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I received a huge box of stuff from Sephora today, including Murad Pore & Fine Line Minimizing Hydrator, Clinique Even Better Eyes, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 2, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx, Stila Collage of Color, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, and Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume.
So of course I had to try all of it.
Most of what I got were samples, and all of the Smashbox stuff was part of their amazing Try It Kit. It’s only $19 and includes foundation primer, eyelid primer, lip gloss, mascara and a pencil eyeliner. The Bare Minerals kit was a Deluxe Sample and included a foundation powder in Golden Dark, which is obviously not my skintone, but I figured I could use it for an eyeshadow or a bronzer, and it’s a gorgeous coppery brown color. It also came with a Baby ‘Buki brush and the under eye illuminator. I suffer from awful under eye circles, so I’m really glad I picked it up! Then I got the Murad Pore & Fine Line Minimizing Hydrator, which I’ve used before, and a sample of Clinique Even Better Eyes to help out with those pesky circles.
Here’s my finished look:
It’s a fairly natural look, even if I am wearing a million different products.
Okay, so let’s start with face stuff first. I used my Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer, as usual. Next was the Murad Pore & Fine Line Minimizing Hydrator (which is stellar, by the way. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. It immediately gets rid of any little lines you have, shrinks your pores, and makes your skin look so even!) Then I applied the Clinique Even Better Eyes under both of my eyes. It applied feeling a little greasy, but after a moment, it soaked in and made the skin beneath my eyes feel much better. It felt hydrated and very non-greasy, for how the application was. It looks a bit yellow when it comes out, but goes on sheer.
Next, I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This is something I’ve been really interested in. I’ve only ever used an Avon foundation primer in the past, and it gave me Oompa Loompa face. This is clear, though, which is really cool! There’s no real scent to it, just a vague memory of something chemical-y when applying. This fades fast, and the primer absorbs quickly into my skin. Then I applied my normal foundation, Revlon Photoready Airbrush in Vanilla 001 after using the primer. At first, my foundation seemed to sit on top of my skin, which is NOT a good thing. It looked totally unnatural! I decided to just let it sit for a second, like with the Clinique Even Better Eyes, and whaddyaknow? It calmed down. The foundation set really nicely with the primer, and looked far more smooth than it normally does.
After this, I used the Stroke of Light by Bare Minerals in Luminous 2 underneath each eye. This, as you can see above, has made my dark circles pretty much disappear. There aren’t any edits done to the photos I’ve included in today’s post, other than cropping. The Stroke of Light had kind of a strange applicator. It reminded me of a bubble wand from when I was a kid, only with a thin layer of fabric stretched over it. It went on smoothly, however, and I really like the look and feel of it.
Following the under eye illuminator, I applied the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. I had a bad feeling about it the moment I opened it up. It had a doe foot applicator, which I despise, and the product looked thick and dark. When applying, it looked chalky and matte, and before I even put anything on my lids, there were creases everywhere. There were creases in the corners of my eyes, there were creases under my eyes, there were creases inside of creases. UGH! I did my best to smooth it out and moved forward with my process.
Now it’s time to open up my Stila Collage of Color! I decided to use the Peach Poppy all over today, as I wanted to focus on a less dramatic look. The palette can be used for lips and cheeks, but I have a triple threat going on and used it as an eyeshadow too! First I put it on my cheeks. It goes on pretty sheer at first, but you can build it up so that it gives you a really nice flush. I can’t wait to try some of the other colors in the palette! Peach Poppy is an orange-y pink, and is very pigmented. It goes on so smooth and feels amazing when it’s on your cheeks.
I then set everything I had done so far with Revlon Colorstay Aqua in Light, my normal foundation powder. Everything was looking good so far!
Now I did my lips, and I usually don’t do peach colors, but I’m crazy today, so why not? First I put on the Peach Poppy, and then topped it off with the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume. Neither the Stila nor the Smashbox were sticky on my lips, and they felt very hydrated. The color stays on well, and the Smashbox really brings out the shape of my mouth, enhancing all of the good parts! I like that it’s not so thick and goopy. I normally LOOOAAATHHE lip gloss because my hair always gets stuck in it and then I’ve got hair lines everywhere. But this doesn’t do any of that. It absorbs well and still leaves you with a kissable shine!
I then applied my eyebrows, and got ready to work on my eyes. The Smashbox eyelid primer I was convinced was crap at this point, but I wanted to keep going. I used the Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx on my waterline, where it went on and STAYED on. It glides right on and smudges well, but then stays in place. I loved how dark it was, and that it’s a matte. I’m so over glittery eyeliner right now. I can definitely see this liner becoming a staple in my makeup collection. I then applied the Peach Poppy color to my poor, creased lids, and it went on in a really lovely way, even with the problems the primer was causing. (I’m so sorry, UD Primer Potion, I won’t cheat on you again!) Next, I used the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. Now I’m really picky about mascara. I have very long lashes, and if the brush isn’t good, then I’ll end up with tangled spiders on my eyes, which sucks. Also, my eyelash curler recently took a dump on me, so I can’t curl them up right now. The mascara was okay, but I didn’t like the brush. It’s absolutely enormous. I think if I were to use the brush from my Clinique High Impact Mascara (my one true love), that I’d really like the formula they use, though. It builds nicely without getting clumps in it. After applying the mascara, I cleaned up around my eyes and added another coat of the Peach Poppy from Stila.
In the above picture, you can see that there is some creasing from the eyelid primer, but the color looks great with my pale skin and dark eyes. I think it would look really nice on people with deeper skin tones as well, it seems pretty versatile.
Clinique Even Better Eyes: 7/10 – Because it’s a product that will require time. It doesn’t provide instant results. However, after the initial greasiness fades, it makes your under eye area feel divine.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: 7.8/10 – Because it look and feels good, but takes a moment to settle in. Also, it comes in a tube, and I hate tubes. (To get all the product out, you always need to cut it open and transfer it to a new container.)
Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener: 10/10 – Because I have awful, purple under eye circles, and this pretty much cleared them up completely. Even if I went without any foundation, I think I could get away with putting this on and some mascara, and I’d look like I’d had a full night’s rest. I also liked the weird applicator.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer: 1/10 – Because it sucks. It creased all over the place. I looked like I had raisins for eyelids. It had an awful applicator and goes on chalky. NOT recommended.
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner: 9/10 – Because it glides on smoothly and looks great, but can end up smudging as the day wears on. It’s very dark and looks great, and I think with my Urban Decay Primer Potion, it would stay on better.
Stila Collage of Color: 9.8/10 – Because it looks gorgeous! It feels great and is super useful since you can use it on eyes, cheeks and lips. I haven’t tried the other two colors in the palette yet, but I’m sure they’ll look great too! It only gets points off for packaging. It comes in a small cardboard palette with a magnetic lid, but doesn’t come with an applicator or a mirror, which is a shame.
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara: 7/10 – Because I didn’t like the brush, but the formula is great. It builds nicely without getting clumpy, and doesn’t flake off.
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss: 9/10 – Because it’s the only lip gloss I’ve ever liked, but it’s still a gloss. I like that it’s a nude. It enhances all the good parts and doesn’t feel sticky.
Overall, I’m really happy with my purchases. The only thing I really didn’t like was the eyelid primer. However, I actually think that it might be usable as a concealer, so I won’t bin it just yet.
The Try It Kit is a must-have, if you’ve never used Smashbox products before. It gives you a great taste of what they have to offer. Anyways, here’s a set of photos to show off the look one more time.
What do you think? Have you tried any of these? What would you like to see next?
Thanks for reading!