Thursday, October 1, 2009

Smashbox Makeup Review

After running low on my Mac sheer pressed powder and concealer that I had been noticing was becoming too dark for my complexion, I decided to give Smashbox makeup a shot and purchased the travel sized set (perfect for someone new to Smashbox) from Ulta last week for $49. The set includes the brand's Photo Finish Foundation Primer, High Definition Foundation, High Definition Concealer, and Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder. I noticed there were four sets to choose from based on complexion-- Fair, Light, Medium, and Dark. I purchased the Dark kit. I don't believe a set has been created for those with a deeper complexion just yet, however I was informed by a Smashbox Rep that they are indeed working on foundation for those with deeper skin tones.

I must say, I was impressed with this kit simply because it includes four of what I consider to be MUST HAVE products, and you are able to mix and match the products for different "looks." For an example, for a fresh and clean look, you can use the primer, foundation and concealer. If you were more interested in a complete finish, you would use all four of the products provided in the kit. If you are only wanting minimal coverage, you can use just the primer and the concealer. I love the idea of choice!

So down to the nitty gritty. About the products:

Photo Finish Primer extends makeup wear, fills in fine lines and pores, and creates smoother looking skin. I personally noticed that the primer provides me with a more "matte" finish after applying my makeup, which is something really important to me when dealing with an oily "T" zone.

High Definition Foundation provides medium to full coverage depending on how much you decide to use. It is oil free and contains SPF 15. I'm all about protecting my skin!

High Definition Concealer covers those imperfections and dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. I honestly like Mac's concealer more because it seems to cover better. This particular concealer is more of a liquid and just does not apply as well as my beloved Mac.

Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder provides a wonderful radiant finish and is not dry like other powders as it provides all-day moisturization (without leaving you oily) which is great for skin! It also is said to minimize signs of aging. I believe the powder is my favorite product in the set because I can use it with the foundation or without and it looks great either way. It is the best item in this kit for smoothing out my complexion.

Over all I give these four Smashbox products a 4 out of 5. I like that it offers full and minimal coverage, it doesn't leave me looking "ashy," and it blends well. I can enjoy a matte finish without my skin becoming overly dry. I love love LOVE the primer and powder, and I'm satisfied with the foundation. I just don't care for the concealer because I'm used to Mac's better coverage. The rest of the products however, are definitely worth trying!