Photo Set Pressed Powder

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Photo Set Pressed Powder has a lightweight texture that goes on satin smooth to even out your skin tone. Five neutral shades (ranging from fair to dark) are offered, each of which initially goes on sheer, but layers well for medium coverage without looking powdery and cakey. This powder is great for touch-ups or as a finishing powder, but blends on better with a brush than with the sponge applicator that's provided.

  • Lightweight, pressed powder that goes on satin-smooth.
  • Four neutral shades offered.
  • Adjustable coverage from sheer to medium without looking cakey.
  • Great for touch-ups or as a finishing powder.
  • Included sponge may seem handy, but this powder looks best when applied with a brush.
  • Expensive.

Talc, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Silica, Nylon-12, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl PEG Phosphate, Zein,Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Green, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines

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

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Great tone & coverage
    • I don't like the feel or look of foundation or heavy powder yet need the coverage for my uneven, combo, & sometimes blemished skin. This gives great coverage without being heavy; I wear it solo, and it keeps my shine in control for a while (I don't think I can ask for much more given my oily tzone). I also have problems with powders that look too pink on my skin (Clinique). This works so well with my slightly yellow undertone, without being too dark (my skin can be quite light in the winter).

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