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Thursday 5 September 2013

New from Smashbox

Back in May I went on a girls weekend away, where Caroline shared her latest beauty brand, Smashbox and since then I keep meaning to try out their products. So I was really excited to hear all about their latest autumn products launched late last month.

Caroline had raved about the Photo Ready Primer, so I was keen to test out the new version, Photo Finish More than Primer with Blemish control* (£28) which you smooth over your skin just before applying your make up to keep it all in place. The added ingredient of 2% salicylic acid fights your blemishes, but allows you to keep them covered up at the same time. Although I'm luckily not massively prone to blemishes I haven't had any break outs since using the product, but where that is the product or not, I'm unsure. However, it does give a good base to apply my make up and bottle is tactile and reassuringly heavy.

The new autumn offering also includes the Fall 'Fade to Black' collection and I am totally in love with the eye shadow palette* (£32). Starting off with the palest nude the shades get progressively darker until you reach an intense black. This means that you can change your look from really subtle to a sexy smokey eye by moving up the palette. In the photo below, I used the palest shade across all of my eye lid, then used the 3rd colour in the corners and the 5th along my lash line and in the crease of my socket. (I really need to get my hair coloured!!)

The final piece that I have tried is the Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner* (£16), and it totally does what is says, I've been using it for about a month and it is still completely sharp and doesn't budge after application but is removed easily by cleansers. It does give more of a clean line for a polished look, rather than a smudged, smoky eye. It is available in eight colours, Violetta (a prune shade) is shown here.

*PR samples

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