Lip liners are a subject just as neglected as blush has been around here. As I explore more makeup products and techniques I've truly learnt what each item is for and why each one is essential. I'd always just stuck to the basic Mac lip liners for the rare occasion I'd apply one and although they do the job, they've never had me overly impressed. I certainly still do not apply a lip liner on a day to day basis since I prefer something quick and easy but have definitely discovered their purpose of late. Upon hearing that Smashbox was releasing lip liners in the Always Sharp style I so adore from their eyeliner line, I didn't rush to give them a try. And now they have become the ones I reach for whenever I am planning on a lip look that will last several hours.
What Smashbox has to say about them: "Ditch your sharpener but stay sharp! What it is: a long wearing, water resistant liner self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off"
Continue reading to see exactly what I think of them!
Pigmentation: The color intensity is unbelievable on all three of these shades. This intimating quick and easy application which is just what they are all about.
Finish: These are certainly of matte finish but not so much so that they absorb all moisture from your lips just after being applied, as those formulations often do. I often top these lip liners with some lip gloss if I am looking for a less matte look, I've worn them both ways though and love each look.
Formulation and Consistency: Because they are of matte finish, they are certainly on that slightly drier side but they do not pull and tug on the lips as they go on, making application comfortable and hasty.
Lasting Power: Long wearing is the name of the game with these. I know that there are some people who's lips hold products better and mine are right in between in that aspect. I've only discovered a handful of lip products that actually stay put on my lips through it all for 24 hours or more and these are members of that club for sure! When topped with a gloss they last about half the time as when worn alone or with a matte lipstick and oily food consumed will definitely break them down as it to be expected. Regardless, the long wear aspect is there with these in a big way!
Scent: None that I've noticed, and that's never a bad thing in my opinion since many people are really specific about scents.
Packaging: I've mentioned how much I adore the twist sharpening design Smashbox created with their Always Sharp EYE liners. The idea is genius, simply twist the cap on and it brings up more of the pencil when necessary and gives the pencil a sharpened tip without having to turn to an additional sharpener. An even, pointed tip is what you get every time!
Variations: 16 different shades are offered on the Smashbox website ranging from mauves, browns, pinks, plums and even a gorgeous red!
Price: $20 is a bit steep in comparison to what's offered at the drugstore but with the lasting power and excellent formulation here, I think the price is quite worth it.
Overall: The shade "fuchsia" is my favorite shade amongst those I've tried. It's the perfect pink, not too bright for my complexion but not overly mauve or muted either. It will certainly be a lip shade I sport often throughout Spring and Summer. I honestly can't think of one thing I don't venerate in regards to these lip liners and I certainly can't wait to try many more of the shades available.
Have you given any of these lip liners a try? If you have, what did you think of them? If you haven't do you want to?
Let me know in the comments form, along with any other opinions you may have, I love hearing from readers!
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