Smashbox – Try It Kit – Halo + BB

Earlier this year I got a sample of the Smashbox BB cream at my local BeautyBrands. The sample lasted me for about a week and I ended up really liking it but never took the plunge to purchase the full size. I then received a little sample sachet with my last ULTA order. It put this product back onto my radar and I decided to add it to my October Beauty Wish List.

Since my skin has been clearing up somewhat I was interested in trying a foundation product that has a little lighter consistency and coverage than my favorite Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. On top of that we’re quickly approaching the cold months and I’d like to have something that is more moisturizing as opposed to mattifying. The avid reader may remember that instead of going with the full size Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream I found the Try It Kit that includes a travel size. The kit comes in four shades: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, and Dark. I purchased the Light shade with my last Sephora order.

The set only costs $29 which seemed like a good price especially for being able to test a whole bunch of products. Ultimately, that’s what made up my mind to go with this kit. Lets look at the contents and their value, shall we?

Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

Travel Size: 0.5 oz, $19.50 individual price
Full Size: 1 oz, $39

Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

Sample Size: 0.11 oz, $8.65 value
Full Size: 0.75 oz, $59

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Sample Size: 0.25 oz $9 value
Full Size: 1 oz, $36

Baby Buki Brush

All in all, this brings the value for the kit to just over $37 plus whatever the Baby Buki Brush is worth.

Smashbox - Try It Kit - Halo + BB

I really liked the packaging of this set. The box opened up to reveal a more detailed description of the products in it. However, it didn’t include any instructions on how to best apply these products and use them together so I think in that regard the packaging could’ve been more descriptive.

Smashbox - Try It Kit - Halo + BB - insert

Now, let’s talk about the products in this set.

First up is the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. You all know that I really like Smashbox’s moisturizing primer and I was expecting this primer to be similar. I had actually never tried this one before so I was a bit surprised by the texture. I head heard from other bloggers that this primer feels very silicone-y and I didn’t want to believe it because the other primers totally don’t fit that description. However, they were spot on. The texture is very similar to that of bareMinerals Prime Time.

Personally, I don’t really care for silicone-y primers. I prefer ones that seem to absorb into the skin rather than sit on top. This one just feels too artificial and heavy for my liking. I ended up not using it after the first try.

Smashbox - Try It Kit - Halo + BB - primer

Next up we have the Camera Ready BB Cream, the main reason for this purchase. Let’s talk about the pros first. It blends well, feels very light, and helped to even out my skin tone.

That’s unfortunately where the positives end. I found that the coverage of this BB cream wasn’t good enough for me. From my previous trial I had been really happy with that aspect of the Camera Ready BB Cream but for some reason this time around it just didn’t work for me at all. Maybe my skin has been a lot worse than it had been when I first tried it or maybe they changed the formula. No matter how many layers I applied I wasn’t able to build the coverage. It stayed relatively sheer, maybe light at best. Since I deal with blemishes and acne scars this is pretty much a deal-breaker for me. In addition, I felt like this BB cream made me oily throughout the day and basically migrated off my face. Not good.

Smashbox - Try It Kit - Halo + BB - BB cream

Lastly we have the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder. I’ve been using this as a setting powder on top of the BB cream or other foundations. This is a products that I actually really ended up liking. It gives a really nice finish that helped me achieve that coveted glow-from-within look without making me look oily.

I didn’t really like the Baby Buki Brush that came with this set. It was just too small and not dense enough to achieve good, even coverage. Whenever I used it I ended up applying way too much powder in one spot and the color would turn out blotchy and too dark. I switched to using my The Body Shop Kabuki Brush and it worked much better.

Unfortunately, I ended up not liking most things in the Try It Kit. It’s disappointing because I had such high hopes for these products. In the end I decided to return this set. I will keep the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder on my wish list though because I really liked the finish it gave me.

Have you purchased the Smashbox Try It Kit? What did you think of the products in this set?

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One comment

  1. Thanks for this wonderful review. I almost bought the kit but I decided not to due to your useful post. Keep up the great work. Big hugs from your fellow blogger Sophie 🙂

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