Smashbox Studio Skin 24-Hour Concealer

Athletes know the struggle is real… I don’t wear much on my skin beyond actual skincare products (which I layer on) – it won’t work for my lifestyle and I honestly don’t want to look like two different people between daytime, and when I get ready for bed.  Natural is key for me, but so is staying power when I do need something.

Smashbox already has a 24-hour waterproof concealer – the 24 Hour Spot Concealer – so I’m not totally sure if this is replacing it or what (both are the same price, $25.)  Studio Skin 24 Hour Concealer (you can also get it here) is the newest to the lineup and referred to as a “magic wand” by artists at the Smashbox L.A. studio.  What a lot of people didn’t like about the Spot Concealer was the applicator – it often leaked when closing (though there are specific instructions about how to wipe the wand down) – so maybe this is a step up.  Still, while the benefits seem close, housing aside, it doesn’t appear to be a replacement.

Smashbox image

Smashbox image

The product is designed to stay put, hide imperfections, and maintain a moisturizing effect that won’t settle into lines.  It’s medium to full coverage, sweat, humidity, AND transfer resistant (hallelujah), oil free, and light diffusing – that’s quite a list of “bragging rights,” and one that anyone who is active – or dealing with summer – will appreciate.  Thoughts on this guy?

 

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

It seems that trends are much in favor of color correcting products, both at the mass market level, as well as higher end…

As with the Urban Decay correcting fluid, these Smashbox pencils are designed to even the complexion by blending away things like redness, excessive sallowness, darkened circles etc.  What I like is that there is both a Peach and an Orange in this 4 sku lineup though, offering a tone to ease “tiredness” for fairer skins, and for deeper.  

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

The sticks can be used wet or dry depending on what kind of coverage you need, and they do come with a sharpener. 

 

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Green – reduces redness
Lavender – brightens sallowness / yellowness  
Peach (for light skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles
Orange (for deeper skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles

Spring 2016 – Smashbox Matte Transformer

Thrilled to see this product!  Why?  You have a favorite lippie and the brand hasn’t jumped on the matte train…but you want to try the trend! 🙂

Smashbox’s Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer is an easy-to-use gel that takes your pout from satin or shine to matte and velvety.  Instantly.

sephora.com photo

sephora.com photo

While it isn’t necessarily the first of its kind, it is a wonderful tool for anyone wanting to try something new, or alter texture for whatever reason.   This particular item was created to minimize the number of lipsticks Smashbox’s pro makeup artists had to haul around (double the products, or a tube of gel!?  Hmmm…) The formula is non-chalky, and also improves the wear of your lip product without feathering. 

sephora.com photo

sephora.com photo

Check out the video on Sephora.com for more details. 🙂

 

Got Grunge?

I’m seeing a ton of Spring these days, which isn’t at all a bad thing…  But it’s kind of like seeing Christmas decorations before Halloween…and I personally think Halloween (especially Halloween!) should have its time to shine!  

Same goes for colors and texture – in fashion apparel, color cosmetics, packaging, what have you – it’s nice to relish in the tempestuous, Earthen, burnished shades for a while (It isn’t even New Years!)

These four hues read autumnal, wintery, nocturnal and vampish – and, as you know, I am ALL for vamp! 😀

The new Legendary Creams, not only giving a nod to the aforementioned, but also to the moody, dark-lipped grunge of the 1990s, are as follows:

  1. Plum Role – Matte Dark Plum
  2. Punked– Matte Deep Grey
  3. Coffee Run – Cream Rich Brown
  4. Witchy – Cream Deep Burgundy (had me in mind for this last one?!)

These will be strong and bold, and with Plum Role and Punked, you teeter on a sassy edge – so if you are faint of heart, steer clear.  Otherwise, paint your pout and rock with denim (torn and battered, of course!)

 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

I’m positively delighted that oils have gotten such generous praise over the last few years – gone are the days where those with troubled skin are destined to shy away from the nutrient-rich, hydrating and calming properties of oils! 

It’s a wonderful thing, because there are countless benefits, not least of all that healthy, dewy glow many oils can give the skin (not in a sit-on-on-top-and-clog-my-precious-pores, greasy way- a legitimate, dew-kissed freshness that comes with youth…and absorbent, delectable oils!)

Using oils as primer before makeup is also nothing new – they’ve been doing it backstage at Runway shows for a long time.  But the general public may not have had many options in the past…in addition to harboring fears of makeup slipping and sliding off within minutes!  Jumping on board the benefits-of-oil train, Smashbox has just released a new primer oil.  

Photo Finish Primer Oil is a “fast-absorbing, hero blend of 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils,” designed to hydrate, soften, and glow-ify your skin.

Per Smashbox:

WHY IT’S UNIQUE
…This signature blend is the perfect fusion of 15 oils like jojoba, Arabica and Argan—all handpicked for their known skin benefits. To de-stress your morning routine, calming chamomile and lavender oils sooth senses while the light veil reduces the appearance of dry, fine lines and makes you glow. Add a drop to our Studio Skin foundation for a natural, second-skin look without sacrificing any coverage. 

BRAGGING RIGHTS (I LOVE that terminology! 🙂 ) 
• Softens complexion to make foundation look like skin 
• Instantly absorbs and adds radiance  
• 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils including moisturizing jojoba and calming chamomile
• Morning and evening application adds increased moisture in just 4 weeks
• Apply a few drops to split-ends, cuticles, elbows and clavicle for a dewy, youthful sheen.

I would say that if you are oily, you would want to try this on a day where it won’t matter much if it doesn’t work…or steer clear all together.  There ARE oils out there that can help to mattify, remarkably, as well as to tone acne-prone or troubled skin – so if this specific product doesn’t work for you, not to worry!  

You can still use some nourishing oils at Night suited for your skin – hydrating and pampering when you are home can give you that same lovely glow in the even an oil primer feels too forward!

Smashbox X-Rated

Coming November 26th to Ulta, and to stores on January 3rd, 2016, Smashbox’s X-Rated Mascara brings “different levels of drama” to your fringe.

The product was designed to be layerable, allowing you to choose the intensity of your look.  The “breakthrough triple threat brush isolates, magnifies and mega-coats each lash with an interlocking fiber-loaded formula that never clumps, flakes or smudges.”

Ulta.com

Ulta.com

Per the site: 

“Why it’s unique:

Triple Threat brush features three deep channels for mega-coating lashes and three rows of bristles that isolate, amplify and extend each lash. 

Benefits:

  • Extremely long-wearing formula for luscious lashes, day to night
  • Brush isolates, magnifies & mega-coats each lash
  • Tripod fibers stack on lashes for endless volume
  • Amplifies & lifts with each layer
  • Clump, flake & smudge-free”

Smashbox Be Legendary

Smashbox.com is offering three New York Fashion Week-inspired, matte shades of its Be Legendary Lipstick!

  • UNZIPPED MATTE – Deep Red
  • PUBLICIST MATTE – Vibrant Fuchsia
  • SCREEN QUEEN MATTE – Burgundy 

The cream formula promises a lustrous finish, while offering moisturization from shea butter, and antioxidant vitamins C and E.  For these specialty mattes, you can still count on C and E, and a solid “adherence.”

The package artwork by “Instagram icon” Donald Robertson adds an extra dash of fun to the whole affair! 🙂