Last week I was entirely lucky not only to be briefed in all that is new at Smashbox cosmetics but also be sent away with a range of samples to test and of course share the finer details. From new bright lipsticks, soft focus highlighters, bright gel liners, not to mention blushes and bronzing options Smashbox has something for everyone.
Let's start with the new cheek products which there are plenty of, if like myself you enjoy both a good bronze tint and a light glow to the cheeks or face then you need to try the new Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights Baked Starburst Bronzer (£25). This beautiful wheel of neutral shades combine to create a gentle yet glowing flush of colour for the face and doubles up as a mini eyeshadow palette. If you pack one bronzer for any upcoming trip let it be this, the pigment and finish is incredible. I can not wait to share a full review post with you in the coming days, it truly is a beautiful product. You can find it here via Boots - link.
Perhaps you prefer a more traditional approach to bronzers - a matte, cool yet natural toned powder that can be used to both warm and sculpt the face? Well the new Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzers (£25) are what you have been waiting for, two new shades - one for lighter complexions and one for medium to deep skin tones that have a somewhat optical blurring quality. In my opinion the Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzers could also double up as a powder foundation should you wish and of course if the shade is suited for such purpose. Again I will of course post a full review with swatches and what not in the coming days, until then you can purchase it via Smashbox - link.
My personal favourite bronzing and general all round face sculpting kit has to be the new Smashbox Step by Step Contouring Kit (£35), three gel based crayons that allow you to highlight, bronze and contour with ease. I kid you not when I say this formula glides on to the skin with ease and blends like a dream. If you have struggled with contouring as a concept this is the route to go down, it really is full proof. The beauty of all three pencils is that not only are the shades natural but so is the finish which makes it great for day or evening wear. You can find the kit here - link.
What's a new collection without a stand alone highlighter? Rubbish that is what! Luckily Smashbox have answered the call with Smashbox L.A Lights in Hollywood & Highlight Stick (£25), another gel offering that can be used on both the cheeks and lips. For now you'll have to take my word for it when I say that texture is not only dreamy but the finish is divine - a light, shimmering, radiant glow that gives a fresh naturally luminous glow. There is also tinted blush versions of this formula which I will be purchasing very soon!You can purchase here - link.
Sadly the next two items are limited edition so you will have to pounce quickly, fans of matte lipstick need to try out the new Smashbox + Donald Robertson Matte Lipstick collaboration. Six beautiful shades that are not only amazingly pigmented but also extremely long wearing and not drying in the slightest. The gel like formula quickly glides onto the lips, moisturising and engulfing in colour as they go. I can not get enough and would highly recommend checking out the shade Fireball if you enjoy bright red orange tones. I will be picking it up as soon as I can. You can find them here for £16 each - link.
Lastly we have the Smashbox + Donald Robertson Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner (£18), five somewhat unusual yet utterly wearable shades including the above lilac. If you are familiar with the Benefit They're Real Liners then you will understand the concept behind them, essentially it is gel liner in pen form which in theory allows for easier application. Unlike the Benefit alternative this is less prone to flaking and drying out but I won't pretend for one moment that practise makes perfect with this style of liner. You can shop the liners here - link.
Which of the above launches appeals to you most?
This post contains press samples.