Oh look, it’s makeup in crayon format…*grabby hands*. That’s pretty much my usual reaction. I mean, I don’t even care what’s inside the tube, as long as it’s twist up and doesn’t require a brush. So, yeah, I was pretty excited to try out The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Red* and Universal Shade*, which, as the name implies, are intended to be the kind of duo cheek/lip product that can work on either, but in a crayon format. It’s always better in crayon format.
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Sticks come in five traditional shades, and one unique “universal” one. The first shade I have is The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Red, a cool-toned cherry shade. It applies very smoothly, and the Velvet Sticks are very lightly scented with the Smoky Poppy scent, but it’s not something I notice once applied.
On my lips, I found The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Red neither drying or hydrating, and it didn’t have that weird powdery finish cheek/lip products sometimes have. However, because of how large the product is, and it can’t be sharpened so the slight point will wear down, I think it may get a little difficult to apply over time, especially if you have thin lips like I do.
I was actually surprised by how much I liked the The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Red on both the lips and the cheeks. On the cheeks, I applied a few dabs and quickly blended in with my fingertips. It does set fairly quickly, but the end result is a really pretty, natural glow. It let behind a slight stain on the lips after a couple hours, and lasted a few hours longer on the cheeks, but would need to be reapplied (or perhaps set with powder) for all day wear.
The second shade I tried out is the The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Universal Shade. Although it looks dark grey, it is a self-adjusting shade that will vary depending on the pH of your skin. As you can tell, the swatch is darker and more of a purple-ish grey, while applied to my lips and cheeks, it’s a little more “radiant orchid”. I found it even pinker when blended into my cheeks.
The wear of the The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Universal Shade was similar to the Red shade, but I found that it didn’t apply quite as evenly and smoothly. Perhaps because it isn’t quite as opaque, I found it was a little more prone to showing off imperfections, but it was a great way to get myself a little out of my lip colour comfort zone.
I feel like even though the full face photos are great (or, if you don’t think they are useful, let me know!) it is still handy to have lip swatches, so I am going to try to include them going forward, including The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Red and Universal Shade. As you can tell, my natural lip colour still comes through enough to make both these shades quite flattering.
So how do the latest lip crayon additions fare? I love the shades of The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Red and Universal Shade and I think they both look really pretty on the lips and cheeks, but the formula is definitely more suited to the lips. My only concern is that the packaging might become a little difficult over time, but that wouldn’t stop me from trying another shade…I bet Coral is pretty!