-The Original Beautyblender
-MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer
-Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
-Tarte The Sculptor Countouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess
-Tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush (mini size)
-NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge
-Touch In Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara
-Benefit They're Real Mascara
-Clinique Chubby Stick Sclupting Highlight
-Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlight
-Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black
-Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Extreme Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense
As for the Smashbox primer, I was probably the most curious about this, and it did not disappoint! It is a silicone-free liquid primer that I found not only works well under makeup, but also sprayed over it! As a base, it added some moisture to the skin and made it feel smoother and plumper. I also found this worked well as a makeup refresher throughout the day! I spritzed this on midday when things were starting to look a little dull and worn, and this definitely perked my skin up! It also does seem to extend the wear of makeup, so it can not only be used before makeup but also after it's been applied to help lock everything in place. All in all, this is a beauty multi-tasker that is sort of like a makeup primer, refresher, and setting spray in one!
As for Benefit They're Real Mascara, It is one I have tried in the past with mixed feelings. As it is definitely a hyped mascara, I was anxious to see what all the fuss was about. I had first tried this a little over a year ago, and my first impressions were fairly similar to the Touch In Sol mascara. I thought it provided good length, but not as much of the thickness or volume I wanted. However, after using it for a month or two, it started to grow on me more. Many mascaras become a bit drier with use, which can slightly alter their effect on the lashes, either a good or bad thing depending on the mascara or one's preferences! In the case of They're Real, it was a good thing for me! I started to find myself reaching for it more and more, and now usually have a tube of it on hand. While I don't think this mascara claims to be waterproof, it wears really well with minimal smudging or flaking, another asset or should we say "benefit" of this mascara : D)! Overall, I have come to really enjoy this mascara and was glad to have another mini tube of it.
The cream highlight, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, I am not quite as excited about. It is not necessarily a bad product, but just doesn't wow as much as the Laura Mericer or some others I have tried. The shade is more pink-toned than the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance, and will probably be best suited to light to medium skin tones. Overall, it is pretty, but just not a standout product for me.
The first one included in the kit is the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia, and it is absloutely stunning! A perfect shade to wear alone or incorporated into a look to give the lids a beautiful gleam. I have tried NARS eyeshadows in the past with mixed results, but this was my first experience with the Dual Intensity formulation! I might be going out and buying more!
The other shadow, Urban Decay Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge, is a shimmery duochrome-type shade which shifts into tones of red, green, and brown, depending on how the light hits. While it is a beautiful shade, it is not my most favorite of all the many Urban Decay shades I have tried. For some reason, I didn't think it applied or wore quite as nicely as some of the others. Nevertheless, it is still a fun color to experiment with if you don't have anything else like it in your collection.
As for the the mini contour brush, it is well-made and seems to be of good quality like most of tarte's other brushes. It's small size makes it a bit more difficult to use in my opinion though. It definitely still could get the job done in a pinch!
And that is everything that is in this lovely little set! While there were a few misses, all in all, this is a great array of products that l will continue to enjoy and get use out of. Even if you can't find the kit any longer, I hope that the review was helpful if you've had your eye on a specific product that was included in it!