Smashing down the bold lip-phobia with Smashbox's Currant & Figgy
I have lately been glazing my lips in a bit more colour than I have ever done in the past. My spectrum has always spanned from Nudey browns to Pinky browns and these are the only shades that have been on my radar for as long as I can remember. Last Friday when I headed for the Smashbox event at Mecca Maxima store in Chatswood, I had no idea that things would take such a 90-degree turn and I would end up with something as bright as Smashboxe’s Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Currant and Always Sharp Lip Liner in Figgy. I guess I needed a little shove and a bit of faith that I could pull off a bright lip on a day to day basis.
Before I delve into what makes it a great outfit for me, the thing that instantly caught my eye was that it doesn't have a strong scent or at least no scent that bothers. A constant trace lurking under my nose is a big no when it comes to lip products, so this one got a big tick in that category and thus rode back home along with me.
The applicator is a uniquely designed flat hourglass shape which is easy to use and gives a clean finish around the edges. It is called lacquer for a reason and gives a very lustrous effect to the lips. It is not wet looking but more like a high shine creamy looking gloss cum lipstick hybrid. The colour transfers very well from the bottle to the lips and doesn't get lost in the translation i.e. it is highly pigmented and packs a solid punch. The formula is thick and quite opaque, not sticky or gloopy , so a coat or two is ample to get it going in full swing.
Smashbox claims that it is long wear, non-sticky, non-drying and highly pigmented product and I agree with all of it. The colour stays on throughout the day but as a wash or stain after a few hours. One would definitely need to dig in the handbag after a couple of hours, if you have been drinking or eating and want to maintain that lacquer like finish.
The lip liner in Figgy complements Currant seamlessly as it is the same shade. I line my lips first to make any adjustments, which I clearly did not do while I was taking this photo but anyway, then fill in with the liner(not required though as the lacquer itself is quite pigmented) and then go on top with the lacquer which really intensifies the colour and increases the longevity. The liner is just the right kind, hard enough to line the lips perfectly but still soft when applying and filling in the lips.
I am quite impressed with how my lips looked or more like how I looked with the use of these two products and I am certainly intrigued to try other shades in the range, I feel like off duty but who knows.