21 June, 2016 Smashbox Mascaras: Three Picks For Dramatic Lashes
Smashbox have always been a brand I’ve liked, but never loved. Their range of primers are pretty good, and I enjoy their primer oil. However, what’s really got me excited about the brand, is their new range of mascaras. Comprising a lash primer with plastic bristles, a thin and densely-packed brush for dramatic lashes, and a fluffier one for a doll-eyed effect, the three I’ve got here are doing seriously amazing things to my lashes.
First up is the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer (£17).
With a creamy texture and a funky double-sided plastic brush, this is the ultimate pre-mascara primer. I’ve tried so many over the years (my previous faves were the double-ended L’Oreal ones), and this offers such a lovely base to apply mascara on top of. It coats each lash without making them gloopy or heavy, and the two types of combs help to create either light layers, or a more opaque one for a more dramatic look.
Next, the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara in Rich Black (£19.50)
The X-Rated mascara is the most natural out of the two here, and really lifts and separates without making lashes look heavy or spidery. This really helps to build the length of each lash, and if you’re blessed with long lashes, this will make them look incredibly long and defined. The formula is glossy and I quite enjoy the fluffy brush and lightweight natural bristles – however, this isn’t the one you want for an out-there eye look. It does also smudge just a teeny bit, which might be due to the super creamy formula. If you want volume with separation, curl and a hint of drama, then I’d recommend this. If not, keep scrolling for the mother of all false-lash effect mascaras…
Lastly, the Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara in Deep Black (£19.50)
This is divine. Genuinely gorgeous. The Indecent Exposure mascara gives good curl, definition, volume and thickness, and has the clump-factor – which I love. Although the bristles are natural, because it’s so sturdy and tightly-packed, it actually feel plastic. I definitely prefer more silicone-feeling bristles, and this creates all the definition and volume without making lashes stick together. I like to wiggle it against the roots of my lashes and then work in sections, adding about three layers to build my desired intensity. It does’t smudge, works well on the lower lashes, and comes off easily with micellar water. Big fan over here.
Have you tried any Smashbox mascaras? Which lash-boosting formulas are you loving at the moment? Share your recommends below!
Have a lovely week!