Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Annabelle | Twist Up Lip Crayon + Swatches

Fall weather brings with it hot cocao, fuzzy sweaters and (my personal favourite) a whole lotta lipstick. While lipstick goes any time of the year, I often feel that the colder weather is exceptionally suited to rich lipstick textures and colours that make the most of this indispensable beauty item. This season, Canadian brand Annabelle Cosmetics has added three new colours to their wildly popular TwistUp Lipstick/Crayon that will add some drama to your everyday makeup look.

Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick Crayon -swatch

THE BASICS
Brand: Annabelle Cosmetics
Product: Twist Up Lipstick Crayon*
Colour(s): Cherry, Vamp, Monroe (24 Shades in total)
Size:1.5grams
Price: $8-10CAD
Available at : Canadian Drugstore Nationwide, Annabelle online
Website: www.annabelle.ca
Would I (re)purchase: Yes

With an impressive 24 shades in a wide array of colours, Annabelle's Twist Up lip crayons are simply just that, no sharpening required lipstick like portables with big colour and an unexpected shiny finish. The update to this fall/winter season included three beautiful reds in "Cherry", "Vamp" and "Monroe".

Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick Crayon -swatch
"Cherry" is fully extended to show the amount of product.
(If you're wondering why mine has stickers instead of labels, I have the preview packaging.)

While many of the lipstick crayons I've swatched on the market tends to be on the sheer or balmy side, I am happy to report that Annabelle's version is loaded with beautiful pigments that have medium to buildable colour payoff and great saturation. To my surprise, a few swipes also imparted a shiny finish on the lips that looked much more luxurious than what you'd see from most drugstore offerings.

Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick Crayon -swatch
Wearing: "Vamp" Lip Crayon + "Bourdaux" Lip Liner (Annabelle)

The texture of these lip crayons are smooth and easy to apply without being overly waxy. Containing a mix of Omega 3 + 6 as well as shea butter, I didn't find these superbly moisturizing yet the formulation did not dry out my lips at all and they wore comfortably for an easy 3-4 hours. For something that applied with this amount of easy and slip, they also surprised me by having minimal feathering or bleeding, even with the darkest shade like Vamp.

When it comes to a perfect application (especially with these brighter/richer shades), I certainly recommend lining the lips with a matching pencil before filling in with the crayon as the bigger bullet makes it hard to create a sharp outline and can get a little fuzzy around the edges. And because they are so blendable, you can mix blend two (or more) shades together to create a multi-dimensional gradient look.

Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick Crayon -swatch

Overall in terms of formulation and texture, I found these Twist Up Lipstick Crayons from Annabelle to be one of the best well rounded products in the drugstore for true colour lovers. The fact that they are fragrance free and paraben-free are the icing on the cake. Personally I would like to see the price point lowered by a dollar or two but that doesn't take away from the fact that these are some beautiful lip colours. Have a swatch next time you're out in the shops, I don't think you'll be disappointed and in fact, you may just go home with a few.

Annabelle Twist Up Lip Crayon -Swatch
Wearing: "Vamp" and "Cherry" mixed together
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3 comments:

  1. My choice would be definitely cherry, but vamp looks amazing on you :)

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  2. woah! i love how full on these colors are! a stick formula is so convenient to use and i'm glad we don't lose out on the color here. love monroe!

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  3. i love the combination on vamp and cherry together
    it really looks amazing on you!
    i really wanna try the vamp. it's a bit daring but it's so fun!
    xoxo Rose
    Bogibo

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