The Smashbox Holiday Collection 2008 Rapture is up and available for your purchasing pleasure on the Smashbox site.
I have release information for this that I previously published but I had to remove it and re-post it on October 15th! Sorry guys!
However, the good news is a few of the pieces are up and available on the Smashbox site. I have two of the pieces myself so far that I’ll review for you shortly, I promise they are stunning! Smashbox did a fabulous job with this year’s Holiday collection and all the pink is truly appealing to my girlish side!
Alot of bang for your buck in this collection and some seriously awesome gift sets that you really need to check out for yourself! Click!
Some items appearing on the site so far are:
Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Set $29 USD
This is one item I’ll be reviewing for you shortly! It contains 6 shimmering shades of gloss which work out to under $5 USD each which is definately a nice steal and a deal!
Here’s one I want to get my hands on! Smashbox Rapture Eye Shadow and Brush Set includes 8 Shadow duos, two brushes, and a pouch for storing it all in for $59 USD! Break it down and you’re paying around $5.90 USD per each piece included not including the sweet pink bag! I need to head to Sephora to check this out for myself as I’m dead curious if the shades are a shimmery finish! If so, expect a review!
Fitting in with all the pink comes the Smashbox Rapture Brush Set for $49 USD which includes 5 Brushes working itself out to roughly $10 USD a brush! Smashbox makes killer brushes so getting five full size at that price is definately a nice deal plus the cute pink carrying case!
Honestly, Smashbox Rapture is possibly my favorite looking Holiday Collection as far as presentation goes so far and is visually pleasing and appealing to my girlish side! I’ll definately be indulging in a few of the pieces! Reviews are coming soon so definately stop back!
Further information and other gift sets can be found by clicking here.
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Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection Review
If you lurk here often you probably know I don’t really go for sophisticated looks. I’m a fun loving girl and my choices in cosmetics reflects that part of my personality.
However, I’ve had my eye on a few collections this season that are a bit “grown up”, elegant, and sophisticated one of which happens to be Smashbox Wicked Lovely.
Smashbox Wicked Lovely is made up of an array of interesting shade choices that I would not normally go out of my way to purchase but, as I tested out Wicked Lovely this week I did so end up liking it.
The collection consists of several options to create a “wicked” or a “lovely” look hence the name. In this case you can go from day to evening with certain shades or lighter to darker depending on what your preference is for makeup or like me you may just enjoy variety.
Smashbox did a lovely job with the packaging on the collection. Each box is printed with “Wicked Lovely” and features pink that melds into dark black. I found this packaging quite in keeping with the concept of the collection. Each black compat features a twirling floral design on the lid of each item. The gloss was particularly with a little hanging tassle from it’s cap. A bith goth and a bit innocent the design definately mimics the theme of both a bit naughty and a little bit nice.
One of my very favorite items in this collection is the Smashbox Wicked Lovely Blush in Rush. It’s not my normal shade of blush as I tend to lean towards very cute, pink cheeks as I feel they are most flattering however Rush is a warm, dusty rose shade with just a tiny hint of shimmer. The effect Rush produces is more of contoured, sophisticated look. I really liked the natural, warm look I created using Rush. I was pleased with how well Rush simply worked with just about everything else in the Wicked Lovely collection as well! Now Rush is a great color but allow me to mention the very interesting packaging design as well. This happens to have a really nifty pull out mirror housed underneath the compact. The mirror is attached to the compact and is not removable however it easily slides in and out of the underside of the blush compact for easy access! Small, important touches like this are always a pleasure as far as the Muse is concerned!
The collection also includes two eye items, a liner and loose shimmer compact and a duo eyeshadow. The shadow duo is available in two color selections, I tried out the Sexy/Demure version of the shadow duos. The compact contains a shimmery peachy shade and a shimmery brown. You’re supposed to use the brown as a liner but you can of course use it as a shadow if you please. The peachy shade feels a bit different in texture compared to the brown, it has a velvet like formula that has a frosty effect when on the eyes, almost a mod look about it. The brown is more of a shimmering silky powder. Pairing the two up by using the peach shade on your lid and crease and finishing with the brown as a lower lash liner creates a frosty, shimmering look with hints of both cuteness and innocence as well as an edge do to the liner.
The second eye item included with the collection is the Wicked Lovely Liner and Loose Shimmer which is an interesting little item. It contains three gel liners the likes of which happen to be my favorite item from Smashbox. I’m not a fan of MAC Fluidline and have used Smashbox Cream Eye Liner for many years so having three shades in one compact is rather nice. The compact is versatile as you have the option to use the liners as a base for the loose shimmer and shadows or you can line your eyes using it. In order to create the Smashbox Wicked look the darkest shade of the liners is used as a base for the loose shimmer. The liner shades are Taupe, Bronze, and Gray and each has a metallic finish. The shimmering powder is a pewter gray that’s perfect for use with a smoky eye look.
