Smashbox Lipstick in 'Vivid Violet' £16 | buy here
Autumn and winter time always means darker lipsticks for me. I have a lot of dark reds for winter, but lately have been going more towards the darker purples (think MAC Cyber and Rimmel Glam Plum Fulham). Although I like the darker shades, I wanted a purple that I could wear in the summer to autumn transition (or winter to spring).
The Smashbox Vivid Violet is dark at first glance, but goes on light and builds up. I applied one coat in the picture above but I could easily have added more to build up the colour intensity.
The lipstick contains tiny glitter fragments which help to lighten the lipstick up a bit without being too glittery. Seriously, you can hardly see the glitter at all. I think that the light catches nicely on the lipstick and makes my lips looks great.
Colour aside, the lipstick is moisturising without being too glossy. It's a great lipstick for the colder and dryer months as I feel that you wouldn't need to apply a lip balm underneath this to ensure that your lips stayed soft.
The colour lasted about four hours before needing a touch up, which I think it great considering I was drinking a million cups of tea. It's not sticky, smells nice, and comes in a squared metal lipstick tube which makes it easier to distinguish between the other lipsticks.
Have you tried Smashbox lipsticks before?