On my November Sephora Haul, I picked up the Smashbox Snap You’re Fab Lip Gloss Set. It’s valued at $96 value and being sold at $30. You get two full-size lip glosses which retail for $18 each, and four promo sized ones. It’s a great way to try out the Smashbox line, or it makes a great gift for someone who loves it already.
I have to start out by mentioning I’m not a big big fan of the Smashbox lip gloss formula. I’m not saying it’s bad – it’s just different formulas work for different people. This one doesn’t show up well on my pigmented lips, and many other formulas out there do. I can use Smashbox over lipstick, but used alone, all it does is make my lips look wet, a vague shade darker (and sparkly, if I use a sparkly formula). Glosses that look better on my lips include: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters (around $7), Charlotte Ronson ($14 at Sephora), Rimmel Moisture Renew ($5-7 at drugstores), Mac Cremesheen Glass at $18.50 and – wait for it – a number of gloss shades by E.L.F. Yep, seriously. And in the case of Smashbox shades with glitter? You will feel it on your lips.
That said, Smashbox lip glosses are moisturizing and very non-sticky, and the wear time is good, and a lot of people love it. You can always test it at Sephora (make sure the tester gloss has a broken applicator, and then use a clean q-tip to dip it out and apply) to decide whether it works for you.
This set gives you Pout, Radiant, Infamous, Pink Sugar, Luster and It Girl:
Pout is a blue-based baby pink. It’s paler than my lips, so (see picture below) on me it applies a little patchy and sheer, and for some strange reason, it leaves a darkish line at the top of my upper lip no matter how thoroughly I apply it (this is really odd; I don’t think I’ve ever had that much trouble covering that line). It looks like I drank Strawberry Quik and didn’t wipe my mouth. However, I’m finding that when I apply it over lots of different lipsticks, it’s gorgeous. It lightens up deeper colors and cools warm tones without adding too much blue cast. It has a very nice satiny finish. Pout has a scent with strong cinnamon, which I don’t like, but it dies down quickly.
Radiant is a rosy-plum color with lots of gold micro-glitter. Yes, I can feel the glitter on my lips, just a little. As you can see from the picture to the left, it applies sheerly and looks more brown than rosy (see the middle, where it’s left the innermost part of each lip a little pink). You can’t really build it up, either, because Smashbox’s formula is the kind that gets goopy if you apply too much. What’s already applied just scoots around as you try to apply more (I guess that’s the tradeoff for lack of stickiness). The scent on this one does not have the cinnamon of Pout – it’s just a brown sugar, vanilla kind of smell.
Infamous is a beautiful warm brown, sort of a light chocolate, with pink sparkles that I can’t feel on my lips. As you can see from the photo below, on my lips it gives just a hint of brown, the way Radiant only gave a hint of rosy plum. This one has the same scent as Pout.
Pink sugar is a medium pink with gold micro-glitter. As you can see, on me it just comes out vaguely pink and sparkly, like Radiant came out vaguely dark pink and sparkly. I have Elf glosses in similar shades that apply much more opaquely on my pigmented lips, so this was another disappointment. This one has the same scent as Radiant.
Luster is a pale gold with lots of gold sparkle. As the picture shows, it’s pretty much just wet and sparkly on me – hardly any color. Luster is so sheer – even when I swatched it on my skin – that I don’t think it’s meant to impart any serious color on anybody. Which is fine, if you’re looking for something sparkly but otherwise barely there. But you will feel the glitter in this one, more so than the others. I find it uncomfortably gritty, and have a $3 Elf Glitter Gloss in Trophy Wife that’s equally gritty and does pretty much the same job. Note: seeing this one should show you just how little color the others add to my lips.
It Girl is a deep fuschia, very close to a red, but not quite. This is one of those glosses that could pass for red if you paired it with a red outfit that matches the blue-based tones. Like the other colors, it’s sheer – I tried to build it up for the picture, and it did get a little deeper, but it still refused to cover the middle inner part of my lips.
I’m disappointed. I know a lot of people do love these. I suspect they don’t have pigmented lips (at least, very similar shades I’ve seen them wear look completely different on them than on me). These do wear well over lipsticks, but I feel like I have a lot of other glosses that do, too. I just can’t find anything special about these, and I was surprised the glitter was as gritty as it is – I expect that from Elf, but not an $18 gloss. All that said, they are moisturizing and long-lasting.
I’d actually like to hear from those of you who love Smashbox glosses. If you love your Smashbox glosses, please feel free to comment and let me know what they do for you!