Product Type: Smashbox Lip Care
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SMASHing lip exfoliant
Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant
Member Name: coventry123
Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant
Advantages: Smells fantastic, very effective exfoliator, leaves lips smooth
Disadvantages: The price tag!
My older sister has a habit of indulging in expensive branded makeup and other beauty products and simply dismissing them after 1 or 2 uses and this product is another one of those costly products cast aside to a very appreciative me! Every 3 months or so she tends to arrive at my house laden with products that she doesn't like, doesn't use or simply didn't suit her. With this smashbox lip exfoliator she donated it to my ever growing draw of alike beauty products because she didn't like the results when using this particular product.
**Who are Smashbox?**
Smashbox are a relatively new emergence onto the UK market after being initially set up in Los Angeles, America. They are put in the category of 'high end' make up following pursuit of the likes of Bobbi Brown and MAC cosmetics. Their 'high end' status are reflected in their high prices and I can't vouch for quality of all their products but I have heard only positive things about their range and this product gets a thumbs up from me!
**What is this product?**
This product is a lip exfoliant, which, to a makeup/beauty novice may sound ridiculous but for someone like me, with very dry and cracked lips, it is an absolute god send! Just like a body efoliant, this solution aims to scrub away the dead skin cells to reveal a smooth layer of skin cells making the skin feel soft and smooth. To draw an analogy between the two products skin exfoliant is used pre-fake tan, this is to ensure than the fan isn't applied on top of dead skin cells which will fade quicker than the fake tan applied on top of new, fresh skin and thus will prolong your tan and make it easier to apply an even colour. Lip efoliant is used in the same way and it ensures than lip stick and lipgloss stay on longer and look even when applied. This lip exfoliant also has ingredients (discussed later) which hydrate the lips which is great, especially in cold weather, when lips are prone to crack and become dry.
This lip exfoliant comes in a tube similar to lipgloss tubes. The tube is transparent meaning the lip exfoliant can be visibly seen through it. It has a plastic, white screw top which is handy as it stops the product from oozing out which could be very messy and also stops things getting into the tube and contaminating the exfoliant. The tube simply has 'smashbox' written on the front of it in white text.
The look of the exfoliant itself is white and is the same viscosity of moisturiser or hand lotion. Where this product differs, however, is the small sugar granules and poppy seeds that are included in it which are the main ingredients which are used to scrub off the dead skin cells. To touch the lotion feels rough and grainy but this is what is needed of an effective exfoliant.
The 'flavour' of this exfoliant is peppermint. This means that the smell is very fresh but not overwhelming and the peppermint scent means that it applies to the older generation as well as younger people as it is not sickly strawberry or candyfloss scented like many other products aimed at teens and young adults. If you happen to taste some of the exfoliant this also tastes of peppermint!
To apply the product I simply put a small amount of product onto two fingers and rub it on my lips. I start off by applying it gently to ensure that the solution covers the whole surface area of my lips. Once it is evenly spread out I move my fingers across my lips as you would do with lip gloss. I apply moderate pressure to ensure that the sugar and poppy seeds can really get to work. I tend to leave the solution on my lips for a few minutes after rubbing, this just allows it to soften the lips even more and I find that I get better results if I leave it on rather than rubbing it straight off.
To remove the exfoliant I tend to use dry tissue and the product is removed straight away so there is no need to use any water.
Before, I found it very difficult to be able to wear lipsticks due to the dryness of my lips. The lipstick always seemed to settle in the dry cracks which looked very unsightly and as if I had had the lipstick on all day and it was wearing off rather than the five minutes that I've really had it on! I also find that my lipstick lasts longer than it did prior to using the lip exfoliant but this is mainly dependent on the quality of lipstick used in the first place.
To touch, straight after application I find that my lips are 100% smoother than they were before. Using a mirror I can also see that my lips look so much healthier and smoother. I would put the smoothness of my lips down to the shea butter and mango seed butter used in the making of this exfoliant whose properties are to hydrate and moisturise.
castor oil, sucrose, soybean oil, beeswax, theobroma cacao seed butter, dimethicone, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, shea butter fruit, jojoba esters, poppy seed, mango seed butter, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, peppermint oil, sesame seed oil, avocado butter, spent grain wax, argania spinosa kernel oil, shea butter extract, tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydocinnamate, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben
**Cost and availability**
As I have said, I did not pay for this product - my sister did. The exfoliant comes in a 22ml tube and I think it retails for around £12-15 from the likes of Debenhams which is very, very expensive in my opinion. I have not tried any other lip exfoliants to compare them to see if the quality matches the price tag but I struggle to find any negatives with the quality of this product but I probably would hesitate to buy it myself due to the price tag.
Summary: Smashbox lip exfoliator
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