Always Sharp Lip Liner

for $ 20.00
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Get ready to get your smooch on! This lip liner keeps lip color in place and is as user-friendly as they come.

Always Sharp Lip Liner is named after its clever design that self-sharpens as you twist off the cap. This results in a consistently tapered point that leaves you with just enough pencil width to easily line lips, yet still offers precise control.

The creamy-soft pencil texture is pliable enough to apply smoothly, while offering stay-put wear that helps lock lip color into place.

Bravo to Smashbox for the attractive range of shades including pink, berry, red, nude, and coral tones, each of which have a matte finish and opaque pigmentation. We also appreciate that they kept the formula fragrance-free (which is always better for lips, because too much fragrance can cause irritation).

This lip liner may be on the pricier side, but its self-sharpening convenience and noteworthy performance earn a top spot on our Best Lip Pencils list.


  • Convenient self-sharpening design.
  • Easily lines lips with precise control.
  • Matte finish stays put and helps lock lip color in place.
  • Creamy pencil texture applies smoothly.
  • Attractive shade range complements a variety of lip colors.


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Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.

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