Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener
Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This dual-sided pencil offers two flesh-toned shades, each needing routine sharpening to maintain a fine point. The texture of both is smooth and they glide over skin, being initially creamy but setting to a dry finish that stays put better than expected (thanks to talc, which is the third ingredient). This pencil brightens the eye area with each shade’s soft, pearlescent finish. When applied sparingly and softly blended with a brush, the effect can be flattering. This is worth a look if you don’t mind pencils that require regular sharpening. Note that you can achieve the same effect by using a tiny brush to apply a pearlescent powder eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes.

Brand Overview

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

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. 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, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

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

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Portable Dual Function Eyelighter

One end is somewhat waxy, for brow highlights, the other is creamy, for highlighting the inner corner of the eye or using on the lid. As a pencil it's smaller than highlighters in a pan, making it useful for one's purse makeup bag. It is not a skinny pencil, so you need a sharpener that includes a bigger opening. Using as intended, you won't need to sharpen often. I prefer pencils that need sharpening, because I find the product doesn't dry out anywhere nearly as quickly automatic pencils do.

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