Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio
This talc-free pressed powder eyeshadow comes in a flip-cap compact with three shades separated by plastic dividers (a nice touch). The texture is inordinately smooth and the color payoff (how much color you get with a single swipe of the brush) is great. Blending is almost effortless, too, and the colors tend to go on true. The drawback, at least if you want a matte finish, is that every trio is shiny. Depending on the set the shine can range from soft to obvious sparkles but at least it doesn't flake all over. The best trios for workable shine and a good combination of colors include Shutterspeed, Multi-Flash, Filter (this one is almost matte), Cover Shot, and Auto Expose.
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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