Off-topic, but can you believe it's finally spring? I don't know about you guys, but the temperature is finally starting to stabilize around 50 degrees around here, and it's so nice. We had a rumored "snowstorm" on Sunday, but it barely snowed (typical), and it had already melted by the time I woke up the following morning. But you're not here to listen to me talk about the weather, are you?
I've attempted to order these from lightest (left) to darkest (right). It was a little tricky, with the varying formulas and shades, but I hope it made things a little easier to follow. But enough about that. Let's get to the good stuff~
|Left to Right: POP BEAUTY Fuchsia Flirt, COVERGIRL Watermelon Twist, BELLAPIERRE P.I.N.K., LAQA & CO. Beezlebub, MAC Intimidate, REVLON Sorbet|
POP BEAUTY Pouty Pop Lip Crayon in Fuchsia Flirt (£6, about $8.50 | .1oz) - I was all about this color last April, but after summer it was retired to the back of my makeup drawer. This is a bright, bubblegum pink lip crayon that's described as leaning more towards lip balm rather than lipstick, but it's still pretty pigmented. It's not as hydrating as I would like, but it still has a nice, smooth texture. I received this in an Ipsy bag years not too long before I saw lip crayons popping up everywhere. I think the twist-up crayon is easier to use and "color in the lines" with than a typical lipstick. Depending on my mood, this shade can be a little "loud" for me, so I tend to only wear it in the warmer months (and look, it's about that time!). The shade selection isn't huge, but their Pouty Pop Lip Crayons come in five different shades if you're interested in picking one up.
COVERGIRL Jumbo Gloss Balm in Watermelon Twist ($9, or $5 on Amazon | .13oz) - Another lip crayon, this one is warmer and sheerer than the Pop Beauty mentioned above. I find it easier to wear for daytime, the type of product you can just toss in your makeup bag and reapply as needed. It's definitely more balmy than the Pop Beauty, so it won't last you through a meal, but it's certainly comfortable to wear. These offer a nice bit of shine, but I wouldn't consider them to be necessarily "glossy" as the name implies. If you're looking to tint your lips with a color, rather than paint them an opaque shade of pink, I think you'll like these.
BELLAPIERRE Mineral Lipstick in P.I.N.K. ($20 | .12oz) - This lipstick form my July Ipsy bag is a warm pink shade. I wouldn't classify this as sheer--since compared to the CoverGirl lip crayon above, it's not--but the color payoff isn't intense by any means. It's a pretty color that's bright enough to be fun but not something that will be out of many people's comfort zones. I'm not crazy about the way it wears on the lips, looking a little dry and clinging to the edges after a few hours, but I'm a big fan of the color. Would I pay $20 for another one of these? Certainly not, especially when there are better formulas at the drugstore for half the price, but I'll wear it sometimes when I can convince myself that I'm going to touch it up at some point (even though I probably won't).
LAQA & CO Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Beezlebub ($20 | .1oz) - I wore this back when I channeled Aphrodite in the Greek Goddess Makeup Challenge. This is a beautiful bright rose color, and wow, I'm noticing I have a lot more of these crayon-shaped lipsticks that I originally thought. It makes it so easy to line and fill in your lips, though, especially with a bright color like this. It's quite pigmented for something that feels like a lip balm, and it's super comfortable on the lips. Out of all the products I have in this category (lip crayons that feel like lip balm), this is probably my favorite formula. It has the great color payoff of the Pop Beauty and the balmy feel of the CoverGirl. I have three of these in various colors, in a combination of Birchox samples and full-sizes, and I can easily see myself getting another. I think you'll be really satisfied with these if you give them a go.
I'll talk more about the next two lipsticks below.
|Left to Right: MAC Intimidate, REVLON Sorbet, NYC Forever Fuchsia, URBAN DECAY Anarchy, LAQA & CO Menatour|
REVLON Colorburst Lip Butter in Sorbet ($8.49, or $6 on Amazon | .9oz) - Back when I first started this blog back in 2013, I (like the rest of the beauty blogging community) was obsessed with these. You didn't really see this kind of sheer lipstick/lip balm hybrid around, at least not in the drugstore, so it's the kind of thing us beauty bloggers get excited about. This is another one of those products that I have three of, just because they're so comfortable and easy to wear. It's a great option if you want to go for a bright pink or dark red, because they come off pigmented but not over-the-top enough to make it feel like a commitment. They're the type of shades where you'll be rocking a fun lip color, but you won't feel like you put in the effort, making them great for summer when I want as less makeup as possible on my face. I recommend these to everybody. Even if they're not new and exciting anymore, they're still a lipstick staple for me.
NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($2 | .11oz) - You might recognize this shade from the #5DayLipstickChallenge I participated in last month on Instagram. I really dig how bright and vibrant this cool pink shade is--here's a lip swatch--but the formula leaves something to be desired. It's pretty dry, as in you can feel it dragging on your lips when you apply it. At $2, it's a great way to try out different colors and see what you like best, but I'd definitely upgrade to something better once I found my favorite shades. There are so many better options, even for a few dollars more at the drugstore, that I don't really find myself reaching for this.
URBAN DECAY Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy ($22 | .09oz) - This pigmented, bright fuchsia shade is wild! I received this little guy in an Ipsy bag, and apart from being an adorable size, it's also a great lipstick. It's also vegan, meaning it contains no animal products or by-products, for those of you who abstain from those. Urban Decay really nailed it with their lipstick formula. It's lasts a surprisingly long time despite its creamy formula, and as it wears it doesn't gather in patches or look bad like a lot of other lipsticks can tend to. I don't wear this lipstick as often as it deserves, just because the color is so bold, but if I had it in a more neutral color I know I would get a ton of use out of it. If the full sizes weren't $22 a pop, I'd probably own one. I guess you get what you pay for!
LAQA & CO Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour ($20 | .1oz) - This purple crayon is the black sheep of my lipstick collection, and since I only own one in this color, I stuck it in here. Behold, another Laqa & Co lip crayon makes an appearance! Despite its odd name, they really are awesome. This warm purple shade is too adventurous for me sometimes, but I love to wear it when I'm feeling bold. You can see a lip swatch of it in my Demeter Makeup Look. There's not much more I can say about the formula that I didn't say already, so just try them out for yourself!
|Left to right: Pop Beauty Fuchsia Flirt, CoverGirl Watermelon Twist, Bellapierre P.I.N.K., MAC Intimidate, Laqa & Co Beezlebub, Revlon Sorbet, NYC Forever Fuchsia, Urban Decay Anarchy, Laqa & Co Menatour.|
Wow, that's all of them. I'm clearly drawn to pinks. Judging by the comments on my previous posts, many of you are, too! What's your favorite pink lipstick right now?
Have you seen my other lipstick collection posts yet?
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Disclaimer: Not sponsored. Some affiliate links included. I paid for these. The only ones I received complimentary are the NYC and the CoverGirl, but that was over a year ago so it's not really relevant.