How do you fit a makeup artist into a six-inch by four-inch box? If you're Smashbox, it's via a back-to-basics palette plus an insert that clearly illustrates how to apply eye shadow for your eye shape. The Smashbox Full Exposure eye shadow kit is the best buy you can make this season to replace all that old stuff you're tossing as part of your makeup-purge resolution.
A few months back, our beauty crush and Guerlain makeup artist Maxime Poulin showed us how a neutral eye shadow palette is key to enhancing and tweaking the shape of our eyes (here's our how-to video). Since then we've had an eye out (see what I did there?) for other suitable palettes with a good balance of textures that work for all ages.
This 14-shade Smashbox Full Exposure palette ($58 at Shoppers Drug Mart, PharmaPrix, Murale, sephora.ca and smashbox.com), is an excellent option, with a top row of shimmery shadows and a bottom row of mattes. An enclosed brush is dual-ended, flat for shimmer shadow application, and fluffy for matte.
The matte shadows are perfect shades for filling in brows from blonde to brunette. Just as Maxime does with his favourite neutral eye shadow palette, you can also use these to sculpt and enhance your bone structure; blend with a shimmer to customize a highlighter or use a shimmer on its own.
Deeper shades in the Smashbox Full Exposure palette extend the drama spectrum in both textures.
Then there's this, an enclosed chart on how to apply eye shadow for your eye shape, and it tips this palette from great into Gotta Have It. This is how Smashbox sends their wonderful makeup pro Lori Taylor home with you (get her video tips for The Kit here).
Almond eyes, round eyes, upturned eyes, downturned eyes, Asian eyes (monolid is the term Smashbox uses), and hooded eyes -- this chart (complete guide here) is all about how to enhance and improve the shape of what you've got. If you think about it, the Smashbox Full Exposure palette is an easy way to get into shape every morning. At least that's what I'm telling myself.
Smashbox isn't the only brand to include helpful guides with their palettes. Benefit is well known for their how-to inserts, Stila does great booklets for their palettes, and several drugstore brands, such as L'Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, Revlon and Rimmel London put tips on the back of their packaging. Do you find them helpful?