And finally to finish up your look Smashbox released some interesting glosses and a dual ended lip pencil/liner duo. Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color works double duty lining and filling lips. Each end has a different shade of lip color with a different finish. One end contains a nude pink-peach shade that’s creamy, mod, and nude while the other end contains a peachy pink shade that has a shimmering finish.
The glosses are extra cute in this collection with a hanging tassel on the top of each gloss. The color I tried was Coy which is a nude shade. The applicator is a lip brush which I prefer as it gets a nice amount of color onto lips. Coy happens to be an extremely nude shade and not my typical lip color however I am going outside the norm with a majority of this collection so it was interesting trying out a new look using this gloss!
Since I wanted to recreate the Smashbox Wicked and Lovely, the colors I got were everything used in each look on the website, duping the looks was fun. I did a total of four looks with the collection, two of which were using the exact products used on the models for the Wicked Lovely shoot.
I liked the way my Wicked look came out best so I’ll show you that first. To dupe the look I took a look at the Smashbox Wicked Lovely video available on the site. Click on over for a look if you like!
I used Smashbox Wicked Lovely Cream Liner and Loose Shimmer on my lids. I first used the gray metallic shade as a base and topped it with the loose shadow. I followed up with the Smashbox Wicked Lovely Blush in Crush on my cheeks and finished by using the Smashbox Wicked Lovely Doubletake Lip Color to fill in my lips. The side I used was the peachy mod shade. I proceeded to top my lips with a coat of Smashbox Wicked Lovely Lip Gloss in Coy and there you go I’m Wicked!
For my Lovely look I used the same products for my lips and face as I did for my Wicked look. For my eyes I used the Smashbox Wicked Lovely Eyeshadow Duo in Sexy/Demure. Sexy was used to line my lower lash line and Demure I used as an all over color wash. I don’t think my Lovely look came out nearly as nice as my Wicked look for some reason! Le Sigh!
Finally I spiced things up and went and did my own versions of the Wicked and Lovely looks by adding a few other items into the mix of things!
In this case I think my Lovely look came out better than my Wicked look this time around! For my lovely look I just used Demure eyeshadow all over my eye. I used the other side of the dual ended lip pencil which was the shimmery pink shade and topped it with some clear gloss. On my cheeks I used a peach shade instead of the dusty rose.
I liked how much better Demure looked without Sexy on the bottom lash line. It gave my eyes a nice bright look and really created an aura of innocence and “lovely”.
Now my Wicked inspired look I didn’t like. I used the same color shades for my eye as in my previous Wicked look but finished my lips with a deeper shade of color. For some reason the colors contrasted rather badly. I also lined my bottom waterline and upper lash line but it seems to have a bit overkill!
So…that’s all folks!
Smashbox Wicked Lovely Fall Collection definately has a little something for everyone especially if you’re a big lover of natural, nude shades. I have my eye on a few other pieces for the selection myself such as the Sultry lip gloss!
Check out more of the Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection by clicking here! While you’re visiting check out the new Smashbox Encore Eye Palette…oh my gods..the Muse wants it!
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Check out the latest and greats for Fall by clicking through some past reviews!
Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup Review
Too Faced Fall Collection Review featuring the New Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette Kit!
Majolica Majorca Fall Collections 2008: Majolook Trick On Palettes Review
MAC Overrich Review and Swatches
Smashbox has certainly redeemed itself in the Muse’s eyes after her disappointment with the Spring collection entitled Green House. I just wasn’t feeling Green House but I’m definately feeling the love for the new Smashbox Wicked Lovely.
This collection looks outstanding and I’m very eager to try it! The collection consists of a selection of makeup that can be used to create a wicked or a lovely look hence the name eh?
I like the idea of a collection that can be played up against your darker side (an evening look maybe?) and your lighter side (a daytime, playful look perhaps?). The contrasts of shades definately has something for everyone whether you prefer a softer nude look or a bolder, vampy look.
I’m partial to the new design of the palettes as well in their slick, black compacts sporting a bit of goth. Although the packaging has a dark edge it gets a bit of it’s innocent and “lovely” look from the lighter shades in the collection.
I’m liking the looks of Smashbox Wicked Lovely for sure so much so that I’ll be reviewing some for you later next week!
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Smashbox 14K Golden Effect Top Coat Mascara
Check out what Smashbox items made it onto my Ghosts of Christmas Past List!
I could have predicted that the Smashbox Tokidoki Collection would someday end up on clearance. It deserves to be mentioned that the Muse happens to love Tokidoki and indulged in the collection when it popped up last year however after trying it out all of it went back save the all over powder blush and brush! It was utter and complete rubbish! A really great waste of cash!
However, if you happen to lem it you can nab it now on sale from Smashbox and a few other bits and bobs are available to satisfy your need for savings!
Tokidoki Lipgloss $13.50 USD
Tokodoki Eyeshadow Quads $22.50 USD
Vanity Brush Set $112 USD (Did I mention this is on my Wish List?)
Smokebox Palette $28.50 USD
And much, much more available at the Smashbox website! Click on over!