Fresh and New: Smashbox

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Want. It. All.

Camilla and I are both longtime fans of Smashbox so you will have seen the brand’s name many times on this blog. We’ve mentioned their amazing range of primers in monthly favourites, product reviews and video tutorials, included Photo Matt Anti-Shine in our beauty wishlist, and banged on about the Brow Tech To Go which is the best eyebrow pencil on the local market, IMHO. So we were understandably thrilled to crack the nod to a showcase of their newest products, which I attended with my main girl, Miss Emma Jude, last week.

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Makeover time!

The event was fittingly held at Roodebloem Studios and attended by some of our favourite local beauty bloggers, like Leigh from Lip Gloss is my Life and Shahnaz from Shahnaz Loves Beauty (winner of this year’s Fair Lady Best Beauty Blogger Award!). Lauren Engelbrecht, the brand’s training and sales exec, enthusiastically took us through the new goodies and got us all VERY excited about the quality and effectiveness of everything in the range. After the show-and-tell, we were treated to a makeover so we could try some more products, and a professional photoshoot so we could see how the make-up looked on camera.

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Talya from Shades of Gold having her moment in front of the camera
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Check out that major top knot courtesy of the Smashbox hairstylist!

It probably won’t surprise you to know that we’re not only completely sold on the new products, but also every other piece from the range. I’ve already got Photo Set Finishing Powder (airbrushing in a pot!) on my shopping list, as well as the Sunkissed Matte bronzer and the Wondervision Eye Sets from their Christmas collection. Ok, enough rambling – let’s get into it:

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It’s like Christmas came early

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Blemish Control – R390

The brand’s primers are no doubt the jewel in their crown – they smooth out your skin and help make-up to last all day, while being packed with skincare ingredients. There are now thirteen (THIRTEEN!) different primers in the range, including variants that control oil, correct colour, hydrate, illuminate and treat dark spots. Their latest innovation contains 2% salicylic acid which exfoliates the skin and reduces inflammation, helping to clear breakouts and keep skin looking healthy.

Liquid Halo HD Foundation – R370

If you like weightless, medium-coverage foundation that blurs imperfections and leaves skin looking smooth and glowing (who DOESN’T?!) then this one is for you. The cutting-edge formula allows light to bounce off the surface of your skin, the foundation pigments AND the gel they are suspended in, giving you a luminous but natural finish. It has a very light, long-wearing texture boasting SPF 15 and is available in 10 shades, including a great selection for darker-skinned ladies.

Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner – R200

There are three things I want from an eyeliner: a smooth, creamy consistency that applies easily, full-on pigmentation in one swipe and a stay-all-day, budge-proof formula. Well, these new waterproof kohl liners from Smashbox fit the bill and them some! Not only are the colours gorgeous and super-wearable (including a great nude shade!) but they glide on like a dream and stay put all day long without smudging or transferring. The best bit? The nib self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off so you’ll always get a precise line.

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Special thanks to Kerry and Carine for having us. You can like Smashbox South Africa on Facebook and find your nearest stockist here.

10 comments on Fresh and New: Smashbox

  • Charis

    Please help Nd find Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in nude in Durban?

    • Jules (author)

      Hi Charis! If you click on the link at the end of the blog post you’ll be able to see all seven of the Durban stockists. Good luck!

      • Charis

        I found it and it is wonderful! I am just battling with eyeliner on my upper inner lid transferring onto it and messing with the gorgeous nude shade. I am very pale and have to tight line on top – could I use gel liner for this purpose perhaps?

        • Camilla

          Hi Charis, yes you certainly can. I swear by the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner for top tight-lining.

          • Charis

            Thankyou for the awesome advice! Any idea on how to stop mascara transferring onto hooded upper lids? I’ve tried waterproof mascara, translucent powder on the lids over shadow, even applying black shadow onto the lashes post mascara, but around lunch time I have black stripes adorning my lids in a most unattractive manner! My shadow primer is Mac Painterly and my eyelids aren’t particularly oily. I’ve only tried Maybelline mascara so far…waterproof and non waterproof.

            On another topic, I recently bought Smashbox Brow Tech to Go, Nude Always Sharp liner, and Revlon lip butter in Juicy Papaya all thanks to your videos and love all of them!!

          • Jules (author)

            I have the exact same problem, it drives me crazy. I own 14 different mascaras and the ONLY one that doesn’t transfer is Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, which just cements my opinion that it is the best mascara in the world!

  • Leigh

    Just stalked your post to grab a price and spotted my gesiggie in the crowd. Thanks for the love babe x x

    • Jules (author)

      Oh, how we LOVE to be stalked! Happy Friday lady xx

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