Artificial Light Luminizing Powder

by Smashbox  
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$20 
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Category:
Makeup > Face & Body Illuminating/Shimmer > Face Shimmer
Last Updated:
2/8/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This highlighting powder comes in an inconveniently small tube where you must dip the sponge-like tip applicator in to pick up the color so you can apply the loose powder. The applicator makes it difficult to use, especially on larger surface areas.

On the plus side, the shimmering, creamy gold color imparts a beautiful glow, ideal for highlighting areas such as the brow bone or cheekbone. However, you only get 0.035 ounces, so you’re really overpaying for such a small amount of product, especially given that the applicator doesn’t help and, in fact, makes it harder to use.

Pros:
  • Shimmering, creamy gold color imparts a beautiful glow.
  • Ideal for highlighting small areas such as the brow bone.
Cons:
  • Applicator makes it difficult to use, especially on larger areas.
  • Overpriced for such a small amount of product, especially given that the applicator isn’t easy to use.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. However, this seems to be a case where the proverbial apple didn't fall all that close to the tree. It is apparent that Dean and Davis are better at their respective careers as CEO and photographer, respectively, than at creating a cosmetics line. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, many of the colors are too sheer to register on medium to dark skin tones, shiny products abound, and several of the complexion-enhancing products just don't look as natural on skin as they should. In fact, the foundations and concealers could use some updating; they haven't kept pace with what other makeup artistry lines are launching, and don't demonstrate much longevity under normal conditions, as in day-to-day casual makeup.

Realizing that celebrities sell products better than the product claims themselves, Smashbox steadily capitalizes on its ties to Hollywood and often mentions several famous faces who wear their products. Their counter brochures follow suit, tempting women to sit down with a Smashbox artist to get the star treatment. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, but as a comprehensive line Smashbox doesn't have what it takes to create A-list glamour, at least not if you're looking for cutting-edge textures and finishes.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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