Ronna Bonifacio | Can’t get enough of lip crayons
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Can’t get enough of lip crayons

Last week in my column Style Smarts with Interaksyon.com, I wrote about the new breed of lippies that have been popping up everywhere, lip crayons. I notice that so many major brands have been releasing their versions, and during the Clinique for Men launch last week, Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity and I talked a bit about it and she mentioned that she feels it’s become popular because of its fun factor.

Backstage at Antonio Berardi Spring/Summer 2014 show. Red matte mouths were the look Gucci Westman created. Don't you just love the sophistication of a perfectly painted pucker? Photo courtesy of Revlon Philippines.

Backstage at Antonio Berardi Spring/Summer 2014 show. Red matte mouths were the look Gucci Westman created. Don’t you just love the sophistication of a perfectly painted pucker? Photo courtesy of Revlon Philippines.

I’ve got to say that that’s so true! As I mentioned in my column, I myself have gotten hooked. I’ve got 3 lip crayons in my bag at any given time (as to why that is so, I’m sure that I’ll reveal my makeup Achilles’ heel and habits through the course of this blog!) and as of this writing, I have five packed in my makeup kit for a 3-day vacation. To my credit, my kit was also packed factoring in two nights at my in laws’, so that’s a total of 5 days out of my home and away from my dresser. Haha, nice try, Capili!

Some of the lip crayons I'm enjoying and trying out. Notice that some of the tips are imperfect? I confess that my EQ dropped when I first got a hold of these. I tried them right away without photographing them! I tried using only one side to keep the other side photo shoot ready. Hahaha!

Some of the lip crayons I’m enjoying and trying out. Notice that some of the tips are imperfect? I confess that my EQ dropped when I first got a hold of these. I tried them right away without photographing them! I tried using only one side to keep the other side photo shoot ready. Hahaha!

Lip crayons are my new little “obsession”, which is no surprise because I’m a huge lipstick girl. I love them because they’re easy to use–you won’t always need a mirror to apply it–and the formulas are great. You get lots of color and it isn’t drying (some are even a tad bit moisturizing). I haven’t come across a lip crayon that punishes your lips or sucks the life out of them, so if you’re big on lips, you won’t compromise on its health. If you’re a makeup noob, these are much easier to apply than lipstick, they’re idiot proof! 😉

My cannot-be-photographed-without-the-cap Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me lippies (P499 each, P549 for limited editions). Yes, they are that well used, er, loved. From top: Summer Fling, First Kiss, and Valentine Kiss, the brand's collaboration with Kris Aquino who's a known fan of the lipsticks. 

My cannot-be-photographed-without-the-cap Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me lippies (P499 each, P549 for limited editions). Yes, they are that well used, er, loved. From top: Summer Fling, First Kiss, and Valentine Kiss, the brand’s collaboration with Kris Aquino who’s a known fan of the lipsticks. 

My humble Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me lippie collection has seen weddings and is my choice for everyday shades. I find these to be more moisturizing than the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms (P575 each), which I like and choose for that bold shot of color. I don’t expect the Matte Balms to moisturize my lips but because the formula is kind on your lips, it’s not drying at all. I am also a fan of Happy Skin because I’m a stickler for local brands and these babies, as I mention in my interview with half of the founding duo Rissa Mananquil-Trillo (link above!), can rival our international favorites. So hooray for the Philippines! I am excited for the days our beauty companies can hold its place in the global beauty industry, but I digress. One important note for Happy Skin’s Shut Up and Kiss Me lippies : these are made by Filipinas so the shades look perfect on our skin. Yes, perfect.

(Top left) The look at J. Mendel Spring/Summer 2014 show created by Revlon's Gucci Westman using Lacquer Balms. (Top right) A model get's primped by a makeup artist, can you spot the Matte and Lacquer Balms on her left hand? Photos courtesy of Revlon Philippines.

(Top left) The look at J. Mendel Spring/Summer 2014 show created by Revlon’s Gucci Westman using Lacquer Balms. (Top right) A model get’s primped by a makeup artist, can you spot the Matte and Lacquer Balms on her left hand? Photos courtesy of Revlon Philippines.

I am currently discovering the beauty of the Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm, which is a lot of color with a lot of shine, not gloss. I am not very fond of gloss nor do I prefer shine on my lips because I’m lazy to retouch so I really like lips that stay on all day AKA super matte mouths, but the Lacquer Balms are changing my mind. They look relaxed, approachable and young, which I believe was the peg for the J. Mendel Spring/Summer 2014 show. If you’re mature, Lacquer Balms will give you that vitality of youth. I’m also enjoying layering my lip crayons and creating new shades!

Have you tried any lip crayons? Which do you love and which do you recommend I should try? Let me know by commenting on the side! I would love to talk makeup 😉

 

Revlon is available at leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide and Happy Skin is available at Plains and Prints, selected Rustan’s branches, and Beauty Bar and happyskincosmetics.com

2 Comments
  • Lyz
    Posted at 01:49h, 03 June

    Ronz, I want to try both!!! Come with me when I get some! 🙂

    • Ronna Capili Bonifacio
      Posted at 05:27h, 03 June

      Thanks for commenting, Lyz! Fosho! Shopping na yan! Haha!