02.08.2013
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Soft Effects Powder Eye Liner
$22
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This powder eyeliner’s concept is about creating a softer look to frame the eyes, but unfortunately, it doesn’t perform well. Soft Effects Powder Eye Liner is housed in a small tube with an attached, thin wand that grabs on to the loose powder housed inside. This is where it gets tricky—it’s nearly impossible to apply the powder eyeliner without it dripping down on the skin below, causing quite a mess. What we’re saying is: It’s difficult to control and hard to apply with much precision.

On a positive note, it does deliver a soft eyeliner look as opposed to a rigid line, but as mentioned above, a regular pressed-powder eyeshadow and brush work great without the mess. The shades are attractive, but that isn’t enough to earn this eyeliner our seal of approval.

Pros:
  • Creates a soft line of color that doesn’t look harsh or obvious.
  • Attractive shades.
Cons:
  • Difficult to apply without dripping loose powder all over.
  • Doesn’t allow for precision and control.
  • Overpriced, especially given it doesn’t perform well.
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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.

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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.