If I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve been sitting on this review for 5 or 6 months now. You see, these lip crayons were a limited edition release from Face of Australia at the end of 2013. I tried them, I loved them, but by the time I got my act together to review them, I was pretty sure they were no longer available.
The great news is that Face of Australia twigged onto what a great product they had created, and recently reintroduced them as part of the permanent line! I have to say, I’m really loving what Face of Australia has been doing with their lip products lately – first it was the Lasting Looks Lip Cremes, and now permanently expanding on the three original shades of lip crayon (that I haven’t had the chance to pick up yet – but I will).
They feel quite balmy on my lips, and when the weather is warmer, they substitute quite well for a lip balm. Now that the weather is cooler, they aren’t quite hydrating enough to take the place of a proper lip balm. They offer a plump and hydrated demi-gloss finish, but don’t have the mirror-like shine of a true lip gloss.
As far as lipstick/balm hybrid products go, these are on the more pigmented side, offering enough pigmentation to feel a little bit “done”, but they’re still sheer enough that I am quite comfortable touching up without a mirror. As I’m currently juggling a 3 month old and a 5 year old, they fit really well into my day-to-day makeup routine. They don’t last on my lips incredibly well (maybe 3 hours without eating?), but they’re easy enough to reapply that it isn’t a problem. They have a rather delicious vanilla scent that makes them an olfactory pleasure to reapply, but once on, they have no discernible scent or taste.
There are 7 shades in the Glossy Lip Crayon collection (excluding the 3 original sheer Gloss Lip Crayons).
Apple Pie is a pretty candy-apple red shade. It leans slightly warm, and doesn’t highlight any dry patches on my lips.
Berry Brulee is a berry toned pink-purple, and a great introduction to berry toned lipsticks if you are intimidated by bold lipsticks.
Jam Fancy is a fairy floss pink shade with an understated shimmer running through it. It is one of my 2 least favourite shades on myself, because I feel like it highlights my liplines, and looks a little 80’s against my fair skin.
Peach Parfait is the other shade that I don’t really love on myself, although I think it could look stunning against a decent tan (and let’s face it, that’s NEVER going to happen to me). It’s a soft coral orange with a soft shimmer. Unfortunately it has a tendency to highlight the dry patches on my lips.
Pecan Pie is really something special. It looks incredibly unassuming in the tube, but it’s a breathtaking MLBB (my lips but better) shade. It is such an easy to apply, easy to wear shade, and would have to be my number one favourite from this collection.
Pie La Mode
Pie La Mode (Pie a la Mode?) is a chocolate brown shade that is very on-trend for this winter. The 90’s are back baby!
Raspberry Coulis is my second favourite shade from the collection. It’s a neon highlighter pink that works really well as a pop of colour to brighten up some dreary winter weather.
Regardless of the price point, these are a high quality, practical everyday lip product. The best bit? They’re a steal at $7.95 AUD!
I was sent these lip crayons for editorial consideration.