Smashbox's 2012 Spring collection is all about the pastels, baby, and it's stunning! Honestly, whenever I see pastels I think 80's frosted overload so I usually shy away. In this case, I'm glad I gave the collection a fair shot (really, as any PW should do) because it has become my go-to look. The new Be Legendary lipsticks come in three lovely shades, are super moisturizing (contain shea butter) and feel great on (so smooth!) I have fallen for Honey - a soft nude - which looks so great I got tons of compliments at a L'Oreal event I attended on Saturday (yes, yes, I will admit I wore a Smashbox lipcolor to a L'Oreal event!). In addition to the fabulous lipsticks, I am head over heels for their Spring 2012 palette - Be Discovered. Okay, when I first tried the palette, I actually thought it was a dud because the colors are not the usual-Smashbox high-pigmented ones. I found I was applying layer after layer, and even with a primer, felt I wasn't getting much color. I then watched the video on Smashbox.com which shows you how to achieve the pastel look for Spring and it helped me out a lot with shading (and using the lilac color which is essential in the look). If you blend the light colors across the eye and use the opal in the corners and along the brow line, you will be so happy with the look. Also, I found that lining the eye with a dark brown shadow, and slightly smudging, made a big difference, as well. No, you're not going to have a deep smokey eye (duh) but you will have a lovely pastel eye and then can pair with a deeper lipstick and some killer mascara. Don't let the pastel palette scare you because you'll be missing out. This collection is limited edition so it won't be around for long - yikes!
Note: Samples of the above products were sent to me by a PR representative working with Smashbox