Lip Crayon Smack Down! NARS v.s. Tarte v.s. Clinique

  This spring the trend for lips is the Lip Crayon. Having no less than 11 lipsticks and glosses in my bag at one time, I love the convenience of lip crayons. Several brands have crayons out this spring–let’s take a look and see who will take the coveted Prime Beauty Trophy.

NARS took its’ beloved Velvet Matte Lip Pencils and created the new NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils ($24). In six gorgeous colors and a high gloss finish, these chubby sticks truly are a gloss in a convienient pencil. Released on February 1, these have already become a favorite.

 Available colors are:

  • Baroque – A bold raspberry sorbet shade; the type of regal color frequently associated with its namesake artistic style.
  • Happy Days – A fresh pink coral infused with gold shimmer that’s as flirty and fun-loving as the TV sitcom its name is inspired by.
  • New Lover – A strawberry pink, laced with gold that mimics the look of overly-kissed lips.
  • Frivolous – A flirty and frothy iridescent seashell pink, that is anything but serious.
  • Hopi – A honey beige hue inspired by the Native American tribe of northeastern Arizona.
  • Club Mix – A sheer grape color that’s sophisticated enough for day, but seductive enough for a night on the town.

I purchased Happy Days, a peachy pink coral that I just love. At first swipe, I was put off by the synthetic, strong plastic smell, however it disappates quickly. The gloss pencil feels very smooth and has great pigmentation. The formula uses Vitamins A & E to make these very hydrating and a joy to wear. As is typical with any gloss, I got about three hours wear. I can’t stress enough how beautiful these colors are–next on my list are Baroque and Club Mix. I made a special trip to Sephora today to take pics for you and when I pulled my camera out of my bag, the batteries were dead. Note to self: check camera batteries every time! I’m going to do the next best thing and refer you to The Beauty Look Book where Sabrina has good swatches. The only negative I can see to these pencils is that they DO need to be sharpened–bummer.


Also new this spring, Tarte has taken their popular LipSurgence Lip Tints and reworked them to add a tinch (my word–a cross between a tad & a pinch) of shimmer and a whole lotta shine. Tada! Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Lusters ($24)!

 Shades include:

  •  fever (red)
  •  pouty (berry)
  •  frisky (bright pink)
  •  adored (light pink)
  •  glisten (peach)
  •  buff (nude)

Allowing the same convienient crayon packaging the other two brands have, these are twist up–a definite plus for me. Tarte’s LipSurgence is different in that their crayons have a nice minty taste and scent that feels fresh and cooling. Another plus is that Tarte leaves a slight stain on your lips so when the gloss wears off, you are still left with color on your lips. I do wish they were longer lasting but I don’t expect glosses to last longer than 3 hours anyway. Tarte has also released the shade Peaceful which was formerally only available in a set. It’s a big fav of mine–a natural peach. Tarte LipSurgence now comes in three finishes–tints, matte and lusters. Tarte Lip Surgence Lip Tints are on sale for 20% off until Feb. 28th. Use code WINNER  

Lust lip tint, Peaceful lip tint, Fiery matte


These cuties are Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms ($15) and come in 8 neutral shades to flatter a variety of skin tones.  These are twist up so no sharpener needed and just one quick swipe delivers a sheer tint of color. There is not a lot of variation between the colors, however, if you like the feel of a balm and like sheer shades, you need to check out Clinique Chubby Sticks.

 Shades are:

  •  Richer Raisin
  • Whole Lotta Honey
  • Fuller Fig
  • Mega Melon
  • Chunky Cherry
  • Woppin’ Watermelon
  • Super Strawberry
  • Graped-Up

 Clinique Chubby Sticks L to R: Top row: Richer Raisin, Whole Lotta Honey, Fuller Fig, Mega Melon Bottom row: Chunky Cherry, Woppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry, Graped-Up

 And the Prime Beauty Trophy Goes To……. Tarte LipSurgence Lip Lusters!!!! and the crowd goes wild!!!!

 NARS Velvet Gloss Pencils: A           gorgeous colors, high shine, great pigmentation, non-sticky. A minus for having to sharpen & a strong plastic smell at first swipe

 Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster: A+     good color selection, non-sticky, available in three finshes, leaves a nice stain behind, lovely minty taste and smell, twist up, high gloss

 Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms: B+    moisturizing, sheer shades, twist up crayon, great price at $15, not much color variation or not as glossy as the other brands 

Have you tried any of these lip crayons? Which is your favorite? Do share!