Smashbox 25 Years Anniversary Palette swatched

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What this palette is a collection of twenty five Be Legendary and Be Legendary Matte lipstick shades by Smashbox released in honour of their twenty fifth birthday. Can you believe it? Twenty five lip shades. Twenty five! All in one place. I’m excited 🙂 Here’s what I love about such palettes. It’s a great chance to try out lipstick shades by a certain brand and decide which of those you really want before you buy them. Also, you can try the shades you never would otherwise 🙂 because you’d never buy a full size lipstick of these too artsy/too bright/too crazy/too matt/too pink/you name it shades. Well, and of course, in our age you don’t even have to buy the palette itself to make your choice, because just looking at this post you can pick your favourites and then go get them.

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What is Smashbox Be Legendary and Be Legendary Matte lipstick like? It’s professional quality. That is, it’s all about performance, about how it applies, how much colour it gives off, what its finish is like and how long it lasts. I happen to prefer luxury brands because of this little extra something in them. A little extra pleasant scent, feel, design. You know how luxury brands are more than just about makeup. While professional makeup brands are good and work nicely, they are kind of like sex without love. Fun, enjoyable but missing this zest that gives you an additional kick and a bunch of very pleasant sensations. Although it’s a matter of taste, obviously 🙂 I, personally, miss this love component in professional brands products. When I say the quality is professional, in the case of this lip palette, I mean that the texture is all soft and nice and pleasing on the lips and it works well.

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Now remember how I mentioned scent among those other things that come on top of just makeup in luxury brands? You know that pleasant scent you get in lip colour, powder, base or whatever. Well, Smashbox lipstick does have scent. And a very strong one, I must say. So do the shades in this palette. All twenty five lip shades here have this very characteristic and very Smashbox sweet desserty scent to them that this brand lipstick generally has, so if you’ve tried it, you know what I’m saying. This scent is not just strong, it’s persistent too. That is, it doesn’t go away after the application. It lingers on the lips. I’m scent sensitive, and I’m surprised it doesn’t bother me more. Then again, maybe, it’s because this scent is so desserty and yummy, and I love sweets.

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Let’s talk finish now. There are two kinds of finish in this palette. Some of the shades come in a classically cream lipstick finish. So, they are full coverage, not sheer, there’s no shine to them, just a little elegant satiny sheen. And then some shades are matt. So, they are these vintage glam kind of things with deep velvet look and feel and velvety subdued delicate sheen hidden deep within them. Speaking about matt finish lipstick by Smashbox, it doesn’t seem to dry my lips, which is a great achievement, I must say, because you know how it goes with matt lipstick. And I’m glad it doesn’t dry my lips, because I do want to wear matt finish lipstick from time to time, there’s something inherently old school classy about this gorgeous and lush finish. Something vintage in the very best meaning of this word.

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The design and the boxing of this palette is awesome, I might say. Beautiful. This red lipstick swipe against the black background and golden lettering. Wow. I like it a lot. It’s nice to hold this box in my hands. I’ll enjoy doing it over and over again 🙂 I was surprised though when this little booklet came out of the box. I was like – what can you have in the booklet there? Instructions? Makeup suggestions? For just lipstick?? Turned out, it’s more of a brand history thing with memorable years listed when certain famous Smashbox products were launched. Cute 🙂

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The boxing is all velvety to the touch though which means… Right, it means, every single speck of dust will stick to it, and once you touch it, your fingerprints are going to be all over it. Ugh. Not a fan. Anyway…

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The only thing there is in the box other than the twenty five lip shades is this brush which is a typically lipstick brush.

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It works just fine for the purposes of this palette and that would be lipstick application.

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Also, before I forget I have to tell you something about how these shades work. For some reason – I don’t know why – when brands release lipstick in palette form, this lipstick seems to give off less colour than lipstick in a tube, or, maybe, it’s just harder to get it out, so you have to do more swipes over your lips to get all the shade you want there.

