After this release by Maybelline the blogosphere was full of reviews but I have decided to hold back before I blogged, which does mean I am slightly late on the bandwagon but I can live with that as I thought I should test them for a couple of weeks.
The two colours I picked up were Love My Pink and Minimalist. As you might have heard these seem to be a pretty good dupe for the NARS Velvet Lip Pencils with less flash packaging. I must admit that the packaging isn’t at all offensive to the eyes, in fact I rather like it. These lip pencils come in a thick pencil form; in between the traditional pencil and its newer counterpart, the retractable lip crayon. This pencil is slightly smaller than chubby sticks but still carries a very good amount of product.
This isn’t the type of product that I would leave to roll around freely in the bottom of a bag as the lid is not the most secure and you would end up with a mush of colour and a blunt product that you can’t apply. One of the few drawbacks of this product, that I can find, is the fact that it needs sharpening, and a jumbo sharpener at that, which may make this less user friendly if you, like me, do not always carry a sharpener with you wherever you go. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and in this case it is that when you sharpen the pencil it can become a lip liner which obviously makes the fact that you have to sharpen it a little more bearable.
I was instantly drawn to the colour Minimalist, a light pink with some peachy undertones. It is a really pretty nude lip colour, with a formula that doesn’t show up dry patches too much.
The second colour I picked up was Love My Pink, quite a vibrant medium/dark pink which creates a quite a bright lip. The formula for this seems slightly softer than Minimalist, and strangely applies better. One other difference between the two is that Love My Pink has a scent, a sort of candy shop sweets smell!
So all in all these are brilliant. They are affordable, an apparent dupe and quite long lasting. What more could you ask for in a drugstore product? I really want to try the dark red pencil in this range and also a NARS velvet lip pencil so I can thoroughly compare them for you. Fingers crossed that Christmas may bring some pleasant surprises!