Super-sized lip color pencils are a huge cosmetics trend right now. I went on a swatching mission to compare shades, formulas, and prices. If you’re looking for a lip pencil that packs a color punch, check out the Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Pencil. The downside is that will set you back $19. The UD lip pencils easily have the best color pay-off, so if you don’t mind the price and want a highly pigmented lip gloss give these a whirl:
Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Pencil Swatches:
Nars & Sephora Comparison Swatches:
top row: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color: Crush, Adrenaline, F-Bomb, Big Bang
middle row: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil $24: Cruella; Dragon Girl; Roman Holiday, & Dolce Vita
bottom row: Sephora Collection Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil $12: Vinyl Raspberry; Strawberry Delish; Fuchsia Fever; Fancy Red;
The swatches above aren’t the best quality, but you get the idea…the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is largely a skip at $24, unless you are looking for a matte red, then I highly recommend Dragon Girl. If you love the UD lip colors but don’t want to spend $19, I recommend checking out the Sephora Collection Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencils they are very near duplicates and at $12 they are the best value of the bunch. The UD formula might be slightly more moisturizing, but I found the Sephora formula to be virtually identical.