One of the biggest trends in modern beauty is the jumbo lip pencil.
It usually sits somewhere between a conventional lip pencil, a lipstick, a stain, and a balm. Some are shinier than others, some are more pigmented, and some stain long after the balmy finish has worn off.
I took a look at my jumbo pencil collection and realized that I have quite a few from a number of different brands. I decided that this presents an extraordinary comparison opportunity. Not only that, but I’ve done a lot of the comparing in my head already because I value some over others for particular reasons.
I’ll quit dawdling and get on with the comparison. (Skip to the end for the TL;DR.)
1-3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Lovesick, Smitten, and Rendezvous. If I’m not mistaken, Revlon started the drugstore jumbo pencil craze perhaps three years back when they tried to dupe the Clinique Chubby Sticks. I haven’t tried the traditional Chubby Sticks, but I really do love these pencils. It’s got sheer colour, a somewhat shiny finish, and feels like a balm. It smells like mint but doesn’t tingle, and is easily the best stain of the bunch.
4-5. Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balms in Enticing and Ingénue. These expand on Revlon’s initial jumbo pencil set. These do not claim to be a stain; rather, their claim to fame is that they are the shiniest of the set, almost like a gloss, but still feel like a balm. They have beautiful colours, and are more opaque than the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. However, in an attempt to make these more shiny, Revlon must’ve added a vat of glitter to the batch. If you’re not a fan of chunky silver glitter on your lips, steer clear.
6. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry. This is the last of the Revlon, I swear! They’ve just had the widest and most interesting offering of lip pencils at the drugstore. Their matte balms are as pigmented as a Clinique Chubby Stick Intense but with better staying power. They are not completely matte to the point of being drying; they’re still hydrating and feel like a less slippy balm. If you’re looking for an easy matte lip at the drugstore, these are your best bet.
7. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus. Clinique was one of the first brands to bring out a jumbo lip pencil at all. The Chubby Stick Intense is a more pigmented version of that. It is shinier than the Revlon Matte Balm, and delivers full colour with less staying power. I personally prefer the Revlon option.
8. CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 210. These don’t have the name printed on the product, which is annoying. Another thing that’s irritating about CoverGirl’s display for these was the lack of testers. That combined with the fact that the outer packaging doesn’t accurately show how the colour will go on resulted in me choosing a colour that is completely inappropriate for me. It’s way too light. Anyhow, the formula is moisturizing and shiny. I wouldn’t buy another one, however, because it was so difficult choosing a colour the first time that I got it wrong.
9. Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm in Not An Illusion. This is the newest to the drugstore jumbo pencil family. It also smells the best to me – sweet and vanilla-y. It’s the least moisturizing, and certainly the least likely to stain. But it’s very comfortable to wear, and buildable.