Best & Worst Drugstore Lip Crayons

I'm obsessed with lip crayons, as evidenced by the pic above (I swear they are all different shades!). They're affordable, easy to apply, easy to wear, and convenient to pop in your purse (no melting). But some are definitely better than others. I've reviewed all of the drugstore lip crayons and I'm sharing the best and worst ones today. Enjoy.

best worst lip crayons drugstore

  1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain
  • Price: $7+
  • Shades: 12
  • Scent: Mint
  • Wear: Glossy then fades to a stain
  • Staying Power: hours
  • Overall: Originally reviewed here. These were the first drugstore lip crayons I came across last year and they remain my favorite. They have pigmented colors that fade into a stain, which most of the others do not. These are moisturizing, but not nearly as much as others listed below.  The mint can possibly be a negative since (a) some don't like mint (b) could be drying to lips but I didn't experience either. -Love!
    2. Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balm
  • Price: $5+
  • Shades: 10
  • Scent: Vanilla (smells like sugar cookies)
  • Wear: Glossy then fades
  • Staying Power: hour
  • Overall: These come in natural shades, perfect for those who want a slight bit of color. They are moisturizing, and that remains while the color does not.I like the subtle scent. -Like
    3.  ELF Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick
  • Price: $2
  • Shades: 8
  • Scent: cinnamon
  • Wear: moisturizing then fades
  • Staying Power: hour
  • Overall: Originally reviewed here. I was only able to find a few of shades in stores, so the remaining shades would need to be purchased online. I liked the smell least of these. These were my least favorite, but they are the least inexpensive and provide sheer color. I have since returned or given these away. -Didn't like
    4. Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color
  • Price: $8.49+
  • Shades: 8
  • Scent: peach-apricot
  • Wear: Glossy then fades
  • Staying Power: hours of moisture
  • Overall: Some colors are more pigmented than others. These are made with fruit extracts. They are moisturizing, but so expensive. Great moisture, smell, and (some) great shades. -Love!
    5. Jordana Twist & Shine
  • Price: $2.99
  • Shades: 8
  • Scent: sweet (candy smell)
  • Wear: Glossy then fades to a stain
  • Staying Power: hours of wear
  • Overall: These are the most recent lip crayons I've encountered. I love the shade range and how they fade to a stain, like the Revlon ones. I compared the two here. These are a great deal, but are not easily found in stores (they are sold online too).
    6. Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balm
  • Price: $6+
  • Shades: 16
  • Scent: some smelled like crayons, some smelled like powder
  • Wear: Shiny then fades
  • Staying Power: hour
  • Overall: Originally reviewed here, I have since returned or given these away. These come in so many shades, as well as the Queen line. They are what they advertise--a gloss balm.  I liked the packagint the best on these. So if you want moisture and sheer color that fades, then try these.
In conclusion:
  • If I have swatched the lip crayon in a previous review, I have already linked to it. I have chosen not to swatch them all here, since some shades are hit and miss, and my focus is the staying power. However, if you would like a swatch from a brand, let me know and I will update.
  • If a new drugstore lip crayon comes out, I will update this post. I currently do not own the L'Oreal Le Laque or Le Matte ones, since I couldn't find a shade that was available that I liked (only matte was available) and these are much slimmer. I've seen only 4 shades for these. Mostly red, dark shades.
  • To "sharpen" these, be sure to twist up from the bottom--another reason why I like these!
  • My top 3: Revlon, Jordana, Neutrogena (that price is too much!!)
  • Best scent: Neutrogena 
  • A great alternative to more expensive lip crayon options, like Tarte or Clinique. 
Have you tried these?
Which ones are your favorites?

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