Votre Vu is back and adding color to our lives! A double dose of Votre Vu Cosmetics, Side by Side

Votre Vu is a long time favorite at the BIZ – our first review was way back in 2010! We are always up for a little more French fashion finesse in our lives, so a recent box of Votre Vu goodies had us jumping for joy (but in a very sophisticated way, of course!). Surprisingly, this time around Lisa went for the eye products and Marcia went for lippies.

Votre Vu Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

Lisa’s Side:

I think the fact that the eyeshadow and eyeliner were both in chocolate shades influenced my choice…I have a difficult time resisting anything chocolate!!

Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Swatch of Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Swatch of Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Votre Vu eyes

The Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single ($19) is a buttery soft eyeshadow in a beautiful plummy brown shade. It has a tiny bit of golden shimmer, just enough to make this shade different from any other in my collection. I love this as a crease shade because it sheers out beautifully yet also packs on nicely for more drama. Ingredients include vitamin E, jojoba oil and kaolin clay, which make the texture soft and crease-resistant. 

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Le Jolie Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

The Le Jolie Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat ($23) is a perfect companion to the Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single.  

This is a gel pencil that is so soft it almost feels like a liquid liner at first. One end has a sponge blending tip and the soft liner gives lots of play time before setting into a nicely smudge-proof line. The liner comes with a really nice sharpener, although this is a liner for soft lines, not precise ones.

The Chocolat shade is a terrific medium brown – described as a ‘semi sweet chocolate’ – with tons of pigment. It lasts all day on the lid and a decent amount of time on the waterline.

Votre Vu eyes

My Votre Vu FOD

My Votre Vu FOD

I’m very happy with these Votre Vu eye products and definitely recommend both of them.  Somehow I think they would probably pair perfectly with Marcia’s lip and cheek products….

Marcia’s Side:

Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, Lip Liner in Spark

Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, Lip Liner in Spark

We switched places for today’s Side by Side review. I’m always the one who “politely” grabs the eye products out of Lisa’s hands while I say Merci but this time I was intrigued by the lip products as well as the cream blush which is always a favorite of mine. I’ve been using Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, and Lip Liner in Spark since I think these are great fall shades.

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in the shade Tatiana ($23) is a beautiful fall color. I’m not used to wearing dark shades especially just coming off summer so I decided to use a lip brush to apply this instead of right from the tube. I’m really glad I did it that way because the lipstick became more of a stain and lasted for a longer time. I love that this isn’t fragranced except for a touch of vanilla mint which surprises me since it’s a French company and they always seem to use a floral fragrance. Tatiana is delightfully described as “A warm and joyful tomato red that’s ideal for your first tryst rouge.” French Kiss Lipsticks are hydrating lipsticks so they are more flattering (on me) than a matte lipstick. Brushing it on though gives a more matte look than applying from the tube.

Votre Vu Tatiana from website

Votre Vu Tatiana from website

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark brushed on

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark brushed on

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark with clear lip balm on top

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark with clear lip balm on top

The perfect companion to a French Kiss lipstick is Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liners ($21). I have it in Spark which is described as a mid-tone rose. It’s a great shade not only for Tatiana but for so many of the fall and winter lipsticks I’ll use. This is a wind up lipliner so no sharpeners are needed. I love this kind of liner since there’s no waste. This very flattering shade glides on and doesn’t tug at all. I’m sure I’ll use it up to the very last drop.

Votre Vu Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark along with swatches of Spark, Tatiana and Vu On Ma Cherry

Votre Vu Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark along with swatches of Spark, Tatiana and Vu On Ma Cherry

Last is my very favorite product of this trio – Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry. This makes me want to sing along with Stevie Wonder. I am a huge fan of cream blush and can’t resist them. Votre Vu has 4 shades of the Vo On Rouge ($29) and I’d happily own all 4. Ma Cherry is a “sweet and classic cherry blue-red hue that becomes every skin tone”. You can see it blended in above but when I swipe it across my cheeks it’s so intense that my fair skin just can’t take it so this is how I apply it…

