12.28.2015
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Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer
0.34 fl. oz. for $24
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Last Updated:12.28.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Given the rising popularity of matte lipsticks, Smashbox's Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer is a timely product that presents an interesting way to transform your favorite creamy lip colors. How, you ask? You just pat the colorless, silicone-laden formula over your cream lipstick to give it a velvety matte finish. It works, though we wouldn't quite describe the results as being on par with our favorite matte lipsticks. Here's why…

As you dab Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer over your cream lipstick, the cushiony, texture goes to work blurring down the creamy shine to a soft matte finish. The tricky thing is it never fully sets. In some ways, that's nice because it allows a smooth, pliable layer between lips so you can comfortably press them together for the duration of wear…but it also allows this product to wear off lips more easily, which means you're not going to get the longevity of a true matte lipstick.

Based on the claims, we were also hopeful that Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer would prevent lip color from feathering, but unfortunately, it doesn't help much there. We must also note that with the different lipsticks we tested with this product, we occasionally experienced a bit of pilling and slight dryness as it wore off.

So who should buy Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer? According to Smashbox, this product was, "Created on set to minimize the number of lipsticks Smashbox's pro artists carried in their kits." Yes, makeup artists may find this "tool" helpful, but anyone who owns creamy lipsticks that they'd like to transform into a matte finish can use it, and in that capacity it lives up to its name, allowing two finishes from one lipstick.

The bottom line: We landed on a middle of the road rating for Smashbox's Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. Its fragrance-free formula's ability to mattify creamy lipstick is unique, we just wish it would have enhanced the performance and length of wear as claimed.

Note: Smashbox clearly states this is not intended for use with glosses, lacquers, or balms.

Pros:
  • Gives creamy lipstick a velvety matte finish as claimed.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Versatile tool for makeup artists.
Cons:
  • Doesn't do much to extend the wear time or prevent feathering as claimed.
  • Cushiony, silicone-gel texture may pill and feel slightly drying as it wears off.
Community Reviews
Claims
Change your favorite cream lipstick to matte—instantly—with Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. Created on set to minimize the number of lipsticks Smashbox’s pro artists carried in their kits, this non-chalky gel changes any cream lipstick formula into a velvety one, improving its wear without feathering. Its portable design is perfect for giving your lips a makeover wherever you go.
Ingredients
Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
Brand Overview

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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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.