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The latest to hop on the hybrid lipstick/lip gloss/lip stain train is the Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer from Smashbox! Better late than never, right? And I have to tell you, they executed their formula really well. It measures up to that of other leading brands quite nicely in my opinion!
This review is for a mini-size in Coral shade (which I received along with the Double Exposure Palette; full review coming shortly). Described as a “mid-tone coral” and it is pretty much spot on even when worn on my pigmented lips. The formula is unscented and contains some ultra fine shimmer that is obvious in the tube but not so much on the lips (perfect for those who prefer a non-shimmery finish!).
The product is housed in a transparent square tube with a doe-foot applicator attached to the screw-on cap. The applicator has a traditional lip gloss applicator style with a slanted tip that picks up a perfect amount of product for each application. No need to dip the wand back in the tube to get more product! :D . The bristles are soft and cushiony, too, and the wand is of perfect size and shape making application on the lips precise and effortless.
The consistency is technically a mashup of pigmented lipstick (for color), high-shine lip gloss (for glossiness), and long-lasting lip stain (for extended wear). It is also conditioned with vitamin E to keep lips nice and hydrated during wear. The creamy texture goes on like a smoothing lip gloss and offers a near-opaque coverage in one stroke. It leaves a rich color and lacquer-like finish on the lips without the heavy or sticky feel. For this level of pigmentation, I find the product very lightweight and comfortable to wear.
The gorgeous shine doesn't last all that long, however. On my lips, it disappears within a couple of hours before setting into a long-lasting coral stain. Now, I'm not sure why some reported short staying power with these because on my lips, the coral stain stays on and strong until late evening! Even with moderate drinking and eating, the stain is still there. When it eventually fades, it only fades slightly and evenly and without any drying effect at all (I always apply my lip color over a lip balm, though, so that might help a little with the dryness).
In my opinion, I think the Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer is a great addition to the lipstick/lip gloss/lip stain hybrid market. It delivers its promises of rich, vibrant pigments and glossy finish with a staining color that lasts and lasts, all while providing a good amount of hydration. I seriously could not ask for more from a lip product! With a whopping selection of 20 colors to choose from, though, it's going to be hard to pick a favorite! :)