It seems that in the world of making (up) our lips to feel and look fuller, plumper, sometimes even a different color all together, tools that resemble the crayons of our elementary school days are the latest rage. From drugstrore to luxury brands, some brands are offering slightly portly but still pocket-sized pencils that act as a three in one: there’s the base of a balm, the consistency of a lipstick (or stain) and the glide-ness of a gloss, giving a flexibity of color coverage.
These fun pencils are also great for layering with your favorite lipstick or gloss to deepen a color, as if you’re already a fanatic of the former or the latter, you’ll probably still want to wear your usual coat of topical oral fixation, and some are more subtle in shine as others are as asgleam and glittery as a plastic disco ball.
REVLON Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (a spin-off of their popular Just Bitten Lipstick + Balm product that starred Jessica Biel in its ad), $8-10
CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (one of the first lip crayons to come out of the bunch), $14
TARTE LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain (also available in Matte and Luster), $24
VICTORIA’S SECRET Beauty Rush Lip Gloss Tint (Stick), $7
URBAN DECAY Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $19
NARS Velvet or Matte Gloss Lip Pencil, $24
SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil, $12
MILANO Lip Flash, $7-8