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)!
- 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
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.
- Richer Raisin
- Whole Lotta Honey
- Fuller Fig
- Mega Melon
- Chunky Cherry
- Woppin’ Watermelon
- Super Strawberry
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!