After the successful release of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, many brands followed suit with their own range of chubby lip pencils. Revlon not only joined this trend but they pretty much took the lead by developing a variety of different formulas.
Revlon’s very first set of chubby lip pencils were the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I did a review on all the colors I have in a previous post HERE. Riding on the popularity of this line, Revlon also released Colorburst Matte and Colorburst Lacquer Balm formulas to add to the mix. I bought one of each of the matte and lacquer formulas to try against the balm stain I already had.
I didn’t use any lipliner or lip brush for any of the swatches above; product is straight out of the tube
Apart from the amazing quality, I really love the convenience of these chubby pencils. They double up as lip liner and lip color which allows for precise application. The twist up packaging is mess-free and there are so many amazing colors within all three formulas…it’s really hard to stop at just one. Coupled with a great price point compared to the high end versions, these pencils would be a great addition to anyone’s makeup kit.
Just Bitten Balm Stain – Sweetheart; Colorburst Matte Balm – Showy; Colorburst Lacquer Balm – Vivacious
Balm Stains – I really enjoy these for everyday wear as they provide a sheer coverage which can be built up. They live up to the claim of being both moisturising with the balm and they leave a stain once the initial color wears off. The color Sweetheart is a rosy mid-tone pink which is great for a natural look. For some reason though, no matter what color balm stain I wear (including the nude ones), the stain it leaves behind is always a pink/berry shade (?)
Matte Balm – is a bit drying on the lips, though this is a common downside for majority of matte lip colors. However, it has very good color payoff and applies smoothly. The shade Showy is a blue-based pink; definitely a color which is hard to miss. I love matte lip colors but the whole drying effect always gets me and I end up applying gloss or balm over it – kinda defeats the purpose.
Lacquer Balm – is super shiny…to say the least. It’s almost like Balm Stain’s moisture coupled with Matte Balm’s color payoff all rolled into one. The disadvantage with this formula is the staying power…or lack thereof. It does slip and slide on my lips after about an hour so I try to wear it with a lipliner. The color Vivacious is a rich raspberry pink. The shine is there from the first swipe and it does give the lips a fuller/more plump look (especially comparing to the matte formula).
Revlon chubby lip pencils come in a great variety of colors from nudes, to vibrant pinks and oranges to the rich vampy wines and purples. They’re available at drugstores and online; starting from $8-.
What’s your favorite brand, color or formula of chubby lip pencils?