Now, I’m not a typical palette addict. To this day I do not own one single Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. For me to buy something bigger than a quint is noteworthy and I must see some really interesting colors in a big palette to want it.
Like this: Smashbox Double Exposure. I was drawn to the fact that it has cool and warm shades, purples and peaches. The rest is just a bonus, really.
If you click on the pic you should be able to read the names of the shades, if you want to. Shamshbox claims these shadows can be used wet and dry and the pic lists the ways that using wet changes the shadow. More on that later.
Click the pic to enlarge. Now, usually I am able to offer more than one swatch pic for such a number of shadows, but somehow all my pics turned out unusable. Boo. Also, the light is more to the yellow side in this pic, which might make the warm shades look even warmer.
I swatched top-bottom repeat, so the first two shades on my wrist are Silver and Midnight. Silver is a cool shimmery silver. Midnight looked blue in the pan, but swatches more like a black base with blue shimmer.
Next are Mauve and Temper: Mauve is the shade I used most so far, it is a shimmery lilac and goes with everything. Temper is almost matte and applies darker than it looks in the pan. Like, quite a bit darker. I was like, oh this is a good crease color and applied it liberally in my crease but it’s dark and well pigmented so I spent quite a bit blending that out again, haha.
Next two are Peony and Haze: Peony is a shimmery pale pink and great on the lid. Haze is a shimmery cold lilac, it has more grey than Mauve and makes a good crease color (also a good color for using as single tone all over).
Next are the two that cut the palette in half: Blanc and Noir are the colors in between the cool and the warm shades. The names are pretty self-explanatory. Blanc is the color with the least pigment in the palette and the highest grade of shimmer. It’s the color you use to place down highlights. Noir is a soft matte black.
Quartz and Copper: Quartz is an oh so pretty coral shade with gold touch, similar to MAC’s Rubenesque. The color has a high amount of shimmer, and note that this color is not coral with gold shimmer! Both colors, coral and gold, are the shimmer, there’s a slight duochrome quality to it. Quartz is a burgundy brown color with shimmer. It is also quite dark and pigmented and should be applied with a light hand.
Flushed and Fig are next: Flushed is a shimmery peachy bronze color, the shimmer is more on the silvery side, but overall this is still a warm color. Fig is matte, and again darker than it looks in the pan. I use this for eyeliner a lot. A great autumnal color.
And the last two colors are universally useful: Veiled and Espresso. Veiled is a matte vanilla and can be used with pretty much all looks to blend colors out. It could also be used all over the lid to neutralize it. Espresso is matte, too. For once, this doesn’t apply darker than in the pan.
All colors are well pigmented. the shimmery colors are smoother than the mattes, but with the right brushes the matte apply well, too. The shimmery ones are too shimmery for my taste, I usually apply shimmery lid colors over the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, but with these I used the Primer Potion in Original instead. Original usually swallows too much of the shimmer, but the Smashbox shadows were still super shimmery. Apart from that, the mix of shimmery and matte colors is good, but I would have preferred Temper and Copper to be less shimmery.
Lasting power is good, all day with primer, and five hours without.
The wet and dry thing, now… They claim you can use the shadows wet and the pan will be jst like before. I was sceptical and used only a little corner with a wet brush and just like I expected, the wet part changed. You can tell exactly which parts of the pan had been wet. Now, the shadow itself is still good to use, but I very much would not advice to slap a wet brush all over the pan. Also, since they are so pigmented anyway, you don’t really need to use them wet. I only use them wet for eyeliner, and usually not even then. And most of the shadows are supposed to get more metallic or sparkly when wet. I say these are already shimmery enough.
in a nutshell
This is a very good palette, very good mix of pretty colors. Don’t bother using them wet, they are good enough dry. This palette is for the lovers of shimmer and shine, even though there are matte colors, too.