“ Brand: Smashbox / Type: Lipgloss / Suitable for: Lip „
I was given this product as a gift for Christmas as part of a gift set including other smashbox products. When I first saw the product I thought it was a little bit "Barbie has gone high end" since it is a rather bright Barbie pink and I am not an avid fan of the colour pink.
Regardless, I gave the product a try excepting something that would make my teeth look whiter since "smile brightening" is something I associate with whitening toothpaste as opposed to a lip gloss. As expected, it didn't make my teeth look an whiter/brighter. However it does give off a dazzling look something between a regular gloss and a sparkly gloss, which I assume is down to the light reflecting pearls.
As for the colour, which was my initial concern, it is not so bad. A regular amount of gloss gives a pale pink hue to the lips, which might be what some people are looking for but not myself as I prefer my lips to be their natural tone or darker (I never went through the white/beige lipstick trend). And sadly it only comes in one shade as this is apparently the best shade for a bright smile.
The one thing that I really do like about it is the minty freshness, I am a fan of lip plumping glosses, burt bees lip balm etc all for the tingly mint freshness and this gloss is no different ... I love the sensation.
It is also easy to applicator with its wand applicator, it has a nice consistency as it is not runny nor sticky nor gloopy. It has decent staying power, I don't really expect much from any lipgloss and this one seems to last an hour or two (not that I have timed it for reviewing purposes or anything).
The smashbox smile brightening lip gloss is not a product I would have chosen to purchase myself for a couple of reasons. Firstly, as a rule I don't like lip gloss. I do wear it, but I find generally it is too sticky for my liking, and I end up checking every five minutes to see if it has slid off. Secondly, this particular lip gloss looked very bright in the tube - a very vibrant and over the top pink colour that really is too in your face for me. Even so, I happened to buy a kit of Smashbox products from QVC, as there were two things I really wanted to try, and it worked out cheaper to buy this full kit of seven items than buy the two products separately, and this gloss was included.
Smashbox cosmetics are a relatively new American company, set up by the grandsons of make-up legend Max Factor. It's not a widely available brand, but I am seeing it mentioned more and more online and in fashion magazines, so it's definitely an up and coming name to look out for.
The lip gloss comes in a clear tube with a white lid. Unlike many lip glosses which have a sponge tipped applicator, this one actually has a little brush. I was a bit dubious as to how easy it would be to use at first, but really there wasn't much difference between this and a normal sponge applicator.
The gloss is quite thick, but glides onto the lips easily, and it is also mint flavoured (and has a minty scent too), so it makes the lips tingle after application, plumping them ever so slightly.
As I mentioned, this gloss looked very bright in the tube. Although Smashbox have a range of other lip glosses, the smile brightening gloss only comes in one colour. It is a blue based pink, and if you look close you will notice that it contains tiny particles of silver shimmer. The idea of having a blue-based pink gloss is that it will make your smile look brighter and whiter.
The shocking pink colour doesn't look as terrible on the lips as it does in the tube. In fact, presuming that you don't put too much on, you can actually manage to get quite a muted look. Even so, I think the pink is a little too pink for my tastes - I'm very pale and my lips are naturally quite red, so I try to go for more brownish tones usually. As for making my smile brighter, it was hard to tell, but personally I couldn't see any difference.
In terms of staying power, I found that the gloss stayed on quite a long time, and it wasn't one of those annoying glosses that you are constantly aware of on your lips. It did need reapplication after a couple of hours though, and I found that even when the gloss slid off, the little shimmery particles stayed on the lips, making them feel gritty.
When drinking, the gloss didn't transfer to the cup which I was quite impressed with, however when eating some (but not all) of the gloss wore off. I have just tested this by eating a chocolate chip cookie - any excuse!
As I said, my gloss came in a set from QVC. I've checked and it doesn't seem that QVC sell this product individually, however I have managed to find it online at www.beautychamber.co.uk for £8.99. Personally I think that's a little overpriced for a lip gloss.
Overall, this was alright, but I wouldn't buy it again. I like that it's not sticky, it's long lasting and it has a nice minty flavour, but I'm not convinced it brightens your smile, and I think it would be better if it came in other colours, as I think the pink available will be a little too bright for many people.
Formulated with light reflecting pearls and special pigments to enhance your lips /