Happiness is New Lipstick

"Flowers in the city are like lipstick on a woman -- it just makes you look better to have a little color." - First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson

As you all know, I'm a sucker for lipsticks. I mean, I love a good pigmented or shimmer gloss, and I detest matte lipstains, but now lipsticks...they're on a whole 'nother level! I can't stop collecting them for my kit! I've cut the lipstick-binges back for quite a while now, and I was itching to try something new, so I looked into reviews for Smashbox lipstick and Bobbi Brown lipsticks, and as Smashbox was the cheaper option of the two, I decided to place an order for a cute little mini set of five lipsticks that included one of the highest rated bridal shades and three full sized lipsticks.

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Most research raved about these lippies' longevity and pigmentation, and they come to a close second to the wide range of shade offerings of MAC with some very attractive colors included in the line.

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Top three rows: Dirty Matte, Mauve Matte, Pretty Social

Bottom rows from left to right: Bing Matte, Stylist Matte, Audition, Famous, Screen Queen Matte

We're going to take a quick look at the full-sized lipstick shades which are $21 for 0.1oz...

First up, "Dirty Matte": funny enough, the color reminds me of wet clay dirt from the side of the road I grew up on. It's a grungy brick red with tones and is matte but not not drying - big difference between those two terms.

Next, we have "Mauve Matte" which is a strange descriptor for a color that is poppin' coral pink! Maybe they put the wrong color in the tube, but this shade is NOT "mauve". It's a beautiful bridal shade of pink, but there isn't a single purple-grey undertone to be found.

Lastly, there's "Pretty Social", a shade that research showed was a mainstay for a bride's wedding day. This one really shocked me with with how sheer it was - it was almost like a Clinique Chubby Stick! The color is a cool-toned baby pink, and it's really cute, but to get enough pigment, you'd have to apply multiple layers and because the formula is so creamy, it transforms into a greasy wash of color that eventually settles into lip lines. Love the color, just not the formula.

Finally, I was drawn to this petite set because 1.) it was on clearance, and 2.) it included one of the top-rated shades I noticed surfacing over and over again in my research called "Audition". Originally $39, it was on-sale for $20 and then my 30% discount on top of that sealed the deal!

There's "Bing Matte" which is a firetruck red with a slight blue base, "Stylist Matte" which to me is the perfect neutral fall shade of deep rose, the highly anticipated "Audition" which is THE perfect light mauve, "Famous" which is a fair, orange/peach-based nude, and finally, "Screen Queen Matte" which is the most lovely burgundy, borderline blue-based ox-blood.

I am so excited to put each of these colors to good use over the next year, but tell me, which Smashbox shade is your go-to?

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