Somebody asked me what my favourite eyeshadow palette is on snapchat last week, and it got me thinking.. Surely, for the self confessed make-up addicts out there, that’s like asking a mother to pick her favourite child!?
We all have favourite eyeshadows that we gravitate towards and I’m no exception. In recent times, I’ve accumulated so many palettes, yet I tend to go back to the same few every time!
As a make-up artist, my pro kit consists of approximately 8 MAC custom made palettes, and as much as I love these shadows, I rarely reach for them. Instead, I often spend hours re-organising the positions of the shadows in the palette, which is just as much fun!
I never thought anything could beat my love for the Urban Decay palettes – I currently have Naked, Naked 2, Smoked, Electric and the Naked Smoky.
A recent addition to my collection is the Smashbox Full Exposure palette..
We’re talking 14 eyeshadows; 7 matte and 7 shimmer graduating from light to dark. Each shade is soft, pigmented and gorgeous. It comes with a mini photo finish shadow primer and a double ended brush which is quite unlike any other brush I’ve ever seen. One end is a small smudger brush and the other is a duo fibre flat brush, with black hairs on one side and white on the other. This palette comes with a little guide book to help you identify your eye shape and find the look that will suit you.
For me, this is the perfect palette, a nice mix of neutrals ranging from warm to cool shades with a few darker smokey shades and a whole row of mattes (that’s hard to come by!). The matte shades are incredibly wearable and blend like a dream. They are perfect as an all over lid colour, crease and transition colour.
The top row is all ‘shimmers’ although I think they’re more glittery than shimmery, with little-to-no fallout, which is fab! These can also be used wet for extra intensity, creating almost an entire set of new shadows. It’s great having a corresponding shimmer to each matte shade that you can always add to the centre of the lid if you want an extra oomph!
I could go on, but I’ll leave it there.
Have you tried this, or any other Smashbox palette? What’s your favourite palette?