Can I just vent about my bangs for a moment? Because today they interfered with Smashbox’s spring In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Glosses, and that’s just wrong.
Observe the redonkulous headband in the picture above, which I’ve resorted to wearing on account of my unruly bangs. Ever since I got them trimmed last week, they’ve been extremely uncooperative, jutting out at weird angles and generally behaving badly. The headband keeps them under wraps, but it also kinda steals this sheer gloss’s thunder.
The two cuties below ($21 for each 0.1-oz tube) are part of the recently released Smashbox In Bloom collection for spring (a limited edition affair), and while the collection’s springy floral theme hasn’t exactly revolutionized my concept of spring makeup, I’ve liked the products I’ve seen so far.
Smashbox In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Timeless (on the top) and Endless Kiss (on the bottom)
Shimmery coral Endless Kiss and shimmery pink Timeless come in the same long-wearing Limitless Lip Gloss formula Smashbox launched back in 2009.
I’ve always liked the Limitless line. They remind me of thicker, stickier, slightly cheaper ($21 vs. $27) versions of the Chanel Aqualumieres (NOTE: I have it on good authority that Chanel is phasing out the Aqualumieres to focus on the also amazing Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses).
When I swatched these and the rest of In Boom a couple of weeks ago, they looked very pigmented and dense on the back of my hand.
On my lips, however, both glosses look almost transparent. I probably, ya know, should have expected that based on the Limitless Lip Glosses I’ve worn in the past, which varied from sheer to medium pigmentation, but still. I was hoping for a little more color.
Oh, remember the two lip glosses from the new Smashbox Style Files kit? Well, these could be their twins, which could be good or bad, depending on your point of view.
Timeless is the doe foot on the top; Endless Kiss is the one on the bottom
Timeless and Endless Kiss with the glosses from the Style Files kit
Endless Kiss on lips
Timeless on lips
I haven’t worn any of the other Limitless Long Wears in a while, but these two last just as long as I remember — a solid four hours, which is great for a gloss. Both are unscented but do have a light vanilla flavor, and the finish? To die. I think the high shine gives my lips that pouty look that draws a lot of attention to them (but not enough to overpower that goofy headband!).
And kudos to Smashbox for 1) adding SPF 15 and 2) using such a thin doe-foot applicator. I find it easy to navigate into corners and around my cupid’s bow.
I would have liked a little more pigment…or perhaps a few dollars deducted in exchange, but I still like these Limitless ladies and plan to include them in my spring rotation. Their sheerness just makes them so easy to use.
If you’ve been looking for a basic, long-wearing gloss with loads of shine, these might be your girls.
PRICE: $21 for each 0.1-oz tube
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora (both in-store and ) and
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
You might like the new Smashbox In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Glosses if…
- You want your lips to shine so bright that folks can’t help but stare
- You like longevity from your glosses
- You like the look of sheer, shimmery pinks and corals
- You’re looking for a gloss with SPF
- You don’t mind the price ($21)
No, seriously, TGIF!
Do you have any plans this weekend? I hope it warms up on the East Coast soon because you guys out there deserve a break from the snow. It seems like this has been a rough winter…
We’ll probably go to a quick dinner tonight, but that’s all I have planned. This weekend should be really mellow. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,