The wht review of the Spring 2011 collection from Smashbox
It’s definitely that time of year readers, because I am in l-o-v-e. Not with some mere mortal, but with the latest collection, In Bloom from Smashbox. Spring is my favorite season – not just for the warm weather, blossoming flowers and singing birds, but also for the spring makeup collections.
Last year, our friends at Smashbox really wowed us with a bright and peppy 80’s inspired collection, Heartbreaker, and somehow they’ve managed to top that with their Spring 2011 line…
Looking at the In Bloom collection is like stepping into a springtime Monet landscape; soft and sweet swirls of pinks, blues, violet and taupe with an earthy richness but completely feminine.
This absolutely gorgeous collection was designed to welcome spring with glowing colors and radiant shimmers for eyes, lips, cheeks and face. The line contains seven new and limited edition pieces, including two glosses, two eye liners, a luminizing powder, a cream blush duo and, the pièce de résistance, a 10 color eye shadow palette.
When the wht team received this collection for review, I took just one look at the In Bloom Eye Shadow Palette ($48) and knew it must be mine. I’m far from an artist, but this enchanting palette, full of colors reminiscent of Monet’s famous spring landscapes, sure makes me feel like one!
“An Orchard In Spring” Claude Monet
The palette consists of ten shades, a mixture of lush mattes and soft shimmers, with matching duos stacked vertically – you can paint your eyes “by number” or mix and match any of the hues for customized looks.
These shadows are a dream to work with – they’re finely milled, super smooth and very blendable. The colors are true to the hue in the palette, coordinate flawlessly and are so flattering. Every time I’ve worn a combo from this palette at least one person has said “Your eyes look so pretty today.”
I adore the the Lavender Grey and Marine Blue duo (center hues, above) for an effortless smokey eye…
Meanwhile Bone and Nude (far right duo, above) have become my go to colors for a simple, polished everyday look.
To top it all off, this palette has a nice quality, extra large mirror and all purpose, eye shadow brush – quite a deal (and perfect for traveling). All in all, Smashbox’s In Bloom is my favorite palette of the year, so far. Make sure to check it out while it’s still on the shelves!
And the goodness doesn’t stop there! Our team had a chance to check out every item in this blossoming collection, including the Cream Cheek Duo in Blushing/Peony ($26) a rosy duo of sheer creamy blushes for luminous cheeks.
These creamy blushes require no brushes (though you could use one if you wish). Just use your fingertips to sweep across cheeks for an all-day rosy glow. If you’ve suffered from cream blush disappearing from your face, check this duo out – word is these cream blushes last for hours with out streaks or fading.
The velvety soft blushes are super smooth with a cream finish. They’re richly pigmented and have no shimmer. Use the colors, Blushing (a soft dusty pink) and Peony (a brighter, more vivid pink) individually or layer them for a true flush of color.
Don’t worry lip gloss lovers – this collection has something for you too!
In Bloom offers two super shiny shades of the Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss with SPF 15 ($21). Not only do these glosses have your daily SPF, they’re also loaded with vitamins and minerals to nourish lips while adding lots of shine.
These doe foot applicator, long lasting (up to 6 hours) glosses offer more sheer pink color – with Endless Kiss (rosy coral-tinged pink) and Timeless (peachy nude-pink) – and a shimmery luminous lip (no chunks of glitter here!)
Speaking of which, if your dull winter skin is in need of a radiant glow, check out the Artificial Light Luminizing Powder.
This shimmering soft nude powder ($20) can be used all over the face to highlight and brighten for a Monet worthy luminescent glow. Highlight your cheekbones, narrow the bridge of your nose, brighten the corners of eyes- this powder does it all! Seriously, you can even add this powder to your favorite lotion for a subtle shimmer all over your face or body.
Last, but not least, eye liner addicts are going to love the new Soft Focus Powder Eye Liners. These unique liners were “developed to mimic the effect of a soft focus lens which eliminates hard lines and angles” and create a soft, slightly smudged, diffused line.
The enlongated sponge tip needs a small tap before application, and then the color is easily blended for an soft smudge or full on smoky eye. Available in two sultry shades, ($22 each) Heather Grey (a matte gray) and Dark Brown (a matte chocolate brown).
The In Bloom Collection, full of soft blossoming colors with a sheer glow is the perfect way to welcome the spring. Readers and testers – are you ready to get radiant with the In Boom Collection from Smashbox?[ratings]
Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
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