If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that palettes are my thing. I love mattes and shimmers equally just as I adore both neutral and vibrant shades. The more the merrier 🙂 So I sort of stumped myself the other day when I realized that none of the palettes that I own are appropriate for travel. Combine that with a really awesome $25 gift card to Macy’s that I won in an instant win game (that sadly has ended), and I naturally knew what needed to be done.
Immediately, the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette caught my eye because at $22 it was not only the right price, but at 50% shimmer and 50% matte, it was the right balance. I also really appreciate the solid mixture of cool and warm tones, and the fact that these 8 little shade are all that you need to complete a full fledged day time or night time look. What more could you ask for? I mean, sure… the Naked Basics and Basics 2 are huge contenders in the travel department; and at just $29 they are also quite affordable. However, as I stated already, I love both mattes and shimmers equally and tend to incorporate both into my everyday look. Don’t you? So why would I feel comfortable traveling any different?
True to Color
Easy to blend
Day or Night Usage
Complete Look in One
Thin and Light Weight (Credit Card Sized)
1/2 Shimmer, 1/2 Matte
Warm & Cool Shades
You Need Primer
I am not as impressed with the quality of these eye-shadows (aka needing primer, and the shimmer having a mind of it’s own) as I am with other high-end shadows that I have tried. However, at $22 this is also in a lower price bracket than most of the other high-end shadows that I’ve tried as well. I think that at .026 oz per shadow, this palette is a smidgen overpriced (I think $18 would have been more fair); but, there is also nothing like this palette on the market for all of it’s positives (easy to blend, pigmentation, versatility and size). Therefore, if AND ONLY IF you are in need of a good TRAVEL palette I would say go for it hands down. Or, if it goes to markdown then go for it. Or, if you are looking for a high end gift for a friend without going overboard on the price then go for it. Everyone else? Save up for something you’ve been lusting after because this palette is not a life changer.