Smashbox Softbox Collection Summer 2011

The Smashbox Summer Collection is all about soft natural neutrals. Uh, hello…pick me!  

Photographers use ‘softboxes’ to diffuse bright light making the light that falls on their model appear softer and more natural. That was the inspiration behind the Softbox Collection. If you like soft, easy shades and a refined ‘me but better’ look, then you will want to check out the Smashbox Softbox Collection.  Personally, I’m all about neutrals so this collection appeals to me and I like the fact that there are some darker shades to take your office look into evening. The collection includes:

Softbox Lip Gloss Collection ($29)

These are all mini sizes and there are three new colors in the set.…

  • Limitless Longwear in Infinite- a shimmery beige
  • Limitless Longwear in 24/7- a new shimmery deep wine
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Afterglow–a shimmery peach–this one has been around a while
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Brown Sugar-a new shimmery brown
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Glam- a new shimmery rose
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume- another shimmery beige

Softbox Eye Shadow Palette ($48)–the star of the show in my opinion. The palette includes seven neutral eye shadows, two cream eye liners, a double sided brush and a face chart with instructions on how to create different looks with the palette.

  • Nine eye shadows
  • Two cream liners
  • A double-sided brush
  • A mini-Photo Finish Lid primer
  • A Get-the-Look Guide

Glambox Sultry/Sweet Set ($68) with this 8-pc kit you an explore both your sweet and not-so-sweet sides with face charts from Smashbox.

  • Limitless Eye Liner in Smoke
  • Photo Op Under Eye Brightener 
  • Eye Shadow Quad in Softly Seductive
  • Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout 
  • Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Tempt
  • Cheek Duo in Sultry/Sweet
  • Travel Size Photo Finish Lumizing Foundation Primer

I purchased the Softbox Palette and a Soft Effects Powder Eye Liner in Gunmetal. Actually the Soft Effects liners came out with the In Bloom Spring Collection –I’m late in discovering it. While I do love the Softbox Palette with all its soft and pretty shades, the Soft Effects Powder Eye Liner is awesome! According to Smashbox “Get diffused, never-harsh lines of color with our unique powder formula that mimics the effect of a soft-focus lens.”  I wholeheartedly agree! I was very skeptical when my Nordstrom Beauty Specialist (yes, there is such a thing & you should take advantage) suggested it, and she’s usually right so I took a chance. How the heck can a powder eye liner not dump a ton of powder on your face? Especially when it’s packaged like a traditional liquid liner? How, I ask you, how?!

The unique packaging, that’s how. There are metal balls that rattle around in the wand of the eyeliner much like the mixing balls in nail polish. Shake the bottle, tap off any excess and create a sexy smouldering eye. It’s just that easy. Try as I might, I have never been able to master the winged liner/cat eye look—until now! The brush is just the right width and shape to get that perfect little wing at the end of the eye–and believe me, if I can do it, so can you. Don’t forget I’m the dweeb that cut out two left sides of a jumpsuit I was attempting to sew–doh!  Of course the cat eye look is optional, but the brush on this eye liner makes lining super quick and easy and it lasts a surprisingly long time. If you’re looking for a very fine precise line, this is not the product for you. I chose the gunmetal shade and I really love it–it’s not as harsh as black and it has a touch of sparkle. Smashbox Soft Effects Eye Liner is available in 4 shades; Black, Brown, Gunmetal and Aubergine and retails for $22.


Please excuse my clumpy lashes–it’s not the mascara. My lashes have apparently decided they don’t like to be separated so they are ‘sticking together’ so to speak 🙂

What do you think? Will you give powder eyeliner a try?

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  1. Mamavalveeta03 says

    We just got this collection in at work and my heart goes all aflutter when I look at the new eye palette!! The colors are gorgeous and SO wearable! I love the Limitless Longwear glosses, too, but not so sure about the applicator (modified doe-foot). Makes me a little crazy when working with a client and trying to practice hygienic makeup!!

  2. This looks great on you. How is the fallout factor?

    • Remarkably little to none–I tap off the brush before using. I’m really liking it, I want more colors now.

  3. They look beautiful on your eyes.

  4. I discovered your blog from the SITS Girls list and when I read it was for over 40’s I had to check it out. Yeah, not lovin’ the fact that I actually have to admit from time to time that I’m over 40 now (egads!) but I will admit that I’m forever looking for fashion, makeup and styles for over 40 and you’d be surprised how little I’ve found.

    I’m so picky with makeup (and sadly, I realized the other day that I’ve had the same makeup style for well over 15 years now) but I think I’m going to try me some of this eyeliner. 🙂

    • Hi Stephanie thanks for stopping by and welcome! Stick around– we know how to treat over 40 beauties!

  5. This looks nice. I’m very interested in the palette and looking forward to that review.


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