Normally I love a good matte lip, but undeniably that's likely to be the exact cause as to why my lips are always so dry and so - as they say, if you love something let it go - I'm taking a little break and moving onto more balmy offerings. Jane Iredale just happened to email at the right time to offer me one of their PlayOn Lip Crayons and so, the start of a whole new collection of lip products was born (any excuse to buy new lipstick.) It was a product I probably wouldn't have picked out to try myself, and a colour I definitely wouldn't - but I accepted in an attempt to widen my comfort zone and I have to say that I found myself pleasantly surprised.
I got the shade "Saucy" and it's a red tinted coral sort of colour - like I said, this is so traditionally not me, I'd normally go for a deep plum or a red sort of shade, but when this came it seemed surprisingly wearable. Like you'd expect from a crayon, this is a little balm like, it's soft and moisturising but it packs a surprising amount of pigment into such a little product, alongside a lot of shine. Annoyingly, this is an actual pencil which mean it requires a fat pencil sharpener, but that's just my personal vendetta against wooden pencils and an adamant belief that we don't need anything except twist ups in 2016.
Besides the whole pencil sharpener situation - I really like this. The packaging is a gold barrel with the end the same colour as the lip product and, helpfully and more rare than you'd imagine, this actually matches the colour of the lipstick when it's swatched. It's worth mentioning, though, that as the top of the crayon nearest the actual product is light and the product is so balmy, it's very, very easy to transfer it right across the brand, shiny new pale wood. Annoying and it makes it look messy, but only a minor niggle.
Although this is pretty pigmented, as you'd expect from a balm, the staying power isn't all that great. I've definitely have worse and it wears pretty evenly but it isn't great at staying where you put it. I thought the first time that I put this one that maybe it was a little too much for me, however now I'm looking back at the pictures that I took in natural light I think that if I wore it a little more and got used to the colour then this could become a replacement for my traditional red lips come Spring. In some lights this can look fluorescent, but its actually a lot more subtle than that in natural light - and surprisingly flattering on my skin tone even taking into consideration how pale that I am.
All in all, it's definitely one of those cutesy Summer shades as opposed to the heavy berries and reds that I opt for in Winter, but it's a surprisingly versatile colour and the formula is really smooth with a brilliant payoff. You'll only get a few hours out of it before reapplying, but it's worth it for a quick pop of colour - and they're definitely worth the £14 that it'll set you back.
What's your favourite lipstick for Spring/Summer?
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