Honestly, I don’t think there is anyone who loves their lip crayons more than I do. Nobody! Well maybe Lesley over at Petite Pear Style is on par, but seriously, this is probably my favourite format for lip product, and lip products and nail polish are probably my favourite beauty products. So basically, I am always very excited to test out another brand’s take on the lip crayon, which is why I was really excited to receive Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Plump It Up* and Cherry*.
The Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons have the traditional packaging of a twist up product, which I much prefer to the brands that still occasional make the kind you need to sharpen. These are so much less of a hassle to use, and you don’t have to worry about wasted product while sharpening, so that was an immediate win. They are pretty slender compared to a lot of the ones I own (Tarte, Revlon, etc.) and come in a huge selection of shades. I tested out two that were incredibly out of my neutral comfort zone, the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Plump It Up (a vibrant fuchsia) and Cherry (a bright, rich red).
It’s immediately obvious from the swatches, but the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons are creamy! They are incredibly smooth and opaque, and feel very nice on the lips. I don’t own a lip brush, so I applied both shades directly from the crayon, but they are pigmented enough that you could get greater accuracy if you used a brush although I think it looked fine just using the pointed tip.
The formula on both shades of Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons was great, but Cherry is just a bit better in terms of even application and opacity. Both shades are bright enough to be fairly long lasting and had a lovely creamy finish. They both left behind a stain, although it was more noticeable with Cherry.
Even though these aren’t colours I’d wear daily, I am definitely impressed by the formula and huge range of shades in the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons line. There are also some more sheer colours, like Divine, which I am currently lusting over.
How do you feel about the lip crayon craze? Are you sick of them yet? I don’t think I ever will be!