SmashboxFull Exposure Mascara
0 fl. oz. for $19.5
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This mascara allows you to create thick, long lashes with just a couple of strokes, but this impressive feat comes with significant drawbacks: The brush is oversized and difficult to maneuver around the eyes without getting mascara on the eyelid and underbrow area (even if you’re being exceptionally careful this happens); the formula tends to smear quickly and takes longer than usual to set; some flaking occurs during wear, leading to red, irritated eyes. In the end, if the concept of a big brush for big results appeals to you, consider any of the Diorshow mascaras from Dior.

  • Allows you to create thick, long lashes with just a couple of strokes.
  • Defines the lash line for greater emphasis—even without eyeliner.
  • Oversized brush is difficult to work with and tends to get mascara where you don’t want it.
  • Mascara smudges and splotches do not clean up easily, requiring much more eye makeup maintenance than usual.
  • Tends to flake throughout the day.
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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