Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb Moisture Plumping Lip Tint ($21) were a Fall 2013 release and of course, exciting for me, a huge lover of chubby pencils.
Too Faced takes the popularity and technology of their Lip Injection and infuses it into these satin color lip stain pencils to create full looking lips. According to the description they plump, give a satin finish, a staining effect, and a hint of shine.
Here’s my thoughts.
Oh how I wished I loved these but they are lethal on my lips!
The general idea of Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb sounds great! Shine, color, tint, and even a plumping effect! I read a few reviews across the blogsphere on these and I was always surprised what a great rating they got because I can’t say I experienced the same great results.
Eastwood Red, Bigger Berry, Coral Pop, Plump It Up Pink, Never Enough Nude
These are a chubby twist up pencil with a bullet shaped tip. I love the tip as it fits the contour of my lip very well and I can use that tip directly on my lips versus products like Tarte Lipsurgence where I’m kinda leaning the tip on its side to apply. Know what I mean? It’s not for everyone especially those sensitive to scented and flavored lip products but I ADORE the taste and smell. It so reminds me of my 80’s childhood because it smells like a plastic doll or something…like maybe a Rose Petals doll or Rainbow Brite or something. It’s sort of strawberry and plastic-y and all delightful!
Unfortunately that’s all I like about the product….
I’m not sensitive and I’ve never had a reaction to the original Too Faced Lip Injection Lipgloss so boy was I surprised how badly I reacted to these. My lips (and even the arm I swatched them on) go into freak out mode when I apply. They are a plumping product but mostly I get a very subtle tingle but within a few minutes my lips start to burn and oddly enough itch. When applied on my arm OMG…oh no! I was scratching myself raw. My arm ended up turning red! So do please beware when using these my sensitive friends. I’m not sensitive and look at the crazy that happened to me imagine really sensitive skin?
Never Enough Nude
Plump It Up Pink
Now…I have to admit these puzzle me. I don’t get the shine factor at all but they do subtly stain lips after they wear away. They have fairly good pigmentation but not the balmy texture I commonly associate with chubby lip pencils like this. The formula is unique to Too Faced as I can’t say these remind me of anything I’ve tried before from brands like Revlon, Tarte, and Clinique. They have a thinner, drier formula that drags slightly when applied. They don’t provide much moisture on application or during the wear. Wear time varied from shade to shade for me but I got about three to four hours with an extra 30 or so minutes of a staining effect after color wore away. The set is a semi-matte slightly creamy finish without sparkle, shimmer, or shine of any kind. They don’t feel very comfortable on my drier lips due to the plumping ingredients which tingles and slightly burns through the wear. After an hour or two my lips kinda feel itchy and sensitive.
I like the idea of Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb but not necessarily the outcome. I’ve tried plenty of color balm pencils in my day so when Too Faced did their own variation I was quite excited but unfortunately these just didn’t work out for me. If you’re sensitive to beware if you do indulge as they are quite strong little guys.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!