05.02.2012
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SmashboxHalo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
0 fl. oz. for $59
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Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder has a very clever dispenser that’s designed to help negate the mess that occurs with many loose powders. The built-in shaver is meant to give you the perfect amount of powder for each use, with no mess. This is a novel approach, but in fact it doesn’t end up making Halo any more or less messy than any other loose powder. That’s because you will inevitably shave off more powder than you need, and will therefore always have some surplus in the packaging. Dispenser aside, this hugely overpriced powder will do nothing to hydrate skin or help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as Smashbox claims. The first ingredient is mica, a very standard ingredient in many loose powders that provides shine. The “gold” Smashbox brags about in this formulation is nearly last on the ingredient list, a negligible amount at best. Even if it were present at a higher concentration, gold has not been shown anywhere to have benefit for skin, so it’s just useless window dressing. If the high price and common formulation don’t dissuade you from trying Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, also consider the fact that all but the Fair shade tend toward orange, and the included kabuki brush is too small to allow for even application. For considerably less money you can buy better loose powders from several drugstore and department store lines.

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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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