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Thanks to the BB trend, we've come to expect all our makeup to contain ingredients once reserved for the fanciest of moisturizers. This sampler of Smashbox best sellers has just what we need: It features travel-size versions of the brand's signature Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, which keeps oil in check while delivering UV protection, and antiaging Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, made with 11 amino acids and a potent peptide to reverse the look of fine lines. Plus, it has a deluxe sample of the antioxidant-rich Photo Finish Foundation Primer, with vitamins and emollients to smooth out skin, and a Baby Buki Brush small enough to take on the go for any touchups.
I ws totally skeptical. I have skads of expensive foundation and powder. I never get my hopes up for a product. I subscribribe to 10 monthly boxes.
I even have the crazy expensive Pro MAC cosmo kit I bought in cosmetology school.The most disappointing item they make is their primer. It goes on like lotion, feels like lotion, and has no mattifying efffects at all. I am a huge fan og Dermalogica's matte primer as it smooths and conditions the skin. Also, even though it seems like an elderly woman's product, Mary Kay has a matte primer that is just unbelievable. Well, now I'm adding Smashbox to my primer list.
Anyway, I am rarely surprised with great product. However, Smashbox surprised me eith their bb+halo, primer, foundation and powder with kabuki style brush kit.
This Smashbox trio is a perfect combo. The primer mattifies perfectly and glides on the skin like a feather. When you add their surprisingly light bb foundation and follow with the powder which is loose and comes in an ingenious case that you turn to loosen the powder for application with the kabuki style brush you have the best combo I've seen in years.
I am in my thirties and get blemishes. I tried this for the first time in a beach town. Looking at the pictures from the trip, you would assume I was 25 and blessed with radiant, blemish free skin.
Need a BB cream that gives you good coverage but also looks light and natural? Need a powder that controls oil but also leaves the skin feeling moisturized? This set of products is absolutely amazing for those reasons. The BB cream goes on clean and light and the powder will make your skin glow from within. I frequently reorder this product...it's amazing.5
Hearing so much about Smashbox, I had to try it. The primer was amazing - went on very smooth and evened me out. The BB cream was light and the powder - loved it. I ended up ordering a full size primer for now. I wear it alone and it still evens out my skin. Definitely a great way to get to know the products.5
I'm a huge smashbox fan, and I loved everything in this kit. I will be buying again when I'm out!5
I like all the products used together, but not a huge fan of individually. Ive been looking for a BB cream to replace my Orgins Vitazing, all the items together work well, but I'm not a fan of using so many products. I won't be ordering full size versions.3
I am not a huge BB cream fan, but I will say this one is quite good, and I don't get breakouts like I do with most. The star of this kit however is the Powder! It has the perfect amount of pigment to even your skin tone out without looking mask like. And it is perfect if your skin is combo with dryness. In the wintertime my skin is a dry mess, and this one does not show up as a powdery coating, visible to everyone who looks at you! I don't know how smash box came up with a hydrating powder, but it's great!4
I'm already a huge smashbox primer fan. I use either the standard photo finish or the one for blemish control but what impressed me about this kit was the halo powder and how great the packaging is...it really releases just a little bit at a time unlike so many other company's that release too much then tap it. It works great with or without the bb cream. I often use just the primer and the bb and am good to go. Use a spray of the primer water to set and it stays all day long. I'll be buying another of these kits as soon as this one runs out! This one I got with my points and am so happy I did. The color I used light/medium worked perfectly on my medium skin that tans quickly in golden tones and never looked cakey or settles into the fine lines I'm beginning to get in between my eyes. I would recommend this for anyone to at least try if you are looking for a great foundation that lives up to its hype.5
Love the BB cream. Gives my face a tanned glow more than anything. Not sure about the powder. All powders end up looking chalky on me and make me look older and dull complected but the BB cream is awesome.4
My skin is pale, sensitive and an all around pain. I've never been able to find a foundation that worked for me. It always looked like a mask and seemed to highlight my large pores. This combo of products looks great on me and cleared up my stress acne after just a couple days use.5
I was so happy that the BB cream matched my pale skin tone perfectly. Unlike most products, It wasn't too orange or too pink at all.4