Do ya’ll ever just try a product, no matter what kind of product it is, and realize…
“How did I live my life before this? How could I possibly have functioned as a human being before I had this [wonderful thing] in my life?”
That’s how I felt when I discovered the Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayons.
I recently got my first Sonia Kashuk products, her Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude and Twist Up Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Diamond, and I haven’t been disappointed.
I’ve always been curious about the line, eyeing it every time I’m at my local Target store, but nothing had ever pushed me toward one thing or another (with the exception of this brush cup).
Then this happened.
Sonia’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayons have completely changed my faith in the entire lip crayon philosophy and model.
I’ve always found other lip crayons to be so hit or miss. If they’re too big, they can feather easily, and if they’re too skinny, they feel very dry, but to me the Velvety Matte Lip Crayons are comparable to, if not better than, the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.
I’ve been using and loving them in one of my favorite looks, which is a simple cat eye with a bold lip. Even when I’m just going to a coffee shop to write or get some other work done, I try to put a little makeup on because it makes me feel good, and since this look was so easy to create in a matter of minutes with these lip crayons, I thought I’d share my quick LoTD (Lips of The Day).
After starting with moisturizer and a simple BB cream (I like this one by Loreal), I dusted my face with a matte powder (the one pictured above from Rimmel) and considered my face done. My acne hasn’t been acting up lately, so I didn’t feel the need for heavier coverage.
After tight-lining my eyes with Twist Up Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Diamond, I swept the pencil along my lid in a slightly thick line. I wanted to emulate a cat eye that I might do with a liquid liner. The liner itself is very easy to manipulate, but feels more like a kohl than a gel.
This color combo is, to quote Nicole, what I would call my “power colors.” I go back to them again and again. They make me feel confident, they easily go with any ensemble, and they compliment so many different skin tones.
At first I thought Sonia’s Rosey Nude might be a dupe for NARS Cruella, but after realizing how much more of a blue-toned red Cruella is, I think it’s a better match for NARS Dragon Girl.
The formula is very similar to the NARS lip pencils, but is, I believe, less drying.
The best thing about these Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Crayons, though? I applied one coat when I took the photo above here in this post, and for science, of course, took this (not so great) sunset selfie on my way home at least five hours later.
One coat! After SEVERAL coffees! And it looks like I didn’t eat or drink a thing. NARS can’t even give me that, at least not without some flaking.
What’s your ride-or-die lip pencil? Does having a simple look that you know you can always go back to make things easier for you like it does for me? Let me know!