Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara
We're happy to say that the waterproof version of Smashbox's Full Exposure Mascara is much better than the regular edition, which we rated "POOR." This one has the same impressive results on lashes without the drawbacks of the original which was flaking and smudging.
Full Exposure Waterproof's results are definitely on the more dramatic side and comes by its results quickly: Just a couple of swipes lead to longer, fuller-looking lashes, with added curl – the results really do make eyes appear to be more open and awake. Also a good thing: the mascara brush is "regular-sized" as opposed to the oversized brush that comes with their regular version, which made application tricky, and resulted in mascara getting in places where you wouldn't want it.
The formula for this version is a bit thick, so after multiple coats there is some clumping, but they're easily brushed out. It doesn't flake or smudge throughout the day, and does hold up to some water exposure (such as rain and tearing up of the eyes). We're glad to see Smashbox's second go at Full Exposure mascara is a winner!
- Adds a good amount of length, fullness, and curl to lashes.
- Doesn't flake or smudge throughout the day.
- Holds up against water exposure such as rain and tearing up of eyes.
- Can clump after multiple coats.
Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.
Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.
For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.
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