The transformer: Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer


It’s no secret that the hottest lip trend happening right now is the matte lip.  Everyone is coming out with their own line. But it you’re like me and already have a big collection of lip products, the last thing you want is to pick up a billion matte lipsticks in colours you already own.

Well, Smashbox has come up with a solution to this very colourful dilemma.

Officially launched last month, the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer doubles your lipstick collection by transforming any colour into it’s matte counterpart. Contained in a squeeze tube, the gel product is meant to be layered over any lipstick to instantly mattify the colour.

Product Tip

I have a similar product from Cargo Cosmetics that works the same way as this guy, although that one is in a stick formula.  Because this is a squeeze tube, it’s much cleaner to apply the formula in terms of keeping the product clean (certainly not your fingers though).  You just have to be careful not to smudge the colour.

I ended up layering this over one of the new Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks in LA Sunset, a rich cream formula, and found that it did matte the colour, although it doesn’t give you that usual tight feeling that is associated with matte lipsticks, which is nice if you like more comfort on the lip area (which I do).  Because of this though, I did find that the colour ended up fading after a few hours (and with eating and drinking).  What was left was a pretty stained look.

before and after

I really do like the idea of the product because of what it does – essentially turn any cream lipstick you have into a matte colour.  Because of that you don’t have to go out and spend tons of money staying on trend.  I will say though that it doesn’t leave you with as matte of a colour as true matte lipsticks do, but then again you don’t get that tight feeling that comes with matte lip colour.

The Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer retails for C$26, so it’s essentially the price of two to three matte lip colours, or one if you’re buying a more prestige brand.  If you are really into matte lip colour, I would look into this for sure.

Do you love the matte lipstick trend?

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