Saturday, 7 August 2010

Smashbox Cosmetics - Swatches

I did a video on YouTube of the Smashbox Cosmetics that I own, here is the link:

I have to say I am really impressed with these products, I'll cut to the chase and attach the snapshots of the swatches from my video, then I'll go on to review them below. 

FYI - I've been matched to Mac NC44, Nars Sheer Glow Cadiz, MUFE HD 173, MUFE Face & Body 18, I always like to know what skin tone shade the swatches are on.

From left to Right
Soft Lights Shimmer, Blush Rush Paradise, Blush Radiance, Creamy Cheek Colour Untamed

Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer - Medium
All the cheek colours have this lovely quality that makes my skin glow. 

The Soft Lights Shimmer powder is a pale apricot/champagne colour with small particles of shimmer, makes for a beautiful highlight and has such a soft velvet texture that is a dream to blend. 

The blurb from the Smashbox website is: "Get a gorgeous lit-from-within glow with this silk-like shimmering powder. The illuminating formula softens the way light reflects on your skin and wakes up your complexion for a radiant look. Best of Sephora Award Nominee for Best Blush."

The Blush Rush in Paradise is a beautiful Apricot with with tiny flecks of gold shimmer, it just has this amazing luminous quality on my skin.  The packaging has a swivel out mirror on the bottom.

Smashbox website info as follows: "Warm Golden Apricot. Get a gorgeous rush of color with this ultra-luxurious, long-wearing silky powder blush. In 8 wearable, foolproof shades that wake up any skin tone and packaged in an innovative swivel mirror component for touch ups on-the-go."

Radiance Blush is a matte bright fushia shade, it's not quite as blendable as the others but does have a glowy effect on the skin once blended.  I can't see it on the Smashbox website but I bought mine from an online make-up store that I have ordered from about 3 times, I always get next day delivery and great customer service, the website is  Just so you know I have no affliation with this store, I'm just a happy customer.

Now the Creamy Cheek Color Untamed is a beautiful tan colour and give me such a healthy looking glow as a blush but probably can also be used as a contour colour.  This cream blush has the nicest texture of the cream blushes I have in my collection, which include Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges, Illamasqua etc.  It glides on and is so easy to apply and blend and is buildable.  I purchased this from the website mentioned above and it is still on sale for only £6.99!  Which is what I paid for it so an absolute bargain!!!

Last but not least the Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15.  This is exactly what I need when the weather is sweltering hot and I don't feel like having foundation on.  It blends in easily, feels just like a moisturizer, gives me reasonable coverage, but that could be because it's a little dark for my face so I usually add a small dash of MUFE Face and Body in the mix (which is waterproof by the way).  This product does not melt off my face in the heat and I feel totally comfortable wearing it.

The only downside is there is not a great colour range, Fair, Light, Luminous, Medium & Dark.  Medium is usually for tan skins but it's quite dark even for me and I am a medium deep skin tone.

The Smashbox website says: "Our new lightweight, oil-free tinted moisturizer is packed with vitamins and anti-aging peptides for naturally radiant skin. The unique citrus honey moisturization technology nourishes as it absorbs excess oil throughout the day, and UVA/UVB SPF 15 guards against future damage so skin stays flawless and protected."  SELF healthy beauty award winner 2009."

I hope this post has been helpful to you.  If you have any questions please feel free to comment.  If you have any Smashbox products you would recommend I'd love to hear them.

If you read all of the above, thank you!!!

Diane x

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