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Today's post will be about two lip glosses I have come to use somewhat recently although I've had them for a while. They are both from Smashbox and they are both limited edition. The first one is from the "Masquerade" line and the second one is from the "Reign" line. The Masquerade lip gloss is still sold on their website (it's on sale, too!). I have it in the shade "disguise". The Reign lip gloss is no longer sold on their website and it is older than the Masquerade line if I am correct. I have this in the shade "crowned". You can get this on amazon at a good price!
As I've said before, I am not a lip stick person (yet). I don't think I'm ready for it yet so I'm mostly a lip gloss or lip balm/stain person. Overall, I think both are great lip glosses and the price is pretty fair.
I hate to admit it but I really am a sucker for cute packaging. And I love products even more if the actual product is good as well. At first, the packaging is what made me pick up the Reign lip gloss. It was very cute!
I like the little charm at the top of the tube and it has a 'royal' theme to it. The shade was appealing because it was somewhat pinky-peachy (when applied) and a little orange too (swatched). It also does not have chunks of glitter in it (it has some glitter but nothing too noticeable or crazy) and I feel that it is appropriate for daily use.
In terms of stickiness - yes it is a bit sticky. But not as sticky as other lip glosses I've tried (in particular Tokidoki's Prisma lip gloss) and the color is quite true to bottle. I dislike anything that looks too overwhelming but I think this lip gloss is suitable for all lips! And I think a pinky-peachy is appropriate for all people as it looks quite natural. It also smells good! Taste - not so much lol.
On the other hand, Masquerade is pretty glittery. There are some flecks of gold glitters so it may or may not be appropriate for daily use (depends on what you consider too glittery) but I think it's okay for daily use as well. My friend (who is a lipstick addict) told me that this is great to put on top of lipstick as well.
Masquerade is a little bit darker than my usual liking but that's okay because it's not too dark. What I like is that it's not sticky. Seriously, super sticky lip glosses are not flattering and they're hard to deal with if you leave your hair down. I also like that this "just enough" for when you want your overall face to stand out. It's definitely pinkish when swatched/in the bottle but on my lips I feel like the color doesn't show as much. It's probably my own lip color though!
One thing I don't like, however, is the smell. Compared to Reign, I feel like Masquerade doesn't smell so great but it doesn't really taste like anything. The smell does go away after a while... or maybe I just got used to it.
In short: Both are 3.7/5 - I'm pleased with both.
So, are you a lipstick or lip gloss person? Recommend me your favorite of either or both!