Review & Swatches: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary, Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby & Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Review & Swatches: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary, Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby & Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker
Happy Chinese New Year!  I'm joining in with the festivities today and sharing three different bold red lip looks from Smashbox to celebrate the Year of the Goat.


Shockingly, the only product I've tried before from Smashbox was their Photo Finish Primer and I hated it, so I didn't take much notice of the brand until I saw a lot of positive reviews for their lip products recently.  I love a bright, bold lip for a special occasion so I was super excited to try out these three from Smashbox.
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary review
 Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary* (3g, £16, link)
Legendary is described as a true red and whilst it looks like one in the bullet, it definitely leans more towards a bright pinky-red on my lips as you can see above.  The lipstick glides on incredibly smoothly and feels really comfortable with a nice moisturizing formula. Pigmentation is great - it's buildable for those wanting a more full on look and the finish is a richly glossy one.  I was surprised by the staying power too, it managed to continue looking good after eating a meal and drinking a glass (or two!) of wine, so it's a great all rounder.
Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby review
Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby* (0.27g, £15, link)
I always hear lip liner fans rave about Smashbox's Always Sharp Lip Liners and I have to join in with the hype - these are incredible!  Not only does it have a genius self sharpening mechanism in the lid (why don't all brands do this?!), but the formula of these lip liners are just fantastic.  They're very pigmented and give a matte finish but they don't feel drying on the lips at all.  The formula is a water-resistant one so it's very long lasting and will happily stay on all day and night without any fading until you want to take it off.  I have the shade Ruby which is a classic red with a bit of pink in it and I found that it works well when worn all over the lips as you can see above.  I love this shade, it's so flattering!
Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker review
Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker* (6ml, £19, link)
For a full on, highly pigmented pout, I tried one of Smashbox's Long Wear Lip Lacquers in the shade Firecracker.  Holy mama!  This is one vibrant colour that I'd describe as a sizzling hot orange-red. The pigmentation is insane but I was a little disappointed with the formula.  Despite being touted as long wearing, I thought this faded a lot quicker than its Be Legendary Lipstick counterpart and it does have a tendency to bleed and feather around the lips, so a strong lip liner is absolutely essential.  The shade is amazing but for a £19 product, I expected the formula to be much better.
Review & Swatches: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary, Always Sharp Lip Liner in Ruby & Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker
Smashbox products are available from Boots.com, Smashbox.co.uk and Smashbox counters nationwide.

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12 comments

  1. I haven't tried any Smashbox products at all yet, but just recently was wondering around their corner at Sephora.. Red is definitely not my color at all, but I'm definitely going to take a closer look at their Be Legendary lipstick shades!

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    1. I was just looking at their shade range and they have lots of gorgeous colours to choose from for the Lipstick :)

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  2. did you wear the 3 together? nice results still looking for the perfect retro red matte

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    1. I haven't tried all three together - I think that would be too OTT for me! x

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  3. These all look beautiful but the lip liner really stood out to me, it sounds like the perfect longwearing lip product. I will definitely check the out :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I'm so impressed with the lip liner :) x

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  4. Beautiful bold shades - the lip liner looks fantastic x

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    1. I'm so impressed with the lip liner :) x

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  5. Gorgeous shades, love a classic red lip! <3

    I have a new outfit post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

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  6. OMG, these are sooo stunning! I love the finish of the lipstick, there's almost a pink tone to it whereas that lip lacquer is sooo stunningly deep and fiery and bright!

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