Smith Cosmetics Eye & Lip Brushes Reviews & Photos

Smith Cosmetics Brushes

Smith Cosmetics 202 Microliner Brush ($16.00) is an ultra-fine pointed liner brush. It’s made out of synthetic sable bristles, and it’s firm brush that flexes enough to line along the curve of the upper lash line but it moves together as one so there is no streaking or visible brush strokes. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 1.00mm width, 5.50mm length, and 1.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). If you work with a lot of gel and cream eyeliners, I could see this being very useful for precision work and very fine lines. If you tend to do thicker eyeliner, you’ll likely want to opt for a thicker brush overall (you can layer and build out your liner with this one, it’ll just be faster for a more appropriately-sized brush). What I found impressive was that it didn’t feel sharp or pokey, even with the tip of the brush against the lash line, so you can really get between lashes, if desired.

Smith Cosmetics 203 Micro Angled Liner Brush ($23.00) is a very short, thin angled eyeliner brush. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with gels, creams, and powders. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 6.00mm width, 4.50mm length, and 1.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). Like the #202, this is best suited for precision work, details, and very thin and fine lines. It’s a firm brush that moves together, so while it gives enough to line along the curve of the lid, it doesn’t splay or leave noticeable brush strokes or draggy edges. You can achieve some really fine, natural brow hairs when used with a gel brow product, too. The brush was smooth, never sharp or pointed, against the skin.

Smith Cosmetics 205 Angled Liner Brush ($20.00) is a firm, medium-sized angled eyeliner brush. It is similar in the overall feel, application, and consistency as the #202 and #203; it is just larger than the #203–it is longer and thicker but the angle is the same for both. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with gels, creams, and powders. The brush has a total length of 6.10 inches / 15.70 centimeters, and the brush head was in 7.50mm width, 6.00mm length, and 2.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). The bristles moved together, which resulted in even, smooth coverage that didn’t appear streaky or show brush strokes. It didn’t feel sharp or poke against the lower or upper lash line, and it was comfortable to use.

Smith Cosmetics 212 Tightliner Brush ($18.00) is a firm, rectangular brush with a flat edge that is designed for applying product to the inner rim of the eye. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with gels, creams, and powders. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 6.50mm width, 5.00mm length, and 2.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). It is slightly smaller compared to the #205 but has a similar thickness as well as overall feel and usability. The bristles felt soft and smooth, and they moved together, so I didn’t feel any individual bristles while using it, which made it more comfortable to use against areas like the upper and lower lash line. For the upper lash line, I liked pushing motions rather than sweeping or pulling motions. This brush was stiffer and less flexible compared to the other three liner brushes.

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Smith Cosmetics   202 Microliner Brush
A+
Product
15
Fitness
15
Durability
5
Construction
5
Total
100%
Smith Cosmetics   203 Micro Angled Liner Brush
A+
Product
15
Fitness
15
Durability
5
Construction
5
Total
100%
Smith Cosmetics   205 Angled Liner Brush
A+
Product
15
Fitness
15
Durability
5
Construction
5
Total
100%
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Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder ($6.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a dark copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. Makeup Revolution Ready to Go (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It’s a baked powder, so the texture is drier and looser as a brush passes over the pan, but it doesn’t look dry, powdery, or dusty applied to my skin, which is normal-to-dry. Of the three shades in the range, this had the driest, loosest texture that was almost a little grainy (possibly due to the larger shimmer). It didn’t blend as easily as the other shades either, which was a disappointment. It does, eventually, diffuse enough to be acceptable with some extra effort. It had medium, buildable coverage with enough sheen that it did emphasize pores just slightly on my skin. I noticed fading occur after seven hours of wear.

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Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer Powder Rock on World
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
81%
Permanent

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, subdued brown with warmer, rosy undertones and a matte finish.Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is darker (90% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Sculpting Powder is supposed to feel lightweight with buildable coverage from sheer to full. Recently, the brand expanded the Sculpting formula to include two new shades–Light and Deep–to complement the existing Medium shade. I don’t consider it a very buildable formula as it is rather pigmented, and a little can go a long way, but it is soft and finely-milled, which makes it easy to blend and diffuse to sheerer coverage, if desired (or just use less and build up). The texture felt smooth and silky to the touch, and despite being very matte, it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. I have more light-medium colored skin, and I am able to use this shade and achieve noticeable color, though it is definitely lighter than Medium and should work well on lighter skin tones but very fair complexions may find they still have to sheer it out quite a bit for a subtle contour. I also think this one may be better on cooler undertones, as the rosy tone makes it appear more dramatic as it contrasts with my skin tone more than Medium or Deep does (I have soft, yellow undertones). On me, the contour wore well for eight hours on me.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Light
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
Thanks to Heather for today's question!

How much do celebrities influence your beauty purchases?

