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Brand: Smashbox / Type: Eyeshadow / Suitable for: Eye / Contents: 7ml / What it does: Repairs,

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      12.05.2013 14:09
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      Smashbox Under Eye Brightener

      About Smashbox
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      Smashbox are a cosmetics company that originated from the studios of LA. I only heard of this brand around a year ago and weren't really familiar with any of their products, until I read reviews on dooyoo and ciao about some of their products such as primers and foundations that they sell. Smashbox have a large cosmetics range suitable for all skin colours and types. Their products are more expensive than high street brands such as Bourjois and Maybelline, how-ever their products are very good quality and create professional results that are longer lasting than products that you may find on the high street. Although there are other brands that may be similar to this brand such as Benefit & Gosh, this brand stuck out for me so I decided that I would try one or two products in their range to see if they were as good as they claimed. I currently use at least 3 different products in the Smashbox range and love the quality of the products so if I need a new item of make-up I always go to the Smashbox counter for a look. I always find the ladies at the Smashbox counter very helpful and they often offer to try the product on you to help you find one suited to your skin tone/colour. There is one particular lady at the Smashbox counter in my local Boots store who I find really helpful and also very polite so I always go to the counter when she is there. I got into Smashbox products a few months ago now and have since been addicted to purchasing more of their products. I find their products a little pricier than others that are available; how-ever I have been impressed with their products so far. If I ever need a new item of make-up I always visit the Smashbox counter to see what they have and to try their products. The lady at the counter is always really helpful and often tries the products on me first so I can then decide if I want to purchase them or not. This is a brilliant way to see how the product works and how the final results look on your skin.

      The Product
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      The product I am reviewing is by Smashbox and is an Under Eye Brightener that helps to banish dark circles. The product is packed with vitamins that wakens and brightens tired eyes with good-for-your-skin ingredients including Vitamin E, Red Wine Extract and Peptides. The Under Eye Brightener immediately wakens and brightens the skin and can be used on any area of the face to highlight and add radiance. You can wear this product alone or apply under concealer. I actually only purchased this product after the lady at the Smashbox counter used this product on me as I wanted something to help hide the dark circles I have under my eyes. As well as using this product on me, she also used some concealer and under eye primer (will also be reviewing shortly). I had already seen this product on the Smashbox website and it has quite a few good reviews and a high rating so after the lady on the Smashbox counter used this on me, I thought I would purchase it anyway. This product is Winner of Self Magazine Healthy Beauty Awards for Best highlighter, which is another reason why I thought this seemed like a good product. This product comes in one shade only which is Nude. All Smashbox products come in a black box which always has a picture of the product of it and it also states what the product is. You get a total of 7.1ml of the product in the tube. On the back of the box you can find a list of ingredients and you can also read a little about the product an how to apply it. The tube that the product comes in is quite small and is a pearlescent colour which is beige. The lid to the tube is quite big and is black in colour and this twists off to reveal a small brush which is actually attached to the lid. This is how you apply the product.

      Price/Availability
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      I purchased this product from my local Boots store from the Smashbox counter. You can also purchase this product from www.smashbox.co.uk. I actually prefer buying product from the Smashbox counter as I can always ask the lady there on how to apply the product or help choose the best products for me. For a small tube of the Eye Brightener it will cost you £16.00 which may seem rather pricey for such a small tube o the product, how-ever I always find Smashbox products good quality.

      Using the Product
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      Smashbox advise, before applying concealer apply this product under eyes and blend out using your fingertips. For a lifted and youthful appearance, highlight the inner corners of the eye and the orbital bone. You can even fake pout by dabbing this product on top of the cupids bow. I did actually only purchase this product to help in banishing dark circles or making them appear less obvious. The girl at the Smashbox counter applied this under my concealer, so I was going to do the same thing. I applied some primer first and then waited a few minutes before applying this product. I unscrewed the lid carefully ready to apply the product. The colour of the product is a light pink colour which is very pale and it looks as though it has a slight shimmer to it as well. Using the brush applicator I dabbed the product gently under my eye where the dark circles appear. I then sued my little finger to gently blend the product in. As I blended the product I noticed that it looked slightly shimmery. Although the actual product is a pale pink colour I couldn't actually see this colour once applied. I was planning on applying concealer over the top of this. I applied the concealer as normal and looked at the results.

