I’m not sure when it happened, but what started as a single purchase has developed into a collection of 11 lip crayons. The how is a lot easier to explain: lip crayons have been increasing in popularity over the last year or so with many brands releasing their own versions. They’re hugely popular due to their no-sharpening-required packaging and unique formulas and I’m perfect proof that you won’t be able to stop at just one.
I’m into the lip crayon craze in a big way and after scrolling through the swatches below I have a feeling you’ll be clamouring for some crayons as well. The first selling point of these crayons – beyond the ease of application – is that so many of them apply true to the shade you see in the tube.
[L – R: Lise Watier, Revlon (matte), Hard Candy, Clinique, Revlon (lacquer), Soap & Glory]
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon
First thing’s first: I had trouble focusing this photo on the gloss. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons ($16) slick on with ease and add a sheer wash of colour to the lips with fantastic shine. The brand bills this as a “push up bra for your lips” and I’d say the claims are true – the gloss boosts your lips without the tingle you usually get from plumping products. These crayons will be on shelves this April and are limited edition. I highly suggest you pick up one…or all three shades – Nudist (shown) a pink-beige, Fuchsia-ristic, a vibrant bright pink and Plum Jam, a rich burgundy berry. Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart & Murale locations.
Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm
This shade screams summer right out of the tube. Lise Watier’s limited edition offering ($22, shown in Coral Paradise) is another hydrating balm with a glossy finish. I didn’t find this to be the most hydrating of the bunch, but I did love the colour and the kissable finish. I feel like this was the finish I was always looking for when Seventeen recommended the best make-out glosses.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Balm
I purchased this product in Heftiest Hibiscus (shown) last year on the recommendation of one of my favourite YouTubers, Tanya Burr. It’s the most lipstick-y of the bunch and provides a dose of intense colour with a creamy finish. This has a huge cult following but I’ve found that I don’t reach for it as often as I thought I would. It’s simply not that nourishing on me. You do get fantastic colour payoff, though, so pick it up from Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora if that’s your jam for about $19.
Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain
I didn’t think I’d love this product as much as I do – it’s really been the dark horse for me. Hard Candy’s colour slicks on evenly and leaves a gorgeous stain on the lips without drying. It’s a triple threat for only about $5. I tried it out in Mauveous and found it’s the perfect my-lips-but-better shade – unobtrusive but gorgeous. Buy it exclusively at Walmart.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm
I love the Revlon Colorburst formulas in a big way. I find you get a ton of bang for your buck with these products and that they perform amazingly. The shades are true, the colour payoff is fantastic and they last forever. The only tricky thing about the Revlon Colorburst balms is finding them sealed & on shelves – these are selling out like wildfire. Unapologetic – shown – is my latest find and is nearly fluorescent. The mattes are the most comfortable of any matte lip product I’ve tried so far.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm
The Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms apply extremely smoothly and stain the lips below so you don’t get that weird ring-around-the-mouth thing going on when it eventually rubs off. Vivacious is the best bright pink hue – bold and shiny, it brightens up your entire face. If you’re not into the super-intense look, rub it in with your fingers a bit after applying.
Have you been taken by the lip crayon craze? Let me know your favourite formulas – or which you’re dying to try – below.
The products mentioned above were provided for editorial consideration & review, with the exception of the Clinique chubby stick. I’m sharing them because I love them and think you will too!