4.19.2012

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain and Color Seal Balm in Guava Review and Swatches

As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for lip stains. I want to try them all and run around with cute lips all day!  But despite my persistent hopes, these products often fail to live up to my expectations.

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava ($23) is one more to add to my list of lip stain disappointments.

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm is doubled-ended, with the stain at one end and a sealing balm at the other. The stain is delivered in a marker-style tip that you use to draw the color on your lips. I like using marker stains, but they also have a tendency to dry out over time.

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava

I did not like the sealing end of Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain. The sealing balm does not twist up! It is stuck to the end at its full height, and I broke it off when I tried to put the cap back on the first time.

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava -
The broken balm is now stuck in the cap

I was not happy with the color of Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava either.  It is described as a "bright coral orange" and packaged with red-orange accents, but don't let them fool you. It came out as a cherry red on me. I get pretty annoyed when product labeling is so flagrantly inaccurate:

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava -
Stain + Sealing Balm




Even if cherry red was what you were looking for, I still would not recommend Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava. The stain does not last long and it wears very unevenly. I applied the stain in the morning, and here is what my lips looked like after lunch:

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava -
Not cute after eating

Ugh, that lip ring looks horrible! This problem is certainly not unique to this lip stain, but at least you can spread lipstick back into place or wipe it off completely. I was left with stained "lip liner" for the rest of the afternoon.

Bottom Line:  Although I usually love Smashbox, the Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm in Guava did not work for me. The color did not look at all as described, and the stain did not last long or wear well. This product was not worth my $23. Buy at your own risk!

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