November 23, 2010

Bare Escentuals Buxom Samantha’s Smoky Eye Kit Review, Swatches, Photos

I’m always envious of chicas that can sport a nude lip look and a smoky eye. I really can’t do the nude lips unless I wanna look living dead girl like. It’s not pretty put it that way!

If it’s your deal dears you’ll love the Buxom Samantha’s Smoky Eye Kit. This four piece wonder is loaded up with essentials for creating that perfect nude lip and sultry smoky eye look!

Check it!

A Bare Escentuals Buxom set that features four, full size Buxom essentials for creating a simple nude look!

Buxom fans and nude lip looks will enjoy this set. Personally I’m at a 25-75 share myself. I like the eye look I can create using this but I’m not a fan of the lip look.

The set includes:

  • Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Samantha (seductive nude)
  • Buxom Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol (smoky coal)
  • Buxom Smoky Eye Brush
  • Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

The total cost is $42 which is a steal considering you’re getting all full size products with the set.

The Buxom Smoky Eye Stick is similar to MAC’s Greasepaint Stick but not as creamy or emollient. Texture runs a little harder but it blends well none the less and creating a smoky eye look using the stick is pretty easy thanks to the eye brush included. I found it pigmented and easy to blend but a little tugging was involved during lining not so much to be irritating thankfully.

The set features step by step instructions for creating the eye and lip look on the back of the box, pretty simple to follow and do even for beginners. The brush is one of the greatest things about the kit as it “smokes” out your look brilliantly well.

The other item that was a star for me was the Buxom Lash Mascara. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while but never got a chance so was happy to see it included in this kit. The wand has a plastic applicator with tiny spikes. It’s quite flexible and seems to move with your lashes as you apply, bending back and fourth. It builds really well and easily so you can get some nice lenght as well as a fatter lash look.

Sadly, the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Samantha fails to work for me. It’s a shimmering nude beige that makes me look like a complete corpse but it does pair up pretty damn nicely with the smoky eye look. If you’re able to wear the look, lucky you because it is a really nice shade of nude!

  • Those who favor simple yet awesome makeup (this is a matter of a few steps to create a really flattering look).
  • Anyone who likes full size products in sets (no minis here, all full size Buxom products are included so you get alot more for less).
  • Anyone who needs a kit to create a simple yet effective smoky eye (this is very easy to use and pretty fuss free for creating a smokey eye).

  • Those who can’t do nude lips (it might be a bit of money to dish out if you can’t do the nude lip look as you’ll only make use of three out of the four products but think of it as paying $10 per item and it might justify your purchase).
  • Those who like louder, brighter, bolder pops of color (this sticks to the basics).

I liked this kit but the value could prove a little off if you’re like me and can’t use the nude lipgloss included. The brush is awesome, the liner, and the mascara but the gloss I simply can’t wear sadly so it does take away from some of the greatness of the kit and the overall value. However, I will say, I was quite happy with the mascara and really enjoyed the fuss-free smoky eye look the set created. Normally when I create a smoky eye I end up using a dozen products, this lot simplifies it and allows for a super easy application with three products! Great for travelin’!

The Buxom Samantha’s Smoky Eye Set is available exclusively at Sephora.

Did anyone try it?

Buy it?

Do share!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Rosie

    I am SO glad you reviewed this. I got it, too, and it seems like a light hand is needed with the liner. It looks beautiful on you. I do really love the gloss, but I only use a tiny bit alone – I agree with you that it is perhaps too light for many. It’s great over something.

    The brushes in the BE eye kits are usually awesome, and I’m always surprised to like them so much. I have sooo many high quality brushes and different shapes, yet these kits always seem to have something new and different.

    I’m going to try your look tonight.

  • Carrie

    I’ve had my eye on this!! I definitely want to check it out, but I may layer my UD Naked lipstick underneath to bump the nude to a pinky-nude. A straight-up nude lip usually looks a little too harsh on me.

  • Ryou

    Haha, I kind of suffer from the same fate. Doesn’t help that I have medium-warm skin, I always end up looking like I’m missing my lips or something, it’s creepy. O_O;;

    Staining my lips prior applying the nude gloss helps, though. ^^;

  • Regina

    I really like the Buxom Lash mascara – happy to see you enjoyed it too! : ) Happy Thanksgiving a day early!

  • Eileen

    Luv the packaging ….. I’d wear the nude lip to the store when I’m not wearing any other makeup and smokey eyes look best to me when balanced with some colour on the lips imho ….. ;D

    • the Muse

      you’re so lucky you can sport a nude look eileen ;-D I look crazy dead-like when I do ;D!

  • LorraineER

    I’m not a fan of nude lips on me either but if I end up with a gloss like that from a set, I’ll dab a bit on top of a overly-loud lipstick and make both colors more wearable.

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    Unfortunately we don’t have Sephora anymore. They packed up and left the UK a few years back.
    The black eye stick is the blackest ever !
    Are you positively and completely 100% sure you can’t do the smokey eye nude lips look? Or nothing on the lips I also mean ?
    I would say that with your pale colouring and darkest hair it would be really amazing on you.

    • the Muse

      mary thanks you’re too kind but def not. Look corpse bride like if I do ;D!

  • Laura

    Tried it tonight – REALLY REALLY lemmed for this all month.

    Love the nude lip – adore it.

    But still even with instructions and what seems to be an infallible way to smokey eye – it looks weird on me, like some one punched me in the eye! I must still be doing it wrong!

  • ellemck1

    I looooove that Samantha color (bought the kit at the Sephora Holiday Party for VIB’s) and have loved it since. It’s actually the first nude that worked for me. The smoky brush I now use every day, like the eye stick, and definitely love the mascara. But the gloss might be my favorite part of the kit, lol. 🙂