I’m a lipgloss girl. Shiny? Colourful? Gimme gimme gimme! I’ve had my eye on these Limited Edition Lip Crayons from Face of Australia for months, and finally I was very kindly gifted them by my beautiful friend Samantha, for the SS Beauty Swap. The packaging is slightly reminiscent of the fifties, a little bit kitschy, it almost reminds me of Benefit’s funky packaging.
The all-important ingredients, and below the crop mark here, are the very important words “not tested on animals”.
I found the lip crayons fairly easy to apply. Being a crayon, it’s easy to apply right out to your lip line and easy to scribble on to fill in your lips. The formula is very moisturising, with a glossy finish that is actually not sticky. I know, I’ve heard it a million times before too, but this one actually isn’t sticky. My only gripe is that for me, the colour was rather difficult to get even. Whether it’s the applicator, or the formula, or just my uneven lips… I’m not sure. But I find it a bit of a challenge. The lip crayons smell like vanilla, which is my favourite fragrance. I love it when lip products don’t smell like lip products!
Above: Cupcake on my lips. This is probably the crayon that I’ve used the most. The colour is a very pretty soft pink, which leans towards the cool side but still looks good on my warm skin tone. It’s natural enough to wear to work, or on the weekend, but gives enough colour to make you look polished, and like you’ve made an effort. This shot was taken in natural light, with no flash, and I feel is a good representation of the colour.
Above: Sundae on my lips. This is the perfect example of a “my lips but better” colour. I was a bit apprehensive at first, since the colour of the crayon actually looks quite brown (a colour I tend to steer clear of) but once it’s on, it’s actually quite a pretty rosy brown, which blends in with my natural lip pigment to create a lovely rosy, glossy pout. I found this colour the most difficult to get even on my lips, but once you’ve outlined your lips, a soft scribbling motion seems to work best to fill them in.
Above: Macaron on my lips. This was a surprise. I tend to think of any shade of red as being a “special occasion” colour. But the pinkish undertone, and soft glossy finish definitely make this an all-rounder. I’ve worn it to work, out for drinks and it always gets compliments. It’s a little brighter than my standard lipgloss choices, which is probably why it works for me. Again, the above shot was taken in natural light with no flash and represents the colour quite well, I feel.
In terms of lasting, I was pretty surprised. Glosses tend to disappear pretty quickly on me. Partially because I’m a lip biter and probably partially because I have dry lips that tend soak all the moisture up. But these crayons did pretty well. Last-wise, you’re looking at a solid 2 hours of gloss and around another hour of nice soft colour. I found that when I ate or drank anything, it was find more that the gloss and colour in the centre of the lips that disappeared. You could get away with a quick redistribution of the colour, by rubbing your lips together, but the colour isn’t nearly as strong and the finish just isn’t the same. They’re so easy and so much fun to reapply, it’s better to just reach for a mirror and get your pout back to perfect ASAP.
So a thumbs up to Face of Australia Limited Edition Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons from me, especially if you’re a gloss girl, you’ll love them. The ease of application makes them perfect for on-the-go touch ups. The difficulty with getting the colour even is my only issue. RRP is $14.95 and they’re available from Priceline, Big W, Kmart and selected pharmacies.
So lovelies, have you discovered any new lip glosses lately? Have you tried these lip crayons? What did you think?
Oooh, and guess what? I have a super DOOPER new product, which I can’t wait to share. It’s become my new favourite lipgloss. Stay tuned, review and pics will be up soon!
p.s. As per my disclosure policy, these lip crayons were gifted to me as part of a blog beauty swap.