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Shahnaz Loves Beauty

Smashbox What’s New

Earlier this week I attended a Smashbox event in Cape Town where their latest products were showcased. I am very excited with what they showed us and am very happy to say that Smashbox products are even better than they were before. I hadn’t been to a Smashbox counter in a while and am very happy to see so many new products.

For those of you who don’t know about Smashbox is an American brand from LA and its the only make up brand that was created with in a studio and tried and tested in front of a camera.  Its all about beauty with and edge and about being picture perfect all the time. Since the arrival of Instagram people are talking selfie’s all the time and we want to be camera ready all the time. Smashbox promise that their make up and especially with their foundations are 100% photo friendly.

So what’s new at Smashbox?

HD Liquid Halo Foundation R370: This foundation is gorgeous and I am very excited to test this out on set. There are 10 shades available from light to dark. I really want to test out the darkest shade and see if it can really work on the darkest skin tone. So the foundation has a new technology called liquid light technology and can be applied with either brush or fingers if you want the foundation to really melt into your skin. See the diagram below:

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The foundation is buildable so you can go sheer or get better coverage by buffing in with a foundation brush but if you suffer from bad skin you will also need to conceal. Its oil free and hydrating which is a big plus for me and it allows the skin to look its best and be natural at the same time as it works with the skin’s natural undertones. Plus its traceless to the eye if blended in properly as well as being sweat and humidity resistant.

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I love the texture and I love how it feels on my skin its very light and feels like you have nothing on. This foundations will definitely go into my pro kit. Here is a pic of me with the foundation and smudged smokey eye using one of their new kohl pencil’s:

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I went for the foundation shade in No 5 which is a shade darker than I would normally go for but my body is darker so I wanted everything to match. I love that with the pencil you can create a beautiful smudged smokey eye.

Always Sharp Khol Waterproof Liners R200: Love love love these pencils. They are great quality and glide on so easily into the skin and you can blend them in so easily to create a smudged smokey eye, a base for your smokey eye or a graphic eye and they come in 8 shades. The biggest selling point for me is that they are self sharpening so when you twist the cap the pen sharpens!!! I tested out the chocolate pencil yesterday creating a smudged smokey eye and then blended in and the pencil lasted from 9am till 9pm when I took my make up off and was still in the waterline so this will be great for a shoot so you don’t have to keep reapplying.

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Check out this video’s on 3 ways to use the pencils:

More Than A Primer R390: So since I last checked out Smashbox they had a few primers which I liked but now they have introduced so many more totalling to 13 primers in total including a luminiser and hydrating primer (need these).

So the one they have recently launched is the Photofinish Blemish Control Primer with breakthrough technology. Smashbox promises that it can banish blemishes in as little as 2 weeks and is a complete treatment for people suffering from acne. Its very light in texture and glides on to the skin so its breathable and soothing to the skin. It has the feel of silicone but is more like water on the skin so those of you that get irritated by silicone then you will be very happy with this primer. its also oil free and controls oil over time. It contains 2% salicylic acid which will treat the acne but won’t dry the skin. Apply on your skin before your foundation.

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For more amazing video’s on their products and how to apply go to their youtube channel:

Hope you enjoyed my post. x


  • 8 Nov 2013

    I think you may have convinced me to try this foundation 🙂 Yay for the nude liner!!

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