02.08.2013
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Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm
Rating
$23
Category:Makeup > Lip Paints/Stains > Lip Tint/Lip Stain
Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This version of what looks like a magic marker–style lip stain comes dual-ended. In addition to the lip stain on one end, you get a lip balm in the same shade as the stain on the other end. This might seem like a good way to combat the inherent dryness of a lip stain, but, unfortunately, using the balm over the stain breaks down the color faster, affecting its longevity, and there goes the benefit of using a lip stain.

We got about 3 hours of wear (nowhere near the 8 hours Smashbox claims) before it started to show significant signs of wear. If you’re willing to compromise on long wear, you’ll find this a very good lip stain that doesn’t grab to dry spots or bleed into lines around the mouth. The shades are all bright or bold (Sangria is a juicy red) and opaque, so your lips really make a statement!

Pros:
  • Magic marker–style pen has tapered tip for precise application.
  • Color doesn’t bleed or appear uneven on lips.
  • Shades are bright, opaque, and true to the packaging.
  • Double bonus: Balm not only combats dryness when used with the stain, but also works well on its own as a tinted lip balm.
  • Transfer-resistant.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Despite the 8-hour wear claim, this lasts about 3 hours.
  • Using the balm that comes packaged with the stain breaks down the lip stain faster.
  • Balm packaging exposes it to easy breakage; you cannot wind it down, so keeping the cap on between uses is a must.

More Info:

Drugstore Double Alert! For a similar product at less than half the price, check out Revlon’s Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm, which lasts longer than this product, although the included balm is clear rather than tinted.

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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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