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Smashbox Lipsticks

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After trying Smashbox’s Cover Shot Smoky Palette, I was very curious to know how their lipstick products performed.

Brand: Smashbox
Product: Always on Liquid Lipstick / Be Legendary Lipstick
Avg Cost: US $24 / US $21
Size: .1 oz / .13 oz
Where To Buy: Smashbox Sephora
Ingredients for Always On: Always on: INGREDIENTS: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire d’Abeille, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Flavor (Aroma), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)] <ILNILN42556>
Ingredients for Be Legendary: Be Legendary: INGREDIENTS: PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE , BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 , CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE , OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES , EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX\CANDELILLA CERA\CIRE DE CANDELILLA , PVP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER , DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE , DIISOSTEARYL MALATE , POLYETHYLENE , HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE , POLYBUTENE , CETYL LACTATE , SYNTHETIC WAX , BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) , TOCOPHEROL , TOCOPHERYL ACETATE , ASCORBYL PALMITATE , GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT , OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT EXTRACT , CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL , BEESWAX\CERA ALBA\CIRE D¿ABEILLE , COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX\CERA CARNAUBA\CIRE DE CARNAUBA , SYNTHETIC BEESWAX , CERAMIDE 3 , CHOLESTEROL , OCTYLDODECANOL , TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) BRAN EXTRACT , POTASSIUM SULFATE , ALUMINA , CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE , CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE , TIN OXIDE , SILICA , OLEIC ACID , PALMITIC ACID , CETYL ALCOHOL , GLYCERYL STEARATE , ETHYLHEXYL HYDROXYSTEARATE , FLAVOR (AROMA) , VANILLIN , [+/- MICA , TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) , BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) , BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090) , CARMINE (CI 75470) , RED 6 (CI 15850) , RED 21 (CI 45380) , RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850) , RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) , RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) , RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) , RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) , YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) , YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985)] <ILNILN40008>
Claim to Fame: Perfected on-set in our L.A. photo studio, our long-wear, water-resistant liquid lipstick features Advanced Polymer Technology that makes it stay put and look as fresh and flawless as your first swipe—for up to 8 hours. Featherweight but fierce, this liquid matte formula is infused with lip-smoothing Primer Oil complex for suede-soft lip color in 20 super-rad shades. It’s smudge-proof, budge-proof and non-feathering. Because really, who has time for touch-ups?….  Creams and mattes stay put and pop on camera, delivering rich, vibrant color in just 1 swipe…..
*taken off Smashbox website

smashboxbFirst Impression:

I figured I’d test out how their standard mattes matched up to their liquid mattes, and to do that I chose two colours that looked like the closest matches:

They both applied very opaque on the skin test, both seemed to match their colour descriptions, and both dried down fairly quickly.

First, I want to talk about the liquid lipstick, “Girl Gang”.  When applying it to my lips, I noticed right away that I didn’t like the applicator.  It’s harder and pointier than most applicators, and it’s pretty awkward to use.

smashboxswatchb.jpgThe lipstick “Plum Scene” drags across the lips.  I think this is probably something that is common with lip sticks rather than liquid lipsticks.  I didn’t like how it applied.  It felt like using a crayon.

Both lipsticks seemed to have the same problems: They went on streaky and patchy, I had to play with them to make the finish more seamless; and the colour feathered around the edges.  The “Plum Scene” wore much drier than “Girl’s Gang”, but both seemed to last the same length of time – which was not long at all (maybe an hour) – before it started to wear away in the center of the lips.smashboxlipb.jpgsmashboxlook3b.jpg

Lasting Impression:

smashboxlook2bI wasn’t overly impressed with either lipstick.  Neither one applied nicely with just one coat.  Both were very pretty purple shades, but it took more time to make them look nice than I would prefer to spend.  It’s definitely important to get the matching lip liner otherwise the coverage will look sloppy.  I would even suggest using a lip brush when applying both products.

I don’t think I would recommend these lipsticks to anyone, but if I was to recommend one over another it would be the “Girl Gang”, just because it allowed me to work with the coverage a bit easier.

 

 

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