August 13th, 2015
Sometimes, just sometimes, products that are designed for consumers to get pro results are worth closer scrutiny. The technology and design can often make the lives of time-pressed pros easier too. So with that in mind, 2015 has most definitely been a year of the crayon.
Whether it’s cheeks, eyes or lips, the new high-tech crayons are evolving fast. The formulas glide better on the cheeks, deliver better staying powder on the lips and don’t crease on the eyes. So what are you waiting for? Get colouring in.
Let’s start with rosy cheeks: you can get sheer colour washes or creamier shimmers, but one thing is consistent, the new cheek sticks apply smoothly and are easy to blend.
Our top faves are:
DiorBlush Cheek Stick (£24) in Cosmopolite Coral, Rosewood or Pink and is a new blush in a hybrid stick format. Its texture blends softly and seamlessly with the skin for a delicately powdery finish that can be intensified.
Illamasqua’s Gel Sculpt is a stain in a crayon, shades go from the deep plum Silhoutette, bright coral Charm to rich rosy Fluster (£22). This contouring gel creation gives subtle definition to cheeks. You can create a delicate shadow under cheekbones and along the jawline which can be blended with ease to achieve beautiful, natural contours.
Clinque’s next generation Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm (£19) come in four colours: Robust Rhubarb; Amp’d Up Apple; Plumped Up Peony; Roly Poly Rosy. From the original masters of the Chubby Stick, these really should have been called Chubby Cheeks, yet still they deliver creamy, oil-free mistake-proof cheek colour that creates a healthy-looking glow in an instant.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (£32) in three shades: No.20 a tawny bronze, No.21 and rosy pink and No.22 a warm coral. These sticks give a luminous velvet finish, sculpting and enhancing a natural healthy glow by adding a touch of colour to the cheekbones. With a silky second-skin texture for a light, powdery finish, they’re enriched with cotton and rose extracts, as well as beeswax for melt-away comfort.
We also love the multi-use Lip and Cheekers including:
SmashBox LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour (£25) five shades inspired by the West Coast of America and the magic light of LA from Santa Monica to Sunset Boulevard. The Multipurpose colours for cheeks and lips can be applied to give a subtle sheen to a full-on flush. They come double-ended with a flat buffing sponge on one end and a curved dome on the other.
Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Velvet Sticks (£12) are also a collection of five shades that give lips and cheeks a naturally flushed glow. With a matte finish.and a velvet texture, these sticks are made Community Fair Trade Marula Oil too.
If you’re looking for precision lip crayons look no further than:
MAC’s Patentpolish Lip Pencil (£17.50) which comes in a whole spectrum of shades and delivers the colour and shine of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil. A blend of creamy emollients replenishes moisture, keeping lips soft that isn’t heavy or sticky, while the pencil’s twist-up keeps application clean and simple, with no need to sharpen.
Collection’s Work the Colour Lip Butters and Matt Lip Butters (£2.99) are so quick and easy to apply, while moisturising and hydrating like a balm. They’re available in four shades from hot pink to deep plum – and great value.
Stila’s After Glow Lip Colour (£12) are fab! These light-responsive lip colours contains fluorescent pigments that are three times brighter than conventional colours, creating a dazzling pop of colour in the sunlight. Once the sun goes down, special light-sensitive pigments cause the lip colour to glow when exposed toultraviolet (UV) light. Available in six shades: festive fuschia; party pink; rave red; vivid violet; tangerine dream and electric pink – they are so bright, you’ll have to wear shades.
Creamy crease-proof eye shadows are coming thick and fast, so of the best include:
Lancôme’s new Ombre Hypnose Stylo (£20) come in a selection of muted shades. These cream eyshadow sticks glides onto the eyelid, leaving an even finish that lasts all day long.
By Terry’s glittery Ombre Blackstar (£29) is formulated with Tahitian Black Pearl, The Ombre Blackstar provides luminous colour for smooth lids with just a single stroke of the easy-to-use pen applicator. The smudge- and smear-free formula instantly airbrushes out skin creases, delivering light-reflecting radiance that acts as a rejuvenating lift for the eye area.
Bobbi Brown’s Longwear Cream Shadow Stick (£21) has a shimmery metallic finish and glides on lids tug-free that can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. It comes in subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to eight hours without creasing, flaking or fading (and it’s completely waterproof).