Monday, 23 November 2015

Duty Free Haul ft. Smashbox Full Exposure palette and Benefit Lip Lovin’ Tinted Lip Balms

duty free haul smashbox full exposure benefit lip lovin lip balm
Hi everyone, I have a little duty free haul I picked up last week when I was on the way to Spain for a few days for my birthday!

duty free haul smashbox full exposure benefit lip balm benebalm chachabalm posibalm

First off is the Smashbox Full Exposure palette which includes fourteen eyeshadow shades and a double ended brush. Now I remember when this first launched and I saw all the reviews, I though it looked amazing but then heard the formula of the top row of glitter/shimmer eyeshadows wasn’t great so I didn’t want to part with nearly £40.

Fast forward to last week, I was sat on the plane reading the magazine with all their offers in and saw the palette advertised for £29.50. Now this was still a little too dear for me so I put it to the back of my mind until about halfway through the flight when they announced they were having 20% off all cosmetics! That was the little push I needed to decide it would be mine! I also got the Smashbox #Shapematters palette back when it was star gift in Boots and have been loving it so knew the quality would be great!

Smashbox full exposure palette

I do have to agree with other reviews I’ve read of the glitter/shimmer row in the Full Exposure palette, I used the second shade from the left on the top row one night on holidays and the pigmentation wasn’t great and the fallout was awful with it. The shades toward the middle and right hand side of the top row seem to be a little better though!  

Smashbox full exposure palette top row swatches

Smashbox full exposure palette bottom row matte swatches

The mattes on the other hand are what I mainly bought this palette for and they have a lovely formulation with the shades being right up my street! I particularly love the three shades on the bottom right hand side for an all over wash of colour, deepening my crease and as a liner!

I had also heard really good reviews on the brush included with this palette but I still need to give it more of a test, I love the Cruella De Vil-esqe half while half black brush head but both sides are a little more rigid than I usually use so it will take me a little more time to get to grips with it!

As well as the palette, I picked up the set of three Benefit Lip Lovin’ lip balms while I was on the plane because I have the full size Benebalm and Posiebalm and love them but hate taking them out of the house in case I lose them (it’s happened one to many times with other products in the past) so this way I won’t be too heartbroken if they do get lost! They also give a gorgeous tint to the lips and last a fair amount of time too! I think these were down to about £12.50 then had a further 20% off!

Benefit lip lovin lip balm set swatches
L-R: Benebalm, Posiebalm, Chachabalm
All in all I’m so happy with my purchases! Did I need them – no! I’m still glad I have them though but I think I will need a serious spending ban soon (after Christmas – too many cute Limited Edition sets and offers to attempt to stop spending before!)

What do you think of what I picked up? Have you tried anything or got any good bargains on board a flight?

P.S. I finally upgraded my blog template last night! Still need to add a few bits in but I'm really happy with it and installation was unbelievably easy!

Danielle xx




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52 comments

  1. nice new template :D

    I havent tried these yet, i dont think i can justify buying another eyeshadow palette :P
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Thank you Pam :D it took me about 2 years to justify buying that palette but I got there in the end! Xx

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  2. I adoreeeee Smashbox Full Exposure palette and it's actually one of my top favourite to use. The pigmentation is horrid but from what I've learned, you have to scrape off the top layer of the eyeshadows and the pigmentation is wayy better underneath. For some reason, this palette seems to have a protective layer on top.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I use matte shades way more on a day to day basis but will definitely give that a go next time I go for a shimmer shade! Xx

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  3. The palette looks gorgeous! Such beautiful shades

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

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  4. I love the range of matte shades included in the palette, they've covered it all! It's a shame about the fallout in the shimmery shades although I do want to try a Smashbox palette one day as I fell in love with a small eye set I swatched in boots last year. The mini lip balms are so cute :)

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    1. The mattes are gorgeous! I love the formula and pigmentation! I do t think it's worth £38 though, glad I got this for around £23! Xx

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  5. The shades in the Smashbox palette look amazing, what a shame about the fallout on the shimmers! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I know! I was expecting it but didn't think they would be that bad! The mattes make up for it though! Xx

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  6. Love the new layout!

