Smashbox collaborated with Los Angeles artist, Jen Stark to bring us this cute and highly pigmented set of 6 Always On mini liquid lipsticks. The set includes 3 mattes and 3 matte metallics, featuring the colors; Miss Conduct (warm plum matte), Stepping Out (deep nude matte), Babe Alerts (nude rose matte), Maneater (red matte metallic), XO Vlada (rose gold matte metallic) and Rust Fund (copper matte metallic).
The formula itself is very pigmented, lightweight and very comfortable to wear. The creamy consistency allows for a perfect application in just one swipe! These lipsticks have super long wearing capability; they stay on and don’t come off without a makeup remover. For the price point it is definitely a set that you don’t want to miss this year.
Value This set retails for $29 USD (currently on sale for $20 USD!), which works out to $4.83 USD ($3.33 USD on sale) per each lipstick. Each lipstick comes with 0.9 ml which is a generous travel size. 4 of the minis would roughly equate to the size of 1 full size lipstick, which retails for $24 USD. Considering the fact that many of these colors are wearable, and the quality is fantastic, this set is well worth it.
Pigmentation WOW, this is the first time that I had tried the Always on Matte Liquid Lipsticks, and I must say that they are very pigmented. These don’t take any work, and I loved how they went on.
Blendability Once these are applied, you have to work fast before they dry down. I found that the darker colors would sometimes go on patchy if you applied to much lip product on your lips and allowed it to dry in that location.
Longevity These stay on all day long, even after eating and drinking. I thoroughly enjoyed not having to reapply throughout the day. Plus if you’re going out or attending an event it gives you piece of mind to know that your lipstick is on point!
__Packaging __ This is the perfect holiday packaging. It is sleek, cute and perfect for a stocking stuffer. Would highly recommend.
Final thoughts: Yes, at first I was doubtful when I realized that half of this set is going to be a metallic lip. But after seeing how gorgeous these apply, and recognizing that these metallics are not overpowering and very wearable, I was sold. If you can get them on sale, I would definitely pick one up for yourself or for a gift. These are quickly becoming one of my holiday favorites this year.
- Paraben, and Phthalate free
- Cruelty free
- Variety of formulas and colors
- Reasonably priced
- Dark colors can apply patchy