One Thing Is Clear: The Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Glosses In Bloom

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Can I just vent about my bangs for a moment? Because today they interfered with Smashbox’s spring In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Glosses, and that’s just wrong.

Observe the redonkulous headband in the picture above, which I’ve resorted to wearing on account of my unruly bangs. Ever since I got them trimmed last week, they’ve been extremely uncooperative, jutting out at weird angles and generally behaving badly. The headband keeps them under wraps, but it also kinda steals this sheer gloss’s thunder.

The two cuties below ($21 for each 0.1-oz tube) are part of the recently released Smashbox In Bloom collection for spring (a limited edition affair), and while the collection’s springy floral theme hasn’t exactly revolutionized my concept of spring makeup, I’ve liked the products I’ve seen so far.

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Smashbox In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Timeless (on the top) and Endless Kiss (on the bottom)

Shimmery coral Endless Kiss and shimmery pink Timeless come in the same long-wearing Limitless Lip Gloss formula Smashbox launched back in 2009.

I’ve always liked the Limitless line. They remind me of thicker, stickier, slightly cheaper ($21 vs. $27) versions of the Chanel Aqualumieres (NOTE: I have it on good authority that Chanel is phasing out the Aqualumieres to focus on the also amazing Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses).

When I swatched these and the rest of In Boom a couple of weeks ago, they looked very pigmented and dense on the back of my hand.

On my lips, however, both glosses look almost transparent. I probably, ya know, should have expected that based on the Limitless Lip Glosses I’ve worn in the past, which varied from sheer to medium pigmentation, but still. I was hoping for a little more color.

Oh, remember the two lip glosses from the new Smashbox Style Files kit? Well, these could be their twins, which could be good or bad, depending on your point of view.

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smashbox in bloom limitless long wear lip gloss doefoot
Timeless is the doe foot on the top; Endless Kiss is the one on the bottom

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Timeless and Endless Kiss with the glosses from the Style Files kit

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Endless Kiss

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Timeless

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Endless Kiss on lips

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Timeless on lips

I haven’t worn any of the other Limitless Long Wears in a while, but these two last just as long as I remember — a solid four hours, which is great for a gloss. Both are unscented but do have a light vanilla flavor, and the finish? To die. I think the high shine gives my lips that pouty look that draws a lot of attention to them (but not enough to overpower that goofy headband!).

And kudos to Smashbox for 1) adding SPF 15 and 2) using such a thin doe-foot applicator. I find it easy to navigate into corners and around my cupid’s bow.

I would have liked a little more pigment…or perhaps a few dollars deducted in exchange, but I still like these Limitless ladies and plan to include them in my spring rotation. Their sheerness just makes them so easy to use.

If you’ve been looking for a basic, long-wearing gloss with loads of shine, these might be your girls.

PRICE: $21 for each 0.1-oz tube
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora (both in-store and online) and smashbox.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

You might like the new Smashbox In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Glosses if…

  • You want your lips to shine so bright that folks can’t help but stare
  • You like longevity from your glosses
  • You like the look of sheer, shimmery pinks and corals
  • You’re looking for a gloss with SPF
  • You don’t mind the price ($21)

No, seriously, TGIF!

Do you have any plans this weekend? I hope it warms up on the East Coast soon because you guys out there deserve a break from the snow. It seems like this has been a rough winter…

We’ll probably go to a quick dinner tonight, but that’s all I have planned. This weekend should be really mellow. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Rae says:

    Yep, still loving the look of Endless Kiss. I’m usually not into glosses with shimmer, but it looks lovely! (Even if it’s really sheer.)

    P.S. I finally got a Twitter account! :D Too darn well long enough, lol.
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  2. Tiffany says:

    How funny that they seem to match the glosses from that kit!

    Happy Friday! I emailed you that south park clip, lol!

  3. tasha says:

    You look so cute on th first picture…i like that

  4. Jenn says:

    Endless Kiss looks creamier. I love it! :)
    Jenn recently posted … Chanel Le Vernis- 489 Rose Insolent

  5. Shayamli Mehrotra says:

    Timeless looks beautiful on you.

  6. Meghan says:

    I love the endless kiss color! It is so gorgeous!
    Meghan recently posted … MAC eyeshadow dupes-NYX

  7. Your bangs look cute! I think the shorter bang gives you something different and works well with your bone structure. And I totally like the headband too.
    - Liz
    DeathByPolish recently posted … Smashbox- Bionic Mascara

  8. Lindsay says:

    Mellow weekends are the best!
    Lindsay recently posted … MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick- Spring 2011

  9. Constanze says:

    Hey, the headband reminds me a little bit of 70ies roller disco style… But the color really suits you :) And talkin about bangs. I don’t have time to go to the salon, so they ‘ve gone from straight and blunt above the eyebrows to sideswept and asymmetrical… darn exams.

  10. YadiQ says:

    Oh Karen I have the same dorky headband lol goody stay put head band lol

    I love the looks of these glosses!!!

    And yes winter here in ny sucks !!! Def need a break from all the snow it’s just been too much. This isn’t normal in ny !!!! I don’t have any weekend plans but then again I am still recovering from a yucky cold this week so a quiet weekend is welcome!!

  11. Julia says:

    I already have four different lipglosses that I use regularly, but I’ve been looking at the Smashbox lipglosses, and they are just so pretty that I want to buy them. But that would be too many lipglosses. I would never use them up! Four lipglosses is more than enough, right?

  12. Van says:

    Karen, I loved the headband look on you! You’re def rocking it girl :)

    Hope you had a nice dinner last night and enjoy the rest of your weekend :D

  13. johanna says:

    Hey Karen..ur hair looks amazing..do u dye it? If u do please share the color..I am all over it..!!

  14. mkdallas says:

    I haz a sad that these are not more pigmented. I love both colors but they really do look almost clear on your lips. Think I’ll hang on to my ca-ching and wait for something with a little more *oomph* to come around.

  15. Nina says:

    those are beautiful in the tube but … kinda sheer. :)

    we had dimsum last night … and i watched fringe.

    today we just ran errands. its about to rain!

  16. Michele DiCola says:

    Karen- I am still going to go with Nars lipgloss!
    Michele

  17. Linda Halpern says:

    What do you think about Josie Maran’s Argan Oil for hair?

  18. Alicia says:

    Try the puttling gloss over the new cream blush that was released with the in bloom collection. It adds a touch of color and looks wonderful.
    New to site. Have enjoyed everything I’ve read so far. Thanks.

  19. Kim says:

    And your bangs have been looking so good in the pictures. Are you sure you weren’t just wanting to rock the Olivia Newton John “Let’s Get Physical” look? :)

  20. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen,
    I have Endless Kiss and LOVE it; plan to buy Timeless soon…
    I live in CT and i’ve HAD IT with the snow; we’re supposed to get slammed again this week….its been borderline chaoitc with the DOT trying to find places to move the snow. Obnoxious. Makes all the more excited for my mother daughter trip to Turks and Caicos the first week of April!!

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