Smashbox are a Los Angeles based makeup brand born from the Smashbox Studios, one of LA’s most popular photo studio complexes, in my limited experience I believe they are well known for professional standard cosmetics so its great they are having this relaunch here in the UK.
Not too long ago there was a blogger launch event which I wasn’t able to attend but I was excited to receive a little parcel of goodies to try out.
To date my only experience of Smashbox is a rather lovely eyeshadow duo that I realise I’ve not yet blogged about (but will do now I’ve remembered!), so this is really rather a new brand to me.
The first I’m going to show you is the Photo Finish Foundation Primer (£25)
I’m not going to review this in any great detail because I’ve only tied it out about three times. The reason for this is simply that in an effort to sort my face out I’m trying to avoid primers and steps I don’t really need at the moment until things are all a bit clearer. There is a great range of primers, one for every skin type and this one is for normal to dry skin. It suits me fairly well but I suspect that Actually the Photo Finish Colour Correcting Foundation Primer for irritated/sensitive skin might suit me better. That said, this performed exceptionally well, my skin fell lovely all day long and my foundation lasted very well indeed.
Next is the Photoset Finishing Powder SPF 15+ (£18)
This is a super fine powder, pure white, but translucent on application. It’s matte, and absorbs oil and goes on very smooth indeed… it sets my make up well and I do believe gives me a sort of soft focus effect, which is nice. I do find that when I first apply this it can look quite powdery but it settles down quite quickly leaving me matte, but not lifeless. Which is a good thing.
Then my fave product, the O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Colour (£21)
This is one of those products that they claim interacts with your own skin chemistry to create the colour you blush. I don’t know about that really, but I do know I love it! TI comes out of the tube perfectly clear and changes colour very quickly to a gorgeous perky pink, and whilst it looks a bit bright and vivid, it’s almost impossible to overdo. Trust me, I’ve tried!
Here it is fresh out of the tube, I couldn’t snap it quick enough, it started to turn pink the second it was out of the tube, but it is still mostly clear.
And here it is blended out.
So that leaves the final product which I also like a lot, the Brow Tech to Go in Brunette (£19). I must apologise in advance for the blurry photographs here.
A very very natural looking brow product. You can see the swatches in the photos next to the blusher pics above that the shade is a little patchy, streaky. Perfect in fact for filling in and building up your brows without fear of getting any heavy or harsh lines. The pencil itself is angled and twists up and at the other end there’s a clear gel to comb through afterwards. I still like my brows to be full on most days, but not every day and its those days where I’m channelling a more natural looking me that I reach for this pencil. It really is fantastic. The angled product makes drawing in your shape and filling in a breeze. You can see this in use in the final picture below.
I’m wearing all the above products in the following picture. I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that this was about three days before I got my hair and eyebrows sorted by professionals 😉
So all in all I’m impressed!
Unfortunately for me I now have the most hefty wishlist of products. I’d like the High Definition Healthy FX Foundation, the Contour Kit, the Soft Lights Powder, the Artificial Light Powder and any of the incredible looking eyeshadow palettes. Smokebox, Softbox and Image Factory Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette all look amazing.
Anyway, time to wrap it up. Smashbox products are available from www.smashbox.co.uk and www.boots.com.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*