Brow Tech Trio comes with two pressed-powder brow colors and a wax to set them in place. In each set, the lighter shade is meant to fill in the brows and the darker shade is supposed to define them, or you can mix them together from the get-go to customize your ideal shade. There are good options for blonde, brunette, and auburn-colored hair.
The wax helps hold brow shape without leaving hairs stiff, but if you don’t apply it carefully it can make brows look thick and heavy. It would have been helpful if they had included a brush or comb to apply it. All in all, this is okay, but not really worth the money.
- Comes with two pressed-powder shades to fill in and define brows.
- Colors can be combined if your brow color is somewhere between the individual shades.
- Options for blonde, brunette, and auburn-colored hair.
- Wax helps set brow hairs without making them feel stiff.
- Doesn’t include brush to apply wax so you are left to use fingertips.
- Can look thick and heavy on brows if you don’t apply it carefully.
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.