I'm not really a lipstick person, but lately I've really been into lip crayons - like Clinique's Chubby Sticks or Revlon's Balm Stain crayons. I'm not sure about you, but I know my big issue with applying lipstick is going way outside the lines, and with lip crayons? Well, it's a lot easier to NOT do that.
Then there's the lip moisture issue. I find a lot of good long-lasting lipsticks to be drying. Lip glosses can get sticky (and nobody likes that). Lip balms? Add shine but unless they're tinted, no color. With so many lip crayons doubling as balm, you get a punch of color along with a good bit of moisture. Which really, can only be a good thing.
Of course, not all lip crayons are super long-wearing, and I'm OK with that. My favorite long-wearing balms are the ones by Revlon, which not only moisturize, but also double as lip stains, which means that if you put on a pink in the morning, you'll still be wearing that pink in the evening. I do reapply after lunch, but that's more for the balm aspect than color, and it totally keeps going right up until I wash my face at bedtime.
If you're wondering (which I did due to being a little lipstick challenged) how you go about applying a lip crayon, it's really just like putting on lipstick, but with a little more direction. I tend to outline my lips first so I can get the cupid's bow just right and then fill in with the balm. Because the lip crayons I've bought so far are sheer, I build the color until I get right where I want it, then blot and go about my day.
I've defintely found that some crayons go on with a bit more color than others. Revlon's rendezvous starts out sheer at application, but quickly warms up to a rich coral. My current favorites are a purple I got in my June Birchbox by Laqa and Company, as well as Burt's Bees Napa Vineyard which is a rich red. Both of these go on just that much less sheer than even the rendezvous, and I find the color builds up richly very quickly!
While my (admittedly small) collection of lip crayons includes Revlon, Laqa & Co, and Burt's Bees, there are quite a variety of lip crayons out there, including ones from Cover Girl, the aforementioned ones that seem to have started it all - the Chubby stick. When shopping for my red crayon, I saw even more from L'Oreal, Neutrogena, and even Nyx. The colors seem to be endless, including corals, reds, pinks, purples, and nudes, so there is truly something for everyone.
If you're looking for something to jazz up your makeup routine, or are hoping to add some lip color when you might not otherwise go for it, I highly recommend checking out some lip pencils and crayons. They're just that awesome!