September 30th, 2013
Maybe it’s the child in me, but I love Chubby Sticks. Don’t get me wrong, I love intense matte lipstick as much as thick slick gloss, but there’s something about Chubby Sticks that’s just so tactile.
But for fear of falling for the packaging, here at Warpaint we took a closer look at the latest beauty fad to see if the child-like crayons deliver on quality, stay-ability and efficiency.
First to the party was Clinique back in 2011, when their chubby stick burst onto the scene. Different, not balm – not lipstick – not gloss, they were the must-have latest beauty thing, but now two years on it’s clear the chubby isn’t a flash in the pan. These clever crayons are here to stay and have spawned a plethora of alternatives from cosmetic houses great and small. Now with seasonal colours launched, this A/W the chubbies are every shade of brown (with a hint of purple).
Clinique call theirs balms, and they certainly leave the lips soft with a hint of colour, with the original eight shades now doubled, we love Richer Raisin and Grandest Grape (£16) for the perfect Autumn pout.
Lipstick Queen Poppy King developed her Chinatown glossy pencils (£22) to deliver silky smooth formulation fused with über-hydration. Inspired by Roman Polanski’s movie of the same name, the Chinatown shades are super sheer ‘drawn on’ glosses. With names like Crime, Thriller and Chase our favourite is Mystery, a sheer vibrant purple.
Trish McEvoy is both MUA and product innovator. Her Essential Pencil (£20) is chubby enough to be here but precise enough to be used to line as well as fill. Trish’s crayon works as either lip colour or lip base, but as with all our chubbies is still packed full of hydration. This Autumn try Plum Brown, combining both the purple and brown for an on-trend colour combo.
NARS has gone all satin finish this Autumn. Still ultra smooth and creamy, a whopping 13 shades make up this Lip Pencil selection (£17.50). Francois Nars himself developed the chubby pencil. He wanted to combine the convenience and accuracy of a pencil with the application of a lipstick. We love Boutique exclusive Jardin Des Plantes, a bright fuchsia, just to bring a little bright colour to the cold winter months.
Bourjois’ Colour Boost crayons (£7.99) are also going down the mysterious purple route with their latest shade, Plum Russian. Delivering chubbies to the High Street this crayon provides a bare lip sensation thanks to its light and non-sticky texture. Colour Boost is waterproof colour with an SPF 15 that can last up to 10 hours.
Rimmel has created jumbo pencils to be loud and proud. 15 shades are packed with pigment, but still moisturising, a stay-put balm that is affordable and practical. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Colour Rush (£5.99) offers a perfect purple Viva Violet or Lippy Latte for a nude brown.
Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (£7.99) are majority balm with added stain, seven shades incorporate the lightweight smooth gel formula and with a light peppermint fragrance, these chubbies smell good enough to eat.