Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

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Smashbox have released a follow up to the Full Exposure Palette, the Double Exposure Palette, which claims to give you 14 shadows that with a little bit of water can be transferred into 28 shadows to give you endless possibilities. This idea was apparently inspired by a photography technique called multiple exposure, when the camera shutter opens multiple times during a shot, so you capture a sequence and see how the moment transforms. Each shadow changes in one of four ways when wet; amps up vibrancy, turns metallic, gets deeper or adds sparkle. Smashbox also claim that the shadows won't glaze over and create a hard film, when used wet and will ‘dry like new’. The Palette consists of shadows that range from cool to warm tones, and light to dark, with a very good dual ended brush included. It’s housed in cardboard type packaging, with a metallic snap closure, where the brand and palette name is on top and a good sized mirror under the lid.

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There are seven shimmer shades, four satin shades and three matte shades. Among my favourites are Copper, (a plum toned brown with gold shimmer that turns metallic when wet) Flushed (a gorgeous light pink shimmer that gets deeper when wet) and Quartz (a light gold shimmer that amps up in vibrancy). The shadows are actually to be used with a damp brush, not wet per se, but despite this some of my shadows have actually glazed over and the change to colour isn't always dramatic enough for it to truly be two different shadows.

The matte shade Fig, has been particularly problematic with this. It's supposed to get deeper when wet, but I still struggled to get this to apply true to pan colour even when used wet without having to build it up, and it has now glazed over. I tend to gravitate towards warm toned shades; hence I've used the last eight shades in the palette most, including the black (which everyone needs) and silver to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. (Top swatches are dry, bottom are wet).

This palette is not a bad price at £37 considering that you get 14 shadows that supposedly transform into 28 shades and a decent dual ended brush. The shadows have decent pigmentation for the best part and are soft and blend well. It also contains some basic colours that everyone should have in their stash, if you don’t already. However, despite all that this is not a palette that has blown me away, despite me really wanting to love this.

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Smashbox Double Exposure Palette is available to buy now. For more information please visit the website.

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