Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Product Review Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil

By Randi Reed

Disclosure: I bought this product myself.

Oh, Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil, where have you been all of my life?

The idea behind Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil is that the right shade of Nude liner, matched to the natural color of your lips, is the only color lip liner you need--regardless of what lipstick you’re wearing.

It delivers. This is the first “nude” lip liner that actually matches the natural color of my lips. My fear of the dreaded “coloring book mouth” is gone.

Available in four skin tone ranges, the genius is in Smashbox’s color execution. As an example, Fair, my shade, is a neutral beigey-pink that’s not too rosy, nor too beige, nor too peachy, nor too icy. I particularly love that for those of us whose skin oxidizes every pink or beige it gets hold of, Smashbox does not go orangey.

The texture of Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil is creamier than most upon application, so it doesn’t feel like torture going on—it’s soft enough to use as a fill-in, for that “totally nude” lip. Despite its soft texture, it grabs onto to the lip line and is easy to sharpen without having to place the pencil in the freezer. It also seems to stay put a bit longer than my other lip liners, and I like that it’s infused with vitamin C, vitamin E, and jojoba oil.

One thing I particularly like about Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil is that its softer texture makes it versatile for uses that don’t work for some of my other liners. In addition to using it as liner for all my lip colors (including reds), I use it as liner and fill-in for a natural nude lip, or as liner and fill-in topped with gloss.

When I write a review, I look for both good and bad points to balance things out. Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil is one of the few products I can’t find anything negative to say about performance-wise. I’ve been using Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil for well over a year, and it’s still one of my favorite “must have”s.

Would I buy this again? Yes--and I have! Its versatility has made it a permanent product on my vanity and in my travel bag, and it's one of my "Must Have Favorites." Its $18.00 US price is a great value because I've stopped buying different lip liners to match each shade of  lipstick. (I still shudder to think at the $35 I paid for a liner to match an obscure dark plum lipstick a while back.) If you’re a member of Smashbox’s Pretty Points Rewards program, or Sephora’s Beauty Insider or a similar rewards program, even better.

Score: 10 out of 10.

Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil in Fair. On my monitor this looks too dark and rusty. It's actually more beigey-pink.
  (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

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