InTruBeauty: January 2016



                                                                                                               

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. {Review}

When you're a makeup junkie like me you tend to end up with a lot of similar products. One because you just have so much stuff but two because you are drawn to the same colors and finishes over and over. This holiday season I've really tried to go out of my comfort zone a little bit and not end up with more of the same. I was drawn to the Smashbox Art. Love. Color. set after I saw Emily of Beauty Broadcast talk about it on her YouTube channel. She is one of my most trusted youtubers and so I figured I'd put it on my Christmas list and see! My sister in law ended up purchasing this for me and I'm definitely glad that she did!

I definitely was drawn to the packaging of Smashbox's holiday collection. The designs are from Yago Hortal and it definitely adds a special touch to this collection. I also like that it's different than what you'd typically expect to see from a holiday collection. Each individual palette comes in a cardboard sleeve but once you take it off it is just a classic timeless black palette. Each sleeve has a "To" and "From" on the back so if you wanted to split this into individual gifts you easily can.  I also loved that each palette has its own mirror with it. These seem pretty sturdy and are definitely travel friendly.
My typical comfort zone is purples, taupes, pinks and neutrals. This set has a nice variety of colors that I really don't have a lot of in my collection. Each palette has two trios of eyeshadows and one blush. The pairings work really well for you to be able to complete a total eye look and there is a nice mixture of finishes. The shadows to me at first looked like they would be a little dry or chalky, but in application they are anything but! Application was a breeze. A $223 value, retails for $39.

Palette #1: Marzipan (light beige), Nude (soft caramel), Java (deep burnt brown), Flirt (pink beige with silver flecks), Bittersweet (deep brown with gold flecks), Dark Cocoa (dark chocolate)
Palette #2: Luster (shimmery tan), Oxidize (soft metallic copper red), Chianti (deep wine with large burgundy pearl), Nectar (soft matte peach), Cinnamon Toast (soft shimmer bronze), Roasted (reddish brown with gold flecks)
Palette#3: Babycakes (shimmery pink), Drizzle (midtone matte purple), Royal (deep matte purple), Lavender (soft purple), Orchid (shimmery purple), Ultamarine (navy with light shimmer)
3 Blushes in Flush (nude pink), Sunset (terrocatta with gold pearl), Passion (cool-toned pink)
Overall, I think this set really provides a lot of value for the price and for me it added some much needed variety to my collection. These are also perfect for traveling and the quality of the shadows is really nice! What is an unexpected beauty love of yours? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!


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