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Smashbox Double Exposure Palette! It's ayoba!

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette! It's ayoba!

Y''all know I can't resist an eyeshadow palette! And when Smashbox brought in their Double Exposure palette, the sequel to the Smashbox Full Exposure palette (which I love), I jumped, hopped, skipped and did a double take!!! You beauties know how cray, cray crrraaaaay I am lol!

I love Smashbox eye shadows, especially their Photo Op formula. And while this palette isn't the Photo Op formula, the concept of getting 14 eyeshadows that double up when you add water intrigued me.

The Smasbox Double Exposure palette has 14 shades in total, which is more than a full size Urban Decay Naked palette that has 12. Unlike the Smashbox Full Exposure palette that had 7 sparkly/glittery eye shadows and 7 mattes, this palette has seven shimmers, four satins and three mattes.

Smashbox claims that each eye shadow in this palette, when used with a wet brush, transforms into either a different finish or a more intense colour. And you don't need fancy pants MAC Fix+, just regular H2O (straight from the tap, nogal, not even bottled water!)

I love that this palette has names for each colour and the layout of this palette is very well thought out. On the left hand side are six cool-toned eye shadows. The white and black shades are BANG in the middle and the six warm and rosy shades are on the right.

The eye shape chart, which came with the Full Exposure palette as well, is also included. Smashbox is BIG on showing and telling and the chart will help you identify your eye shape and show you how to use the shades in the palette, where to place them to get maximum impact in your eye look.There is also an insert showing you what transformation to expect from each shade when you use it with a wet brush. Nice touch. A quick one, wet, doesn't mean sopping wet like when you wash your hair and come out the shower. You should remove the excess water by turning it on either side of a paper towel before dipping it into the eye shadow pans. If you go gung-ho with a wet brush, you will end up with a watery hell of a mess. This brings me to the next point. Usually when you go into an eyeshadow with a wet brush, it can jack up your eyeshadows. This however will not glaze over and dry to the original texture.

The shades are a pretty mix of neutrals, pinks, corals and grey, silver and a beautiful blue. It also has a white and matte black eyeshadow, which is a must in any eye shadow palette.

The palette also comes with a handy dual-ended. A dense, short shader brush and an angled brush that's not fluffy enough for blending and great to define and smoke out the lower lash line, define the outer crease and apply eyeshadow close to the upper lash liner to intensify any eye look.

The palette is made from heavy cardboard and has a plastic cover. While the Smashbox Double Exposure palette is not the slimmest (it has some junk in its trunk), it has a magnetic closure so you can travel with it with peace of mind and it comes with a handy, large mirror.

 I was really wowed by the Smashbox Full Exposure pallete but did note that the glittery eyeshadows weren't pressed enough and needed to be used wet to prevent sparkle face! (glitter eyeshadow fallout)

So when Smashbox SA brought in the Double Exposure palette with huge claims I couldn't wait to get it. There is certainly no fallout and while I like the idea of using the shadows wet, some shades don't work well wet, but those that do work, work so beautifully that I am ok with using the non- wet-working eye shadows dry because they are equally amazing. This is not gimmicky, it's a beautiful palette, with an excellent variety of shades to choose from and create numerous looks with from everyday soft, neutral and feminine glam to smoldering and sexy show stopper!

With insanely opaque eyeshadows with virtually no fallout and double the fun, this palette is a winner and I definitely think it's worth the splurge.

I'm often asked why I review the Smashbox palettes when I have far too many already, the reason is simple. We are not spoilt for choice in Mzansi when it comes to high-end palettes that you can walk into a store, swatch the colours and even get a make over at the counter before you buy it. Often, we have to read reviews, watch YT videos and shell out a lot to get an UD Naked palette. Or you have to pay three times the price from a third party seller. This is why I will do my best to review these palettes because while I love international brands, there's a feeling of great satisfaction when you buy local, from an actual store. Hey, we don't have Sephora, but we do have Smashbox! Halaala Smashbox, halaala, this is ayoba for sho!

Where to buy: Selected Smashbox counters nationwide 

Price R999 (It's sssspensive)

Have you tried the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette? Which are your favourite shades? I would love to know! 

Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful. Love you DOUBLE than I did since my last post.

Here's a look I created with the Smashbox Double Exposure Palatte. it's a Midnight Blue smokey eye.

If you're keen to try it, check out my tutorial on my YT channel . Deets in my BIO of Up and Comming bloggers on BB.

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