Halfway through the work week and on to freedom. I’m the type of person that just cannot wait for weekends to come around. Can you tell? I wanted to show you the Smashbox Lipstick & Mattifier Set because right now it’s one of the things I’m halfway decided about. Let’s start at the beginning.
So as you might know, Smashbox counters are quite plentiful in the Joburg area. At all the malls I frequent I have to stop and check out which new items have arrived or swatch what I haven’t yet tried. The Smashbox lipsticks have been on my radar for almost a year now. I go in, swatch a few shades, fall in love, enquire about the price, then hastily leave. At R290 a pop, I’d much rather buy myself a new Urban Decay or MAC lipstick.
So when I saw the Smashbox Lipstick & Mattifier Set on the Sephora website, I quickly weighed my options. The set contained Primrose, the shade I most wanted to try as well as the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, because you know I love me some matte lips. The best part of it all was that it was only $29. Unfortunately it was limited edition and is now no longer available. I have seen it on Amazon and eBay but I wouldn’t recommend purchasing it from there.
Just to give you an idea, the regular sized Smashbox lipstick is 3g whereas the ones in this set are 2.4g each. There is still a decent amount of product to test, try and decide whether to buy a full sized one. I’ve tried and tested and here’s what I think.
So the limited edition set comes in this clear, neon plastic case which looks so cool. The inserts can be removed so you can store other things inside of it. It’s quite bulky so it would be better to remove the lipsticks that you want instead of carting the entire box around.
There are 6 shades in the Smashbox Lipstick & Mattifier Set. They range from nudes, to pinks, to reds, to plum. There is a colour to suit every skin tone and mood depending on the look you’re going for.
Formula & Longevity
So on the Sephora website, I read reviews of the Smashbox Lipstick & Mattifier Set and some claimed a lack in pigmentation. They said it applied sheer and all the shades looked the same. I read this after I had purchased it so I was scared to open the box when it came. They are gorgeous shades although Famous did apply quite sheer on me. All of the lipsticks are cream formulations and have a shine to it but they also don’t last long on the lips.
Insta-matte Lipstick Transformer
This was another thing I was super excited to try in the Smashbox Lipstick & Mattifier Set. All you do is apply a drop on your finger then dab on your lips to make any lipstick matte. I tried it and while it does work, it can quickly become an absolute fail. It also didn’t make my lipstick last any longer than usual.
Here are swatches of the lipsticks on their own and then used with the mattifier.
And here is what happens when you rubs your lips together too hard like I did.
It’s an absolute gloopy mess and the most annoying feeling on the lips. I’d rather stick with the tried and tested method which has worked for me before. If you want to mattify your lipstick and make it last longer, apply a single layer of tissue over your lips and dab with any translucent powder to set in place.
It works a million times better and you won’t even feel the difference.
The lipsticks in the Smashbox Lipstick & Mattifier Set were pretty awesome but since they are all cream formulas I won’t wear them often. The mattifier was horrendous and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Plus it retails for R310 ($24) which in my opinion is a waste of money since I’m sure you already own some translucent powder. At the end of it all I was really stoked to be able to get 6 shades for just $29 but now Fig is my new fave.
Have you tried any Smashbox lipsticks before?