Smashbox Holidaze Always On Liquid Lip Set – Review and Swatches

Smashbox holiday lipstick kit

Smashbox liquid lipsticks were always high on my favorite liquid lipstick list, but for some reason, I never had a chance to pick-up a holiday collection. If you are having the same feelings toward Smashbox lipstick, their Holidaze Always On Liquid Lip Set is a great option to start with.

Well, maybe I’m biased due to the fact that it contains my favorite red, burgundy, and copper nude hues — but how can you blame a lipstick fanatic for wanting these perfect shades in her collection?

On a serious note, if you ever tried and loved Milani Metallic Matte Liquid Lipsticks or wanted to pick up Smashbox x Vlada Collab but never had a chance to do so, you will certainly enjoy this limited edition Smashbox holiday set. Scroll down for the review and swatches, as well as a roundup of Smashbox Holiday 2018 gift sets available at Sephora.


“Stand out at every ugly sweater party with these six Always On Liquid Lipsticks. These cruelty-free formulas deliver rich, lightweight, liquid matte color that stays put. The non-drying formula won’t flake, bleed, or feather.”


This year’s Smashbox holiday gift set packaging was created in collaboration with L.A.-based artist Jen Stark whose work is driven by sacred geometries of all kind. She picked the idea of decorating Smashbox kits with hypnotic circles, but with a colorful and asymmetric twist. Combined with shiny gold background and minimalism typography, Smashbox holiday gift sets are hypnotizingly delightful!


The gift set contains 3 matte and 3 metallic matte shades that provide a gorgeous color payoff and don’t feel too dry or sticky. Again, I’m a fan of Smashbox liquid lipstick formula so I received what expected from this set.

Smashbox liquid lipstick - Swatches

Color Range

In this gift set, you will receive 6 travel-size warm-tone liquid lipsticks.

  • Miss Conduct (Deep/Warm Plum Matte)
  • Stepping Out (Deep Nude Matte)
  • Babe Alert (Nude Rose Matte)
  • Maneater (Red Matte Metallic)
  • XO, Vlada (Rose Gold Matte Metallic)
  • Rust Fund (Copper Matte Metallic)


Will last you through light bites and drinks.


Very neutral, close to scent-less.

The Best Part

They got me with the shade range – I know that I’ll be wearing each and every shade from this holiday gift set.

The Worst Part

The formula is not 100% transfer-proof, i.e. it will stain your cup or glass.

Worth the Hype?

It’s a no-brainer! Definitely one of my favorite holiday launches.

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Smashbox Holiday Sets to Consider

In addition to the Holidaze Always On Liquid Lip Set, Smashbox came out with a few additional sets for the holiday season. United by the Holidaze theme, these lipstick, primer, and highlighter sets are colorful, fun, and are non-denominational. I would say, if you pick these during the holiday season, these sets will make a great gift throughout the year.

Holidaze: Photo Finish Primer Mini Trio ($22) contains the original skin blurring primer, moisturizing primer, and primer water – all in limited-edition packaging.

Holidaze Contour and Spotlight Highlighting Palette ($39) that contains 3 matte powders and 6 highlighters under one hypnotizing palette.

Be Legendary Liquid Lip Ornament ($24) is a perfect shade of metallic red lipstick that got a holiday makeover.

Also, there is Holidaze: Be Legendary Lipstick + Lip Mattifier Set ($29) currently listed at Ulta. It contains 5 bold cream lipstick shades as well as a mattifying transformer.

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Which of these holiday sets are you the most excited about? Did you pick any Smashbox holidays kits last year? What was your experience with these goodies? Let’s discuss this in the comments!

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