Smashbox Double Exposure Palette | Purple Eyes
Until I received this palette, I had only ever tried a sample sachet of a Smashbox HD Photofinish Primer. I had never dabbled with this range before. I think I once walked past a really messy counter in a Debenhams store, and it kinda put me off you know? Well, that will teach me for judging a book by it’s cover. The Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette is an utter delight and seems to have a permanent home on my desk at the moment. I am forever playing around with the colours and I am yet to get bored.
With 14 shadows at my disposal, an array of satin, shimmer and matte shades, you would think that would be enough to please me? Yet, this palette has a trick up it’s sleeve, hence the name, Double Exposure. The once 14 shades transform into 28, simply by adding water. Now, I am not saying go and dunk your palette into a sink full, I mean using a damp brush will either add more sparkle, deepen the shade or amp up the vibrancy. This may confuse you if you are new to the eyeshadow world, but do not panic, as inside the packaging are little guides on how each colour will change, as well as a little step by step guide, tailored to each eye shape. Smashbox really do have you covered with this product.
What I truly love about this particular palette, is just how wearable each of the shades are. More often than not I will pick up a new eyeshadow palette and only use one or two of the shades in there. With this one, I am definitely going to use all of them. The neutral shades are so pretty and the pigment is great, not wishy washy. The darker shades tend to be the matte textures, and these are really great to work with, a little goes a long way. As for the shimmer, when used damp, you get a gorgeous metallic finish that really makes your eyes stand out. One note actually in regards to using the shadows damp, don’t be afraid to put the damp brush directly onto the palette, it will not ruin the consistency, as they will always dry like new.
I had a play around with the purple shades and created a very simple look below. I used Mauve buffed into the socket and above the crease. I then used Haze in the first third and outer third of the lid, before adding more depth to the inner corner and outer corners with Temper. I added a small touch of Silver to the centre and finished the eyes off with a fine line of black along the lash line and lots of mascara. If you are dying to see other combinations, just let me know and I will happily create a look for you. I plan on doing a couple of make-up look variations using this palette in the upcoming weeks, so keep an eye out for those.
Overall, I am really impressed with this palette. It is slightly on the pricey side, at £37, but considering you are really getting 28 shadows, instead of 14, plus a dual ended brush, you do get a lot for your money. I have a few other pieces lined up to try from Smashbox, but I already have a gut feeling that they are not going to disappoint.