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Lori (Bing Matte) looks like my favourite kind of red in the palette. Like a vibrant and burning hot bright red with, maybe, just a touch of orange lingering there. When swatched it does prove to be brighter rather than darker. But out of nowhere there seems to show up a distant pink undertone in it. Pink undertone? Pink? I don’t know where it’s coming from. I’m just reporting on what I see here 🙂 This pink undertone makes this shade less desirable for me personally and makes me less excited about it, but, hey, maybe, it’s just what you’re looking for 🙂

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Sandra (Paris Pink Matte) is a lighter coral pink with some beige in it, just a little. It’s a light shade. And a lot of people tend to like it and wear it. Unfortunately, it’s not universally flattering and becoming. There’s something about this mix of coral and pink – when it’s lighter rather than brighter – that makes it tough to pull for most of us. I think a touch of beige in this shade helps and softens it up, still… You’ve got to be careful with it, be sure it’s your shade or try before you buy. Or build this super romantic and cute, or even better, girly look around this shade, the look that will bring out the best in this lip colour for you.

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Tina (Vivid Violet) is plum leaning to cooler. It’s not a classically plum shade, because it’s such a cool darker purple, while plum is usually warm and has a pink undertone in it. This shade can work for a lot of people though, even if it’s a little off the beaten track. It’s a great hot and sultry lip shade. Vampy, very much so. The fact that this plum is so purple makes it interesting and adds a little edge to it. So that it’s not just plum that’s been out there forever, but something exciting, new and special and sort of artsy. This shade works best when you go vampy all the way and make your whole look all hot.

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Jessica (Honey) is a medium warm beige. If you like nude lip, specifically nude lip done in warm beige tones, Jessica is probably right for you. Also, you could just treat it as a neutral background or else everyday casual kind of shade. Or if you add some gold in your makeup, say, in eyeshadow department, and wear a golden beige or beige dress with it, this lip shade will be elevated immediately to a special occasion posh level. You’ll be surprised. You don’t even expect that on seeing this shade in the palette. All in all, this lip colour is a good thing that can do all kind of stuff for you, if you so desire.

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Kim (Mulberry) is a very clever mix of purple, beige and some pink. I’m no big fan of purple lip shades, I do wear them occasionally, but they’ll never be my favourites. I only like few specific shades from the purple range, say, a cool lilac in sheer shiny finish… Anyway, 🙂 this languid mauvish shade here is very becoming. A lot of people can wear it and look awesome doing so. There’s something nice about it, something right. The balance of purple and beige and pink is great, so this shade is a perfect bolder nude lip shade or the kind of shade that you throw on and go anywhere you want – work or fun – and look stunning.

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Michelle (Fuchsia Flash Matte) is a super cool bright purple pink. Baby doll like in a way. I know how many people like this shade but I have to tell you, this shade is not universally becoming in any way, so you have to be honest with yourself here and make sure it looks good on you before you wear it. If you like bright pinks, you know what to do with it 🙂 Just keep in mind that it’s a cool bright pink. This shade is not an easy one, but with certain effort taken almost everyone can wear it. It’s just that for most of us it will take extra time and extra thinking to make it work. Fit it into your look, play with your outfit colour, try a purple or candy pink eyeliner or whatever else you might think of to make this shade work for you, if you love it.