Votre Vu Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry

Votre Vu Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry

I dot it on my face and then blend with my fingers or a sponge. I can add more if I want which I usually do. This way I can build the intensity rather than have to remove some of it. This dries down beautifully and never feels sticky. It’s also a perfect purse blush since no tools are needed. This lasts about 8 hours on me unless I start with a powder blush and then the duo would last for 12 hours. Vu On Rouge can be used on cheeks and lips and they say even eyes. It’s blended with hydrating shea and exotic antioxidant-rich mango seed butters so it not only looks good but it’s good for your skin. I’ve been wearing this several days a week and I know I need Amourette next. Even Stevie Wonder would approve if I had them both and would happily sing “Ma Cherie Amour” to me.

*items received for consideration

Think Pink with Smashbox lips

Think pink

Think pink

Not enough attention is given to pink lips but I want to change that. Actually I want to give attention to all things pink therefore you’ll start seeing my THINK PINK posts with some favorite pink cosmetic items.

I’m starting with Smashbox because they’ve created my new favorite lip product and with luck they sent it to me. I really wouldn’t have known about it if Smashbox hadn’t sent today’s goodies.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed

SMASHBOX BE LEGENDARY LONG WEAR LIP LACQUER in FLUSHED has become my sidekick or “lip kick” lately. This liquid lipstick is with me every day. There’s something about this that has grabbed my heart. Basically I’m a lipstick girl. I like gloss and used to wear them constantly but as I’ve gotten older I’m more excited about lipstick. The Lip Lacquer has the best of both worlds. It feels like a lipstick on and yet it has a shine to it like a gloss. It’s moisturizing and not the least bit sticky.

source smashbox.com Be Legendary Lip Lacquer shades

source smashbox.com Be Legendary Lip Lacquer shades

The Be Legendary Lip Lacquers ($24) are available in 20 shades so even though I’m a pink person I’m guessing you’ll find one that’s just right for your red, coral, nude or wine passion. FLUSHED is described as a ‘soft rose gold’ on Sephora but I find it to be a cool but not cold pink that looks right with just about everything. These are long lasting and they say you’ll get 8 hours wear out of them. I don’t get 8 hours wear out of anything but I can get almost that far if I don’t eat, drink or kiss!

Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed

Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed

As a lipstick lover I have always loved Smashbox lipsticks. It was one of the first brands I binged on. Their lipsticks are smooth, moisturizing, don’t settle in the lines on my lips and best of all they are fragrance-free. My experience with BE LEGENDARY LIPSTICK in POUT ($20) has been wonderful. It’s a bubblegum pink which may not work for everyone but it’s the pink of my dreams. I have some natural tint to my lips and I don’t feel washed out when wearing Pout. Smashbox lipsticks contain Shea Butter for moisture and Vitamins C and E for protection.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Flushed Lip Lacquer and Pout Lipstick

Smashbox Flushed Lip Lacquer and Pout Lipstick

To change things up and make these lipsticks and lip lacquers more versatile there’s Smashbox ALWAYS SHARP LIP LINER ($20) that comes in 16 shades. I have both Crimson (for my grown up lips) and Shocking Pink that helps deepen my bubble gum lips to something more ladylike. Crimson is a blue red while Shocking Pink is a vibrant hot pink.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners in Shocking Pink and Crimson

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners in Shocking Pink and Crimson

Sharp Lip Liners in Crimson and Shocking Pink

Sharp Lip Liners in Crimson and Shocking Pink

I love that these twist up and I’ll never have to worry about breaking them with a sharpener. These are water resistant too. I like to line first, fill in and then blot that down. Next I’ll apply the lipstick or lip lacquer. This is how I get any longevity. When the lip color starts wearing away, I still have a stain left.

Three great lip products, four great colors and one pair of lips that love to wear pink = success. Have you treated yourself to any Smashbox lip products lately? — Marcia

Smashbox Be Delectable Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Delectable Lipstick in Pout

*received for editorial consideration, worn with excitement

#Smashbox

Paul & Joe helps make lips two times better with these pencils

It seems no one ever writes about lipliners yet we probably all use them, even if it’s not daily. My makeup artist friends don’t go without lipliner in their daily lives and they always apply it to their clients. If they only applied it to customers then I’d say it’s a sales tactic, but when I see them apply it to themselves all the time I know it’s because they know the necessity of it being part of a perfect lip.

