New: Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Full Review


I recently got the new Smashbox Double Exposure Palette after attending the Smashbox training school! I’ve had my eye on it since it was released, and nearly screamed when we received it. Smashbox has a ton of cool new and upcoming launches (which you can read about here) but the Double Exposure is definitely one of the most exciting products!

I do love the original Full Exposure Palette, however I personally found that some of the textures weren’t the nicest to work with. Quite a few others found the same thing, apparently, as Smashbox took that all into consideration to create a new and improved palette. The textures of the Double Exposure shadows completely blow the Full Exposure out of the water. They are creamy, blendable, and gorgeously pigmented.


The Colours: It has such a lovely range of colours – some cooler purple/mauve tones, a couple silver-toned metallic shades, some warmer peach/brown tones, and some matte blending shades. It comes with 14 colours, however each shade changes slightly when used wet – so technically it comes with 28 shades!

The Textures:  Much like the Full Exposure, the Double Exposure has a combination of shimmers, mattes, and satin finishes. The shadows contain coated pigments (that’s why you might initially feel a dry layer at the surface – that rubs away almost instantly after touching the shadows!) The coated pigments allow for a variety of effects when used wet or dry. When used wet, some colours become deeper, others add sparkle, and some turn more metallic. I personally prefer to use dual-finish shadows wet, because I think it helps the pigment show up a lot truer!

Here is a comparison of how they change:

smashbox dry vs wet

“SIlver,” “Mauve,” “Peony,” “Blanc,” and “Copper” turn metallic.

“Quartz,” and “Veiled” become more vibrant.

“Flushed,” “Haze,” “Noir,” “Fig,” and “Espresso” become deeper.

“Midnight” and “Temper” become more sparkly/metallic.

Tip:  a damp brush works better than a very wet one – don’t soak your brush, just dampen it! Or you can even dampen your fingers and apply the shadows with the pads of your finger tips. Adding too much water/mixing medium can disrupt the texture, even though the shadows are designed to resist becoming patchy when wet.

Note: Distilled water is recommended for use with this palette by Smashbox makeup artists and trainers. You can use other things, such as mixing mediums like the Lise Watier Metamorfix, and even Mac Fix+ (although this is not officially ophthalmologist tested. When mixing a liquid with a shadow and applying to the eye area, it’s best to go for something that is opthamologist tested to avoid possibility of irritation.)  

I love love love this palette. I’ve been using it pretty much everyday since I got it – which is huge for me, since I’m usually glued to my Stila “In the Light” palette – and am so impressed with the versatility of the palette.

You can create everything from soft, everyday looks to full-on glam. You can do light, shimmery eyes, dark smokey eyes, and pretty much everything in between. However, it is still a somewhat neutral-toned palette – you won’t find anything in here for bright aqua or pastel coloured makeup.

I’ll be posting a few different looks with the palette shortly!

If you’d like to read about the rest of Smashbox’s new and upcoming launches, click here! 

Have you tried the new Double Exposure Palette? What are your thoughts on it?


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