Be Legendary Liquid Lip
If you're looking for a high-drama, high-shine, intensely pigmented lip, look no further. Just one coat of Be Legendary Liquid Lip delivers the coverage of a lipstick with a gloss's texture and shine.
The 16 unique, trendy shades come in two finishes, Liquid Metal and Liquid Pigment, both of which "capture and reflect light at every angle." All the colors are bold, even in the more traditional tones of pink, burgundy, or red; but then come the outright daring shades: metallic orange, metallic royal blue (with just enough violet to keep it from looking macabre), and metallic gray—difficult to pull off, honestly, outside of cosplay. The colors adjust to skin tone, and generally for the better. So we recommend you test a few before purchasing.
Even in the most vibrant pigments, this gloss goes on without streaking. The texture is smooth, not at all gritty, and it feels hydrating. It's also easy to apply accurately, given the narrow tip of the cone-shaped wand. We'd definitely use a separate liner with the deepest shades, though. They tend to migrate a bit, and every imperfection is visible.
This liquid lip does have a few drawbacks: it smells like candy, it feels thick, though it's advertised as "light", and it's quite sticky. Our main complaint, however, is transfer. You'll find a waxy residue on your glassware, in your hair, possibly on your teeth, and definitely on whomever you end up kissing. As a result, you'll need to reapply after drinks or meals.
In short, this might not be the best everyday choice for lip color, but it'll definitely deliver when you're in the mood for a killer dose of drama.
- Full, even coverage in one coat.
- Intense, non-streaky pigment.
- Variety of shades in two trendy finishes.
- Easy, precise application.
- Transfers easily.
- Not long-lasting.
This liquid lip formula glides on the full coverage of a lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in a single coat.
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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