Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Pout REVIEW and swatches

Smashbox came out with a lip lacquer that is supposed to have better staying power called Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer. Not to be confused with their existing Be Legendary Lipgloss, which is more like the traditional lipgloss, the Long Wear Lip Lacquer (LWLL) is a lot more pigmented and has a different feel on the lips. The shade I chose is in Pout, which also comes in the lipgloss version. I have compared the two, and there is a difference! I wish they would name it differently because it is very easy to get confused. Continue reading for more info on this product!

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Pout, $24

This packaging is more square and also much shorter than the lipgloss. The LWLL contains 0.20 fl oz of product, which is the same as the lipgloss.

one swipe of the Smashbox Be Legendary LWLL in Pout

As you can see, the pigmentation is very nice on this product. Though a pastel pink, I don't have any problems with it on my lips and washing me out. I do have to be careful how much I put on, but with a regular amount of coating on my lips, the product gives me a bit of lightening and does not make me long like a ghost. The Pout in the Lipgloss form does not have any pigment on my red lips. It just gives it a glazed look.

I also want to point out that this is very nice on the lips. It feels really cool and slightly more water based upon application. It doesn't feel sticky and does not rub off easily. One downside is I don't feel it does much to moisturize my lips. I don't think it dries them out a lot, but I feel it is more drying than moisturizing.

Application/Texture: It was very easy to apply and rubbing my lips together to spread the product was also very smooth. It didn't feel sticky and also had a cooling sensation at the beginning.
Staying power: This stayed on for about 3 hours before fading. It does fade faster with food/drink, but I noticed it on longer than my other lipglosses.
Scent: It doesn't really smell like anything.
Overall: I like that a pastel pink lip product actually lightens my lips without making me look dead. It has a good staying power and does not have the usual lipgloss stickiness consistency. This prevents hair from sticking on to your lips and getting dragged across your face when you try to pull them off. Overall, a good product, but I wish it could be more moisturizing.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the LWLL more than the Lipgloss from Smashbox?

EM

All products shown here were purchased with my own money and were given my fair and honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in B Girl Days 4-9

This is the 3rd installment of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel review. I did two other posts prior to this showing the application and the 2nd and 3rd day of wear. I haven't been posting daily for updates because it doesn't seem to have changed too much. I also feel it is easier to see the photos all in one post anyway...so the fewer the better. If you would like to know more about the application and the product, visit my first installment of this product here.

A quick summary of this polish is that I LOVED it. IT is pigmented and does last a long time. Unfortunately, I didn't get to test it out till day 14, which is the advertised length of time. I was doing some artwork for my friend's wedding favors and it got heavily damaged. However, you can see on day 9 what the wear looks like. For me, that is probably as bad as it gets before I want to remove it. I also want to put on a new color since I get bored of the same one easily. Either way, I probably wouldn't want to wear it out till day 14, but it is definitely nice to be able to get a whole week's wear without much chipping.


As you can see, days 4-6 look approximately identical. Day 7 shows slight chip near base of the thumb nail and also slight polish retracting from index finger's tip. 
Day 8 is roughly the same as Day 7. Day 9 is where I noticed more wear on the base of all the other nails. Perhaps it is just my nails growing over the course of a week and it looks like it is chipping at the base when in fact it is as intact as the first day. Either way, it looks like it needs a clean up job after a while. Even if the polish does hold for 2 weeks, your nail will grow and you will have to take care of the empty nail. 

I do want to say that this is very good wear time for me because I wash my hands a lot. This polish has held up for so long and continues to do so until I removed it from the art project mess. However, I am sure I can wear it for a few more days and be okay. There might be a few more chips than usual, but nothing I can't live with. The only thing is, for the first time I found myself wanting it to chip so I can replace it with a new color. I will definitely reach for Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel polishes for those long trips that I don't want to have to remove polish or fix a chipped nail. This is amazing polish quality.
One small down side is that I notice the brush isn't the best. When I apply the 3 coats, I noticed each progressive coat does streak the previous one. You have to be extremely careful. I have since purchased another shade: a light pink nude shade. The pink nude shade does not have this problem and lasts just as long.

What are your thoughts? I cannot recommend enough. The staying power on this baby has blown my mind!

EM

All products shown here were purchased with my own money and were given my fair and honest opinion.