It’s rare for me to purchase a makeup “set.” I usually find that the pieces included are disjointed, I own part of the collection or I won’t use enough of the collection to warrant a purchase- good value or not. It’s even more rare, then, for me to have purchased two makeup sets consecutively from the same company. I blame Ulta’s keen Smashbox makeup artist for reintroducing me to the brand earlier this year and it’s been fun discovering the line that frankly, is really overlooked.
The Rose Gold name and image appealed to me instantly. However, it was upon seeing the collection in store that it truly won my heart. This set retails for $39 at Ulta (and Sephora, soon) and features shades not available in their permanent line. It comes with their photo-op eyeshadow trio in Rose Gold (retails for $28) , their lip-enhancing lipgloss in Rose Gold (retails for $18), their fusion soft lights in Rose Gold (retails for $30) and an eyeshadow “crease” brush.
Smashbox Photo-Op Trio in Rose Gold
This trio features three, well-coordinated shades that are blendable, buildable and look amazing on the eyes. The shade names are Naked, Rose Quartz and Cocoa. I was intially surprised by how pink this was and how, well, un-rose gold it seemed. On the eyes, however it looks stunning. Especially when paired with the rest of the set. This is my first shadow trio from Smashbox and I’m very impressed.
Fusion Soft Lights in Rose Gold
I’d be lying if I didn’t say this was the true reason I was first attracted to the set. I mean, just look at this gorgeous pan. And, did I mention it’s Rose Gold perfection? Oh, because it really is. Smooth, silky and oh-so-pretty on the cheeks. It’s a winner in every way.
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Rose Gold
The gloss is pretty, and I’d definitely classify it as Rose Gold. It wasn’t an item that I was initially thrilled about compared to the first two, but I have to say it holds it’s own. The gloss isn’t sticky or tacky and it feels comfortable on the lips. It adds a hint of rosey-gold sparkle to the lips that works on it’s own or beautifully paired with another shade. The wear time isn’t anything spectacular but I’d rather reapply then have gloss that feels like glue.
The swatches, in direct sunlight, without primer.
Look at how pigmented the “highlighter” is?! I’m totally able to blend this down into my cheeks as a blush.
I guess I need to mention the brush. I’m not fond of it. They call it a crease brush but the shape is a little odd. It’s also quite dense and not as soft as I’d prefer. I’ll stick to my MAC 217. I’m not disappointed as I didn’t even take notice a brush was included until after I got it home. It’s worth noting if you are excited about the brush that you may want to test it in person first to see if it suits your taste.
For good measure, here I am wearing the set:
I’ve got the eyeshadow trio on my eyes along with MAC Blacktrack fluidline and false lashes. I’m wearing the rose gold gloss over Dior’s Lip Liner in Candy Rose and the Fusion lights in Rose Gold on the upper part of my cheeks and cheekbones. I’m also wearing the Clarins Splendours Bronzer all over.
I’m super happy with my purchase. As I start to play with bridal looks it’s kits like this that take out some of the guesswork. What can I say other than they had me at Rose Gold?