I didn’t get my paws on the Smashbox In Bloom Spring 2011 collection, but I managed to grab some photos of the collection and some swatches so if you are interested in this collection or what I think of it, here are the pictures and swatches where applicable 🙂
In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette and Brush – RM199
10 soft shades in one handy palette with an eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadow colours are on the soft side and come in a mixture of light shimmer and matte. Personally, it wasn’t quite for me because I don’t do very well with light shades. I prefer working with darker eye colours. But if you are looking for a work friendly palette, you could do worse! 😀
Creamy Cheek Duo in Blushing/Peony – RM89
I’m told that Smashbox keeps making more of these creamy cheek duos because they are very well received everywhere and I must admit that they are quite easy to use. It would be nice if they didn’t make them limited edition though. This creamy cheek duo comes in peach and pink. There is minute shimmer just to keep things interesting but is otherwise non shimmery. I prefer how the pink looks on my skin but the peach can add some dimension to the face.
Soft Focus Powder Eye Liner- RM75
This one’s something new. What it is is an eyeliner but in powder form, something like the kohls which were quite popular a while ago. It comes in 2 shades – brown and dark grey and the applicator is a strange soft spongy tip as you can see in the photo. I do like the line it creates. It is soft and decently pigmented and if you want a nice smokey eye, you can actually just use this to smudge everything around and get a very quick look. However, I found problem with fall out, even as I was just swatching on the back of my hand. You can see the bits. And if I were taking this near my eyes, I’d probably have hell trying to clean up thereafter. I personally find it a little pricey but if it went on sale at some point in the future I could consider getting it just to play around 🙂
Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss with SPF 15 – RM79
2 additional limited edition colours to the regular Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss collection. Like the other colours in the collection, the colours looks beautiful in the tube but they do swatch a little sheer. Lighting is a bit off so it shouldn’t be as orange. Still, its rather sheer nonetheless. The micro shimmer and non sticky formula makes it great for layering over lipstick! 😀
Artificial Light Luminizing Powder – RM89
This one’s a highlight powder in a tube. There is a sponge tip and you can apply it anywhere that needs some highlighting – nose, cheeks, brow bone. I personally found this a bit too shiny so if you have oily skins, I don’t recommend you get this.
If there was one item I’d get from this collection, it would likely be the creamy blush duo. On very light skintones, you only use very little, and the peach side can look a bit orangey if you apply too much of it. But on medium toned/tanned skins I think this blush duo would be beautiful!
Does any item in this collection catch your eye? Or might you just wait for the next one? 🙂
Smashbox Cosmetics in Malaysia is available at Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and U Parkson 1 Utama. The In Bloom collection is limited edition. Prices of items are as above