03.25.2015
478
Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio
$28
Expert Rating
Community Rating (3)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This talc-free pressed powder eyeshadow comes in a flip-cap compact with three shades separated by plastic dividers (a nice touch). The texture is inordinately smooth and the color payoff (how much color you get with a single swipe of the brush) is great. Blending is almost effortless, too, and the colors tend to go on true. The drawback, at least if you want a matte finish, is that every trio is shiny. Depending on the set the shine can range from soft to obvious sparkles but at least it doesn't flake all over. The best trios for workable shine and a good combination of colors include Shutterspeed, Multi-Flash, Filter (this one is almost matte), Cover Shot, and Auto Expose.

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Ingredients
Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Tin Oxide, Polysilicone-11, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

NOTE: Ingredients shown are for the shades Nocturnal and Steel and may vary by shade from the above listing.

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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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.