Smashbox recently released a new line of lip lacquers. I didn't pay too much attention to these, mainly because I don't like the Smashbox lip glosses, but also because there is less product for a higher price. I started to hear great reviews on YouTube and other blogs pop up more and more, so I eventually made a trip to Ulta to see what the hype was all about. I swatched almost all the shades on the back of my hand, but wasn't completely convinced that they were worth the $24. I decided to pick up two shades, 'Fuschia' and 'Beet It', so that I can really try them out.
I do really like the packaging. The glass bottles are very high quality and allow you to see the product, but still have a pretty design with the black zig zags. My only complaint again, is the size. I do feel like the price, you don't get a ton of product.
I like the applicator wand that comes with this product. That being said for some reason the Fuchsia shade always seems to come out a bit more messy and I usually need to clean up the edges with a lip brush. I haven't seemed to have this problem with the Beet It color since it seems to be a bit more sheer. The applicator is a soft and spongy with a bit of a dip in the middle. I assume that this is to pick up the product, but I have found that I usually need to wipe a bit off before applying it to my lips.
I wouldn't really consider 'Fuchsia' to be a fuchsia color. I would describe it as more of a bright, neutral pink. When I think of fuchsia, I usually think of a bright neon, pink/purple color. It is a great pink shade that will be a great go to color for any season. Like I said before, for some reason this shade seems to be a bit more opaque and I often need a lip brush to smooth the edges out. 'Beet It' is what I would consider a plummy purple color. Of the two colors this one is my favorite, it is a bit more sheer and if you apply just a little the color isn't too overwhelming, but with a bit more product you can go for a more dramatic look. This color is perfect for fall and winter seasons, and the sheer to dramatic look is great for people who aren't used to a dramatic darker lip.
Overall I really like these lip lacquers! That being said, I don't think that it is as long lasting as advertised. Many of the reviews said that they had hours of wear once the shine wore off. I found that once the shine was gone after about an hour, so was the color. It did leave a bit of color remaining on the perimeter of my lips, which is never a good look. My final verdict is that these are pretty great, as long as you bring it with you in your purse and don't mind reapplying throughout the day.