SmashBox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer promises to instantly transform your cream lipsticks into a plush, balmy matte. The question is, does it work…and can we dupe the effect with another product? Watch my video to find out.
While the effect can be duped by using a clear dimethicone-based primer, I still prefer Insta-Matte because it’s a bit thicker, and the texture is better, plus I know it’s lipsafe. With that being said, you can certainly grab a primer of the right texture and try it out! I also want to mention I did some additional experimenting with this. I tried it as a lipstick primer and it was a bust- the lipstick sort of slide over it but didn’t go on. I then tried it over some already-matte lipsticks I have that have hard, dry textures (read: Melt Cosmetics). The smoothing balmy feel of this made the lipstick look more velvety, and my lips much more comfortable. I’m really happy I picked this up, thank you for suggesting this!