I think from now on I’m going to refer to my lips as “textured…” It’ll be code for “So dang flaky that it looks like I made out with a cheese grater.” Then I won’t have to say “I’ve got dry lips” about every 15 minutes of every single day.
The sane part of me (yes, there really is one in there) knows that having textured lips makes it harder to pull off opaque, flat mattes like Smashbox’s new Paris Pink, one of eight new $20 Be Legendary Matte Lipsticks, but the…less sane, more irrational part of me doesn’t care! She’ll throw caution to the wind because this light matte pink makes her/me smile. 🙂
It’s warm-toned with yellowish undertones, and it has some depth to it, which makes it a little easier to wear than, say, your average pale pastel pink (it’s hard for me to pull those off without looking like Nikki Minaj on a REALLY bad day).
As a color, I think Paris Pink is much easier to wear. Flattering, even.
Oh, sure, it latches onto my flakey-flakes (LIKE BIG TIME, YO), but such is life when you’re a textured-lipped lady who likes wearing mattes on occasion.
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Paris Pink: Tell me more!
- Paris Pink is one of eight unscented, unflavored shades in the new Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick Line.
- The formula is a little on the thick side, and you probably won’t be able to rub your lips back and forth when you wear it (reminds me of MAC’s mattes).
- It’s hella pigmented.
- If I’m not eating or drinking anything and just hanging out, it lasts on my lips five or six hours (I do have to reapply it after a meal).
- The formula isn’t exactly moisturizing, but it’s not particularly drying either. It’s just…fine in terms of hydration.
- This one, Paris Pink, photographs well, but it will grab any flakes on my lips and settle into my vertical lip lines when I don’t prep properly beforehand by exfoliating and/or moisturizing with a lip balm.
PRICE: $20, and one of eight colors in the line
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Smashbox counters, Nordstrom, Ulta and Sephora
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B/B+
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Good morning and happy Tuesday! It’s a brisk, windy day here in Northern California. Where did my warm weather go? I was hoping to do some very scientific (OK, not) testing of MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation today by the pool, but that definitely ain’t happening.
Funny how things change… When my brother and I were kids, we never cared how cold it was. If there was a body of water around, we’d go swimming in it, no matter what. Now, if it’s colder than bath water, I peace out, LOL!
Anyways…I keep meaning to tell you about a show on HBO I’m addicted to called No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
I know, it sounds kind of cray from the title, but it’s really good! It’s based on a series of books by Alexander McCall Smith.
It takes place in the country of Botswana in Southern Africa. The main character operates a private detective agency in Gabrone, the capital of Botswana, which is still basically a very small rural town. She’s played by Jill Scott (yup, the singer), who’s very charming in the role. I just started watching it one afternoon without really knowing anything about it and was quickly sucked in!
There’s the mystery angle…which keeps you hooked (whodunit?!), but the whole community and the characters keep me coming back for more. I really feel the love that the characters have for their hometown.
Unfortunately, the show only lasted one season (I’ve been watching it on HBONow), but it’s easy and light, like a well-done Hallmark movie. Give it a chance sometime. I think it’s really good!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,