REVIEW: Smashbox Lights Without Lashes Mascara Collection!

Smashbox have just launched their Lashes Without Limits collection, consisting of 4 fantastic mascaras (1 Lash Primer & 2 Mascaras).  I’m very excited to review all 4 of them for you today with before and after pictures so you can see just how good they are!

They created this range of products on set in their legendary Smashbox Studios in LA specifically for versatility on shoots – if they wanted to change a ‘lash look’ on a beauty shoot, it would normally mean having to remove the whole eye look and starting again to avoid clumps and smudges etc.  This range is ALL about layering; you can build up each of these mascaras for amazing volume and length without any clumping, flakes or smudges thanks to their amazing formulas and brushes.  Let’s get straight into the reviews!

X Rated Mascara

This mascara is all about big, buildable volume!  I love its brush which is made with three rows of bristles which really help to isolate and coat each individual lash for lots of definition without clumping.  The formula also contains ‘Tripod fibres’ which twist and wrap around each lash to double the volume.  

After one coat my lashes are lengthened and striking. They are even more stunning after extra coats!

I also want to shout about how much I ADORE the packaging of this mascara – it’s so unique, I haven’t seen anything quite like it!

Indecent Exposure Mascara

This brush has been created to add separation to the lashes (with it’s micro spiral tip making it super easy to reach into those pesky inner corners so you can coat every lash) which ends in definition and length.  It also includes fibres, which cling to the lashes and stretch as you apply the formula, but without any smudging, flaking or clumps.  The packaging is also fantastic – super sleek with a textured lid, which means you get a firm grip whilst applying.

Full Exposure Mascara

I normally avoid mascaras with really fat brushes as to me they just scream clumping, spider lashes and smudges but this is quite the opposite and just works to make my lashes look super long and glossy with a really black finish.  The brush is surprisingly easy to control and the fact it has a tapered end means reaching small lashes is really easy!

Photo Finish Lash Primer

I love a good multitasking product, so this has become a new staple in my makeup routine to really emphasize my lashes!  Apply this primer to your lashes before your mascara for bigger, more lengthened and volumised, striking lashes.  The formula helps to make any mascara last longer and also conditions the lashes to help prevent flaking and smudging.  

In the pictures below I’ve used it before applying the Full Exposure Mascara and I think you’ll agree they look even more incredible with this added step.  I also love how you can also use this mascara throughout the day to touch up and amp up your look!

All of these mascaras are available from 18th February online at and on Smashbox counters!

I really hope you’ve found this blogpost helpful and that it’s helped you to find your next ideal mascara!  It’s so important to get the lashes right (in my opinion) as your eyes are always the first features others see and so you want to make an impression!

I’ve also filmed a Mascara look book featuring these products over on my YouTube channel so if you would like to see more before and afters then click this link!

Smashbox say:


X-Rated Mascara

Buildable Volume

Indecent Exposure Mascara

Length & Definition

Full Exposure Mascara

Glossy, Volume, & Lift

Photo Finish Lash Primer

Prime & Volumise


Which of these mascaras would you most like to try?


Please note: Compensation was provided by Smashbox via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of me and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smashbox!



  1. February 21, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Your lashes looks amazing! Need to give a try to those mascaras! 🙂
    Victoria ♥

  2. February 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    These all look great – love the packaging. I would normally avoid the Full Exposure because of the brush aswell but after seeing the results it might be my favourite! Lovely post and pictures x

  3. February 21, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I haven't used many Smashbox products but these look amazing! I can't believe the difference between using primer and not. I've never thought of a mascara primer but I think I'll have to pick that up! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. February 21, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Im in love with the X-Rated Mascara Packaging!! I also love the finish of the X-Rated mascara the best.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  5. February 21, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    Great post and pics. It;s mazing how much difference the primer makes. primer for the lashes I have not really been into before but this looks so good ad worth checking out xx

  6. February 21, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    All of them look amazing. I think the X-Rated will be top of my wish list

    Lauren x |

  7. February 21, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Your lashes look gorgeous! I never tried Smashbox mascaras, but I think now I will!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  8. February 22, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I am wearing X-Rated now! I really love the way the brush has these different sets of bristles.

  9. February 23, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I watched the video too and thought it was really helpful. Sometimes people don't give enough detail but the close up shots were fab and I definitely want to give one of them ago, the question is, what one? Great post too.

  10. February 23, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Beautiful eyes 🙂
    Maria V.

  11. February 25, 2016 / 4:36 am

    OMG! I need to try these mascaras. They look fantastic!

  12. February 29, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    I think I want to try all the mascaras! But I think I'd try the Full Exposure mascara!


  13. March 14, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Excellent blog writing…found a similar article in this blog

  14. October 8, 2017 / 6:44 am

    I rarely use mascara but after reading this review and seeing those "after" pictures, I am hooked.
    Have you tried serum? I used Latisse before and it itches as hell so I stopped. Hope these do not itch.

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