Ciate Lip Chalk Matte Lip Crayon ($18) is a new full color creamy matte lip crayon that launched with the brand new permanent Ciate Makeup Collection for Spring 2015. I’m not much into mattes as you know but I am into chubby lip pencil fanatic! So, of course, I was all about trying out this new Ciate Lip Chalk although the name sounds dry…hmmmm!
Thus far Ciate venture into the realms of makeup have been proving quite exciting. I recently tried their Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick and was delightful surprised. Not only is Ciate’s packaging cheap but they nailed their mid-range price range and made it quite affordable although I must admit I thought $18 for the Lip Chalk a little outside of the realms of what I’ve seen in their prices.
Ciate Lip Chalk Matte Lip Crayon comes in a cute bow packaged box with the pencil having a white barrel and a lip start print around the surrounding top and bottom. It’s cute and kinda playful and almost reminds me of Korean brand’s Too Cool for School makeup packaging! It is a twist up pencil so no need to sharpen it.
Ciate Lip Chalk Matte Lip Crayon (Fine and Candy)
Ciate Lip Chalk Matte Lip Crayon Swatches (Fine and Candy)
Apparently this has a shea butter formula with dry oils to keep it soothing and hydrating. I do find the formula very thick and it does drag a little during application. The color I tried, Fine and Candy, seemed to have a knack for accentuating every single natural lip line I had and over time it got very chalky and dry on my lips. It’s pigmented as hell that’s for sure but the color itself seems to have a knack of looking very chalky on me. I think perhaps a red or some other shade might wear and look better on me but this bubblegum blue based pink just appears very chalky on my skin tone. I already have fairly dry lips so this looked quite dry on. I had to smooth my finger over it after applying so it looked more even and didn’t appeared cracked with a less than smooth finish. The formula had no flavor or fragrance that I detected and the product wore for a solid five hours without migrating, smearing, or feathering however, the longer you wear it the more it seems to creep into your natural lines which in turn makes it looked cracked and dry.
Mattes are iffy for me and this wasn’t quite a formula that worked out for me! I couldn’t help think Ciate Lip Chalk Matte Lip Crayon lived up to its name as it did look and appear chalky on me. The formula wasn’t entirely user friendly but I see it as being possibly a hit with matte lovers due to the intense opaque pigmentation. I’m thinking some of the darker shades might work out better for me than this pink did! So I haven’t given up on it yet! I’ll have to try another shade and see how it goes.
Ciate Lip Chalk Matte Lip Crayon is available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.