Smashbox products I have tested

Photo Set Finishing Powder SPF 15: Smashbox has a smash hit with this translucent finishing powder! The lightweight, fragrance-free loose-powder texture feels luxuriously smooth and sheers out onto skin for a nearly imperceptible finish, although those with dark skin tones may notice a slight whitish tint. Best of all, it sets makeup, absorbs oil, and protects skin with reliable broad-spectrum sun protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Note: Although this provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, it is not wise to rely on any powder as your sole source of sunscreen. That’s because you need to apply sunscreen liberally to obtain the SPF rating on the label of a product, and most people are unlikely to apply a powder liberally enough, especially one at this price, to get the needed level of protection. For best results, use powders with sunscreen as an add-on to your moisturizer or foundation with sunscreen.
  • Lightweight, fragrance-free loose powder with a luxurious feel.
  • Nearly imperceptible, translucent finish.
  • Does a good job of setting makeup and absorbing excess oil.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.

Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss: This is an excellent emollient lip gloss. It has a smooth application and highly reflective, dimensional finish that works alone or applied over any shade of lipstick, and it’s only minimally sticky. The color candy is the best I liked.

Photo Set Pressed Powder: has a lightweight texture that goes on satin smooth to even out your skin tone. Five neutral shades (ranging from fair to dark) are offered, each of which initially goes on sheer, but layers well for medium coverage without looking powdery and cakey. This powder is great for touch-ups or as a finishing powder, but blends on better with a brush than with the sponge applicator that's provided.
  • Lightweight, pressed powder that goes on satin-smooth.
  • Four neutral shades offered.
  • Adjustable coverage from sheer to medium without looking cakey.
  • Great for touch-ups or as a finishing powder.
  • Included sponge may seem handy, but this powder looks best when applied with a brush.
  • Expensive.

Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio: This talc-free pressed powder eyeshadow comes in a flip-cap compact with three shades separated by plastic dividers (a nice touch). The texture is inordinately smooth and the color payoff (how much color you get with a single swipe of the brush) is great. Blending is almost effortless, too, and the colors tend to go on true. The drawback, at least if you want a matte finish, is that every trio is shiny. Depending on the set the shine can range from soft to obvious sparkles but at least it doesn't flake all over. The best trios for workable shine and a good combination of colors include Shutterspeed, Multi-Flash, Filter (this one is almost matte), Cover Shot, and Auto Expose. I bought the Multi flash shade.

The only downside to this brand that it is tested on animals, which I realised later on and was quite disappointing to me, other than that the brand is amazing.

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