Smashbox Unzipped, Jam On It, Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied with smooth, even coverage. The texture was lightweight, velvety, and didn’t slide around or feather over time. This shade stayed on for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Mascate (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Nightfall (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Starwoman (P, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Red Desert (97) (P, $14.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (DC, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Force Speciale (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Burberry Ruby (434) (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Rose in Harlem (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy with a velvety slip, so it was very smooth and easy to apply. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, where you could see my lip freckle peeking through, but it covered evenly. This shade stayed on for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Muted Fuchsia (124) (P, $38.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Toung 'n' Chic (LE, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #80 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Damned (P, $27.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop More Better (P, $6.50) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Blindfold (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (DC, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Under My Thumb (P, $26.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty #100 (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Alchemist (P, $7.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Burning Love (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Off the Record (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M102 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lolly (P, $5.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M501 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC What Joy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a very deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture of this shade was better than many in the range, as it was smooth, lightly velvety, but it didn’t cling or emphasize the natural texture of my lips. It wore well for over six hours, left a fuchsia stain behind, and was non-drying. Givenchy Violine Retro (P, $37.00) is glossier (95% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $40.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M501 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Plastics (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Zipped (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Doin' Fine (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (DC, $7.49) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay CSB (PiP, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $21.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Persuasion (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I Hide My (P, $34.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Alchemist (P, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Warm Leatherette (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Heroic Pink (212) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass When I'm With You (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

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Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Unzipped Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Jam On It Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick
Smashbox Femme Fatale Be Legendary Matte Lipstick

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Smashbox really seems to have stepped up their lippie game. The quality has been stellar. I love all these shades but I’m pretty much done with buying mattes. I have a good number of mattes already (at least a dozen or more) and I rarely wear them.

Are you serious???? Just when I finished narrowing down the UD Vice list, out comes Smashbox with ANOTHER 120 lippies? Good God, it IS raining lipsticks this year!

I just cannot get over the quality of these Smashbox lipsticks! They are way beyond what I had expected. Femme Fatale is screaming my name. That is the *perfect* autumnal deep plum shade for me!
This year, my lipstick wishlist has gone into hyperdrive! Getting me a little bit scared….???

I own about 100 lipsticks, of which at least 90% are REDS. In my defence, they all get much love on heavy rotation and I use them – and use ’em up as well – *a lot*.
Still, it’s a pretty massive amount of lipsticks.
But I know that I need Unzipped in my life. Just Unzipped. Then I can quit any time I want to, I swear!

Oh, Unzipped ♥

I’ve not bought a Smashbox lipstick in years, decades even, I di think I must buy one very soon. Jam On It and Femme Fatale are both very lovely, as is Unzipped, but I have dupes for that one. One, or both of the other ones will be mine.
Well done Smashbox, getting me interested in your brand after such a long time.

Did any of the shades that you graded as A accentuate the appearance of lip lines and natural texture on the lips? Specifically, did Femme Fatale do this?

No, I didn’t have any issues with that. I usually try to note that in the review – any issues or downsides experienced – as things like that affect the rating.

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