Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume Review

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume Review

Product Description:

Drench your lips in luminous color and shine with this ultra-moisturizing formula that keeps lips soft and smooth for hours. Available in a variety of long-wearing shades and three advanced color formulas for a range of dazzling looks that enhance your lips like never before.



  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant; moisturizing.
  • Shiny Polymers: Enhance shine and volume.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polybutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ozokerite Wax, Trihydroxystearin, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470).


19$ for 0.2 oz.


My Take on Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume:

Packaging: It comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with a doe-foot applicator. I am quite fond of the doe-foot applicators as they easily glide along the contours of the lips without smudging. Also, it is transparent, so you would know how much you have used and how much is still left.

Colour: It is a n*de shade with hints of glitter. Though the glitters do not look over the top, they are noticeable. It is a colour which can be worn both during the day as well as night and shall look perfect with heavy eye make up when you do not want to accentuate the lips. Both fair skinned gals as well as dusky beauties can carry this colour without thinking much.


Consistency:  The consistency of the gloss is neither runny nor thick, it is somewhere in between and quite apt to apply on the lips. It spreads evenly without feeling sticky which is the best part.

Fragrance: Though I do not like cosmetics to have any kind of fragrance, still I did not mind the chocolatey vanilla fragrance oozing from this gloss. It actually feels delicious :P. The fragrance lingers for an hour or so after which it starts to fade, but believe me, it isn’t bothersome.


Staying Power: It stays on me for 2-3 hours and with munching, the staying power reduces minimally. It could not survive the full meal test. The gloss from the centre of the lips vanished with the meal.  I think all glosses more or less stay for 2-3 hours only, so I don’t have any issue with the staying power.  In fact, I quite appreciate the non-sticky feature.



Efficacy:  It keeps my lips moisturized till the time I have it on.  Even after that, there’s no stretchy feeling. However, it is an exaggeration to call it lip enhancing because I cannot see any plumping effect, not even momentary.

Overall, I found it be a decent gloss with minor flaws.

Summarizing the pros and cons:

Pros of Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume:

  • Doe-foot applicator helps to apply gloss along the contours.
  • Universally flattering shade which is suitable to be worn any time during the day.
  • Non sticky.
  • Keeps the lips moisturized.

Cons of Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume:

  • Long list of ingredients scares me.
  • Not available in India.
  • Does not have any plumping effect.
  • Some may not like the glitter particles in it.
  • Has a chocolate-y vanilla fragrance (agreed, it is delicious, yet many prefer no fragrance cosmetics).
  • Can not survive meals.

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Will I Repurchase Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume?

I wouldn’t repurchase for sure as I am not a fan of glosses and this is no extraordinary gloss. As far as recommendation goes, I think there is no harm in giving it a try once.

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12 thoughts on “Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – Illume Review

  1. beautiful lip swatch.. u have pretty lips… *woot* do let us know the secret behind ur lips.. not a hint of pigmentation.. *jai ho* *oye balle* baby lips *puchhi*

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