January 7, 2011

Smashbox In Bloom Spring 2011 Smashbox In Bloom Creamy Cheek Duo, In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss, and In Bloom Artificial Light Powder Review, Swatches, Photos

If the Smashbox In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette proves as good as the few pieces I’ve tried from their Spring 2011 Collection, I’ll be a happy camper indeed.

I know some of you purchased it, what’s the good word?

I haven’t tried it yet but I did try out the Smashbox In Bloom Creamy Cheek Duo, In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss, and In Bloom Artificial Light Powder.

Check ’em!

A selection of products from the Smashbox In Bloom Spring 2011 Collection!

In Bloom promises some very natural, pretty shades of light color for the Spring season. Slap me happy with the items I have tried so far.

First off the In Bloom Creamy Cheek Duo is simply divine. I don’t normally love cream blushes as I prefer powder but these shades are too good to pass up and they give a gorgeous glow to my face and cheeks. The two shades are best used when cocktailed together in my opinion as it creates a soft focused shade of peach on my cheeks but can easily build up to a popping coral with a heavier hand. Formula is a tad tacky but runs thin and blends out easily for a good five to six hours of wear. The first shade is a dusky peach rose and the other a deeper shade of rose, when combined they come across very warm and lively on cheeks!

In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Endless Kiss is a very sheer, nearly transparent shade of rosy peach. This isn’t the best gloss formula I’ve tried from Smashbox however it seems to compliment the overall look very nicely. Although the slanted, flocked applicator does saturated well with product it seems to apply very dryly to my lips and needs a bit of a build up but once in place it gives a very subtle touch of tint to my lips that pairs up well with the creamy cheek duo!

And finally In Bloom Artificial Light Luminizing Powder is a sheer champagne white gold. This can be dabbed anywhere you wish to highlight including cheeks, brow bone, etc….I used it as an all over color wash on my lids and it woke my tired eyes up while leaving behind a hint of sparkle.

Wasn’t particularly keen on the gloss formula here but found it made up for the bad formula as seemed to pair up well with the overall natural look!

  • Anyone who wants a lightweight, natural, “I’m not wearing makeup” look!
  • Those seeing a fresh look for Spring!

  • Anyone who isn’t keen on warm shades of color (the creamy cheek duo leans towards being warmer).
  • Anyone who isn’t keen on subtle, natural looks (if you want bold this isn’t the way to go!).

In Bloom proves one of those collections that is worth having around for a barely there makeup looks that’s fresh, flawless, and incredibly lightweight or at least the pieces I tried out from the collection give off that vibe. At first I thought it might prove an uneventful collection but try not to overlook it as I do believe my FOTD photos included in this post more than speak for how lovely the collection is and what a fresh look it can impart. I was so impressed that I ended up really developing a rather strong lemming for the eye palette….must explore it once it reaches store!

Moral of this story is you probably shouldn’t overlook In Bloom if you’re a lover of a fresh face!

Loves it!

Quite Muse Approved for purchase! It has a few essential items that might be worth a haul. Mind you if your Spring list is long perhaps wait for a sale at Smashbox and haul it than but definitely add it to your list!

Anyone try or want to try the In Bloom Collection?

Do share your thoughts on this collection!

Available now from www.smashbox.com

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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  • Laci

    I bought the cheek duo before the holidays to get a free eyeshadow palette. LOL I haven’t tried them out yet, but I’ll have to soon! 😀 I have cream blushes, but none in this form.

    What do you recommend for application — fingers or brush?

    • the Muse

      ha awesome laci it’s a great one!!!!!!! fingers all the way imho! 😀

  • jojoba (My Makeup Reviews)

    hmm, don’t think i like the colours of the blushes. they look rather ordinary. we have smashbox in malaysia now so i’d better go check out this collection. 😛

  • Ashley

    Excited to check out the cream cheek duo. Cream blushes will be the death of me!

  • Rachel

    I think the In Bloom Artificial Light Luminizing Powder is calling my name!

  • Amanda

    Wow, I’ve wanted that powder since they sold it in those sets coordinated for people with certain eye colors. Now they are finally selling it alone, yay!

  • Samantha S

    I find myself liking the blush duo but I am not a fan of the screw on lids… just too much hassle sometimes or maybe I’m just lazy lol

  • Laura

    Love the cheek colors but hate creamblush. I find the glosses hit or miss.

    I adore their eyeshadows though! My HG

  • Terri

    Hey Muse, I meant to tell you a couple of weeks ago about the In bloom palette….I love it! I bought this one and the UD Naked at the same time, and to be honest, I find myself reaching for the In Bloom way more often. The colours are beautiful, the formula is divine, and zero fallout! Absolutely recommend the eye palette. Guess now I’ll have to get the cheek duo too 🙂

  • Kasey

    I know it’s been forever since you put this up, but I was wondering how you would rate the luminizer against any other brand/type and if there were any you would recomend more?
    PS Your shadow swatches have been a godsend in trying to build my starter selection, so thank you so much.