Smashbox Softbox Collection for Summer 2011: Diffuse Me, Please

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Heads up, fellow Smashbox fans! The line’s just made their new Softbox Collection for Summer 2011 available online, and from the look of things, it’s right up my alley (and maybe yours).


Photographers use softboxes and specialized bulb umbrellas to diffuse bright light sources and eliminate harsh shadows, making the light that falls on their model appear softer and more natural.

It’s the same premise Smashbox applied to the products in their Softbox Studio collection. The three makeup sets for eyes, lips and cheeks mimic the qualities of natural light and embody the idea of effortless beauty.

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Speaking as a practical person, I love these shades because I know I’ll be able to wear them. πŸ™‚ Expect to see lots of neutral browns, beiges, pinks and taupes — colors equipped to take you straight from the office to dinner and drinks.

Softbox Lip Gloss Collection, $29

This set of six travel glosses (minis) comes with three new colors and three repromoted shades, including…

  • Limitless Longwear in Infinite, a repromoted shimmery beige
  • Limitless Longwear in 24/7, a new shimmery wine
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Afterglow, a repromoted shimmery peach
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Brown Sugar, a new shimmery brown
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Glam, a new shimmery rose
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume, a repromoted shimmery beige

Softbox Eye Shadow Palette, $48

Cream formulas take center stage in this palette of neutral eye products. It comes with seven new colors and four of Smashbox’s bestselling shades. You can see it in action in this video with Smashbox Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor. The kit includes…

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

Glambox Sultry/Sweet Set, $68

This eight-piece kit is good for (at least) two different looks. Invoke your sultry inner vixen (ooh, baby!) or your sweet charming self with…

  • Limitless Eye Liner in Smoke
  • Photo Op Under Eye Brightener (FYI, this stuff is the BOMB!)
  • 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

smashbox softbox eyeshadow palette

smashbox softbox eyehsadow palette

smashbox softbox eyeshadow palette

smashbox softbox sultry sweet looks

smashbox softbox lip gloss collection

smashbox softbox lip gloss collection

smashbox softbox sultry sweet set


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Is your interest piqued, or do these colors put you to sleep?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. How’s it going over there today? What’s for lunch (I’m starved!)?


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So far, 47 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. I bought a Smashbox Masquerade eyshadow palette after your recommendations, Karen – still can’t get enough of it!

  2. That eyeshadow pallete is gorgeous! I hope it makes its way over here quickly
    Stacie xoxox
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  3. karo says:

    that eyeshadow pallette is soooooooo lovely!
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  4. vonnie says:

    oooh it sounds stunning! love the face charts for it especially. i want some of the new products and can’t wait to see some of the looks on you πŸ™‚
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  5. Vijaya says:

    The lip glosses look intriguing. I love Smashbox’s lip enhancing glosses. <3 I've never tried limitless longwear, though.
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  6. Theresa says:

    Wow! I love this collection! As soon as lent is over I’m going to buy the sultry/sweet box! Can’t wait! Thanks for the review!
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  7. Paula Rose says:

    I think Im going to buy the lipgloss set next Tues or Thursday during their “Lets do Lunch” special…hopefully I’ll score a product freebie I need in the process πŸ™‚

  8. Nina says:

    what a totally lovely and wearable collection! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      It’s totally crush worthy, isn’t it? What are you up to tonight? I’m about to run to the grocery store to pick up some bread and maybe a salad for dinner. El Hub’s working late so I’m on my own!

      • Nina says:

        it is totally crush worthy!

        we stayed in last night …. i had oatmeal for dinner then we hung around the house watching random stuff on TV.

        we caught half of clash of the titans (blast from the past!) and then called it a night! πŸ™‚

  9. Fieran says:

    Hi Karen! πŸ™‚

    The palette looks really nice and I like how they provide you with ideas on how to combine the colours together.

    Hope you’re having a good day. I just finished another round of Norwegian language lessons and treated myself to some MAC goodies πŸ˜‰ (Fever blush, Stovepipe Black eyeshadow and Riveting Rose lipstick).

    Take care and say hi to Mr Tabbilicious for me.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Fieran,

      My day was pretty good, thanks for asking. πŸ™‚ I got about two seconds of sleep last night but have been surprisingly functional (we’ll see how much longer that lasts). So, how are your Norwegian lessons going? Is it a very hard language to learn? And good for you for treating yourself to some MAC goodies!

      I will give Tabs a big squeeze for you. Have a good one!

  10. Tatiana Jarquin says:

    Ooooh I love these colours!!! <3

  11. Lisa S. says:

    This looks gorgeous! Unfortunately I’m trying to watch the wallet, so I’m gonna hafta make some
    choices. Tarte’s new spring stuff is calling my name too.
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  12. Jill says:

    I love Smashbox’s range, espicially the primer.

  13. Tracy says:

    The eyeshadow palette looks intriguing, especially that Flirt shade!
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  14. ooooh, that palette looks GORGEOUS!
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  15. nellie says:

    awesome! Can’t wait to try!

  16. JJ says:

    I’ve been lemming this palette ever since I saw it on Smashbox’s youtube channel… ugh, I want it! Though, I’m concerned about the liners drying out. Have you ever gotten one of their palettes with liners in them? That’s the only thing that would keep me from committing to a purchase (lol, heavy words, eh?).

    • Karen says:

      Hi JJ,

      I have, and the cream liners last a couple years if you’re careful about how you store them. I keep mine is a dry area that’s out of the sunlight where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate (basically, a dark closet).

  17. Kelly M says:

    Hi Karen,

    For the soft box palette are Smashbox cream eyeshadows cream like …creaseless cream eyeshadows from benefit or powders that are a cream formula? I would love a palette of cream eyeshadows…

    Thank you! I love reading your blog!


    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly,

      I just realized that I meant to write nine powder eyeshadows and two cream liners (my bad). Smashbox’s cream liners tend to feel thick and on the drier side.

  18. You know…I usually go crazy over neutrals, but these don’t really pop out at me. Maybe I’ll change my mind when I see the collection in person!

  19. steph b says:

    Loving the look of the palette. Curious how the cream shadows apply and wear time/creasing. I really like the quad in the kit but not sure about the rest of the kit.

  20. Sarah (MakeupArtist) says:

    How fab is the palette!!! Flirt Sugar and Truffle…oh what I can create with you 3 once I get my hands on you!! πŸ™‚

  21. Kim says:

    These are beautiful colors and definitely very versatile. πŸ™‚ I have Photo Op and like it, when I remember to use it. There’s a pattern here, I know. When I finally pick up MAC Pro Longwear, I think I’ll be hitting that combo daily.

  22. Kay says:

    The palette looks awesome! Haha, hope the price isn’t too jacked up when it arrives on my shore though πŸ˜€ But then again…I could always get it through a spree…Hmm.

  23. LorraineER says:

    The shadow palette isn’t my cup of tea because of the shades but the set sounds nice!

  24. Stephanie says:

    OMG!!! I love everything in this collection, but I really really want the Sultry/Sweet Glambox. It looks amazing and it comes with everything you need to put together a wonderful look. Smashbox always has great value kits.

  25. Rachel says:

    loving the softbox. I have to get myself over to Sephora.

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