Smashbox can be relied on for amazing lip products, and they have widely expanded the shades on offer with the Be Legendary Matte Lipstick, and have recently introduced the Always Sharp Lip Liner too.
The Be Legendary Matte Lipstick possesses a blend of intense pigments and luxurious emollients which saturate your lips with brilliant colour that looks amazing and feels feather-light. I was interested in the mention of emollients, and luxurious ones at that, because a lot of matte lipsticks can be drying and end up looking cakey. However this lipstick feels soft and hydrating on the lips, and whilst it is are reassuringly matte, it does not cake or settle unevenly on your lips. The lipstick has immense staying power, lasting for over seven hours and throughout eating or drinking too.
I tried two shades, named Mauve Matte and Infrared Matte. Infrared is one of the three ‘no rules red’ which Smashbox have created amongst the fourteen new shades, meaning it is a red designed to flatter every skin tone. It is a classic, post-box red that you can get plenty of wear from. Mauve Matte is a matte pink with brown undertones, which delivers a natural, bright pink to the lips that makes for an ideal rose nude for most skin tones.
The Always Sharp Lip Liner has been designed to complement the Be Legendary Matte Lipstick, and is described as a long-wearing, water-resistant product that self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off. Its texture is very smooth and it glides on your lips as you apply it. I tried this in shade Crimson, which is a near perfect match to the Infrared Matte Lipstick and extends the longevity of it too.
Because of the soft, almost-waxy formula, this Lip Liner avoids creating super harsh lines and makes the idea of a Lip Liner more everyday-friendly. I would definitely recommend these two products, especially when bought together because of the closeness in shades and high-quality formulas.
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick is priced at £17.00 and the Always Sharp Lip Liner at £15.50.
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