After three weeks away from blogging as each of my children have come down with viruses, it is safe to say I am finally back on it and ready to indulge in as much make up and skincare as possible.
One of my most recent purchases has been two of the Smashbox always on liquid lipsticks. These are the first Smashbox products I’ve ever tried and I’m going to jump right in and say they are AMAZING.
The two colours I purchased are “some nerve” (purple) and “chill zone” (grey) both retailing at £19.00 each for 13fl. Oz/ 4ml from the Smashbox website. They have 20 shades to choose from in their always on liquid lip range so you will not be stuck for choice.
I bought these a few weeks ago so have had plenty of time to play around with them and test their 8 hour lasting claim and I am so in love with these, they are beyond good.
The applicator is very easy to use and due to its pointed edge you can get a really precise edge that does not bleed out, even with the two bold colours that I have chosen. There is also enough product on the applicator from one dunk to complete the whole lip without any gaps, runs or patches.
During application the liquid feels soft, smooth and is very light weight. It glides on easily and gives plenty of time to get you application perfect before it even starts to dry down to a matte finish.
The colours are extremely strong and pigmented, you definitely don’t have to “layer up” to gain a bold, even look, the product pretty much does this on one application. The colours themselves are lovely and the range really does have a vast choice (nudes, reds, purples and grey are all available).
Once the lipstick has dried down it is surprising how soft your lips still feel as other liquid mattes can be quite drying and heavy on the lip. The all day wear is very light and if it wasn’t for the bold colours it would be hard to tell there was anything on your lips from touch alone. There is no stickiness or cracking making it an all round pleasant product to wear.
To test out the 8 hour wear claim I used the grey one first thing in the morning and went about my day, drinking coffee, water (minus a straw), eating and just generally doing everyday things. These little babies last!!
After about two hours I was surprised by how good my lips were looking, the colour still going strong with no bleeding, cracking or crumbling. My lips still didn’t feel dried out and I was still rocking a good look lip wise.
Six hours in and things were still holding up. The colour was fading slightly but not in a way where it needed re applying or looked messy. The colour was just not as bold as it had been at the start of the day.
I removed the liquid lip before the full eight hours as I was removing all other make up at the time and the only way it would remove completely is with an oil based liquid.
Due to it having such staying power and being so bold in colour I was expecting my lips to stain slightly but they didn’t which is an added bonus.
Overall these are impressive! Price wise they are a mid range product and as you literally only need one swipe for a full coverage of colour they will take a while until your at empty bottle stage.
The range of colours available is great as there is a lot of choice and their easy application and staying power is a winner.
I will definitely be purchasing a few more from the range, whilst looking at other Smashbox products to try out.
Any thoughts on these let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564. Also any recommendations of other Smashbox products that have worked for you would be appreciated.