Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette Review 

Hi loves!

I’m back at school now for second semester (crying) so expect more regular posting 🙂 It was so nice to have a bit of a break and see New York, and I hope you all had a wonderful New Years.

I’m reviewing a travel sized shadow palette for you today- the Smashbox Full Exposure mini palette. I took this along with me to NYC since it was so slim!


This palette contains key neutral shades found in the original full exposure palette, but the shadows are about the size of a dime. I often forget I actually own this since it’s just so small.


-Perfect travel size

-Has four complimentary matte and metallic shades

-A mirror is included


-The pigmentation is not equal across all shades

-Metallic shades are quite stiff and difficult to blend

-$26 CAD for not a lot of product


I have mixed thoughts. This palette is as travel sized as you could possibly ask for, yet the quality of the shadows was disappointing considering it was $26. Realistically they should’ve priced it at $16 or less considering the shadow pans are tiny and lack pigmentation.


I used this all week in New York, and the blushed beige matte shade was my favourite, along with the white metallic. I found I had to wet my brush to actually notice the other metallics because they are waaaay too subtle (the swatches you see required serious layering).

Honestly, if you want a good mix of mattes and metallics in a compact, this is a good option, but I suggest you save your money and grab a neutral Wet and Wild eyeshadow palette. They are small, cheap and very pigmented!

xo J



  1. January 5, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Ohh my gosh, I need this! These are so my favorite everyday shadow colors! I actually have a Wet N Wild trio that I’m currently using…but with more pink tones. I’m going to have to look into their metallic options! Love this post — thank you for sharing! XO

    • January 5, 2016 / 10:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. January 5, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    I usually just take the regular sized palettes because I hate spending so much money on smaller palettes! Thanks for posting 😊

    • January 5, 2016 / 11:31 pm

      Same! Haha thanks for reading 🙂

  3. January 5, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    I’ve wanted to try this for a while now!

    • January 6, 2016 / 1:38 am

      It’s not bad! It certainly is a cute size!

  4. January 6, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Totally agree with your conclusion that WNW is the better route. I don’t mind layering shadows, but I hate having to wet them and I found the same thing with the shimmer shades (they needed to be wet), They had soooooooooooo much glitter fallout too (none of my matte shades looked matte, that’s how much glitter fallout they had). It is a great size though. I’d love to see Too Faced come out with something like this!

    • January 6, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Right!! Yea this is definitely an overpriced product considering the quality. I almost returned it but decided not to since it is a great travel size. Yes Too Faced would kill it! I’m thoroughly obsessed with that brand. xo

  5. January 6, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    I have one of the smashbox full exposure palettes and it’s so disappointing:( I found them kind of muddy. What other products to you like from WNW other than the pallete? I haven’t tried anything from them!!

    • January 6, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Honestly just the shadow because of all the good reviews I’ve seen on YouTube. I’m kind of a makeup snob so I haven’t wanted to give anything else a try! Haha.

  6. January 7, 2016 / 6:05 pm

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