I'm going to assume that each and every one of you are Sephora Beauty Insiders. If you're not, what are you thinking?! You get free crap for buying stuff you'd buy anyway? 100 points redeems a deluxe sample, 500 redeems full size product. Moving on... I recently redeemed a 500-point reward on a shopping trip. I was extremely disappointed with the last one I redeemed about a zillion years ago so I have been hesitating redeeming ever since. The culprit was a Kat Von D 4-color eyeshadow palette. It was so disappointing since all the other Kat Von D palettes have been amazing. BOO!
I was actually pretty pleased with this set from Smashbox. It's not a brand I usually browse so this was a great opportunity for me to explore the brand. Below are my thoughts on each piece and swatches. I didn't swatch the mascara but I did shoot it next to a brush from Covergirl Lashblast Fusion for size comparison.
Smashbox Perfectly Polished Lids Set Includes:
Photofinish Lid Primer
I didn't notice much creasing or smudging when using this primer with in the first few hours. Towards the end of the day I did have a very slight amount of creasing, but nothing that anyone would notice. I wouldn't say it's better than any of your other standard eye primers. It does the job. I do like how it almost acts as a concealer to even out tone on the eyelid skin.
Eyeshadow Trio: Vanilla, Champagne, Brazilian Bronze
The eyeshadows are a little too neutral for me but they do have decent pigmentation. I wouldn't say they're SUPER pigmented, I'd say they fall in the medium range. I was expecting more from Vanilla but it was a little on the meh side. The other two color are pretty light so they don't bring any drama. There was zero fall out when applying. They're smooth and easy to blend. This product is probably the least exciting item in the pack. Kind of a bummer, but oh well. Not bad if you are a neutral lover.
Cream Eye Liner: Midnight Brown
This product is great. It's has good pigmentation and easy to apply with a liner brush. It is a little different than gel liners in that it's not as smooth. You'll have to even it out a little bit with your brush. On the upside, it won't dry out like a gel liner will. Lesley likey!
Lash DNA: Jet Black
This guy took me a second to get used to. The brush is really big and the formula seems to be sticky or have fibers in it. I actually really liked it after I got past the awkward size of the brush. I don't recall any flaking. This stuff brings the drama and really pumps up lashes. I will probably continue using this.
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Would you use your beauty bank points to redeem this Smashbox set?