Monday, February 11th, 2013

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: Jumbo Lip Pencils

Share: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about jumbo lip pencils! Always use them? Never use them?

my answer: I think they can be versatile and be convenient to use, but they are usually a pain to sharpen.

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46 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Jumbo Lip Pencils

  1. Lauren

    I avoid them. They are hard to sharpen and you lose a lot of product when you do.

    I tried the whole “freezing” thing, too. Who has time to think about that ahead of time?

  2. I’ve been loving the Styli-Style ones that are more creamy lip liners in texture then gloss pencils.

    The glossier formulas tend to face rather qucikly on me. (Milani and Urban Decay ones)

    Speaking of Styli-Style, both it and Prestige is being removed from Rexall in Canada. So said to see them go!

    I’m wondering what they are replacing them with.

  3. blueraccoon

    I personally love them but I dislike the ones you have to sharpen; I prefer the twist-ups. I have all of the Revlon Balm Stains, six of the Clinique chubby stick intense (none of the regular), and a bunch of Tarte pencils, all of which twist up. Of the three my faves are the Clinique, but I love them all, really. I tried the CoverGirl ones and wasn’t impressed, and I have one NARS pencil I like but I hate that I have to sharpen it :( I’m actually wearing a Tarte pencil now – Energy, the Skintuitive one. I keep it in my laptop bag for a quick lip color/balm at work.

  4. beth

    I love them!! Because I have thin lips it means I can wear red without going outside the lines! hahah

  5. I love them-they’re so easy and quick to use.

  6. Alicia

    I love them. I have several I have to sharpen, but I just freeze them and then there is no product waste. It is also easier with a pencil to see how much of the product I have left than compared to a lipstick tube where you would have to twist the product all the way up to see how much was left.

    • Jax

      I’d never thought of freezing them (doh) thanks for the tip :-)

    • Kat

      I’m still confused as to why this wastes no product?

      • Alicia

        if u sharpen in normal temperature the product is soft so the blades tend to scrape more off. When you freeze the product it hardens up so there is less waste. I always notice a huge difference in any pencil product I own when I freeze before I sharpen. I know it sounds weird, but it really works.

  7. I don’t find them very convenient to work with and I rarely use them.

  8. I like them sometimes, although yesterday the cap popped off my new UD Glinda lipgloss pencil in my makeup bag and made a bit of a mess :/ I also have a Nars Velvet Matte pencil in Cruella. It’s a deep, gorgeous red and even though it’s not something I wear a lot, I haven’t needed to sharpen it yet.

  9. Lindsay

    I really like the twist-up ones, but I’m not crazy about pencils you have to sharpen in general. I wish NARS would switch to a twist-up format for their velvet lip pencils.

  10. KEG

    I love how easy they are to use. I find I don’t make as many application mistakes. Some of my favorites are Clinique, Bite Beauty, Urban Decay, Pur Minerals, and Nars

  11. kelly

    I love them. Victoria secret’s has many and doesnt need sharpen.

    My english is terrible sorry.

  12. Robin Manrique

    After wearing nothing but gloss for so long I now love chubby lip pencils! So far I have all of UD and 3 tarte ones. They all work great but I wish the UD ones were twist up. But none were full price so I don’t mind. Much more convenient then lip sticks since I don’t need a brush to stay inside my lips and no bleeding even with red F-bomb.

  13. Angela

    I have a couple; Revlon’s balm stain. While i like the colours/ application, etc, the once-pointed tip is now fat and stubby…not so nice for application anymore (hard to get a nice crisp line). Not sure why I don’t shape my lipstick tubes the same way! Definitely prefer the twist up vs. a pencil that has to be sharpened – I’m too lazy for that!

  14. chris

    I don’t spend a lot of money on them, as they get eaten up while using a sharpner.

  15. Clarice

    I enjoy the twistable ones! I have Revlon and Tarte (love the tarte!) I’d like to try UD and Covergirl

  16. Lauren

    I’ve only used the twist-up time. I like the Tarte version as well as the Clinique Chubby Stick. I also have two of the Revlon Balm Stains, but I find the Balm Stains to be too drying and not go on smoothly.

  17. Veronica

    I like them. All in all, I don’t find them better or wose than any other lip product – they have their own pros and cons. Yes, you are losing some product when you sharpen, but having a pencil shape also makes it easier to draw smoother, sharper lines without having to carry a brush and/or lip liner with you. Besides, I can usually get 4-5 applications out of them before they require a serious sharpening.

