05.02.2012
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SmashboxPhoto Finish Lid Primer
0 fl. oz. for $20
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Sold as “an ultra-luxurious lid primer” (Maybe when you’re offering a superfluous makeup item you need a good adjective to make it sound important), this is merely a peach-tinged liquid concealer that offers slight camouflage and sets quickly to a dry matte finish. The finish has a subtle tackiness to it that doesn’t make eyeshadow application easier, but it’s not a deal-breaker. The best reason to consider this is if you have oily eyelids and you’re not satisfied with the results you get using a regular concealer with a strong matte finish. If that’s not your dilemma, this is easy to pass by.

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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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