This dual-sided lash product isn’t conditioning, isn’t much of a treatment, and isn’t worth the price. One end is the Lash Treatment; the other end is the Lash Conditioner. The colorless Lash Conditioner, applied to lashes with a standard mascara brush, is little more than water, glycerin, and a film-forming agent (think hairspray for your lashes). The Lash Treatment is applied along the lash line, just like liquid liner or lash growth products such as Latisse. It contains the same peptide found in several more expensive lash growth products, including Jan Marini’s Marini Lash. Smashbox’s Lash Conditioner is said to make your eyelashes longer and fuller after eight weeks, but there’s no substantiated research to support these claims. I suppose you could test this product and see what kind of results you get, because it’s certainly less expensive than many other lash growth options, but you’re better off buying RapidLash or Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For (original or Platinum version), which contain ingredients proven to promote (or are strongly linked to) lash growth. As with any lash growth product, be aware of potential side effects, such as red, irritated skin along the lash line, eye irritation, and potentially discoloration of the iris (the colored portion of your eye).
Lash Treatment: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium DNA, Potassium Glutathione Isomerized Linoleate, Biotin, Panthenol, Cellulose Gum, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate
Lash Conditioner: Water, Glycerin, Methacrylic Acid/Sodium Acrylamidomethyl Propane Sulfonate Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Actin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Hexandiol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-PEG-15 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Panthenol
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.