Sunday, 15 February 2015

Meh: Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Orange Crush, Off Duty, Coral and Lilac

Orange Crush, Off Duty, Coral, Lilac
Smashbox recently added some new lip products to their lineup - Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer promises intense pigmentation, a glossy shine, and intensely comfortable wear.  Which lasts a long while.  A big promise, right?

The packaging is pretty simple, but the slightly hourglass shaped applicator is a nice touch - it manages to line and fill in the lips easily, with the indent in the middle hanging on to a glob of product so you can spread it over your lips.

Orange Crush

Off Duty


Orange Crush is an incredibly bright, juicy orange with a subtle shimmer to it.  Off Duty is a neutral colour which runs a bit too brown for my liking, and as for Lilac, well, I can't imagine who this would look good on.  Maybe darker skintones for the contrast?  It's got a nice milkiness to it, but it sits in the lines on the lips and is very, very 80s.  Nice if you like that kind of thing.  I definitely don't.  Coral is my favourite of the four - a polished, peachy toned neutral, it still brightens up the face whilst being very unshouty.

The formula is indeed very comfortable to wear - think silky lip-balm-gloss hybrid - and the pigmentation may be variable across the shades but it's definitely more high powered than your average gloss.  As for staying power, I'm on the fence.  They wear down over four hours or so to a soft stain, but it's a muted, not quite as intense stain, like a very washed out version of the colour you put on your lips.  The shine wears off after an hour or so, and they do remain comfortable, but not as squishy-lip-smushing comfortable as they feel just after application.  Certainly not as dry as some lacquers I've tried, though.

Nice enough, then, but there's nothing innovative or new about this product.  At £19, they're expensive - not quite as luxe as YSL's Glossy Stains, which cost £25, and not quite as affordably brilliant as Revlon's Colourstay Moisture Stains, which cost a mere £7.99 each.  If you own either of those two, you really don't need Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer.  If you don't, well.. I'd suggest you buy the cheaper Revlon product.  Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer is slightly more hydrating, but not £11 extra worth of hydrating.  Find them now at Smashbox counters or at the Smashbox website.

Disclosure: PR sample

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