Friday, 1 May 2015

Smashbox Samples | Primers, Foundation & Mascara

A while ago I was lucky enough to receive these free samples from Smashbox which I was so excited about. As a beauty blogger my favourite thing ever is to test out new products and it’s so nice to try samples as you can really work out whether or not you like the product and want to spend your money on it. Especially as Smashbox is quite expensive I want to know I really like something before I purchase it. I won’t go into too much detail with these reviews as like I said they are only small samples but I am going to let you know what my first impressions are of these items and which ones I would buy the full size versions of.

 Liquid Halo HD Foundation (£28.00) – Although I only got about two wears of this foundation from the sample I really liked it. The formula is really creamy and blends in really well. It gives a lovely subtle sheer to medium coverage, so I wouldn’t recommend if you prefer fuller coverage. I used this with the photo finish primer and the two go together really well, my foundation didn’t budge the whole day which was really impressive. I normally prefer a more matte finish foundation, however I actually found this luminous slightly dewy finish really good for my skin and it didn’t look too shiny at all. I’m not sure if I would purchase the full sized as it is quite expensive, I think I would have to try a couple of samples to truly form my opinion.

Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer (£28.00) – As the name suggests, the purpose of this primer is to hydrate the skin. I really liked this primer, as soon as I applied it I noticed it had a really refreshing feel to it and it was so moisturising. It felt really lightweight and sunk into the skin quickly but without feeling drying at all. This is definitely one I would recommend for those of you with dry skin.

Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer (£25.00) – First of all I will say this is definitely not one for those of you with paler skin as it is quite a dark shade. I would recommend it if you like a dewy finish as it gives such a gorgeous glow. It is also a perfect highlighter, if you wanted to put it on top of your foundation rather than underneath on your cheekbones it works really well to give a subtle highlight. I read online that it contains, green tea, grape seed extract and vitamins A, C and E so it seems very good for your skin!

Photo Finish Foundation Primer (£25.00) – The final of the primers I got to sample is their original formula and by far my favourite. This primer has won so many awards and I can definitely see why. It is so silky and lightweight so it feels lovely when you put it on your skin. It helps to reduce the appearance of pores and leaves a really smooth finish and I find it perfect for my oily skin, it has definitely helped reduces oiliness in my t zone throughout the day. I have finished both the free samples of this primer and I definitely will be purchasing the full size version soon.

Full Exposure Mascara (19.00) – When I first applied this mascara I didn’t actually like it at all, I found the brush was too big so it was messy and felt it took a lot of layers to get a good effect. However, after trying it a few more times since then I have been won over! I have noticed that when I apply this it helps to curl the lashes and definitely makes them look longer. What I really like about this as well is that although it takes a few more layers to get a good effect, it does not clump together at all or go flakey when you apply it. I like quite a full mascara look which is why I like to apply more layers, but if you like a more subtle look this would be perfect as you would only need to apply a layer or two to add length and curl. I would love to buy the full size version of this, but at the moment the price puts me off, I will see how I feel after I finish my free sample!
Have you tried any of these Smashbox products? What did you think?
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