I spotted these lip pencils whilst on a late night chocolate hunt at my local Tesco store. I couldn’t decide which colour to pop in my basket and ended up buying five. Although I’m wishing I had bought more as these short little chubby pencils are a fantastic find.
The pencils are all in beautiful colours and a excellent formula – semi-matte but still creamy and not too drying. Comparisons to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are obvious – they’re quite similar in finish. Maybelline’s lip pencils tend to wear off without leaving a stain, are smaller and a great low budget alternative. At £4.99 you won’t be horrifically upset if you lost one of these babies on a night out.
They’re lightweight and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. I like the simple black pencil with the colour swatch at the bottom so I can see what I’m reaching for out of my lippy drawer.
The first shade I have swatched is “Light it Up” – a bright pink toned red. My favourite by far is “Nude Essential.” I’ve already had to sharpen this shade as it’s perfect for trying out Kylie Jenner inspired lips. “Keep it Classy” is a surprisingly deep colour, a pinky plum shade that will suit most skin tones. Next is “Minimalist” which is a sheer wash of nude-y pink on the lips. The pencil is slightly shimmery but this doesn’t translate well on the lips. It’s a great colour for Spring. And last but not forgotten is “Berry Much” – the perfect Autumn/Winter berry shade. It’s deep, dark and great for those who enjoy wearing a bold lip colour.
I highly recommend keeping your lips well scrubbed and moisturised before applying these as they will highlight flaky dry lips. I am a big lip product lover and these Colour Drama pencils tick all the boxes.
(I’m wearing Bourjois Healthy Mix, MAC The Perfect Cheek blush, and MAC Hue)
MAC Hue is probably one of the most talked about lippies ever. It’s a pale, nude pink that leans towards the warmer side. The glaze formula means it has a creamy finish and subtle sheen. A decent amount of coverage, you’ll either love it or hate it. Although it’s definately worth a swatch if you’re passing a MAC counter.
Worn best with either a smokey eye, or natural daytime look, Hue can be built up if you need a pinkier lip. One downside is the buttery, creamy Glaze formula – they tend to wear off quicker than other MAC formulas, however if you’re a fan it’s not going to be a major problem.
I’m not entirely convinced that this shade suits me. It’s too “nudey” and barely noticeable. It doesn’t really look like I’m wearing any lipstick. Maybe I’m just so used to seeing brighter colours on my lips.
I have two of the new Revlon Lip Butters and the first I have to show you guys is the Cotton Candy shade.
These launched about a week ago, and have since been flying off the shelves. Available in 14 gorgeous, wearable shades at Boots for £7.99, they’re a bargain.
These beauties are packaged in a plastic quilted sleeve that matches the shade inside. It’s practical, colour co-ordinated and sturdy. Definately handbag friendly.
This shade, Cotton Candy is a warmed toned pink, with tiny gold shimmer. It’s been compared to MAC’s Creme Cup, if that’s your thing. It’s glossy, and nicely pigmented considering it’s balmy, creamy formula.
Glides on like a tinted lip balm, but so much more pigmented that gives a semi-opaque, glossy finish. I love how moistursing and easy these Lip Butters are to wear. They’re so comfortable.
These are going to be a Summer staple for me, as I love the creamy formula. Although I am slightly scared that this lip butter will melt. The colour doesn’t last long on the lips however, roughly 2 or 3 hours at best. But honestly, I like wearing it so much that it doesn’t bother me.
Has anybody else managed to grab a couple of these? What do you think, worth the hype?
UPDATE: I managed to get a little swatch of this on my lips. Please excuse how thin and wonky they are. Honestly, they just don’t behave!
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