Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out - Swatch and Review

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Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out. I know most everyone is knee deep in liquid lipstick formulas but I couldn't help but be excited about this, especially when I saw the full color sets that some Bloggers were getting. The name "Always On" name sets up some pretty high expectations so I wanted to see if it was really worth it! Stepping Out is also a really gorgeous color, reminding me of the beige-y browns that were popular during the 90s.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out Swatch and Review

Click through to read my thoughts on the formula and see my swatch!

Where to Purchase: SmashboxSephoraULTANordstrom
Price: $24.00 for .13 oz/ 4mL
Do they test on animals?: The company does not test on animals.
Packaging: The Always On Liquid Lipstick comes in a rectangular tube with a tear drop shaped doe foot applicator. The middle of the applicator has a reservoir that holds extra product there; I do think the applicator picks up a little too much product so I like to wipe off one side before applying to my lips. 

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out Swatch and Review


Smashbox says "our long-wear, water-resistant liquid lipstick features Advanced Polymer Technology that makes it stay put and look as fresh and flawless as your first swipe—for up to 8 hours. Featherweight but fierce, this liquid matte formula is infused with lip-smoothing Primer Oil complex for suede-soft lip color in 20 super-rad shades. It's smudge-proof, budge-proof and non-feathering."

The Always On Liquid Lipstick Formula is a very creamy liquid lipstick formula which makes it much easier to apply since it's not thin and runny like other liquid lipsticks. The pigmentation for this shade is amazing, no trouble getting opaque coverage. As with any liquid lipstick, you do want to exfoliate beforehand for the most smooth look. The formula dries matte but doesn't feel as drying on your lips as it looks and it didn't have a tacky finish. It dries down within 30 seconds to a minute. I wouldn't go so far to say it's lightweight because it still is a liquid lipstick but I find it one of the more comfortable liquid lipsticks. It's mostly smudge and budge-proof; it doesn't dry down 100% which aids in its comfort but I find a tiny amount can come off on my fingers if I rub a bit. 

The wear time for the formula lives up to its claim of 8 hours; the color looked fairly similar at hour 8 as it did when first applied (about 95% of the color remaining). I had no trouble with it feathering at all. I was rather impressed with its longevity since I tested it through two meals (including chili cheese waffle fries) and I didn't get that awkward wearing away from the center that many lip products get. All in all, a commendable liquid lipstick formula!


Stepping Out is described as a "deep nude". This is one of those colors that looks lighter in the tube than it does when it's applied and dried.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out Swatch and Review

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out Swatch and Review


I do think if you're newer to liquid lipsticks, you might like this formula for its ease of application (thanks to the teardrop applicator), creamy formula, and longevity. There's also an amazing range of shades so you'll be able to find a color that suits your personality and style!

Let me know if you've tried out the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks or if you're interested in liquid lipsticks at all!

Disclaimer: I purchased this myself. All opinions are my own. I wasn't compensated for this review. The post contains affiliate links, which provide me with a commission based off your use of the link when making a purchase.


  1. Allison @neversaydiebeautyDecember 12, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    lovely shade! I'm impressed that the color looked as good after 8 hours as it did initially!

  2. That's a pretty shade on you. I'm wary of these, as I find most liquid lipsticks to be too drying to my lips. I would like to get a snack size and test drive it, before I lay out for a full size. :D

  3. I have to try this out! It's the perfect nude lippie.


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