The Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms are so well-known that I don’t think they need any introduction; for years I didn’t understand all the rave until I realised that the ones we have in Singapore weren’t the same and when the original cute and colourful Baby Lips finally arrived, I couldn’t stop collecting them. They’re not the most moisturising lip balms, but they do give a really lovely tint to the lips. So when I saw these new versions, the Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon, I knew I had to give it a try!
I got this at the local Di store, which is like the average drugstore in Belgium, for about €6. I think price-wise, it’s quite reasonable. It is packaged in a plastic twist-up tube with a cap and is much longer and very slightly slimmer than the regular Baby Lips; the tube colour reflects, to a certain extent, the colour that you will see inside. Unlike most crayons in the market that comes with a pointed tip, the product is fully domed/rounded.
Creamy Caramel is a very light coral shade; I find it very difficult to determine the pigmentation with such a light shade but if I’m forced to do so, I would say that it’s medium coverage for me because I could still see some of my natural lip colour peeking through after one layer of it. I’ve heard that the darker shades are very intense and fully opaque, but I don’t know for sure because I didn’t pick any of them up.
In terms of the formula, I find this just slightly creamier than the original Baby Lip balms but I don’t think it is more hydrating, neither is it drying. It’s very comfortable to wear; it’s not oily or waxy at all, and glides on very easily. However, I do find that it moves around if you rub your lips together – in my lip swatch, there’s some patchiness and unevenness showing through because I did rubbed my lips together before taking the picture. The wear time is also quite short – this lasts about an hour on me without eating or drinking.
I actually really like this, despite the very short wear time and the fact it moves around. I like how comfortable it feels on the lips, so I don’t mind reapplying it frequently (as I do with lip balms anyway). I don’t think the patchiness is very visible, especially if I really rub my lips together to let the colour sink in and even out. But ultimately, the main reason why I like this is the shade – it’s not too intense, leaning more coral than nude and seems to brighten up the face without sex-ing it up, and I think would be great for summer!
Have you tried the Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayons?