Veiled: This is the one shade in the palette that needed several swipes to get any real colour out of it. Very pale and could be used as a highlight for the right skin tone. Wetting it didn't make much difference to it either.
Now for the bottom row, first dry then wet.
Midnight: When you look at this in the box it is a navy blue with a sparkly shimmer to it. When swatched dry the sparkle is lost and the shade is quite flat, however wetting it does bring a vibrancy to it, but still no real sparkle.
Temper: Another shade described as a satin which adds sparkle once wet. I personally didn't see any sparkle either dry or wet which is a shame because it a nice plum colour.
Haze: This is a purple/grey colour and one of my favourites. It looks nice both dry and wet.
Noir: This is the matte black of the palette although it is not the blackest black I have used. It does get darker when wet, but is less bendable in this state. It’s handy to have in the palette but I wish it were better.
Copper: I like this colour as it is a deep, rich reddish brown. It is described as shimmer and definitely is although the description of it turning metallic when wet is a bit of a stretch.
Fig: This is almost a purple brown matte which is very pigmented. It is great as a dry shadow but the colour definitely pops more when wet.
Espresso: A warm brown matte that again was very pigmented. It gets deeper when wet and could be used as a liner.
The claim that you get 28 shadows from the 14 by using them either dry or wet is a little far-fetched as some of the “transformations” were negligible or even disappointing. Most eyeshadow palettes can be used both wet and dry although it is true that this palette handles the use of water better. After using a wet brush in the pan it then dried smooth with no trace water had ever been there.
Overall I had mixed feelings about this palette. Whilst I do like a few of the colours, there is not enough to like about it to justify the entire palette. The shades I do like I can find in other palettes that I already have, so I think I will be returning this one. It is worth noting that Smashbox also offer a Mini Double Exposure palette with just 8 shades which might be a better option. I should also state that I did not use the brush that came with the palette as I prefer to use my own, nor did I try out the mascara.