Recently, cult U.S beauty brand Smashbox hosted an event for make up artists to introduce us to their entire range of products. I was familiar with the Smashbox Photofinish Primer, but that’s about as far as my experience with the brand went. Created by the great grandsons of Max Factor, Dean and Davis, the brand has recently been bought by the Estee Lauder group, hence the relaunch.
A few of my fave products from the make up artist event:
Smashbox Photofinish Primer – “A silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn under foundation, this best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish”. This primer does the job very well indeed, and now comes in a bewildering number of variations, anti-ageing, hydrating, colour-correcting, the list goes on…
Halo Highlighting Wand – This is a generously sized tube of non-sticky highlighter that comes in Luminous Gold and Iridescent Pearl to suit warm and cool skin tones and I love it. It creates just the right amount of highlight, subtle, and not too shimmery. A lovely, uniform, pearlescent glow. The gold shade has made it into my own make up bag.
Softbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette – A handy little mini palette containing essential every day earthy tones. Russet, a soft sheen copper, Truffle, a matte taupe, Bare, a matte warm pinky nude, Sandstorm, a mauve with a soft golden shimmer, Juniper, a shimmery mustard gold and Sumatra, a matte deep brown. The pay off is good with these eyeshadows, they blend well, and with the shades included you can create a soft, neutral day time look or a dramatic smoky eye.
High Definition Liquid Concealer – This is a medium weight concealer that provides very good coverage for under eye discolouration without looking heavy or cakey. Just make sure you give the tube a bit of a squeeze first to mix the oil in the product properly. Comes in 6 shades.
Once upon a time it was very tricky to get hold of Smashbox make up, but it is now available in Boots and online from their website. Additionally, www.Smashbox.com has several short ‘get the look’ video tutorials on it’s website.