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If our beauty routines are any indication, history truly has a tendency to repeat itself. This sampler set from Smashbox has inspired us to seek out some novelty in our makeup regimen. It’s packed with the brand’s best sellers in portable travel sizes. There are two lightweight primers for your face and lids, a double-duty mascara, a smudge-proof black pencil liner, and a nude gloss.
I got this kit because I tried the Photo-Ready primer through a sample in my Birchbox a while back, and wanted to check out the other things before purchasing. The price can't be beat, really, the "sample" sizes are generous, and should last at least a few weeks with 'normal' use--some of them even longer, like the lip gloss and eyeliner.
>The primer is awesome, a chick-pea sized amount is good for the face and neck. It goes on like silk and really gives your BB cream or foundation a smooth, matte surface... not to mention the staying power.
>The eyes shadow primer is also good, though really catered to fairer-skinned ladies. I had to dab a bit with my fingers to "blend" it onto my lids so that its presence wasn't so obvious.
>The eyeliner is decent, probably one of the better pencil liners I've used. It goes on dark and smooth... and doesn't tug. Its staying power isn't as impressive as some liquid liners.
>The mascara is not for me, unfortunately, but that's ok, that's what this kit is for. It went on a little too thick, a little clumpy, but boy is it ever waterproof... you'll definitely need make-up remover for this guy.
>The lip gloss is nice. It goes on pretty sheer, peachy/sparkly and just gives your lips a little bit of color and shine without looking like you ate a glazed doughnut. It looked especially nice over some red lip stain.
All in all, this kit is great, even if you just use the stuff for travel, it's all pretty solid, quality stuff. You won't regret this buy at all!
Every single sample is superior. I love the make up primers the best. Make-up goes on more smoothly and you use less when paired with the primer. It is not greasy at all and skin looks and feels great.5
I gave these out for xmas gifts to 17 year old girls and they were a hit. Adorable purse carry on sizes4
This is a good combination of products so you can see how they work together. I have veins on my eyelids so the primer works very well to hide them and make a great base for eyeshadow. The face primer really gives you a wonderful surface to start with when applying face makeup. It keeps makeup from settling into pores.5
It is not often when you get a box and like everything in it. I did have an absolute favorite and that is the massacre. Goes on great and has staying power!4
I adore all smash box beauty products. All of them!! They are wonderful.. The primer makes my foundation stay put all day. And I'm in love with the mascara. Lashes for days5
I bought this for a make-up exchange, and The girl was so happy with what she recieved. I would definitly buy this for myself as well.5
I love, love, love this sampler. The mascara is especially amazing. Stays all day!! I don't wear much eyeliner so this was perfect for me, being such a small pencil I can fit it anywhere. I also liked the gloss, not sticky like some other types.5
This is a great kit to try everything Smashbox. I especially liked the mascara sample, and the lip gloss...a little too nude in color, but it feels pretty nice!4
This is my first time using smashbox. I loved the primer. I have oily skin and this helped control my T-Zone. The mascara was amazing and gave me a nice sultry eye. The lip gloss was nice added to a pink matte lipstick and the eye primer really kept my shadow in place. Overall this a great stash to keep in a backpack or purse.5