02.08.2013
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Be Legendary Lipstick
Rating
$19
Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This creamy lipstick goes on slightly thick and melts into lips for a moisturizing, smooth feel. The shade range is extensive and includes attractive options for most skin tones. Colors go on opaque with a creamy, ever so slightly shiny finish. Beware the texture of this lipstick lends itself to bleeding into fines lines around the mouth, but if that’s not an issue, this is a nice lipstick option.

Pros:
  • Feels moisturizing and leaves lips smooth.
  • Colors go on opaque with a creamy, ever so slightly shiny finish.
  • Extensive shade range with attractive options for most skin tones.
Cons:
  • Creamy texture lends itself to bleeding into fines lines around the mouth.
  • Expensive.
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Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is 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 makeup—their 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 primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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12.10.2014
pretty good

This lipstick is really nice and feels luxurious with a great color payoff... however the note about feathering is a reality and happened to me the other night while wearing the color "Legendary" (red) and ended up with a second bottom lip. I'm hoping that this can be mitigated with the Paula's Choice Lip Liner which I totally forgot to apply.

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Amelia R
08.22.2014
Nylon Nude is an amazing color.

I was convinced to buy this lipstick at Ulta. One of my best "splurge" purchases. The "nylon nude" color is the only lipstick I've seen that actually looks like my tan, olive skintone. I was going for a look that totally makes my lips fade into the rest of my face... this opaque formula delivers. Be forewarned, the high pigment content can slightly dry out your lips.

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