Delicate like flower petals, the tender spring tones blossoming right now at Smashbox headquarters are much quieter than last year’s technicolor Heartbreaker release, but I can still hear them whispering sweet nothings to my soul.
Goodies in the new eight-piece In Bloom collection for eyes, lips, cheeks and face (products $20-$48 each) are available now at Ulta, Sephora and smashbox.com.
If Heartbreaker was like cage dancing, then In Bloom is like a Moleskin notebook filled with poetry. The release reminds me of the spring release from NARS, with its predilection toward neutrals. Here, too, there’s a lot of super wearable beige, brown, gold and gray going on, but in place of the bright blue, green and purple accents NARS injected into his spring release, Smashbox sprinkled subdued shades of mossy green, violet, pink, peach and coral onto theirs.
In Bloom Eye Shadow Palette, $48
Smashbox arranged the two rows of colors (five each) in this palette so that the each vertical pair makes a color coordinated duo. They’re only suggestions, of course, and the colors are also designed to mix and match. The palette — ballet pink, lavender grey, golden pink, warm taupe, bone, soft violet, marine blue, copper, moss green and nude — includes both shimmer and matte eyeshadows, too.
Cream Cheek Duo in Blushing/Peony, $26
The two cream blushes, one in soft pink and the other in coral pink, in this flexible duo have a matte finish and can be worn on both the cheeks and lips.
Soft Focus Powder Eye Liner in Heather Grey and Dark Brown, $22 each
These powder liners (which look a little like elongated bottles of nail polish, don’t they?) have a sponge tip that makes them a cinch to create soft matte looks in a flash. TIP: Shake the bottles before applying to load the sponge, and then tap off any excess powder from the tip before bringing it up to your lash lines.
Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss SPF 15 in Timeless and Endless Kiss, $21 each
I’m REALLY excited about these and cannot wait to try shimmery soft pink Timeless and coral pink Endless Kiss. I just this gloss formula. Not only is it long lasting on the lips, but it feels so smooth!
Artificial Light Luminizing Powder, $20
Like a quad-core processor, this loose powder is supposed to multitask very well, able to be used as either a highlighter or to brighten skin on the face and body. For a radiant glow, Smashbox suggests wearing it at the inner corners of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, above the brows and along the tops of cheekbones. TIP: For a subtle super-heroine shimmer, you can even mix it in with body lotion and apply to arms, legs and décolleté.
Photo Finish Lid Primer, $20
This repromoted primer hails from the permanent collection. It’s not listed on the Smashbox website as part of the collection, but it is grouped as part of the release in Sephora stores. It’s a nude matte primer that Smashbox says works on all skin tones, and it comes with a doe-foot applicator.
Photo Set Finishing Powder SPF 15, $28
Another repromoted item from Smashbox’s permanent collection, this translucent loose powder has a big appetite for oil, which it gobbles up while protecting skin from harmful UV rays.
Smashbox In Bloom Spring 2011: Swatches on NC35 Skin
Photo Finish Lid Primer (far left); first row In Bloom Eye Shadow Palette (five swatches in center and far right)
Artificial Light Luminizing Powder (far left); second row of In Bloom Eye Shadow Palette (five swatches in center); Soft Focus Powder Eye Liner in Heather Grey and Dark Brown (two shades far right)
Cream Cheek Duo in Blushing (left) and Peony (right)
Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss with SPF 15 in Timeless (left) and Endless Kiss (right)
Photo Set Finishing Powder SPF 15
So tell me — does anything catch your eye?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. TGIF! (You know it’s all I can think about, right? That and makeup, Tabs, Nutella, Ryan Reynolds’ abs, shoes, food…)