Smashbox Mauve, Safe Word, Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a heavier consistency that was more cream-like than velvety, and it definitely was not matte. The texture caught on the natural texture of my lips, and the color pulled into lip lines over the four hours it lasted. It was neither drying nor hydrating, but it would streak anytime I pressed my lips together. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $54.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (LE, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Isla (DC, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Tiny Chum (LE, $7.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Dolly Bird (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Heartless (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Please Me (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $18.00) is more muted (90% similar). Burberry Fawn Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Anna (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $54.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Buff (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). NYX Whipped Caviar (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (DC, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Daddy's Girl (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Dancefloor Princess (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani I Am Fabulous (P, $6.99) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rose-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This was one of the more matte shades in the range, as most were semi-matte or even satin. It had a velvety consistency that applied the full coverage color evenly and smoothly. On me, I was able to wear it for six hours, but it was lightly drying over time. Pat McGrath 1995 (P, $40.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Mauve Mist (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Get It On (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Velvet Teddy (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Nude (407) (P, $35.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Bondage (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop WYD (P, $6.50) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Anastasia Coconut (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bun Bun (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Muneca (P, $5.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Just What I Needed (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Sephora Classic Beige (02) (P, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Evan (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Rock Sand (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Life in Sepia (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was thicker, denser, and emphasized lip lines as the color settled there over time, so it wasn’t the most flattering shade to wear. I would recommend a lip primer or lip liner underneath to minimize settling. It had opaque coverage, though, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over the five hours it lasted. MAC Tropic Tonic (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Smarty Pants (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Julia (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (DC, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Come Up (P, $7.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Juliette (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamy (PiP, $7.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Hollywood (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Sephora First Date (70) (P, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sucker (P, $5.00) is more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Jitterbug (LE, $12.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Sike (LE, $6.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Peche (DC, $24.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Sugar Sweet Cameo (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Instigator (LE, $6.50) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW |
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be a creamy, long-wearing, richly pigmented formula that’s lightweight and moisturizing. The texture has a more velvety feel compared to the Cream range, and the finish varied between matte and satin. The formula didn’t cling, but it often accentuated the appearance of lip lines and natural texture on the lips, and it was mostly a non-drying formula. The majority of the colors I tested had good pigmentation and longer wear. There was a very, very faint vanilla scent to them (I could only detect when the entire tube is untwisted) but no discernible taste.

Mauve

PPermanent. $21.00.
B
B
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Pinch Me

PPermanent. $21.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Mauve Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Safe Word Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Pinch Me Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
  • Clinique Bronze Glow Uplighting Powder
On eyes:
  • Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m putting Safe Word on my wishlist. When I have bold eye looks, it’s nice to have a more muted lipstick that doesn’t compete with it

These look better than I imagined they would. Idk why, but my expectations weren’t high for the brand?
That said, each and every one looks good. But the clear winner for me is Safe Word! This is how I wanted Whirl or 1993 to look on me, but Whirl turned into an “I ate a bar of milk chocolate, didn’t bother wiping off my lips, and it dried up on them!”, and 1993 just looked blah. This one has just that special something that gives off a more dimensional, alive look. So I’ll be checking it out! ?

Safe Word is the clear winner for me, too. Pinch Me is for others. Mauve is not my idea of mauve. SW is a great neutral, to balance out, as Katherine says, and I know exactly what you mean about the 1993 disappointment, Nancy. I get the same, uh, no, that I get with Laguna and other yellowy brown bronzers. You think it’ll be great, but…. Glad I preswatched 1993 instead of ordering it online. I can think of the name in my job reference, rather than a BDSM reference, Safe Hands! ( they are behaviorally challenged.). Kind of done with the trendy names, that aren’t so subtle, though. Tired of strolling through the urban dictionary.

Pleased to see you reviewing more Smashbox, even if most of it hasn’t been to my liking. It’s one of the few brands available for me to purchase in person now, so more reviews are always appreciated.

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