      The area under my eyes did appear to look slightly brighter and the dark circles did look reduced which I was impressed with, although I don't know if this was the concealer or the actual brightener. After applying the concealer the shimmery look from the under eye brightener was reduced. I was impressed with the way the brightener appeared to wake my eyes up and also appeared to make them look less tired. I decided I would use the eye brightener on its own to see how well it worked and if it was the brightener or the concealer that actually helped to reduce the appearance the dark circles. I applied the brightener as normal over primer and then looked at the results. I actually only applied this under the eye so I could compare it to the other one afterwards. I product was again; really easy to apply using the brush applicator and I used my little finger to blend the brightener in. The product made the eye area look brighter, which I think was due to the shimmery look of the product. I didn't find that the product alone helped to reduce the appearance of dark circles much and instead reflected some light from the area due to the shimmery look of the product. I did apply the product to the inner corners of the eye very (I did this carefully to ensure I didn't get any of the product in my eye) and I loved the look that the brightener gave my eyes. They appeared to look brighter and more awake. Whether wearing the under eye brightener alone or with concealer, as long as you use primer I find that the product lasts a reasonable amount of time and doesn't need to be re-applied during the day. I have also used this to highlight other areas on my face as suggested on the packaging and I think this looks great as well.


      Overall Opinion
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      I has high hopes of this product due to it being a Smashbox product and also because it won an award this year as well. The product also has many positive reviews on the Smashbox website as well and despite reading a few bad reviews on Ciao and dooyoo; I decided to try the product anyway. I love that the lid has a built in brush which makes applying the product really easy. I find that you only need a small amount of the product as a little of it goes a long way. As the product does have a slight shimmer to it I think if you used too much of the product it would look to shimmery. In terms of the product banishing dark circles I am not convinced that this product actually does anything to help even reduce the appearance of dark circles. I only found that the appearance of my dark circles was reduced when using the product under concealer. When using the product on its own, I didn't see a reduction in the appearance of the dark circles; how-ever I thought the product made my eyes appear more awake and gave them a nice, bright look as well. I particularly like using the product on the inner corners of my eyes and I think they appear to look more awake and I think it also helps to bring out the blue colour in my eyes as well. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable, as apart from Benefit I don't know of any other cheaper brands that do a similar product to this. I wouldn't suggest buying the product if you want to try to hide dark circles; how-ever it is a great product for making eyes appears brighter and more wide awake. I only use this product 1-2 times a week so although the tube for the product is very small it will last me a good amount of time before I need to purchase anymore. I would buy this product again and I would recommend it to others to help brighten the eye area and to highlight other areas of your face.




      (review may also appear on ciao)

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        24.03.2012 14:21
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        Not a great product

        I bought the Smashbox Photo OP Under Eye Brightener as part of a box set of various Smashbox products in a duty free shop. I wasn't specifically looking for a highlighter, concealer or under eye product but I was keen to try a sample of Smashbox's range and as I do suffer from dark circles and a dull eye area at times, I was looking forward to trying this product.

        It comes in a small tube containing 7.1 ml (0.24 fluid oz) with a brush inside the lid to apply the product. The constistency is quite watery, more so than other under eye highlighters like YSL Touche Eclat or the Body Shop dupe, Lightening Touch. The Smashbox product is a pale pinky golden colour with a lot of shimmer. I first applied it under the entire under eye area. Using the brush, you can end up with a little too much product and it looks very shiny and unnatural. I patted it in with my fingers to blend it, and once you have done this it is barely noticeable. There is a very slight brightening effect, but certainly not enough to disguise dark circles or have an improving effect. It is not intended to be a concealer, so if you have any issues with dark circles you would definitely have to use a thicker concealer with it. If I put a concealer on the top, the Smashbox is basically pointless as you can't see it and it is only the concealer with hides the circles and brightens the area. I have also experimented with putting the Smashbox on top of my usual concealer. Unfortunately I find that the watery texture doesn't work well on top of a creamy concealer and can turn the whole area into a pulp of makeup, not exactly the desired effect!

        In the end I have managed to find a use for this product - a tiny dab of it on the inside corners of my eyes does have a subtle brightening effect and it is worth using for that if you happen to have this item. In that location it doesn't have to mix with my concealer so I avoid that mess.

        On the whole it is not a great product and I am glad I didn't pay full price for it. I won't repurchase when mine is finished and wouldn't recommend it. There are better products out there for much less.

        I do want to mention that I really liked the other Smashbox products in my kit. This one is a dud, but I have been impressed with Smashbox generally especially the primer and blusher wheel.

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        24.12.2010 19:57
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        Won't repurchase

        This review is for Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, this retails for £23 you can buy this at Debenhams etc.

