Smashbox Try It Kit, €20. Press sample. Disclosure policy here.
My love for bargains is heightened by my inability to find them. I can root through sale racks all day, I’ll still only come out with last season’s fishnet boob tube and some glittery hairspray.
So, even though I can’t take credit for discovering The Smashbox Try It Kit, I’m still pretty thrilled that it exists and is super, super value. The bundle has bits from a few different ranges, and all of ’em are bestsellers. Today, I’ve rounded them up for five quick-fire reviews.
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, €22
This is one of the best daytime mascaras I’ve tried. Lashes look separated, lengthened and fluttery. I like something heavier and clumpier for nights out, but this has its place. Natural but not too subtle.
Point two on its suitability for everyday wear; this comes off with no hassle. I couldn’t be bothered fussing over removal on weekdays, so it’s nice that this melts off as soon as I’ve planted my face into a wet cloth.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, €31.50
I’ve got a full review of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer here, and have gone through tubes of the stuff. It’s a simple enough product, so I reach for it when I want something effective and reliable.
There aren’t any bonkers brand claims. It’s pitched as a good primer, and it is a good primer. It creates a smooth base, so foundation blends well and skin texture issues are blurred.
Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx, €18
I’ve been spolied. I’ve tried the Smashbox Always Sharp liners and now nothing compares. They’re two quid more than the pencils in the Limitless range, but so worth it.
Onyx isn’t bad, but it’s not my cup of tea. Its creamy texture works well if you like that grungy, slept-in look, but I like a clean line. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. Out of the bunch, I’d skip on this one.
Smashbox Limitless Lipgloss in Illume, €19
This is the kind of thing I plump for when I want a glossy lip. It’s very comfortable and ranks way down on the sticky scale. Its consistency is thin, worlds away from the gloop you get in lots of glosses.
Illume is a sheer peachy shade with heavy flecks of glitter. In proper Smashbox form, the shimmer looks gorgeous in pictures, like you’ve got a fairy mouth. The dream.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, €19
My blood ran cold when I saw its shade. The dreaded tea beige. Thankfully, it’s not opaque. You can’t see it once it’s blended over the lid.
I’ve got oily lids, so I properly put this through its paces. All in all, it’s a grand little fixer. My shadows didn’t fade or collect in the crease and my liner didn’t transfer. All boxes ticked.
I’m keeping my picks stashed away for the holidays that I’ll (hopefully!) have this year. So handy! Have you got any Smashbox favourites?