Smashbox: Black Plum Lipstick

Smashbox gave the bloggers a tube of lipstick at the pre-convention meeting for The Makeup Show, here in Orlando. I was thrilled until I saw the shade…

swatches toss notd 055 swatches toss notd 059 swatches toss notd 056‘Black Plum’ is really dark. As in goth dark. As much as I’m mesmerized by the deep, velvety burgundy shade, I knew it wasn’t going to look anything but garish on me.

I couldn’t help but swatch it though. And when I did, I just by chance, took my finger and swiped the tube and then swatched it on my hand next to the first swatch…

swatches toss notd 061I cannot tell you why I did that. But, ‘Black Plum’ was looking more plum than black with a finger swatch. Usually, I will apply my lipsticks directly on my lips from the tube. I only use a brush when the product is in a palette. When I was training to be a makeup artist in the late ’80’s, we were taught to not use our fingers but always use clean sponges and brushes. It was the decade of AIDS and little was still known about the disease. So, we were taught to apply makeup without ever touching the skin.

Well, it’s my finger and my lips and my lipstick so, why not try it?…

swatches toss notd 074‘Black Plum’ then looked about the same color as my own lips, just 3 or so shades darker. There’s nothing garish about this lipstick at all! This Smashbox lippie is very creamy to apply and lasts better than 4 hours this way. And, I still have the option to use it directly from the tube, blotting it if I wish or, using a lip brush. But, for now, I like applying it with my finger…

swatches toss notd 078What is your preferred way to apply lipstick?

This product was provided to me from the maker. This is my own honest opinion about the product.

  • Interesting! I’m afraid I won’t like the color I got since I’m not really a red lipstick user…nor matte lipstick. I got Infrared Matte, the color is so deep red so I planned on giving it to someone else but maybe I’ll try to give it a chance using my finger or a brush to apply it lightly.

    • Maybe we should have compared. We might have swapped! I think you’d look awesome with a red lipstick!!

  • Jules

    Awesome, so glad to hear this! I picked this up at discount and wasn’t sure about it either… I’m daring, but not goth! Thanks for the review! 🙂