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Now that I have been expanding my makeup choices, I am excited to try a few products from Smashbox Cosmetics.  I received a few of their products from PR.  Smashbox has been on my to-try list for ages.  I am a huge fan of lead makeup artist Lori Taylor!  They have always had that professional but laid back vibe to them.

Since the advent of High Definition cameras and televisions, more and more companies have been refining their product lines so that makeup and skin could look as life-like and perfect as possible.  We used to be able to hide under Standard Definition but HD can easily magnify anything on the skin.

For Fall 2011, Smashbox brought out a line of Photo Op products which are supposed to be long lasting, highly pigmented and to bring the subject on camera to life!  A girl can be photographed at anytime and we need to be ready!

I tried the Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Quick Take which contains 3 coordinated shades that are easy to use, and takes the guesswork out of trying to combine shadows.  I love the packaging! Black, smooth and semi-matte.  It’s simple but very sleek!  Not bulky, compact and there’s a little window so you could see the colour without having to open the lid.  What’s cute about this is that if you flip to the back and peel the label off, there is scannable code which is linked to a video of Lori Taylor showing you how to create a look.  Very cool! Yuh get points for that Smashbox!  There are 18 different trios and they vary in textures from matte to frost finishes.

Quick Take, Smashbox

Close up, Quick Take, Smashbox, from left top: Vanilla, Ambient. Bottom: Serpent

Serpent, close up

Close up, Vanilla, Ambient

Quick Take contains:

  • Vanilla – a creamy matte vanilla. Finely milled with decent pigmentation.  No shimmer.  Of the three colours, this one was the most problematic.  As I said the pigmentation was decent but it was chalky for me both in colour and textures.  There is a lot of white and as a highlighter on dark skin it’s going to look a little ashy.  It is also a little thin in density so it is does not have the greatest pigmentation. But it is finely milled so that it applies smoothly.
  • Ambient – is a shimmery, light golden bronze.  This was my favourite of the threee! Just a beautiful, colour that has great pigmentation, applies very smoothly, the shimmer is not chunky and on me it is kinda like my skin colour brighter.  It is also light enough where those with fairer skin could rock this too.  It reminds me of M.A.C.’s Cocomotion pigment, which is one of my all-time favourites. A very wearable colour!
  • Serpent – a shimmery, blackened mossy green.  I could actually see this colour on a snake, so the name is very appropriate!! Another nice colour.  Good pigmentation, not the most intense but it definitely shows up on the skin.  I think it is less green than M.A.C. Humid eye shadow.  It also appears to have a balanced mix of blue and yellow and does not lean either way.

Swatches, from left: Vanilla, Ambient, Serpent

I really like this trio. I find myself reaching for this quite often, especially for Ambient.  I just wish Vanilla had a better texture.  This is great for all skintones – light, tan, olive, deep.  This is available at Smashbox.com, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and select Macy’s and it retails for US$28.

Overall Grade: B+/A-

FTC Disclosure: Product was provided to me, Noire Tropical Beauty, by PR for consideration.  I have not been compensated for this review and my opinions are 100% honest.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Page.

An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.