    I bought that palette a while ago & it's still in the box! I need to get it out & use it because it's really beautiful! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Thank you :D so happy with it! You need to open it! I love the matte shades! Xx

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  7. so wonderful
    kiss

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  8. The mattes in the Full Exposure palette look so pretty! Too bad there was some fallout with the shimmery colors!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. I am loving the mattes, I've used nothing else all week! Xx

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  9. Ahh I love the Benefit Lip Lovin’ lip balms! I always see it in Sephora but I'm telling myself to NOT get it. I really love the balms though, I have a full sized posiebalm at home! I never tried smashbox shadows before, sucks about the fallout, but the colours look super pretty and very easy to wear!


    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. The mattes are brilliant! I love the lip balms too, I have Benebalm and Lollitint full size and they are so handy for tint and moisture! Xx

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  10. I personally love the lipvbalms from benefit. i have one of it and also their concealers =)
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  11. The benefit benetint is just so pretty!!!!!!!!!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  12. I haven't tired any of these products, but the palette is now on my wishlist! It looks so amazing, and has those warm neutral tones that I love.:D Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. I am loving it! The mattes are so good! Xx

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  13. Love the new blog template! Everything I tried from Benefit was amazing and it`s probably the only high-end brand that convinces me to break my budget rule. Smashbox on the other hand, I don`t think it`s that great. I had quite a lot of samples from them, but I think they`re overpriced and the quality is not that good. But maybe that`s just me, probably some products work better on other people.

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    1. Thank you Georgiana! I've never had to buy much full sized from Benefit as I find their sets and minis to be better value and last me ages! I got the Smashbox #Shapematters palette when it was Boots Star gift a few months ago and was really impressed with the quality but I haven't tried much from them before then! xx

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  14. This is such a pretty palette, you got a great deal! xx
    Glossy Boutique

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  15. The smashbox palette looks soooo gorgeous, I definitely want to try their stuff! Love the review :)

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  16. Duty free always starts your holiday off well! I am in love with Posie Balm I keep it in my bag at all times when my lips are feeling dry and also it's a nice alternative to a lipstick when you want to wear a bit less make up!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. It's so handy to have! I love the tint they give! Xx

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  17. Amazing palette :) Great products :)
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  18. Love your blog!!!
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  19. I actually really like that Smashbox palette and at first I was disappointed with the shimmering shades too until a fellow blogger advised me to swipe off the top layer and since it's worked so much better x

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    1. So funny you say that, Shireen mentioned it in another comment a few days ago! Will definitely give it a go, thanks Alina! Xx

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  20. Very pretty pictures, the palette looks fab!

    Makeup Monster

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  21. That palette looks amazing! I am not a fan of shimmery eye shadows however mattes are the winner. Duty frees are my favourite places to visit however I haven't picked up anything on the flight :)

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Mattes are definitely the winner for me too! I never normally get much in duty free so was really happy to see this! Xx

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  22. This palette looks gorgeous! I remember seeing it when it first came out and being so tempted. It's a shame about the glitter/fallout. That second shade is stunning aswell.

    Kirstie | www.kimamelybeauty.com

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    1. It's so pretty! I've been getting so much use out of it since I got it! Xx

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  23. Fab post dear! The palette looks amazing!

    I'm following you on GFC :)

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  24. I need everything! I have a true makeup addiction :) Adaleta Avdic

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  25. I've been wanting to try the Benefit Balms for so long! I love that this set comes with all three too, you got it at a great price. And that's so surprising that the shimmery shades were the worst from the Smashbox palette, usually shimmers are the easiest to do in terms of good formula but at least the mattes came through :)

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    1. I love the mattes! should get the Benefit lip balm set that's out for Christmas :) xx

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