Mark is right on trend with their new Color Me In Lip Crayons. Chubby lip pencils have gotten a big push for Spring/Summer and the new Mark Color Me In Lip Crayon joins the ranks in three shades.
I think Mark loses a few points as each of these are $12. Ouch. I think of Mark as a lower end brand that should have prices competitive with the drugstore or perhaps a smidge higher. Considering Revlon, Covergirl, and a slew of other drugstore brands have their own version of these tinted lip crayons at a far lower price (especially during a sale), Mark cuts themselves out of the equation slightly as you might second guess splurging.
Price doesn’t account for quality. If they are amazing that would definitely make me lean towards dishing out that twelve bucks faster.
And sadly they are not.
These are a skinnier pencil compared to the chubbier editions we are seeing lately. They aren’t a twist up design so you do need to sharpen them. This is a both great and not so great. Good because you can regain that precise point and tip not so great if you prefer the more mess free twist up design sans any icky, melt-y chunks of sharpener shavings.
The thinner design allows for an easier way to line and fill. Chubby pencils aren’t always easy to line with however, this smaller tip and size allows for easy lining. However, on the down side they don’t cover as much area as a chubbier point does so you’re going over your lips a few times to get coverage.
Punch Line, Honey Dip, Wine Bar
They are sheer to medium in the pigment department so they do offer fairly opaque coverage and not just a lighter tint. I didn’t particularly like the texture as they have a heavier more balm-y feel without any glossiness or shine but a hint of a sheen. On my lips they look a little dry….but they do feel quite moisturizing due to that balminess which keeps over the wear. Wear times vary but I get a solid three hours with moisture through that time.
In the end….I wasn’t terribly impressed. I think the price point and the quality of the formula just didn’t meet up for me. I’ve tried better unfortunately. There isn’t any one thing I can point and say I dislike about them…but comparing them to other formulas I find they are lacking…a little too heavy, the colors aren’t particularly flattering or unique, the texture just feels odd on my lips and sits there, shouting, “How you doing?”
I don’t think you need ’em!
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