The first time that I came in contact with Smashbox cosmetics was in Italy at the Gardenia store in Como. I did not know the brand at all and I was looking for a high quality foundation that would even my skin tone but also give me some coverage.The beauty expert suggested me to try the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 H Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 and the shade she chose matched perfectly my skin tone. What I immediately loved about the product was the texture, because my skin felt light like a feather. This was the first time for me that I didn’t have to buy two foundations and mix it to have the perfect shade for my skin tone.
Since Smashbox is a brand that I can recommend to everyone I decided to test some specific products out, which should simplify the process of creating the perfect make up look.
This palette is perfect for when you are travelling or in a hurry since it contains everything important to achieve the perfect make up look like: Brow tech wax (to keep the brow hair in place and to achieve maximum definition), brow tech powders( in the shade Taupe and Soft Brown), Contour, Bronze, Highlighter, Glow powder and the eyeshadows. By opening the palette you will find a little protective color to keep it as clean as possible. This is definitely a great palette and I hope that Smashbox expands it for medium to dark skin tones. As I tried the product I had to realize that the contour-, bronze- and highlighter powder matches more a fair skin tone. What would be also very helpful is if Smashbox would add some blush and lipstick shades for the future palette, because it would be more comfortable to pack just one palette when travelling. I will explain step by step what I liked or did not like about each product that is contained in the palette
Brow tech wax
The wax is perfect to settle as well as blending the color. By using the wax the color will last longer. It is almost like using an eye base so that the eyeshadow still looks perfect for a longer time.
Brow tech powders (Shade: Taupe and Soft brown)
The colors are very pigmented and work perfectly for the eyebrows. For my eyebrow colorI had to mix it, so that it looks as natural as possible. If the shades don’t fit your eyebrows your can use it as an eyeshadow.
Powder: (Contour, Bronze, Higlighter and Glow)
The contour powder and the highlighter are very cool toned, so that you achieve more of a natural look. As mentioned before the contour and the highlighters fit more to a fair skin tone.
The bronzer and the glow match also a medium skin tone like mine. With this powder you achieve a very natural look, which I really like.
The eyeshadows that are included in the set are some of the best selling Smashbox shades and it is the best choice to every girl’s kit. The variation of the shades go from neutral to warm and safe. Shade name like: Vanilla, Totally Nude, Champagne, Stripped, Posh, Platinum, Sumatra, Aubergine and Blackout. The eyeshadows are very powdery and there is not a lot of fall out. I would recommend to use an eye base, so that by applying the eyeshadow the color is more vibrant and for maximum color stay.
Last but not least
With the set you get also three interactive get the look card. All you have to do is go to the Smashbox website and scan the card. You can get a how-to guide for all your contouring, brows and eyeshadows.
This is the look that I have created by using this palette and I used the following lipstick: Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone( Berry Ombré)
Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
Before using my Smashbox Studio Skin 15 H Hydrating Foundation SPF 10, I thought to test out their primer, so that I can skip the process of first moisturizing my skin before using my usual primer that gives me the goddess glow.
The primerizer comes in a clear glass bottle with a black pump dispenser and contains 30 ml of product. One to two pumps to the fingertip is enough for the face.
The texture is very thin and smooth, so that it can be spread very easily on the face. The primer penetrates very quickly into the skin, leaves no sticky film and the skin feels well moisturized. When you have a dry skin like mine it helps a lot when you apply after your foundation, because there is no dry skin area anymore.
Smashbox+ Casey Holmes- Spotlight Pearl Palette
The successful youtube and beauty vlogger Casey Holmes collaborated with Smashbox and they released the Spotlight Pearl Palette, which features more cream and pink colored highlights, that matches more a fair skin. They released also a second palette which is perfect for medium to dark shade, because it contains warmer highlighter. This is why it is called the Spotlight Gold Palette. The first two colors in each palette are creamy highlighters that create a natural glow, that can be used on a daily basis. The third shade called “Blow a fuse” is glittery and less creamy than the other two, which can be used to take your look to the next level. The highlighter serve as a topper or to take your look up a notch and I could not agree more.
The X-Rated mascara is the perfect choice if you want to have your eyelashes separated as possible but it won’t give you a of volume. The wand is incredible and the bristles are effective, as mentioned before. When the wand goes thorugh your lashes, the mascara is deposited and evenly on the lashes.
Smashbox Insta-Matte and Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal and Be Legendary Liquid Pigment
The talented make up artist Pat McGrath brought a revival of the 90’s beauty trends, new metallic lipstick, lipglosses and eyeshadows are everywhere. This is why I could not resist to test the Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Pigment in the color Petal Metal. To get the maximum of precision you can line first your lip lines with the precise tip and then fill it in.
The Be Legendary Liquid Pigment Mauve Wife is a very pigmented nude lipgloss that you can use for every occasion.
Now to the Smashbox Insta-Matte, which is in my opinion one of the most revolutionary products. If you want to change your creamy lipstick into a matte, than you just have to use the soft transparent gel and the job is done. It does not change the color of the lipstick and it is perfect when you are running out of time. Remember that this product works only on creamy lipsticks and not lipglosses.
Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick
This lipstick is perfect for people like me, who do not have a lot of time to create an ombré lip. Now it is finally possible to do that in a shorter time, because you have three lipstick shades in one to create an instant ombré look. The plumping shade should be applied on the fullest part of the lip and the darker one to the lip line. The idea is that you simply swipe on and then pat to blend out any harsh lines, so that it lines are not visible anymore.The texture of the lipstick is pretty buttery, which is very great if you have really dry lips like me. I tried all 4 shades( Nude Ombré, Red Ombré, Sunset Ombré and Berry Ombré)out and they are very long lasting.
I hope that I could give you more inside on the products and how well they perform.