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Kate (Punch Drunk Matte) I know, this pink is not as loved as Michelle, but hear me, please, this pink is much more universal and compliments more people’s complexion, eye colour and hair colour. It’s a bright pink too. It’s just warmer and doesn’t have this purple edge to it. It’s a brighter shade that’s not too bright, so you can wear it anywhere you want, especially if you go easy on it. If you like natural look, you can always use it to create kissed lips effect and steer clear of full on made up effect. What I’m saying here is that there are the shades we like and then there are the shades that look good on us, it’s hard to admit it :-), but it’s worth knowing your shades. It always helps 🙂

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Avery (Shock Me Pink) is a bright and lighter warm pink shade. Another baby doll like thing, only this one is warm, or else hot, because it’s so bright 🙂 Remember what I told you about that cool purple pink Michelle? The same is true here. Not for everyone. I think a lot of us love or would love Avery though. There’s something about bright pinks where we just can’t resist them. But bright pinks are all different. So, be sure to find your pink that looks at its best on you, and where you look at your best, when you wear it. Avery is very warm and very bright. Barbie like 🙂 Beware, it won’t look good on all of us just like that. If you like it, you have to work for it. Baby doll look, maybe, with some pink in your outfit? Then it would make more sense 🙂

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Angie (Melondrama) is a lighter coral shade. No one can accuse me of being too much into corals :-), as I’m definitely not. But… this softer, kind of muted coral here is nice. Pretty. Serene. And even kind of elegant which corals usually aren’t. I think this cute little shy coral shade will look good on most and can be that shade that you put on and feel comfortable with and feel great in your own skin without feeling too made up. It’s not too bright and not too orange, so you can wear it anywhere you like. To me, it looks like more of an everyday shade than a special occasion shade. Who knows though? Maybe, you could come with a fabulous look and makeup where it would work with an evening gown worthy of red carpet.

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Dean (Fig) is another plum. This one is warmer than Tina though. But it’s not a classic plum either. What it lacks to be that ultimate plum lip colour is pink undertone. Instead it’s clear purple, even if it’s warmer. The result we get is hot. Sultry. Mysterious. There’s always a mystery in something that’s truly hot, you know. Well, this shade definitely has it. It’s warmer than Tina, which makes it less edgy, because it’s more in the plum family area, even if it’s not really 🙂 This shade is another super hot and dark purple lip shade. Even if you wear it with jeans you’ll look hot. This is the kind of shade though that’s calling for femme fatale look and outfit.

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Ashley (Mauve Matte) is a cooler lighter beige. It’s a counterpart of Jessica, only Jessica is warm, and Ashley is cool. This shade looks like it might have just a distant and tiny touch of pink in it. And it’s for the better. Pink always makes beige better. It’s not like beige is bad on its own, it’s just that there’s something very pleasing about beige and pink combo. Well, Ashley is a good cool beige nude lip shade, if that’s what you like in nude makeup. I think this shade will become more people than Jessica will. And as this shade is so set back and subdued in a way, it will make a great background for dramatic eye makeup.

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Andy (Fireball Matte) is a very bright and short of uncompromising orange. I don’t really like corals myself, but I admit that they are appealing. As for dead on orange in lip colour, not only I don’t like it myself, I don’t think it’s flattering for most of us. There is something about this shade here though that makes it better than most bright orange shades. It’s a little darker. Just a touch. But even that makes a difference, so that more people can wear it. I say, even if I don’t wear bright orange cream lipstick myself – I prefer lipgloss texture, when I need to wear this shade, because gloss softens it up – if you like it and want to wear it, Andy is the way to do it 🙂

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Davis (Legendary) looks very dark red in the box, you know, like one of those red shades that are clear, a little brownish, maybe, or a little coralish, but just a bit. Well, when swatched, it proves to be a clear and darker but not too dark red. Also, there seems to linger somewhere really deep down in it a pink touch. Am I imagining things here? It looks like all reds in this palette, even the reddest ones, have this whisper of pink in them 🙂 Nonetheless, Davis is by all means a classic red, very womanly, very sexy, old Hollywood like in a way. It’s one of those initial and ultimate lip shades, where something genetic almost is telling me it’s a good choice, and where I wanna wear high heels and a nice dress with it.

