Good morning friends,
Have you tried Smashbox?
I went to Ulta a couple of weeks ago intending to buy the Too Faced Primed and Poreless face primer when one of the saleswomen there pointed at the primer in my hand and told me I shouldn’t buy that, but to try a Smashbox primer instead.
“Smashbox invented face primers,” she said, and ushered me over to the Smashbox display to ooh and ahh at the abundance of multi-colored primers that the company offered.
By pure happenstance, I’m sure, Ulta was offering a Smashbox best seller’s box that included a full-sized Smashbox primer along with trial-size versions of their Full Exposure mascara, mascara primer, eye shadows and eye shadow primer.
It’s a much better deal, she insisted. The Too Faced primer was $30 while the Smashbox best seller’s box was only $39. It was a good deal indeed, I thought. So I bought the box, fully aware of the fact that the saleswoman got what she wanted.
And I am one happier lady because of it.
Let’s start out with my bare naked face + primer + five hours of sleep. Smashbox has literally a dozen primers, and I was absolutely mesmerized when I stood in front of that display at Ulta and swatched every single one of them on my hand. I actually ran out of hand, and had to start swatching on my biceps, but that’s besides the point.
The primer that is included in the best sellers box is the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Oil-Free primer. I was told that this primer is great for oily skin and makes your pores look smaller. If you think I won’t snatch up any product that promises to gives me matte skin and smaller pores than you must be new here. The primer feels very light and absorbs into the skin quickly. I’ve been using the primer for a few weeks now, and I can say it has really changed my make-up focused life. This is a new must-have product for me and my face just doesn’t look the same if I don’t wear it. If you haven’t tried one of Smashbox’s famous primers yet, you should!
And no, I am not being paid by Smashbox to say this. I honestly believe it!
Eye shadow primer, and eye shadow
Next to the face primer, the Smashbox eye shadow primer is my favorite product in the box. It truly makes your eye shadow last ALL DAY and look AMAZING. I now wear the primer whenever I wear eye shadow. It blows Urban Decay’s Primer Potion out of the water.
I was worried when I applied it at first because the primer is very white, and it made my eyelid look ashy. But you can’t see the whiteness when you apply the eye shadow on top, and I believe the contrast in color makes the eye shadow pop. Amazing.
Can we talk about the colors in the eyeshadow trio for a second? We will. I am obsessed with the rose-gold color you see in the upper right corner of the palette. It is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and the three colors all look amazing together. I also really like the dark brown crease color at the bottom. It isn’t too dark, so it is appropriate to wear during the day and to work.
I haven’t gotten a handle yet on inner eye highlights, so I can’t speak much for the white color in the upper left corner, but I do really like the color. It is an off-white, so not too crazy looking to put in the inner corner.
Mascara primer and mascara
I’ve never tried a mascara primer before, and I can’t say that this primer made a huge difference when used under mascara. The saleswoman at Ulta told me that you can also wear this primer alone before going to bed to strengthen and condition your lashes overnight, but I haven’t tried that just yet.
The Full Exposure mascara is good, but not great. I am just such a Too Faced Better Than Sex fangirl that the next mascara I try will have to blow my socks off. Full Exposure didn’t do that, but it is a decent mascara. Better than the Maybelline Rocket and Covergirl Clump Crusher for sure.
Overall, I was very impressed with many of the Smashbox products offered in the box. The face primer and eye shadow primer are my new favorite things, and make my world a better place. Are you familiar with Smashbox? What are your favorite and least favorite products from them?
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