Paul & Joe Lipliner Duo 1

Paul & Joe Lipliner Duo 1

PAUL & JOE has created a line of Lipliner Duos in 5 combinations and they gave me the opportunity to test one.  I have Lipliner Duo 1, Cinnamon Raisin. The colors are described as cinnamon beige and warm brown. In addition to this there’s Persian Peach (nectarine and perky, peachy pink), Grapevine (sepia brown and burgundy), Frappe (pink and vivid orange) and Japanese Maple (two sexy reds). There are good pictures of all at beautyhabit where they are sold ($25).

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

Paul & Joe Lipliner point

Paul & Joe Lipliner point

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

This exceptionally smooth lipliner applies without skipping and lasts well. I tend to use the lighter shade more since I wear lighter lipsticks. I use this one of two ways – line my lips before filling in with lipstick OR cover my entire lip with the liner, apply my lipstick, and then go over my lipline again for further definition. You can also mix the two shades by layering them to create a custom lip color with clear gloss over it.

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin lipliner duo swatches

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin lipliner duo swatches

Paul & Joe also makes another type of lipliner duo which I don’t have but sound interesting. Those have a matte and a pearl side.

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo in Fair

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo in Fair

Paul & Joe also created another duo which is their LIP CONCEALER DUO ($20) Right now it’s available only in #1 Fair.

P&J Lip Concealer Duo

P&J Lip Concealer Duo

These apply just like a lipliner except that you use the shades to conceal the color of your own lips. With this you can conceal any imperfections in your lips plus you can even contour your lips with them. Contouring is hot hot hot these days so why not try to contour your lips too? I find this helpful when my lips change the color of a lip product and make it darker than I like due to my skin chemistry. Line my lips with this Paul & Joe Concealer Duo and I’ve neutralized my lips so that I can apply without change.

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo swatches

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo swatches

One side (top) has more of a peachy tone while the other side (bottom) is more pink/neutral. Pick the one that works best with your lips. I have friends that put a real concealer on their lips to blank out the color but that moves so it doesn’t work for me. The texture of this lip pencil works better to conceal and it lasts so that you can reapply lip color without a problem.

paul and joe both liners

If you want to have perfect lips, the way a makeup artist would do them for you, then Paul & Joe is waiting for you. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Shades for a perfect nude lip

Nude lips 3The nude lip look is everywhere – it’s definitely not a trend that is going away any time soon!  I am always on the lookout for products that creat a perfect nude lip.  I have thin lips without much pigment, so I have to be careful the nude isn’t too white (makes me look like a zombie) or too brown (makes me look DOA).  Here are some products that were sent to the BIZ that together give a ton of different gorgeous nude lip looks.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

1.  Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter ($15)  Are you surprised?  No, this doesn’t give lips a yellow cast…in fact, it doesn’t have any color at all. But this little pot is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, including Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracuja, and Acai Oils, plus Cupaucu, Murumuru, and mango butters. This is a dual functioning lip treatment that can be used as either a light exfoliator or a lip moisturizer. It leaves lips healthy and flake-free, ready for liner and gloss. It comes in two flavors:  Laranja, a juicy citrus flavor, and Acai-Acu, berry chocolate.

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

2.  beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner ($16)  beautyAddicts Lipliner is a creamy, self-sharpening liner that locks in lip color and fights off feathering. Perfect base colors are Express, an earthy terracotta, and Glow, a natural peach. If these look familiar, you probably saw they were recently featured in Lucky Magazine!

The perfect prescription for nude lips

The perfect prescription for nude lips

3.  Gabriel Cosmetics Inc.’s Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95)  This beautiful lipstick palette has removable pots and an accompanying lip brush. Ingredients include jojoba seed and aloe for mega moisturization.