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Nina (Pink Petal) is a warmer brighter pink shade. It’s more grounded and more real life like than baby doll like Avery. It’s still bright, but there’s something berry like and strawberry like about it, and it will look good on much more people than Avery. Also, this pink is one of those rare lip shades that have something inherently happy about them and that can lift your spirits right up with no problem almost, once they go on your lips. Both cool and purplish Michelle and warmer Averly are pretty common and get released often by many brands, while Nina is more rare and more interesting to me, as a result. This pink is girly, fresh and upbeat. It’s not universally complimenting, so make sure bright warm pinks work for you or build your look accordingly to support it.

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Jennifer (Pout) is this typically photoshoot nude lip pale pink kind of thing. I’ve been seeing it over and over again on models yet… it doesn’t work that well in real life. This shade is very capricious and it doesn’t look good on just everyone out there. In fact, it only rarely looks good off stage 🙂 I don’t know what it is about this shade. Is it that only professional makeup artists can operate it successfully pairing it up with dramatic eye makeup? Is it that it simply looks better in studio light? Or is it Photoshop that makes it look so good in the photos? 🙂 I don’t know. What I know is pale pink nude lip sounds like a good idea. This pink though seemingly doesn’t have enough pink in it for it to click.

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Jane (Femme Fatale Matte) is another plum, or else purple, in this palette. It’s the closes one to plum. It’s warmer and it does have some pink in it but… it comes just short of being plum. There’s just not enough pink undertone in it. It’s there, yes, but there’s too little of it. So, this shade is still purple. And still artsy in a way, because it’s not plum. And as it’s darker, it’s still sultry and vampy and hot. It’s close enough to plum where, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could swap your usual plum for it and be artsy without being too artsy. Still you should keep in mind that this shade is purple, bold and darker. So, your look should match it not in terms of colour but in terms of feel and style.

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Peggy (Magenta Matte) is a paler cool pink shade. It’s in Michelle family, only Michelle definitely has purple in it, while Peggy is just cool pink. The fact that it’s so muted makes it romantic rather than baby doll like. If you like romantic pinks, this might be the shade you’ll like a lot and want to wear. Looking at this pink I just can’t help thinking that, to me, this shade is a much more desirable version of nude lip than Jennifer. Yes, it’s not quite as nude as Jennifer, it’s a little more pink, but it’s more becoming, and more people can enjoy it.

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John (Tempt Me) is another coral, or orange, to be precise, shade. If we look at all oranges in this palette, this one is in the middle in terms of brightness. It’s brighter than Angie and lighter than Andy. It’s a medium orange shade that you can probably dilute on the lips to the point, where you can call it coral. The fact that it’s a medium orange makes it more wearable for more people. Here’s really good news about this shade. It’s a little darker the same way Andy is. And I’ve told you already, a little darker is a good thing in corals and oranges, it makes them sophisticated and elegant. That’s exactly the case here.

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Starr (Inspiration) is a happy and modern warmer purple shade. It’s one of those purples I actually kind of like, and that happens only rarely 🙂 This shade is not boring, it’s full of life and can be a lot of fun. There’s something raspberry like about it, but not quite, because raspberry is more pink than that. It’s one of those shades that are capable of making you smile. It’s not overused. It’s brighter, still it’s not a vampy red. I can’t say in all honesty that it will become just everyone, but so many people like and wear different versions of purple and pink purple that if you’re one of them, you can try it. Given how purples are so popular, this shade seems to be overlooked a lot in makeup world, and it’s a pity, because it’s a good one 🙂

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Matthew (Cognac) is a very cool beige. It’s one of those beiges that’s cool to the point, where it almost turns into greige and reveals a hint of mauve or purple undertone. As much as you might like nude beige lip, even if it’s nude cool beige lip, please, be careful with this shade here. It looks good on few people only. If you don’t know it really well and don’t wear it that much, go for easier and more becoming beige shades instead. If purple and pink work well together most of the time, beige and purple sometimes can result in something very artsy, and this shade here seems to be the case. If you love it and want to wear it, work with the look, your outfit, your outfit colour, accessories and the rest of your makeup to make it work for you.

