Thursday, July 9, 2009

Product Review: Smashbox ON IN 5 Beauty Kit

I got a hold of Smashbox ON IN 5 Beauty Kit from Beauty Bar Podium from way back early March 2009. It was such a steal for less than Php3000.00 ($47 at Ulta.com) for the products inclunded.

I'd like to give you a blow by blow picture of the products that is included in this kit.


Smashbox On in 5 Beauty Kit



NEW! Smashbox Fusion Eye & Cheek color in On In 5: A multi-tasking palette for the busy chic. Get your eye colors and cheek color in one.

Smashbox Fusion Eye has everything you'll need for a nice defined neutral eye look. You have a highlighter, Brow color (matte brown), lid color (yellow gold) that can be used as highlighter, crease color (shimmery taupe) and a peachy eyeshadow as accent.

Cheek color part is to swirl lightly your fan brush or your favorite blush brush, apply softly to the cheek starting at the hollow of your cheeks and blend to your cheeks. this way you can contour your cheekbones and just meld in the blush at the same time. Or simply concentrate your blush on the Peach color part and apply as you would any blush. Apply beige higlighter on the high planes of the cheek for a more awake look.


NEW! Smashbox Fusion Eye & Cheek color in On In 5



Smashbox Cream Eyeliner in Midnight Brown: This would be my second pencil from my two Smashbox Kit. I'm not much of an eyeliner user but this one does the job nicely. But I doubt I'd grab this alone on the counter. I'm happy I got this for me, though.


Cream eyeliner Pencil in Midnight Brown


Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss - Sheer Color in Illumene: This one I love! It's nearly close to my Nars orgasm Lipgloss but a little less stickier and has more shiimmer. This is actually a good inclusion in the Kit. No need for lipstick with this one as it will sincerely enhance the color of your lips. It's great to partner with any nude lip color as well. I also love that the applicator is a brush instead of doe foot as it provide me a better precision when applying the product.





Smashbox Photo Op Undereye Brightener: It has a almost liquid feel to it that glides on the eyes seamlessly without worry of tugging the delicate skin under our peepers. I use to apply this after my powder foundation and I thought it did nothing to brighten my eyes. But upon watching videos from Smashbox, I learned that this is applied first before other products and set with a foundation. Though this will not lessen your dark undereyes (concelear is still the key to this), it will definitely improve your eyes in the simpliest way.

When the camera flash catches the shimmer from the photo op, it will natrally reverse the look dark undereyes that we have.




Smashbox Photofinish UVA/UVB SPF 15 with DermaxylTM Complex: I don't know why but I love this better than any other Smashbox primer I have and have tried. The look and feel reminds me so much of Monistat Prime but without clogging my pores too much. For those who have a few bucks to spare and are worried about fine lines, wrinkles, etc. I highly recommend this one.

And a little goes a loooooong way. :) i'm glad I got this at a fraction of its original price!



Photo Finish Primer SPF 15 with Dermexyl Complex

Smashbox Bionic Mascara: This mascara isn't really a typical mascara because of its Ionic Technology providing a stronger and healthier lashes. Had it not been for this, I would consider it just a typical volumizing mascara. The brush though is really non-clumping and coats my lashes evenly.






Author's note: I would really recommend this one (if it's still available at the Beauty Bar) to those who are new to makeup. This really is a versatile kit that can bring your look from day to evening, from monday to friday. If it isn't available anymore, I would suggest you find kits similar to this one as it is more cheaper compared to buying each individually. I believe Laura Mercier has a kit that is only about 2,500 with brushes and the Tinted Moisturizer.

I bought this Kit initially for the Smashbox Primer with DermaxylTM. It wasn't much of a debate what I would choose, the Kit or just the bottle. Obviously, I saved thousands more in getting the Kit for everything that was included. But definitely think on it before getting the Kit. Ask yourself if you really need those other products. If not, it would still be cheaper getting what you really just came for.

During these times addictions can really break the bank. It's a good thing all addicts are resourceful. :)

much love,
Shen

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