        What They Say

        Because concealer alone sometimes just doesn't cut it, we've developed this breakthrough to prep for application that immediately wakens and brightens skin, while adding moisture. You'll get infinitely better results with your concealer after the skin under eyes is nourished with beneficial boosters like vitamin E, red wine extract, peptides and marine collagen--all of which also helps to disguise and repair fine lines. PHOTO OP can be used on any area of the face to highlight and add radiance, too. Winner of Self Magazine Healthy Beauty Award for Best Highlighter.

        What I Say

        So basically this is exactly what it says it is, it's an under eye brightener designed to be lightweight and brighten your under eye area. Now it does brighten the eye area in fact I love wearing this underneath my concealer because it just makes the concealer look less dull and adds a bit of highlight. However I do only wear this beneath my concealer because on its own it's not sufficient to cover everything. And I think it is just designed to brighten the eye area in preparation for the concealer. It is very lightweight, it comes in the tube and has a nice little brush which I really like. It is very dense and applies nicely. I use the brush to dot it on then blend it out with my own brushes.

        Would I Recommend ?

        So I have to say it is a nifty product but it doesn't really brighten my under eye enough to say that it is totally worth the £23, I mean I can find products in drugstores that are better. But I do like that it very easy to blend and how lightweight it is. I personally wouldn't go and repurchase this product. I might just do a blog sale with it and see if anyone else can get a different effect.

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          21.06.2010 20:41
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          Don't go for it if you suffer from very dark under eyes

          I have always used Touche Eclat under my eyes, however the lady at the Smashbox counter claimed that this was even better, and wouldn't fall into the fine lines or crease around your eyes. Because of this, I bought a set that included this under eye brightener to try it out. The texture is that of a liquid rather than the more creamy texture of Touche Eclat. It's a beigey/pinky hue, with light reflecting particles to help brighten the under eye. I tried this product both on its own, and over a foundation, and found that it worked a lot better over a base. I feel much of this is down to the thin texture of the product, as it seems to solely rely on its light reflecting properties, rather than effectively covering the dark circles with a concealing element as well.

          The best way I found to wear this product is over the top of Touch Eclat, as it tones down the slight "Panda Eye" look you can get when the Touche Eclat is too light.

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          14.01.2010 15:22
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          Under eye brightener with no real use

          Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightener

          About £9.50 (can buy on QVC)

          I got this product is a set with other Smashbox products so wasn't particularly looking for a concealer of any sort but this came with the set.

          Its a small golden tube with 'Smashbox' written in black down it and a small foamy applicator. The colour of the product is very light in colour and very liquidy

          Smashbox say:

          "Awaken your eye area and brighten your skin tone with this fantastic product. Photo Op Under Eye Brightener gives your eyes a fresh look, while also moisturising this delicate area so it's ready for concealer application."

          Therefore, the product is not designed to be a concelear but a primer for concealer. To be honest I don't really see much point to this product. A concealer is used to reduce under eye circles and blemishes so not sure as to why you would use this. The product goes on very light and I can see some difference when it is on as it does appear a little brighter but to be honest this product is a bit of a waste of money. I would not buy this product but I would invest in a simple concealer rather than this under eye brightener.

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          05.01.2010 05:02
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          dont bother

          I'm a big fan of smash box, and had tis item as part of a kit from QVC

          Its a tiny tube with a small brush applicator in the lid as you take it off.
          the colour of the eye brightener is a shimmery pale beige/pink

          On reading the instruction, I thought I would give this a go and wore it to work for just a little lift, considering i work long shifts and often have the dreaded bags under my eye.

          I dont really know what i was expecting, but i cant say in my personal case, it did anything at all

          the application is to place a little by dabbing around the eye area, and patting gently with a finger to blend

          i found it certainly didnt make any difference to my eye area, and cant say they looked any "brighter"
          the look was just a shimmer, that of a highlighter, with no more of an effect i already acheive via my normal highlighter or shimmer eye shadow

          so i have to say i was very disapointed

          i wouldnt recommend, as it doesnt do was it says it does, and would personally say "stick to a normal highlighter girls, its the same effect"

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          02.01.2010 15:23
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          Good company, not such a good product this time.

          I love Smashbox products, a few of them are on my must have list. However they don't seem to make their foundations and powders fair enough for the English rose, or Celtic translucent skin. Having said that the colour on this product is fine, unfortunately for me that is all that is fine about it.

          Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener comes in a small tube 7.1ml at approx £9.25 (sometimes cheaper on ebay), with an integrated brush in the lid, like some lipglosses. I like that type of container as it allows you to get every last smidge of a favourite product out unlike some glass or rigid plastic containers. The product itself has quite a thin texture, and looks more like a highlighter than a concealer.