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Christina (Infrared Matte) is a red brick like red shade. It has an orange undertone in all the red there is there. And call me crazy, but even in this shade I see a glimpse of pink. I know, I know… Still 🙂 Red brick was so hot last fall. It was all over the place. But once this trend subsided, red brick got pushed in the background, as it usually does. I don’t know why that is. I guess it’s because there are all those other bright and hot and vibrant reds out there that everyone seems to love. Well, I’ll tell you something. Red brick lip shades are very flattering, they are nice, they are red without being crazy bright, they are gorgeous, really. And they become almost everyone and look different on each and every one of us. Say, if your eyes are green, and your hair is chestnut or any shade of brown, red brick lip will be a killer 🙂

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Annie (Latte Matte) is a very warm medium to lighter beige. Could be a nude lip shade. Could be one of your pet shades, if you like beiges on the lips. But… this shade is another one that’s not easy and not universal in any way. I wish it had some pink mixed in it or coral or something, but it doesn’t. Instead it’s proudly beige and all warm. If it were brighter, it would become more people. But it’s on the lighter side, which – again –  makes it a hit and miss kind of thing depending on your skin tone and hair colour and eye colour and, you know…

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Kelly (Black Plum) is purple. Not really plum. Instead it’s ink purple almost. A very cool and dark purple shade. Greyish mauve like. Femme fatale but… Once again, this shade is not something anyone could wear. It’s the kind of shade that has to either look good on your specifically, or it will require a whole lot of work and wrapping your whole look around it to make friends with it and get the result you want. If you like hotter accent on the lips paired up with darker than dark lip vampy sort of look though, it might be worth it for you 🙂

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Phil (Primrose) is a medium beige, in between cool and warm, leaning to cooler, a very pleasing beige shade that almost looks coralish at the bottom of it all. I’ll tell you something. This is beige done right. Yep. It has this coziness about it that’s very complimenting. And a little pink or mauve somewhere deep in it. And no coral, really, it just looks coralish up front. It’s beige with just a drop of pink and mauve mixed into it. Cute. This shade will become almost everyone. And it won’t make us all look the same. This shade is awesome, check it out, you could swap your usual beiges or pinks for it – or corals for that matter – and see how great it is. It’s a perfect medium every day like shade that you can wear anywhere you go and anywhere you want. It’s rare, and there’s just something really nice about it. Really pretty. And really womanly.

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Robert (Grenadine) is a complex darker mix of purple, pink and red. It’s borderline raspberry but not quite. There’s something more subdued about it, more sultry, something darker, while raspberry is bright and optimistic. This purple red shade is a great alternative for red lip that you might just be fed up with by now. Robert looks like it’s going to be tough to pull, but guess what, it won’t. I think it’s very flattering for most of us. It’s a softer and easier bright lip. A great way to get into bright lip, if that’s not what you generally wear. In fact, if you need to get into red lip groove or darker lip groove or bright lip groove, this is the way to do it. Instead of scaring you away it will lure you into the bright lip world and show you how great it is. A good one 🙂

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That’s the palette, and it’s a dear 🙂 So many lipstick shades all in one place is like the ultimate girl’s dream. What can be more exciting and what can change your look more drastically than going from cute pink pastel to artsy purple to chic nude beige and then to red classic? Nothing. Lipstick is the best way and easiest way to change something in yourself, in your life, in the way people see you. It’s the best way not to get bored with your wardrobe and makeup. And if mood swings can be a bad thing 🙂 , then lipstick swings are perfectly fine, so you can push through like three lip shades a day, depending on where you’re heading at the moment. The simple thing is lipstick is fun. And this palette by Smashbox proves it. It seems to be asking: Are you ready for more lip shades to go on that shopping list and fill your makeup stash? 🙂 Sure. I am ready. Why not?

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Reds

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Corals

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Purples

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Beiges

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Pinks

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