Finding Neutrogena’s MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($8.49) at the drugstore is like finding a diamond in a cup of sugar. Not that this has actually happened to me, but a girl can dream can’t she? To find such a rare gem at the drugstore is an unexpected delight! Seriously beauties, the quality of these babies rivals that of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks and Tarte’s LipSurgence which cost two to three times the price!
Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks are all about hydration and shine! They are extremely lightweight, comfortable to wear, chock full of moisture, non-sticky and impart a shine that lasts for about three hours. Formulated with fruit extracts and mango and shea butters, these lip pencils are supposed to “instantly moisturize lips, while continuously conditioning them so they are softer and smoother in just 3 days with nothing on them.” I don’t feel that my lips are moisturized when I’m not wearing Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks, but they sure are when I am! And….good news for us over 40 ladies, they do NOT highlight lip lines or dryness.
Available in eight succulent shades:
- Juicy Peach
- Fresh Papaya
- Sweet Watermelon
- Bright Berry
- Warm Caramel
- Soft Raspberry
- Plum Perfect
- Rich Raisin
I purchased the three lightest shades: Juicy Peach, a pale peach with an ever-so-slight sheen, Fresh Papaya, a peachy pink coral with the same sheen and Sweet Watermelon, a pale cool pink with barely-there frost. They all have an opaque, glossy finish on the lips. On more pigmented lips, these colors might look too similar, but on my pale lips you can definitely see the difference. That being said, I do want to pick up some of the darker shades, especially Bright Berry, Warm Caramel and Plum Perfect–well heck that’s just about all of them!
Packaging is great; the clear lids make it easy to see the shades and they are twist-up so no need to sharpen. They have a smooth balm-like texture and a juicy, fruity scent I love (no worries, it fades soon)! The color stays true without fading or migrating and the pigment is good–better than a tinted balm and less than a true lipstick.
Bottom Line: a fabulous drugstore find, Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks are moisture-rich, easy to wear with great pigment and a lovely finish. A great choice for the over 40 woman! I love these so much they live in the makeup bag in my purse so I have them on hand ALL the time! Neutrogena, please make more shades!!!!
Prime Beauty Grade: A
P.S.–these are often on sale for BOGOHO (buy one get one half off) making them a little over $6 a piece, an even better buy!!!