Every once in awhile as I’m scrolling through Instagram I will get sucked into the big black hole that is Trendmood1. Trendmood1 is an instagram account that reports on the hottest upcoming beauty releases from all of your favourite brands waaaaaayy before you can see them anywhere else. They share sneak peeks and all of the top secret info including swatches and even mini reviews that can drive any beauty lover wild. I often find myself taking note of new releases that I want to try but sometimes I’ll see something that makes my heart beat crazy fast.
That was totally the case with the new Smashbox Cosmetics x VladaMua collaboration. The second I saw the stunning rose gold packaging (especially the breathtaking rose embossed highlighting powder) I KNEW I needed to get my hands on the entire collection.
Well, dreams came true and I was lucky enough to be invited to the collection’s release in Toronto and I learnt some valuable information and insider insight that made me love the collection so much more. So let’s break it down and chat about each product but first a little history on Smashbox and how this collaboration came to life.
Smashbox x VladaMua
Smashbox is a brand born in a legendary photo and film studio in LA with the very same name. Created by iconic photographer Davis Factor to be a range of products made specifically for film, lights, HD cameras and everything you find on big Hollywood sets. Smashbox is known for their incredible editorial content and avant garde cinematography that really sets them apart from other brands and this style is what led them to join forces with Vlada.
Vlada Haggerty (or vladamua on Instagram) is an LA based makeup artist and photographer who is famous on social media for her crazy lip art. If you ever come across a close up photo of a pair of lips that have been transformed into something insane, she is probably responsible. Those posts led to her becoming Smashbox’s Lip Editor-in-chief and then to her first collaboration with the brand. What started as one liquid lipstick that captured her signature rose gold aesthetic has now evolved into an entire collection of rose gold goodness.
The limited edition Petal Metal Collection is described as “a bouquet of boldness” and this group of statement making products for lips, eyes and face took over two years to get just right. The range consists of eight different products each with their own shade ranges. The products are designed to be mixed and matched, layered and combined for a multidimensional glow.
The first product I want to share is the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray ($50 CAD). When I first saw this previewed on Instagram I was under the impression that it was a shimmery version of the Primer Water but in fact it is a completely unique product not a “spray” of any kind.
The Shimmer Spray is an illuminating liquid that is meant to be used as a hydrating base for glossy looking skin. It has a beautiful pink-gold shift that just creates a dewy, glass-like glow. The liquid is a little bit thicker than a typical spray so it doesn’t spritz properly, I prefer to squeeze some onto the back of my hand and apply with my fingers.
The Photo Finish Petal Metal Primer ($50 CAD) is the newest sister to the Photo Finish Primer family but it is a completely unique adaption that takes on a life of its own. This tinted silicone based primer is a multitasker.
It perfects the skin, addresses uneven texture, fills in lines and wrinkles and adds a touch of coverage with a dewy rose gold glow with the inclusion of high-definition spheres and micro-fine, rose gold pearls. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid and shea butter for a full dose of moisture to aid in makeup application and wear. It can be used a glow enhancing base for makeup or it can be used alone as a tinted moisturizer type base for a quick sun kissed glow.
Vlada describes the Petal Metal Shimmer Drops ($40 CAD) as “drops of heaven” and I can totally see why. These translucent shimmer drops are labeled as a weightless sparkle topper for lips and eyes or a shimmering highlight for the face.
Unlike other liquid illuminators, these are true shimmer drops as they are a clear water thin base loaded with fine shimmer particles. They must be shaken thoroughly to evenly distribute the shimmer within the base but then you are left with gorgeous pure shimmer to layer on top of other products for an added pop. They come in two shades, Rose Glitz (rose gold shimmer) and Gold Glitz (champagne gold shimmer) and are both absolutely gorgeous!
Shimmer Drops in Rose & Gold
Now for the product that first captured my attention!
The Petal Metal Highlighters ($49 CAD) are what my dreams are made of from the packaging to the product itself. This 3d rose-embossed highlighter has an innovative gel-powder formula that features a clear base to allow for the purest reflection of the light particles suspended within it. That gel-powder formulation glides so smoothly over skin that it doesn’t accentuate texture whatsoever and it actually smooths the surface of the skin for the duration of your wear. The super velvety texture applies so easily, blending and building to give a beyond gorgeous wet, glass-like appearance.
It comes in three shades, with one for every skin tone. Gilded Rose (champagne gold with a pink/gold pearl), Rosemantic (soft rust with a bronze gold pearl), and Prismatic Pearl (rose gold duo chrome).
There were two lipstick formulas added to the collection, both of which are metallic liquid lipsticks but each are slightly different.
The Always On Petal Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($28 CAD but currently on sale for $19 CAD) are part of my favourite range of liquid lipsticks. I have actually reviewed the original range so I will leave the details in that post for you to read (here). They are essentially an 8hr matte liquid lipstick that feels featherlight, stays put all day long and won’t dry out your lips.
Vlada took these cult favourites and added her special rose gold to make 3 gorgeous custom blended shades that show various facets of rose gold. Desert Rose (copper with a copper pearl), In Bloom (mauve with a mauve/silver pearl), and XO Vlada (metallic rose gold)
The other formula is the Be Legendary Petal Metal Liquid Lipsticks ($28 CAD but currently on sale for $19 CAD) and they are a super unique formula. They offer the full coverage colour of a liquid lipstick but the high shine finish of a gloss in 3 liquified metallic shades. There is Petal Metal (metallic rose gold), Rose Magic (metallic rust rose gold), and XO Vlada (metallic warm bronze gold)
Finishing off the collection are the Cover Shot Petal Metal Eyeshadow Palette ($35 CAD) and the Petal Metal Liquid Eye Liners ($30 CAD). An ultra-precise liquid liner with a thin felt tip applicator to line lids quickly and easily. The long-wearing, water-resistant formula comes in two shades with a satin-shimmer finish, Black Rose (black with a rose gold pearl) and 24K Rose (metallic rose gold pearl).
Overall, I think this is one of the most beautiful makeup collections in existence and I think this collaboration was genius. I am so in love with both Smashbox and Vlada for their unparalleled creative thinking. If you haven’t picked up anything from this collection, I highly suggest you do before it sells out!