Review: Smashbox Try It Kit

I’ve wanted to try out the Smashbox products for a while now and a few days ago I got one of the Smashbox Try It Kits (rrp £19) in a press goody bag. In order to test out these products quite thoroughly I’ve used them on half of my face. On the other half I’ve used similar products from other companies as a comparison. So, let the games begin!

<-----other product side........................smashbox side ----->

Stupid lighting in the kitchen has made my nose look weird
Stupid lighting in the kitchen has made my nose look weird

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Vs Benefit Porefessional

According to the packaging these two are meant to do the same thing, so I thought they would be good to put up against each other. The Smashbox product has a slightly stickier texture to it as it is more like a gel than the creamier Porefessional. I used less of Photo Finish Primer but my skin looked better with Porefessional when worn alone.

I applied the same foundation to both sides of my face with the same brush. The foundation went on as easily on both sides though the Smashbox primer seemed to hold it in place better during the highly scientific ‘drag a tissue down my face’ test.


Overall the Smashbox Primer is good but I think I prefer the Benefit Porefessional, it feels more velvety on my skin and does a better job of disguising my pores.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is £25 for 30ml.
Benefit Porefessional is £24.50 for 22ml.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer vs E.L.F. Lid Primer

Bit of a variation in price here but that’s always interesting. The Smashbox primer had a much better consistency, the E.L.F. Primer is a little thin compared to it. When applying the eyeshadow over the top it went on the Smashbox eye easier, though the primer did seem to lighten the shadow a little so I needed to use more to get an even colour on each eye. The E.L.F. Primer also comes in four different shades, I used ‘sheer’.
The shadow seemed to last just as well on each eye, but much better than it would have done without any primer at all, so both get points here.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer is £15 for 2.5ml
E.L.F. Lid Primer is £1.50 for 5ml

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner vs No7 Stay Perfect Eyeliner

The Smashbox product wins by far here, it went on far far neater and the pigment is much stronger. It made the eye look so much neater than the No 7 liner. On the waterline both products faired well and lasted about as long, but on the lid the Smashbox liner lasted better as the No7 one tends to ‘migrate’ more.
I’m certainly going to be buying the Smashbox liner in the future and would really like to get my hands on all the other colours too.

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner is £14 for 1.20g
No7 Metallic Eyes Pencil is £6.50 for 1g


Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara vs Benefit They’re Real Mascara

I’ve really liked the Benefit mascara and felt it has lived up to the hype, BUT I do think the Smashbox one is even better! It curled and separated my lashes really well, giving an even coat on each lash making them look longer. The Benefit one comes out a little thicker and can leave my eyes looking a little ‘spidery’ if I’m not careful with it. The colour was better with the Smashbox mascara too.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara is £17 for 11g
Benefit They’re Real Mascara is £19.50 for 8.5g

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss vs Stila Lip Glaze

I’m certainly more of a lip gloss person than a lipstick one so I was quite pleased to see a lipgloss in the Try It kit. The Smashbox gloss felt less sticky on my lips and went on easier than the Stila one, the brush on the Stila lipglaze always annoys me. I conducted another highly scientific test here too, I ate a biscuit!


The Smashbox gloss stayed on much better than the Stila one and I do think staying power is an important thing with a lipgloss. The glitter in the Stila product was better, but the colour intensity of the Smashbox product was too so it would depend on which element you are looking for I guess.

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss (in Illume) is £14 for 6ml
Stila Lip Glaze (in Jack Frost) is part of the £18.50 (rrp £75) All Is Bright Lip Glaze set of 8 1.5g glazes

The Smashbox Try It kit was part of a Press Goodybag
I used No7 Instant Radiance Foundation in Cool Vanilla on all of my face
I used MUA eyeshadow in Plum which is part of the Artiste Collection Palette on both eyes.

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