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Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Eyes Palette Review, Swatches

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette Review

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette Review

press-sampleYou’re a jaded makeup lover, like me. So when you look at the image above, you’re likely wondering, “Why on earth would I need yet another neutral eye palette?” I’ve been singing the praises of these Smashbox palettes since the moment I first used one, and yes… the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette is equally revolutionary.

This Smashbox palette contains only matte shadow shades.  These shadows can be used wet or dry depending on the color payoff you desire, but they can also be used as both liner AND brow powder! The most popular “go-to” base shades are now double the size, so you won’t hit pan on your favorites when the rest of the palette is full.

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches above (starting from upper left, clockwise): Desert, Heirloom, Dune, Vanilla, Canyon, Suede, and Earthy.  The left side of the palette features warm colors with a reddish undertone.  They’re great for a daytime or more natural look.  These were applied with no primer, so you can see the high pigment of the shadows!  They feel like silk when you apply, a true treat!

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches above (starting from upper left, clockwise):  Wheat, Grounded, Rosehip, Haze, Blackout, Ditch, Jolt.  The right side of the palette leans toward cooler undertones, and more dramatic dark colors that work well for a night out.

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette and Primer

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette and Primer

Included with the palette is a double-ended makeup brush, with one end for applying shadow and the other for applying brow or liner color.  Full instructions on how to apply are included, for six different eye shapes!  The palette also includes Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish shadow primer to extend wear time and really make that color pop!

Retail price of the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette is $49.

Click HERE to buy this new shadow palette from Smashbox.com. Other retailers of the brand include Sephora, Macys.com and Ulta.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Compacts

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Compacts

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion

press-sampleOne of the latest crazes in the world of beauty is color correction. Another is makeup in a sponge-compact form. Guess who formed a delightful marriage of these two trends? Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion is a recent launch and welcome addition to the world of color correcting products. This product is simply a dream for those who have larger areas of skin affected by skin discoloration or breakouts, and simultaneously acts as a solid foundation primer.

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion In Pinky Peach

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Swatches

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Swatches

Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Swatches

This new color correction solution from Lancôme comes in the four shades shown above (from left to right):  Pinky Peach, Green, Yellow, and Purple.  Pinky Peach is a dream for those with undereye darkness.  Green is the go-to for those with rosacea or acne.  Yellow (which leans more orange) breathes new life as an overall color corrector for darker skintones, and also evens out dark patches. Purple brightens dull skin and cancels out yellow undertones.

For those who purchase more than one, each compact features a lid color that coordinates with the product inside, making it easy to spot what you need in your collection.  Each compact in the collection also comes with a sponge for application and blending.

Retail price is $39.50 per compact. How many shades do you need?

Retailers include Lancome-usa.com, Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, and Saks.com.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches Photo Prices

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Lineup

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Lineup

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks

press-sampleHoly smokes this collection of the newly launched Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks is gorgeous, is it not?  When I received the box containing this new lineup, I assumed the brand had sent me every shade available but NOT SO!  There are an incredible TWENTY matte liquid lipstick shades in this launch.  This post only contains HALF of what is available!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches

These gorgeous little gloss tubes contain a highly pigmented lipstick that can be applied like a gloss. I find the application to be easier than using a standard lipstick, because the angled, sponge-tip applicator can apply cleanly to even the narrowest parts of the lip. What makes them different from other liquid lipsticks?  They contain Smashbox Primer Oil complex, to make the formula feel lightweight.   This product delivers intense color, and REALLY long wear!

Swatches from left to right: Bawse (a bright true-red), Miss Conduct (deep Bordeaux), Stepping Out (medium neutral), Some Nerve (vivid medium lavender), Chill Zone (grey!), Dream Huge (medium pink), Shockaholic (hot pink), Out Loud (sophisticated brick red), Baja Bound (bright coral), and Driver’s Seat (deep neutral/pink).

The “BAWSE” shade is a collaboration between Smashbox and You Tube sensation Lilly Singh.  The in-charge shade of red is intentionally as fierce as the comedienne herself!

Retail price is $24 per tube.

Click HERE to buy from Smashbox.com. Other retailers of the brand include Sephora, Macys.com and Ulta.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Orgasm Blush Swatch

NARS Orgasm Blush Swatch

press-sampleNARS has decided to salute cult-favorite Orgasm Blush with this limited-edition version of the product for you to restock.  The packaging features a gorgeous woman wearing statement-sunglasses, a straw hat, and–naturally–the unforgettable ORGASM shade that you’ve been buying over and over again for years!  Keep scrolling for more images of the limited-edition compact housing this universally flattering golden-peachy-pink.  Spoiler alert:  the end of this post explains why you should pay the extra $9 for this compact!

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush Photos

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

Retail price is $39 per compact.

I know. I know.  Your first impression is like, “Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!  That’s $9 more than a NARS Blush usually costs!”  But remember, NARS is paying tribute to how much their customers love Orgasm.  So, this compact offers 3.04 ounces of product vs. the usual 1.92 ounces.  If you’re constantly hitting pan on your NARS Orgasm Blush, you know this is a screaming good deal!

Click HERE to shop NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Ulta.

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte-matic Liner

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Eyeliner

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Eyeliner

press-sampleMatte EVERYTHING baby! These beautiful L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte-matic Eyeliner pencils are so easy to find, you can scoop up a handful while you’re running your weekly errands. Smart shoppers will opt to find them at Ulta (a retailer that frequently offers discounts on L’Oréal products including BOGO deals).  Two things I tend to hoard: lip color and eye pencils.  These affordable gems are a great way to satisfy your inner-hoarder, without blowing your budget!

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte-matic Liner Swatches

L'Oreal Matte Eyeliner Swatches: Ultra Black, Navy Matte, Deep Brown, Taupe Grey

L’Oreal Matte Eyeliner Swatches: Ultra Black, Navy Matte, Deep Brown, Taupe Grey

I’m not just pointing you to these eye pencils because they are affordable.  I really LOVE them!  They deliver intense, smooth color and long wear time!  Another big pro?  The gel-based formula is really easy to control.  A thin barely-there line can be applied near the lash line, or you can blend the pencil after application for the ultimate in smokiness.  Swatches shown above: Ultra Black (pitch black), Navy Matte (deep midnight blue), Deep Brown (medium golden brown), and Taupe Grey (gray with a teeny hint of brown).  My personal favorite of the bunch is matte grey.  This cool-hued neutral is a brown-eyed girl’s best friend.

Retail price is $8.99 per pencil.  Currently Ulta.com is offering a buy one get one at 50% off deal on these beauties (and trust me, you need more than one).

Other retailers include Target and L’Oréal.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.