I’ve always wanted to try Smashbox products but never knew where to begin. I ran into the try me set at Sephora and decided it would be perfect for me to try. The set has a variety of products and here is what I think of each…
Photo Finish Foundation Primer…I love how my foundation just glides on after applying this. The sample is pretty large (0.3 oz.) and you only need a pump for application. For me, this really doesn’t help my foundation last longer. They do have a light version of the primer and I’m thinking about trying that. I remember seeing a small tube for sale at Sephora. I would also like to try Monistat Chafing Gel as a primer, but I cannot find it anywhere! So, if I like the light version I may purchase the full size product.
Cream Eyeliner…I have been wearing this stuff out! I love how smooth it is and I think I now prefer this to regular eyeliners. My “Caviar” eyeliner is completely gone, so now I have to play with the other colors. Even though I like this a lot, for $22 dollars I’m definitely willing to try other brands first that are more affordable.
Brow Tech Powder and Wax…All I have to say is that I think I look very scary and unnatural with my eyebrows filled in and don’t plan on doing it again anytime soon.
Lip Enhancing Gloss (clear)…I think that this is an excellent gloss to use on top of lipstick. The shine is extremely high, so it looks like your lips are just greasy when worn alone. I’m a strong believer that you can find a quality lip gloss at a store like Walgreen’s so for $18 Smashbox can keep this item.
Photo Op Under Eye Brightener…This is actually a very good product and really made a difference in my appearance. It adds a nice healthy glow without looking fake or the lighter version of raccoon eyes. My under eye circles are not that bad, so I can do without this for now. It’s nice to know about it in case I do need it one day.
Double-Ended Eye Liner & Brow Brush #9 and #12…I’m really glad a got a quality brush out of this set! The #9 made applying the cream eyeliner very easy. The #12 did a good job of applying the brow powder and I can definitely see it to blend out colors as well. Both brushes cost $20 each, so I’ll definitely say I got a great deal with this one!
Instructional DVD…Watching the clip online helped me learn more about this set than the DVD did.
Overall thoughts…I feel that this set is excellent if you are wanting to try the Smashbox brand but are concerned about the cost. The items are a very good size and you may find something that really works for you. Great value!