I had a makeover at Smashbox recently…here’s a picture to prove the fact: isn’t department store lighting the worst?
….anyway, of all the products that were used on me it was the new (to the Middle East) Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker that ranked as my favourite.
Vibrant would be the word to sum this up. It’s one of those orange-reds that leaves your face looking perky. Line your lips beforehand – Smashbox Always Sharp liner in Ruby is a good choice – plop the lacquer on and provided you keep it there for about an hour or so, you will be left with a great stain.
Formula wise they call this a lip-hybrid due to the stain/gloss combo. Think Dior Fluid Stick but better because it’s more comfortable on the lips (non-drying) and also more consistent in it's pigmentation.
The only sticking point is that although the bright colour with the gloss finish is high impact, it’s also unstable. Those little wisps of hair that like to flip over my face leave little orange trails on my face. Gloss is high maintenance and I am not sure I will always want to make such a rigorous investment.
I am tempted to investigate the line further though – starting with the nude pinks and the vampy plums. When it comes to the former I find that brands seldom do good long-wear nudes (I don’t’ like YSL’s for example) and I like the look of Pout, Flushed and especially Keepsake, a cool mauve pink.
PS. Smashbox is sold in the UAE in Debenhams and Sephora - I like the counter in Debehams Mall of the Emirates.
Right, I'm off out now with Laura to go to an event at Dubai Mall. The event is being held in Level Shoe District - the biggest shoe shop in the world (!) and where Christian Louboutin nail polishes are stocked. Don't be surprised if one of those makes it back home with me tonight :)