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Burned: Smashbox Edition

One thing that really sucks when you’re poor is to spend a lot of money on high end make up and it doesn’t turn out well. So, Smashbox is a highly rate very popular cruelty free cosmetic brand. They are  out of my current price range, but I saw two great boxed kits I thought would be good to try. One was the Complexion Perfection and I felt like you got a lot of great travel size products for $49. The second was only $19 and you get a wide variety of trial size items. Since I was new to the brand I really didn’t know what to try and thought both of these kits had a wide variety of items and that it would give me a good feel for the company. It did do that, but not in the way I was hoping. In the end I decided I will most likely never buy from this company again. *Below I did list the links so you may check them out for yourself.

I’ll talk about the Complexion Perfection first since that one upset me the most. One thing that immediately made me nervous was that besides choosing fair, light, and medium you couldn’t pick your colors. I’m pretty light skinned, but not quite fair skin, so I thought the swatches on the light skinned box looked like it would be a good match. I was soooooo disappointed when I actually received the product. Just about all the products are incredibly dark and don’t blend well. I have such a hard time believe this is considered to be for light skinned. I even tried writing to the company but after waiting for over a week I received an email from CONSUMERCARE-US saying they were unable to address my concern!?! Thanks for the great customer service Smashbox! Besides the colors being terrible I tried it anyway. The primer made me break out really bad, which I thought was odd since I’ve never noticed my skin being sensitive before. I stopped using the primer after a few days. I notice after about a week and a half my skin just wasn’t clearing up. During this time I was trying the foundation. It seem liked no matter how much I blended or buffed it in I couldn’t get rid of the orangey glow I had. So I was mixing it with a much lighter foundation to try and lighten it up. I realized that this foundation, even though I was using a minuet amount, was actually making me break out. I’ve never broken out from cosmetics before so this really surprised me. So I stopped using all the products. One other thing that is frustrating about this set is that I noticed they have a large selection of fair, light and medium shades. Yet, they chose one of the darkest shades for the light!?! I looked into the fair kit, because I thought about exchanging it for that if I ever heard back from customer service. Well in the fair kit they put the lightest possible foundation!?! I thought it would be better to choose a middle shade, because it’ll be easier to light up or darken. Who knows. I’m no professional.

Online Swatch

The second from the top is the color I got. The larger swatch to the left is suppose to be my foundation.

Real life Swatch

This is what I actually got

Top is Foundation blended out; Bottom is powder blended out

Now on to the Try it Kit, which again I thought this was a good deal, and again most of the products were a bust. I didn’t bother with the primer since I knew that it broke me out. The eye liner smudged badly. I’m used to the eyeliner running on my waterline, but it didn’t last well on the upper lid either. I even tried setting it with a powder and it still looked terrible after just a few hours. The mascara was a joke. It didn’t do much of anything except for darken my lashes. I’ve gotten better results from my Lacura brand that’s 99 cents at Aldi’s. The only thing that I liked and still use is the lip enhancing lip gloss. It’s a beautiful color, conditions well, and lasts. The only thing I did not like was when my lips were badly chapped to the point of peeling the glitter in the gloss actually hurt my lips.

So in all I would personally never buy any of these products again. Not only did most of their products break me out, but I was also majorly disappointed in the customer service. When I’m spending over $70 I do expect a lot from the company and the products, but that could just be me. My advice for anyone else interested would be to buy the sample kits first. I would go to a place like Sephora or Ulta where you can actually try the foundations on yourself so that you can make sure the color will be a good fit. I recently found out that Make Up Forever has a similar kit that is a bit more expensive, but you can at least choose your own color.  As for the barely used products and products not used at all maybe someday I can do a blog sale. Since, there are a lot of people out there who do like their products and have not had the issues I’ve had.

Try It Kit

http://www.smashbox.com/product/6129/18794/Travel/TRY-IT-KIT/index.tmpl

Complexion Perfection

http://www.smashbox.com/product/6109/19731/Palettes-Kits/COMPLEXION-PERFECTION-KIT/index.tmpl

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