  18. Jax

    I like them, though I’m with the twist rather than sharpen camp. I have a Benefit and I NARS, about to buy some Clinique too.

  19. Anita

    I used to be all about those maybelline ones from the late 90s–the express finish ones, I think they were called? I had a light brownish one (ew, I know right? But it was the late 90s…) that I wore down in 10th grade.

  20. I like the the twist up ones like the Revlon stains. Those are the only ones I really have, but I would love to try other ones. The pointed tips makes the application pretty easy to get a nice crisp line.

  21. Meiya

    I’m not drawn to them, but there are some that I love because of the color. NYX’s Plush Red is a beautiful color.

  22. Wilcoa

    I recently got into pencil everything – liners, lip pencils, eyeshadow pencils – and I love them all. There is some waste with sharpening which sucks, but if you are careful it isn’t much (eg, sharpen only a small bit at a time). I mostly fell in love with these because they are compact, convenient, and not liquid. They are the perfect travel makeup and cuts application time down too when you are on the go!

  23. Kelly B.

    I love them! My favorite is Nars but I wish they were twist up. This may sound pathetic but I’m broke. I wait to sharpen until I am ready to wear it…freeze the pencil while doing other makeup or stuff. Then after sharpening, I peel the color away from the wood and it is always the perfect amount of color for complete lips. I am left with a sharp pencil to take with me. I do find it easier to sharpen multiple pencils at once since it is a hassle & messy anyway, but this way I don’t throw away useful & pricey product.

    I have 1 Clinique Chubby Stick & want more! Got a Tarte holiday set while on sale ($30 for 5) they seem nice. I want to try UD & Bite Beauty after reading comments.

  24. I have a ton of different brands I’ve tried and even though I have a ton of the tarte ones, my favorite ones are the Urban Decay, NYX, NARS and Clinique ones. I’ve had many problems though with the caps coming off of them in my makeup bag, so I have a lot of red stains in my Michael Kors makeup bag :(

  25. I LOVE the Sephora lip pencils. They wear long, come in a variety of colors and are on SALE for $5 on

  26. Yellowlantern

    I don’t see the point in them. They either waste product via sharpening or they twist up in that case they’re the same as regular tubes of lipstick?

    • Janelle

      I think that is a valid point, but for me I am able to get a more precise application than lipstick. They are like lip liner and lip stick in one.

    • blueraccoon

      I find lip pencils easier to apply – a lot of times I don’t need to use a mirror, whereas I’m not comfortable applying lipstick without a mirror. Sometimes I can get away with it, but I always check afterwards, but with a lip pencil it’s swipe and go.

  27. I don’t mind them, but I would prefer a lipstick because you are able to twist them up. If they had that function available for lip pencils, I would like them even more.

  28. Marian

    I’ve got to say…I’ve never had one. I don’t see the point of them. I like my lipstick in a tube.

  29. Terri

    I really like the Clinique chubby stick and the tarte non-matte ones because they are so moisturizing. This way I don’t mind having to re-apply because they really feel like balm on me.
    I dislike any pencil you have to sharpen.

  30. Susan Nevling

    They are more ecologically friendly and I’ve tried 2 UD’s and love them. (No lip products stays on me) and have heard good things about Clinique. I intend to try them soon.

  31. I looove lip pencils – they are my new favorite thing. The Revlon Just bitten balm stains for example…just twist up, so no need to sharpen plus it’s okay if they’re not sharp, because it just ends up being easier to apply when it’s blunt

  32. Corinne

    I love my UD ones. I’m currently wearing it in the shade Naked. When I sharpen it, it doesn’t waste much product either. I think they’re awesome and I’m picking up more soon. :)

  33. stephanie

    I like the NARS lips pencils alot. The texture seems to be perfect. Have you tried the NARS pencil sharpner. Perfect point everytime on pencils at all price points. It sharpens like buttah.

  34. I love the Nars jumbo pencils. I have a couple of the matte ones and wear them underneath the closest matching gloss usually, makes it last MUCH longer.
    It would be great if they were twist-up though!

  35. Allison

    I love them. I tend to pick the ones that I don’t have to sharpen and in more neutral colors that don’t require a mirror to put on.

  36. Michelle Teixeira

    I avoid the jumbo lip pencils. I have a mental block against them. They remind me of little kid play makeup which doesn’t appeal to me.