“Gather round, young’ns,” said granny Karen, “and let me tell you the story of a long-wearing lip lacquer so shiny, so smooth, so long-lasting and revered that it was legendary!”
I can see it now…the spunky granny version of myself telling the story of Smashbox’s Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers ($24 each and available in 20 shades) to a group of gum-smacking, eye-rolling tweens, although, really, there’s no way I’m going to make it past 75 with my sanity intact.
I can see myself handing down vintage tubes of my go-to colors to my favorite granddaughter — let’s call her Jem because she has pink hair and sings lead in a punk rock band — while telling her tales of my legendary adventures with my legendary cat.
But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. My dearest Jem will not be acquiring her feisty granny’s beloved and precious tubes of Be Legendary Lip Lacquer. She will, instead, get amusing anecdotes meant to teach her life lessons, as well as a few pieces of stale butterscotch hard candy. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong. I think these lip lacquers look great.
They just don’t last very long…
New to the Smashbox permanent line, they’re available in 20 shades billed as long-wearing. They start as a shiny gloss, which is supposed to fade to a lip stain that lasts eight hours.
Hmm… More like two or three.
The four shades I’ve tried — Rosewater, Pink Social, Beet It and Legendary — do come with pounds of pigment, and they start out absolutely gorgeous on the lips. Shoot, the glossy finish could make a pair of patent-leather Louboutins jealous!
The non-sticky formula also feels fabulous, like a silky Agent Provocateur nightgown against my skin, and is that a faint hint of buttercream I taste and smell?
In less time than it takes to liquify your brain while watching The Real Housewives (approximately 60 minutes, give or take), Be Legendary Lip Lacquers’ glossy finish fades to a light stain, and within a few hours after that — POOF! — even the stain is gone.
PRICE: $24 for a 0.20-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now in 20 shades at Smashbox counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,