Review of Smashbox 9pc. Casting Call Portfolio by Stellam
I was way hesitant to buy this when I saw this a few weeks ago at Bendels. I thought it was left over's from QVC, but surprisingly, I haven't seen this set reviewed here, LOL! I had Goldie at Bendels try the whole set on me. She did a night time, smokey eyes thing on me with Camera Ready e/s trio. I was plesantly surprised when she showed me that I could use Aurora in the blush/highlighter duo. It looked so wrong for me in the pot, but the technique was the trick! I'm not suppose to apply right on the apples of my cheeks - looks clowny. I'm suppose to kinda blend it up towards my temples *we'll see how I do on my own, LOL* The Cat Walk e/s duo is really nice neutral colors with "texture" - a shimmer in them so it's not a blah/flat swipe of color. ALL the lip items compliment each other!!! The cream liner is just awsome to have half black and half bronze. Looks great seperate or layered!
Fantastic buy at $55.00 since the e/s trios are normally $28 ea! The lip liner, gloss and l/s are full sized and the case fits everything! You could probably get away with this portfolio being your ONLY set of make up for a week on vacation. All of the colors blend amazingly well - there are tons of ways to use these colors! I guess maybe another blush and another lip color, but that is really it. Fantastic way to sample Smashbox + according to the MA at Bendels there is no gurantee that these products make it into the regular line. FYI - Pixel l/g started in a portfolio pack like this one and it took a year to go into the regular line.
- Nice case with zip pouch and "how to" with looks sheet
- L/s in Attitude *pretty shimmer berry color*
- Cream liner DUO / Caviar *black* and Deep Bronze *coppery*
- e/s trio in Cat walk *three shimmer neutrals* Beige, taupe, and copper.
- e/s Trio in Camera Ready *Cream (no shimmer), deep Mauve (no shimmer), Charcoal grey with silver shimmer
- Blush / soft lights duo *Aurora (med rose) and Halo (highlighter like MAC e/s VEX)
- l/g in Risque *shimmery sheer berry*
- lip liner in Smashing Deep Mauve
- small double ended e/l brush