SmashboxBrow Tech Trio
24 for $25
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Brow Tech Trio comes with two pressed-powder brow colors and a wax to set them in place. In each set, the lighter shade is meant to fill in the brows and the darker shade is supposed to define them, or you can mix them together from the get-go to customize your ideal shade. There are good options for blonde, brunette, and auburn-colored hair.

The wax helps hold brow shape without leaving hairs stiff, but if you don’t apply it carefully it can make brows look thick and heavy. It would have been helpful if they had included a brush or comb to apply it. All in all, this is okay, but not really worth the money.


  • Comes with two pressed-powder shades to fill in and define brows.
  • Colors can be combined if your brow color is somewhere between the individual shades.
  • Options for blonde, brunette, and auburn-colored hair.
  • Wax helps set brow hairs without making them feel stiff.


  • Doesn’t include brush to apply wax so you are left to use fingertips.
  • Can look thick and heavy on brows if you don’t apply it carefully.
  • Overpriced.
Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Smashbox At-A-Glance

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 makeup—their 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 primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but 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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