I will hold my hands up (albeit not high, dodgy shoulder life) and admit I have been a pretty shitty blogger lately. I have been in a complete rut and a lot of pain, so yeah, apologies. But enough of that, let’s talk makeup, or more specifically Smashbox.

Before the products I’m going to rave about today, I didn’t own an awful lot of Smashbox products. I’m not too sure why as I always have a few items on my extremely long wish list, I just never really needed them like I most definitely need every other beauty product I own. 
Alas, I have new bae’s and they’re in the shape of an eyeshadow palette and liquid lipsticks.

Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte | £24 | Smashbox |

Smashbox launched six of these Cover Shot palettes (with a Limited Edition Bold one that I wish I’d have nabbed when it was available) with various shades and finishes. As a matte gal who loves cool tones I knew I had to pick the Matte palette up. Yes, I have plenty of similar matte eye shadows but I couldn’t help myself, okay?

The compact comes with eight shadows, six smaller pans with two larger ones that will no doubt be the most used base shades. The packaging is a plastic case with a magnetic closing that has a fab holographic cloud-like explosion image on the front. The inside houses a large mirror, and this palette is perfect for your on-the-go makeup bag.

The eye shadows are creamy, velvety and blend really easily. They are also very pigmented and apply to the eyes smoothly. I always use a primer, even if it’s just concealer as I have discolouration on my lids and I’d always recommend a primer as it’s like a glue for your shadows. Not only does it grip onto the product but it helps it last longer too. 
I am such a fan of the Matte palette. The colours are very me, they’re easy to wear and long-lasting. Despite not looking anything special, you can get quite a lot of looks out of this palette; from neutral everyday looks to a deep, smoky eye. You definitely need it in your collection.
Ablaze and Golden Hour are calling my name. I might have to respond very soon.

Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick – Babe Alert | £19 | Smashbox |

Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick – Dream Huge | £19 | Smashbox |

Babe Alert is described as a ‘nude rose’ and Dream Huge a ‘mauve pink’.

I bought Dream Huge back in May because my babe, Beth over at Mermaid in Disguise recommended the formula. That girl and I have such similar taste that I knew if she loved them they’d be a favourite of mine too. So, obviously I had to go purchase one and then another, and no doubt more.

As a liquid lipstick addict I know what I like in my liquid lippy and this ticks a lot of my boxes. The formula is so incredibly comfortable to wear, it’s pigmented in one swipe, dries down quickly and lasts all day. I don’t find it transfers or moves about and the finish is very matte. It doesn’t dry out the lips at all though, I absolutely love it.

The applicator isn’t the usual doe foot but I really like it. It’s perfect for tracing the outline of the lips and filling them in as you go. It’s also a tad flexible but you have a lot of control over it. It picks up just enough product to give an opaque, even and smooth application.

I already need more. They’re such good quality and there’s a wide range of colours to choose from. If you love liquid lipsticks, you need to check these out.

Have you tried any Smashbox products?


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    I will be honest, I'd never heard of Smashbox until now. I need a lippy that will last and not transfer for a wedding in September. I'm going to have a look and give them a go, especially as you say they don't dry out your lips. Mine are very full, but I take care of them. Great post and apologising not needed. I pretty much haven't worn make up for 2 years due to regular seizures, but I'm just starting again. Love your photos really clean, crisp and fresh.

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