SMASHBOX ♡ Full Exposure Travel Palette // First Impression + Swatches

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is one of the most talked about eye shadow palettes, along with Lorac Pro and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (still haven't got my hands on both, I don't need them, already have enough eye shadow palettes to last me a life time! But... but they are all sooo pretty ~ Hmm should I?!). 

I was so tempted to get my hands on the full size Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, but then as I was scrolling through Sephora "window shopping", I spot the travel size one for half the price of the full size one. So of course, I jumped straight into ordering it as I assume it is only a little bit smaller than the full size. Well I assume wrong! I can't say I am disappointed at the size of the palette, pretty sure the size is stated clearly on Sephora, I just didn't read carefully and plus, I shouldn't have such high expectation. 

Anyway, size does matter, but it isn't as important as the product itself. These are some super gorgeous and very pigmented, high quality eye shadows; even if the size of the palette kind of disappointed me a little, I still can't complain! I have put the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette to test over the weekend and I absolutely love it! So today I will be writing a First Impression, not a full review since I haven't had it for long enough and products tends to change in my liking levels after awhile; also a few people have asked for swatches of this palette, so this post is for those of you who wondered about the quality, pigmentation and color selection.

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

♡ PACKAGING:
This is a very "TRAVEL SIZE" travel size palette, it is small enough to carry in a small makeup purse and convenient enough to carry it anywhere with you! Even if you were partying in town one night and you have a habit of doing a touch-up during the night, but you weren't planning to carry a purse with you; this can be easily slip into your bra and/or it is lightweight enough to get your boyfriend / guy friend to carry it for you in their pockets, even if they are a skinny jeans type of guy. Okay ~ My point is, this palette is so thin and small!

The quality of the packaging is... not impressive >.< The palette is made of cheap plastics that feels like they will snap any time soon, I struggle to open the case every single time and once it's opened, the case seems like it's not sturdy. Overall the packaging gives me that cheap $2 shop pretend makeup sets feel.

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

♡ PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS:
Information found on Sephora

A travel-size palette of eight, universal neutral shadows. From nudes to blacks, these crease-resistant, long-wear shimmers and velvety smooth mattes are organized with shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom so that they are easy to use.

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

4 x 0.026 oz Matte Eye shades in:
♥ Warm Chocolate Brown // M1
♥ Soft Matte Mid-tone Tan // M3
♥ Creamy Matte Beige // M4
♥ Ashy Dark Brown // M6

I have never tried Smashbox eye shadows until now, and I am very glad to say their products quality is very impressive. I have tried numerous matte eye shadows from other brands and most of the time matte eye shadows tends to be chalky and powdery. This one is a little powdery when I dip my makeup brushes in the eye shadow pan, but it's not chalky nor powdery once it goes on my skin. The matte eye shadows applies smoothly and blends well.

M1 (Warm Chocolate Brown) and M6 (Ashy Dark Brown) are very pigmented, a little products goes a long way; but M3 (Soft Matte Mid-tone Tan) is okay, I use it as a base color and M4 (Creamy Matte Beige) hardly shows up on my skin, I have tried using it on my brow bone but it doesn't really show unless if I pack a lot of products on.

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

4 x 0.026 oz Shimmer Eye shades in:
♥ Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl // S1
♥ Soft Gold with Silver Pearl // S3
♥ Light Tan with Golden Silver Pearl // S4
♥ Mid-tone Slate with Silver Pearl // S6

Smashbox's shimmer eye shadows are just as impressive as their matte eye shadows. These are powdery when I dip my makeup brushes in the pan, but it doesn't appears as powdery, chalky and/or messy with glitter / shimmer falling outs once apply on the eyes. The shimmer eye shadows also applies smoothly and blends well, these aren't just shimmer, I would say they are more glittery than shimmers (in person).

All four shimmer shades from this palette are very pigmented and full of glitter, you can create a subtle shimmer look or can build up for a more sparkly look.

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette
Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

I have only worn the eye shadows for approximately four hours (both matte and shimmer shades), during the four hours no fades nor creasing (I have used Benefit's Stay Don't Stray eye shadow primer prior to the eye shadows). My favourite part of the wearing time was, the shades, especially the shimmer ones, looks so beautiful in the sun!

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WHERE TO BUY?: 
Sephora - USD $22 // Have to use YouShop or other mail forwarding companies.

Do you own the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette? Or the travel size? Which do you prefer?


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24 comments

  1. I really love the tiny size of this palette, perfect for bringing around on a trip! I love the shade s6, I thought it was going to be more grey but I love the slight brown taupe tone to it!

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    1. Me too I end up really liking the small size after having it for awhile ^^ it's super handy!

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  2. I wish Sephora shipped this to the UK! The palette looks so cute! great shades xx

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    1. Don't you guys have a Sephora in the UK? You can always use a mail forwarding service like I did ;)

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  3. this looks great!!! I never went for the full size one but this is really pretty and with the perfect shades for traveling!!!
    xo
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

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    1. I still wanna get the full size someday ^^ the quality is amazing!

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  4. I love how mini this is! Great review!

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  5. This makeup palette has so many gorgeous colours :D so pretty!

    www.violetdaffodils.com
    xx

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  6. Omigosh! I so love nude shades! Might as well check out Smashbox stalls :)

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  7. WOAH that palette is awesome! We dont have a sephora here but we're getting on very soon :) Are the prices usually so affordable?
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    1. Lucky you ^^ we don't have a Sephora in NZ, the US prices compare to us is like... huge difference! very affordable!

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  8. looks like gorgeous palette and its so small! xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  9. this is such a loved palette i am having my eyes on ...:)

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    1. So pretty right :p I wanna get the full size one!

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  10. Some really nice shades here - I love the look you've created with them! :)

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  11. I have never tried this, first time seeing ^^

    I really love the beautiful natural earthy colours!!

    Thanks for sharing, I will check out the link

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  12. This is such a beautiful palette, so many times ive gone to pick it up but never have x

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    1. Ooh you should pick it up next time ^^ I think it's totally worth it ~

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