Sunday, 25 March 2012

Smashbox Beauty Exposed Kit

Smashbox Beauty Exposed Kit
I remember that Smashbox was one of the first brands that I got into when I first started testing out different makeup brands in my teens. Over the more recent past, however, I can't remember the last time I bought something from Smashbox. Their collections and products just don't really excite me. But when I flipped through Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty catalogue, this kit (exclusively at Ulta) jumped out at me.

It's no secret that I'm a neutral lover, and at $39 for a palette of 5 shadows, a blush, a lipgloss, an eyeliner, and a faceprimer, I couldn't pass this deal up! Unfortunately, at least at my local Ulta, the testers for this kit were under a plexiglass box, meaning that I wasn't able to actually swatch any of the shades. Nonetheless, I decided to take the plunge and pick it up.

Top to Bottom: Marble, Camel, Bare

Top to Bottom: Moonstone, Oak, Marble
All 5 shades in this palette are very wearable neutrals, all with a shimmer finish apart from Oak, which is matte. Bare felt ever so slightly chalky, but the rest were surprisingly buttery....not totally at the level of a Burberry or Rouge Bunny Rouge shadow, but much more buttery than most of the Urban Decay shadows that I have. Plus the palette comes with a great mirror, making this a palette that will be great for on the go.
L to R: Bare, Camel, Marble, Oak, Moonstone
I am also really excited to try out the eyeliner in Stone, which is a cool matte brown shade. Upon initial swatch, it seems to be hard enough to not smudge on the eyes, but soft enough to go on smoothly. The blush, in the shade Peony, is a matte rosey pink. It doesn't look like anything special, but a good staple color nonetheless. I'm a bit nervous to try out the Photo Finish primer, which has a reputation for breaking oily-skinned people (like myself) out, but I like the Photo Finish Light primer, so I'll give it a try!

Lipgloss in Starfruit
The lipgloss is a peachy pink with gold shimmer. It is fairly sheer on the lips, but still gives a nice hint of a subtle spring color. It wasn't sticky at all and didn't have a noticeable scent. Overall, this is a nice color that I will keep in my bag for everyday use!

Overall, I am really pleased with the quality of products in this kit and am looking forward to testing it out over the coming days! This kit is $39 and available at Ulta stores/online.

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