Smashbox Beauty Exposed kit I picked up in my recent Ulta Haul this kit retails for $39 and I think it's not only a great value but a fantastic way to try out the brand.
I do have some complaints with this tho but it is not in regards to the products themselves but the information that Ulta and Smashbox use to present this kit. There is no real product information in terms of what colors and products your getting available on the website. I didn't get the names of the shades and products included until I received it in person and upon doing some research none of these shades are available for repurchase, which is counter productive in my opinion because they are really nice shades and making them available in full sizes would have been a great idea on Smashbox's part or even creating this kit based around shades from their permanent line. I'll go into more detail on this with each product.
Beauty Exposed Palette with 4 Eyeshadows and Soft Lights Highlighter
(Bare, Camel, Marble, Oak and Moonstone)
The highlighter is a great color and it reminds me of Benefit's Watts Up it creates a soft focus anywhere you apply it without making you look overdone. Since it is a powder it doesn't make your skin look oily and I think that if you have oily skin and didn't like Watt's up this could be a great alternative.
None of these colors are available in full sizes or in any other kits they make besides this one. They have similar colors from their eyeshadow line and the Soft Light Highlighter is available in only two colors.
Lip Enhancing Gloss in Starfruit and Blush Rush in Peony
Blush Rush in Peony will give you a light flush of color and is very sheer on application. I had a lot of trouble getting it to swatch on my hand so I opted to swatch it on my fingers so you could see the true color. I had to rub a few times to get it to show up enough on camera this blends out beautifully on cheeks and is not as intense as it is in the swatch.
The color Starfruit in the Lip Enchaining Gloss is not available in full size but again they do have similar colors. Blush Rush in Peony I've heard is part of their spring line and will be available in full size for a limited time but I have not found any retailer carrying it as of yet which is a shame because this is a great color.
Limitless Eyeliner in Stone and Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer is nice and a little of this goes a long way. It does help create a more even surface to apply your foundation and give it that little extra staying power. My skin rarely get oily so I'm not sure if it does help control oil but I can say it doesn't contribute to making skin oily throughout the day.
The color Stone is not available for purchase in full size which again is too bad because it is a soft matte brown that would suit any skin tone. The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is available for re purchase!
Final thoughts on this I really like the collection as a whole but I'm really disappointed I can't get any of these colors in full sizes. It is nice to try out the product formulas this way but if I where to repurchase any I would have to test drive another color that I might not like as much. That is really the only downfall of this kit because everything does perform wonderfully and the colors are perfect for any occasion or season and it is a great value!
Do you like Smashbox Cosmetics?
P.s. Sorry this is so LONG <3