Nude lips shade 1

The first pot has just a light nude tint with shimmer. This is awesome in the middle of lips to give depth and to make them look more lush.

Nude lips shade 2

The second pot is a pretty matte peach.

Nude lips shade 3

The third pot is a muted rose.

Nude lips shade 4

The fourth pot is a shimmery light grape.

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

These are all amazing on their own or layered to create a whole array of beautiful nude looks. They are lipsticks, so the staying power is great.

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Yes, you can rock a nude lip, no matter how thin or thick your lips are!  Invest in Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter, beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner, and Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Lip Palette for everything you need to create a perfect nude lip.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Perfect Soft Pink and Sweet Pink lip sets from Mally Beauty

I have a friend whose nickname is “Pink”.  She always wears at least one clothing item that is pink.  She owns a handbag store and the walls are pink.  I would even bet that her aura is pink.  One day, my daughter asked her – in that, ‘I am a young child so I can ask anyone anything’ sort of way – why do you love the color pink so much?  Her answer was, because of all the colors in the spectrum, the only one that goes with every single other color is PINK.  I thought about that…and she is absolutely right.  Maybe that’s why I always gravitate toward pink shades.  Mally Beauty sent me some of their best pink lip sets, and both Perfois Soft Pink ($30) and Sweet Pink ($25.00) have become staples for me.

Perfect Pink

Mally Beauty Perfois Pink

The Perfois Soft Pink Lip set comes with a lip pencil, lipstick, and liquid lipstick.  The set comes in three different pink color combinations – Classic Pink, Bright Pink and Soft Pink.  I have the Soft Pink set which is a combination of neutral light pink shades that create a sophisticated matte pink lip.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip. Lip Liner, and Lipstick

The Soft Pink lip liner is an automatic pencil in light cool pink with just a hint of luminescence.  Using this doesn’t really change the color of the other lip products, instead it enhances the lasting power.  It isn’t a necessity, so I find that I often skip this step.  The Soft Pink lipstick is truly lovely.  It is a cool-toned matte nude pink with a gorgeous, velvety texture.  The Soft Pink Liquid Lipstick is a milky soft pink that adds lots of gloss and volume.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip Gloss, Lip Liner, and Lipstick

Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink lips

The Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink Lip set has two products, a lip liner and a lip gloss.

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner and gloss

Sweet Pink creates a bright, shimmery pink look that is young and fun.  This lip liner not only helps the lip gloss last, it also gives lips a pop of pink and looks great on its own.  The Ultimate Performance lip gloss is one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. It’s actually a hybrid lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm that leaves lips soft and moist, and the color lasts much longer than a typical lip gloss. Sweet Pink is a beautiful, complex shimmery medium pink with wonderful slip.  Gorgeous!

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink lip gloss

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink – top is lip liner, middle is lip gloss, bottom is lip gloss over liner

Sweet Pink lips!

Sweet Pink lips!

Whether you are looking for a classic, sophisticated pink lip or a bright, shimmery one, Mally Beauty is definitely a great line to consider.  QVC always has some great Mally Beauty sets on sale, so head on ever there for a perfect pink pucker.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Mally kiss

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

left to right;

left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  – Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Top Ten Tuesday’s lip crayon and lip liner loves

Top 10 Lip Crayons and Lip Liners

Top 10 Lip Crayons and Lip Liners

Top Ten Tuesday has picked my favorite lip products to review this week. I love love love lip crayons. I have oodles of them. I wanted to show a variety of brands and of course once I was all done I thought of a few more. We may just have a part two on Beauty Info Zone. With lip liners, I only have a few brands I like so it was easier to whittle those down to size. The reason I love lip crayons so much is because they are so easy to use. I have several lip crayons in my purse all the time. I can apply them without a mirror if they aren’t too dark. Thank you Top 10 Tuesday for letting me share my favorites!

