Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Smashbox Charming Lipstick
Smashbox Charming Lipstick

The Spring Season: Smashbox Charming Lipstick

Smashbox Charming Photo Finish Lipstick ($22.00) is semi-sheer, shimmery beige with a slight peach undertone. I’m not exactly sure why Sephora describes this as a “nude pink,” because I didn’t see any pink in it. It was definitely nude and dare I say it, a little peach? Smashbox’s lipsticks also have a sweet vanilla scent, very similar to MAC lipsticks, though I’d say this is just a bit stronger (but not overwhelming!). It does run a little more on the sheer side, so those with more pigmented or naturally tinted lips may find it doesn’t do much for them once applied. I was able to build up decent coverage, but I wouldn’t say it’s opaque. It’s a subtle shade, which makes it very wearable. With Smashbox’s lipsticks, I get about four hours of wear — probably a little on the lower end of the wear spectrum for me.

Is this the right nude for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches…

Smashbox Charming Lipstick

Smashbox Charming Lipstick

Smashbox Charming Lipstick

Smashbox Charming Lipstick

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28 thoughts on “The Spring Season: Smashbox Charming Lipstick

  1. Roxanne

    Gorgeous! Spring Season is NOT good for my heart!

  2. amy

    Hmm very pretty indeed, I don’t see any pink tones in the tube but it definitely looks pinkish on your lips. Probably your own lip colour showing through?

  3. Reza

    Ooooh, this looks so gorgeous on you. It’s a real pity it might not work so well on super-pigmented lips like mine (thanks for the warning!), but at $22, I’m not taking a chance like that.

    I haven’t liked a shade this much since Urban Decay’s Indecent (similar to this, actually) blew me away–but that tasted like toxic waste on my lips and I returned it. So disappointing.

    • It’s nice, but I am sure you’ll find another nude more up your alley in the series – lots to go 😉

      BUT if you’re ever near a Smashbox counter or displayer, maybe give it a look-see!

  4. I like this one! Will have to try it out first though as it may be too light for my olive skin tone.

  5. Tami

    This post just reminded me that I own this lipstick. It is a beautiful color, but I also considered it to be on the pinky side. After seeing your swatches Christine, it does seem run a bit peachy. Nonetheless, it’s still a nice color:)

  6. I own this lipstick and I love it. My lips are not very pigmented so it shows up pretty well :)

  7. It’s a very pretty color, but unfortunately I rarely like how super frosty lipsticks look on my lips so I won’t be buying… Awesome color but too much shimmer for me!

  8. Luisafer

    love the sheer but nice shine it has!!! gorgeous color!!!

  9. Melinda

    Hi Gorgeous Christine I love the way your Lips look with this LipStick wow I want it So Badly now 😀 thxs for sharing oxox Melinda

  10. idakz

    its a my lips but better on you. but its frosty. me no likey.

  11. Vanessa Galvez

    I love Smashbox lip glosses – they are not sticky at all which is my biggest complaint about most lip glosses and they last a long time! I have yet to try the lipsticks by Smashbox however. Can’t wait, that color looks amazing!

  12. Amy

    I have this lipstick, and I like how moisturizing and smooth it feels on my lips most of all. There isn’t much color payoff with this one, though… it’s very transparent at least on me. I have to build it to get a decent coverage. I do like it though and I have probably used it more than most of my other lipsticks. It is a beigy-neutral on me with lots of shimmer, I don’t really see any pink when I wear it. I am very fair, cool toned. I can wear it with a smoky eye and that is what I go to most often. It’s a nice one to try!

  13. Karen

    is this limited edition?

  14. Gao

    Gorgeous color! I want this now! :]

  15. allison

    This is gorgeous on you!!! I keep coming back to this post so that I can look at the color again and again…I think it would be much too light for me (NW43). First you had me with the Scarlett Season and now this…my pocketbook will not be safe!

  16. Crazy for Make up

    Pretty on you, but not for me. I liked the Maybelline one better in Caramel Kiss.

  17. KBB

    This was the series I was looking for!!!!

  18. ak

    Chrisitne this one is one of the best looking Spring Season lippies on you! And it’s not boring as an everyday color either.