12.29.2012

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom Review and Swatches

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom Review and Swatches
Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom ($24) is a bright, loose powder blush dispensed from a built-in grinder. It's an innovative idea, but I have trouble making it work. Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom is a very bright shade so it's difficult to dispense an appropriate amount of product.

On Sephora.com, In Bloom is described simply as "pink." I was hoping for a true hot pink shade, but In Bloom is really more of a coral pink. No problem for me since I love corals, but I think the shade description should be more accurate so that customers can make informed purchases. 

And boy, is it bright! Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom is an extremely pigmented, matte bright coral pink. Very little product was used to create the swatch below. If you're scared of bright blushes, consider using a more muted color along your cheekbones and only dabbing In Bloom onto the apples for a pop of color.

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom Review and Swatches
Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom Swatch

While I think Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom is a lovely and luminous shade, I'm having trouble with application. Even when I twist the grinder just a liiiiitttle bit, it seems like too much product comes up. Sure, I swirl and tap my brush to get rid of as much excess as possible, but it's still difficult and messy. For best results, dab a very small amount on cheeks and blend, blend, blend.

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom Review and Swatches
Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom

Once applied, I find that Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom looks quite pretty and wears well. I find that it starts to fade after 7 hours but remains present for about 12. This would be a great blush to last you through the work day.

I'm hesitant to recommend Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom because of my problems with the grinder. However, if you can manage this packaging issue, the product inside is nice.

Additionally, I think some of the other shades are more sheer (I'm looking at Warm Glow and Peachy Dream) and would thus be easier to manage in larger doses. I'm not a huge fan of loose powder blushes in general, but I could imagine Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush working well for someone else. The pigmentation, appearance, and wear time are all very good!


2 comments:

  1. Interesting concept. Since I travel, it might not be the best but I love that it stayed for 12 hours!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  2. I have this blush in the plum color. It is a beautiful color and best suited to medium and darker skin tones. I had a similar issue with the grinder The lightest touch gives enough pigmentation. I found that I grind a TINY bit and then just quickly dab just the edge of my brush in to get color on my cheek. That really controls the amount of color. I then blend/diffuse the color and it's easy to add a touch more if I want to build it a bit. The wear time is EXCELLENT so I'm eyeing a second shade (probably Warm Glow). I wouldn't recommend this blush for travel, but I think the extra-long wear balances out the learning curve.

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