Top 10 lip crayons from Ardency Inn, Urband Decay, Pur Minerals and Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayons from Ardency Inn, Urband Decay, Pur Minerals and Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayon swatches: Pur Minerals, Urban Decay, Ardency Inn, Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayon swatches: Pur Minerals, Urban Decay, Ardency Inn, Hourglass

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty* is a cross between a berry and a mauve. I love all of the Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($15) but this started as my favorite and 6 months later it remains that way. It’s a “my lips but better” shade once it’s on. Plus it’s not my typical nude lip so I look more alive. It’s got a beautiful glossy finish.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked is darker than I consider something naked to be. I bought it after reading the description from Sephora “nude pink sheen” but I don’t consider it nude or pink. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, it’s just darker than I expected. This has the most incredible glossy look to it. I love the one step use of a lipstick/gloss like this. I really want to try it in Love Child ($20).

Ardency Inn Americana Natural Lip Color in Bowery is one I featured in the nude lip Makeup Wars. I just couldn’t leave it out since it’s such a great lip crayon. On my lips it’s a nude peach shade but on others it might have a more pink undertone. I was sad when I was at Sephora last since I wanted to test other shades but the line isn’t in my store. This wears a long time since it’s slighty dewy but not really glossy. ($23)

Hourglass Femme Nude Stylo in No3 is another repeat. My lips find the pink in this nude shade. It’s the most matte of all on my Top Ten list. ($30)

Top Ten Lip Crayons: Tarte, Laqa & Co, Pixi, Ilia

Top Ten Lip Crayons: Tarte, Laqa & Co, Pixi, Ilia

Top Ten lip crayons: Tarte, Ilia, Pixi, Laqa & Co

Top Ten lip crayons: Tarte, Ilia, Pixi, Laqa & Co

Tarte Power Pigment in True Love* is one of 8 Power Pigments. I could have used all 8 plus 2 of the older LipSurgences and been done but that’s not fair to my collection. So I chose True Love since it’s a fabulous light rose shade. It’s glossy without having a wet look. Tarte knows lip crayons!! ($24)

Ilia Lipstick Crayon in Call Me is actually lighter on my lips than in my swatch. It was inspired by the cult movie Pretty in Pink and is a youthful shade. Ilia isn’t a brand that’s talked about much but the items I’ve bought from them have been great. Here’s a bit about them: “A prestige line of natural and organic beauty products that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics. All ILIA products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients that nourish the skin and help aid in its repair.” ($24)

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral ($14) is one of my best buys. I love this fat crayon because it feels so moisturizing on my lips. It has a slight touch of mint to it so I find it refreshing. While my swatch looks coral I find it to be sheerer and softer on my lips. I definitely want more of these.

LAQA & CO Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman was in one of my subscription boxes. It’s by far the lightest of the lip crayons I have so it’s good for a quick “almost-no-makeup-day”. I’m not sure how a sweet pink like this got the name Wolfman! ($18)

Top 10 Lip Liners: IT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever

Top 10 Lip Liners: IT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever

It Cosmetics, MUFE Lip Liners

It Cosmetics, MUFE Lip Liners

Top Ten Lip Liners: MUFE and IT

Top Ten Lip Liners: MUFE and IT

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencils in 2C and 15C ($19)* are fantastic lipliners in general but even better for summertime. These are waterproof so they are great to use as a lip base for long lasting color. 2C is named Rosewood and it’s described as a rosy nude. 15C is named Pink and is described as a vibrant pink. Both will make your summer lips last but you’ll have trouble picking from the 25 shades.

IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain* in Romantic Rose and Pretty in Pink ($20)are actually moisturizing lip liners. As with all IT Cosmetics they are loaded with anti-aging properties. They have a built in sharpener too. Romantic Rose is a deep rose that’s beautiful on its own although I like it with a lighter lipstick over it. Pretty in Pink is a pretty pink just like the name says. It’s not always easy to find a great pink lip liner but you can count on this one.

Are any of your favorites in my list? I’m always in the market for lip crayons so share your favorites. — Marcia

(excuse the poor lighting but the storm blew in when I was taking swatch pictures so I had to turn on the overhead lights)

*items were sent for consideration, rest were personal purchases