None for me – even when I was young, I didn’t have celebrity crushes or celebrity role model. The most influence I could see happening is if a celebrity wore a shade and looked great in it, but it wasn’t necessarily an endorsement, just a look they wore – but I feel like this is true if I saw it and was struck by how lovely it looked on a non-celebrity, too! I am not, however, turned off by the use of celebrities in most cases, so it is a wash overall!
-- Christine

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Round-up: Makeup Geek Blushes Overview + Report Card

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush
Makeup Geek Valentine Blush

Makeup Geek Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) released 20 shades in an updated formula, and there were some winners and some so-so shades. For the most part, ones that fell short were sheerer (sheer to medium in coverage) rather than the pigmented as described. Most of the shades are very soft but thinner and don’t kick up as much excess powder as the original formula, though I personally found the original formula to be smoother and more luxurious in feel.

The color range is definitely more muted than the original shade range, so some shades are more unique, which is great, but even the shades that were carried over often lost vibrancy or were lightened. They also went into a different direction for the finish, which is pretty matte, compared to the more satiny finish of their original formula, which was intentional. I wish they had not changed the original shades so much in the new formula, as I think it’s odd to change both the color intensity/saturation as well as the finish and keep the same names (confusing!). I think if you like more matte blushes, don’t mind medium coverage, and like the shade range, it could definitely be worth checking out.

On a personal level, I was really disappointed to see the satin finish get axed, because it was the highlight of the formula; it was what made it more unique and versatile, and it was the reason why it was a favorite blush formula. If they had kept the original shades the same, then the range would have a good mix of satin and matte, richer and desaturated shades. It’s always a bummer when a brand tweaks one of your favorite formulas and turns it from a holy grail to an easy skip. It’s still a good blush formula overall, but it’s just not a favorite for me any longer!

01

Makeup Geek Infatuation

Permanent. $10.00/0.15 oz.

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish.

A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
A

02. Makeup Geek Covet

Makeup Geek Covet Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, coral-red with warm undertones and a barely-there golden sheen. Read full review.

A-

03. Makeup Geek Heart Throb

Makeup Geek Heart Throb Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A-

04. Makeup Geek Promise Ring

Makeup Geek Promise Ring Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pale, light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A-

05. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, light-medium lavender with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A-

06. Makeup Geek Desire

Makeup Geek Desire Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

A-

07. Makeup Geek Puppy Love

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-y brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A-

08. Makeup Geek Blind Date

Makeup Geek Blind Date Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish.. Read full review.

A-

09. Makeup Geek Valentine

Makeup Geek Valentine Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

A-

10. Makeup Geek XOXO

Makeup Geek XOXO Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

B+

11. Makeup Geek Love Letter

Makeup Geek Love Letter Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

B+

12. Makeup Geek Rendezvous

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

B+

13. Makeup Geek Summer Fling

Makeup Geek Summer Fling Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium orange with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

B+

14. Makeup Geek Chivalry

Makeup Geek Chivalry Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

B

15. Makeup Geek Bliss

Makeup Geek Bliss Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a pop of light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

B

16. Makeup Geek Romance

Makeup Geek Romance Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peach-pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. Read full review.

B

17. Makeup Geek Spell Bound

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

C+

18. Makeup Geek Cherish

Makeup Geek Cherish Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

C

19. Makeup Geek Soulmate

Makeup Geek Soulmate Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medim-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

C

20. Makeup Geek Main Squeeze

Makeup Geek Main Squeeze Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

Glossover Breakdown

88%

Average Score
A
10
B
7
C
3
D
0
F
0

Glossover Averages

Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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Week in Review | July 30th through August 5th

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

What’s been in your rotation the most this week? What caught your eye?

Smith Cosmetics 253 Laydown Brush Small ($21.00) is designed to be used for powder products and uses pony hair.

A+
Product
15
Fitness
15
Durability
5
Construction
5
Total
100%
A+

02. Smith Cosmetics 256 Laydown Eyeshadow Brush Large

Smith Cosmetics 256 Laydown Brush Large ($23.00) is designed to be used with powder products and uses pony hair; it is a larger version of the 253. Read full review.

A

03. Chanel Rouge Tentation (169)

Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep red with cool, blue undertones and a natural sheen from fine pearl. Read full review.

A

04. Tom Ford Beauty Ravish

Tom Ford Ravish Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

05. NARS Talia (Highlight)

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. Read full review.

A

06. Smith Cosmetics 122 Highlighter Brush

Smith Cosmetics 122 Highlighter Brush ($24.00) is a short, dense, dome-shaped brush designed for applying and blending out highlighters. Read full review.

A

07. Anastasia Bordeaux

Anastasia Bordeaux Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

08. Smith Cosmetics 124 Contour Brush

Smith Cosmetics 124 Contour Brush ($24.00) is a short, angled brush with rounded edges designed for applying and blending out contours. Read full review.

A-

09. Makeup Geek Puppy Love

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-y brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A-

10. Dior #001

Dior #001 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Jul 30, 2016 — Aug 5, 2016

87%

Average Score
A
18
B
24
C
3
D
1
F
1

Total Reviews (47) — Brands Reviewed (12)