Every makeup junkie has at least a few of ’em — sad, neglected eyeshadows and liners tossed into a miscellaneous junk drawer or lost at the bottom of a long forgotten makeup bag (aww!).
Smashbox must have felt terrible about all of that wasted potential because they designed their latest Smashbox Eye Illusion ($28, available at Sephora stores and Smashbox.com) trio to breathe new life into second string colors. When layered on top of other eyeshadows and liners, its sheer, iridescent blue, pink and gold change the hue of existing products and add a metallic finish.
The Eye Illusion products have been around for years, but this latest version, the first one I’ve tried, comes with three colors instead of what had been the usual four.
Each of its three colors instantly morph eyeshadows and liners into something new, and they aren’t particular about the texture of the products they change, be they powders, creams or liquids.
Oh, here’s a plus: I think the colors are even wearable by themselves. Alone, they apply with a soft iridescent glow — almost like the surface of a pearl and how it appears to change colors in the light. Perfect for when I want some sheen but not necessarily tons of color or shimmer.
Seriously, these swatches don’t do the three of them justice.
From left: iridescent blue, gold and pink shadows in the Smashbox Eye Illusion trio
From left: MAC Post Haste Matte eyeshadow; Post Haste layered beneath iridescent blue, gold and pink
I think the texture could be smoother for the $28 price, but being that they resurrect and restore value to other products, a girl could consider that $28 an investment. The product feels pretty original, and I don’t think I have anything else like it in my makeup kit. Nice job, Smashbox. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
You might like Smashbox Eye Illusion if…
- You like to mix and match colors
- You have some existing makeup you’d like to resurrect
- You’re looking for iridescent shadows with a subtle, sheer glow
I’m hungry for more Hunger Games!
Okay, can I just say how much I enjoyed the first two books in the series (the next one comes out in August)? I finished off the second installment, Catching Fire, last night, and after the last chapter all I could do was sit on the couch with my mouth hanging open in disbelief! They’re like perfect book jacket fare, all that stuff about action packed thrill rides and edge-of-your-seat suspense. If you liked Uglies or — yes, I’m going there — Ender’s Game, I recommend them a lot.
I haven’t read anything as gripping as these in a while…but then I also liked LA Candy, so what do I know?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I’m so glad it’s almost Friday. It’s TGIF Eve!