Lip pencils aren’t what they used to be – oh no. Although the classic matte-formula ‘draw around your lip line’ thingies are still around, there’s a new generation of lipstick/lipbalm/lipstain hybrids all packaged up into handy pencil form that seem to be the flavour of the month right now. So here’s a run-down of the three that I’ve got locked up in my stash…
First up, the original – Clinique Chubby Stick. I picked up one of these for the first time last week and plumped for the shade Curvy Candy. Out of the three this is probably the most ‘well-rounded’ – pigmented colour, a glossy sheen and it’s pretty moisturising too. The only thing that dissapointed me was the shade range; all the shades seemed quite dark, no peachy pink to be seen! Say what? Clinique are missing out on a trick there, if they bought out a shade like that I’d stock up by the bucket load! Next up is one of the newer ones on the scene, the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist*. I’ve cracked this out in quite a few videos recently and it’s the lip product that I was whispering about here, it’s a great ‘your lips but a little nuder and glossier’ shade. Unfortunately there are only three shades to pick from here and they’re not particularly long-lasting but a good choice for a nice touch of moisturising gloss on the go. Finally the one that looks like it might topple the humble Chubby Stick off it’s hero lip product throne for many, Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm. This has cropped up on my blog quite a few times before. I adore the shade, it’s super smooth and moisturising on the lips and leaves a pinky orange stain on the lips, hours after the balm has worn away. The only problem here is that Revlon didn’t release this shade in the UK – boooo. But formula-wise, this gets a thumbs up from me.
The good thing with all three of these is that none of them require sharpening – just a little twist at the end is all that’s needed to reveal more product. But for me, not one of them hits the nail exactly on the head just yet – I’ll be throwing my arms in the air in excitable shapes when a long-lasting nude peachy pink balm stain lip pencil thingie-ma-jig hits the market, in the UK. So who wants to give that a go?