Be Legendary Lipstick

by Smashbox  
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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.

  • 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.
  • Creamy texture lends itself to bleeding into fines lines around the mouth.
  • Expensive.

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. However, this seems to be a case where the proverbial apple didn't fall all that close to the tree. It is apparent that Dean and Davis are better at their respective careers as CEO and photographer, respectively, than at creating a cosmetics line. 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, many of the colors are too sheer to register on medium to dark skin tones, shiny products abound, and several of the complexion-enhancing products just don't look as natural on skin as they should. In fact, the foundations and concealers could use some updating; they haven't kept pace with what other makeup artistry lines are launching, and don't demonstrate much longevity under normal conditions, as in day-to-day casual makeup.

Realizing that celebrities sell products better than the product claims themselves, Smashbox steadily capitalizes on its ties to Hollywood and often mentions several famous faces who wear their products. Their counter brochures follow suit, tempting women to sit down with a Smashbox artist to get the star treatment. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, but as a comprehensive line Smashbox doesn't have what it takes to create A-list glamour, at least not if you're looking for cutting-edge textures and finishes.

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

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  1. Amelia R
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    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.

  2. Naomi P.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 22, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    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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