          I have been quite lucky to escape the hereditry type of dark under eye circles one can get, but as I get older lack of sleep and stress have made me prone to them from time to time, so I was keen to see if this would help. I was a little dubious about the texture, but thought touche eclat is fairly 'runny' (though not quite so much as this) and assumed that phot op was meant to be in the same vein as the more 'famous' product, so as not to give a drying appearance under the eye area (some concealers are too dry here and emphasise fine lines). However I have to say that this product is simply not up to the job. My under eye circles were hardly noticeable when I tried this out, even so it completely failed to 'lift' and conceal the area. As I had suspected it was too 'sheeny' and thin, it gave a nice glow, albeit a slightly 'wet' looking, but this was totally inappropriate for the area it was being used for. I couldn't use this product for its purpose so thought I might try it well blended over foundation on a reddened area around my nose and on a faded blemish mark, it even failed on that score just highlighting the area and making it more obvious. I am glad I didn't buy this product separately and pay the full amount (it came as part of a very good and well priced selection), or I would have been extremely disappointed. I tried giving it away, but no one else liked it either so I now use it as a highlighter, as it is not suitable for anything else. I most certainly won't be replacing it when it runs out.

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            06.06.2009 16:51
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            I have dark circles under my eyes which I think are hereditary and due to the skin under my eyes being thin. I work night shifts as well, and sometimes my sleeping pattern can be erratic, so under eye concealers are a godsend.

            I bought this from QVC, and was taken in by the presenter comparing it to 'that famous little gold pen'. I'm sure we all know she was referring to YSL Touche Eclat, which I do actually use, however it's expensive and this product was only half the price, so I decided that it would be worth a try.

            The eye brightener comes in a small tube like the one pictured, and as you can see when you unscrew the lid, it has a little brush on it, with which you apply the product. The tube is very basic in appearance, but functional and wont take up too much space in your make-up bag.

            This product is actually designed to be used under your concealer, something I didn't realise when I purchased it. Although it was initially designed for use under the eyes, Smashbox say it has become popular as a highlighter, and indeed it can be used in that way - in fact, sometimes when I can't find my Benefit High Beam, I find that this makes a good substitution.

            Application is very easy. The product has a fairly light consistency - it's not runny as such, but it's certainly not thick make-up that will look caked on either. You simply brush this onto your skin and then use your fingers (or a brush if you really wanted to) to blend it in.

            The brightener has a sort of golden colour to it, with a subtle shimmer and as far as I'm aware it only comes in the one shade.

            When you blend it in, it almost seems to disappear and leaves this skin with an iridescent glow, but certainly doesn't actually cover up dark circles, I suppose, as the name of the product suggests, it just brightens them up and reflects the light away with its shimmery particles.

            Applying concealer over the top does help to disguise my dark circles but it also helps disguise the smash box eye brightener! By that, I mean it covers the eye brightener up so that it can't be seen. I may as well have just used my normal concealer on it's own! It really does seem totally pointless, and I was really disappointed with it.

            All is not lost though, as I say it can work quite well as a highlighter, despite that not being it's intended purpose. I often dab a little bit under my the arch of my eyebrows and blend, which gives a lovely finish, and seems to be fairly long lasting too. Saying that, there are much better highlighters on the market including Benefit High Beam which I have already mentioned, and a couple of cheaper ones too, such as MeMeMe's Beat the Blues, and Collection 2000's 'The Highlighter' both of which are about half the price of the Smashbox one and give a more intense shimmer.

            This product cost £9.25 from QVC. Smashbox are a fairly new company to the UK and are not widely available, but it may be worth having a look online for a better deal.

            So overall, I'm not impressed. As an 'under eye brightener' it doesn't work at all, but it's OK as a highlighter - yet I would not buy it again just for that purpose, and would suggest to everyone that this is a product to be avoided.

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            Photo shoots often start at the crack of dawn when even models and celebs don't look their best and dark circles loom / That's why we created this innovative under eye brightener that immediately wakens and brightens skin while adding moisture to prepare for concealer application / Contains lots of skin-boosting ingredients too, like vitamin E, red wine extract, peptides and marine collagen, to help disguise and repair fine lines and wrinkles / Photo Op can be used on any area of the face to highlight and add radiance / Winner of Self Magazine Healthy Beauty Award for Best Highlighter / How to use:Before concealer, apply Photo Op Under Eye Brightener under eyes and blend out using fingers / For a lifted and youthful appearance, highlight the inner corners of the eye and orbital bone / You can even fake a plump pout by dabbing Photo Op on the top of the cupid's bow /