I’m a fan of lip crayons because they’re so easy to use.
So I was delighted to receive two shades from the new Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon collection to try out for review from Influenster, the online social media influencer group.
They came nicely packaged in the traditional Marc Jacobs black boxes. The crayons themselves are a definite cut above just about all of the other lip crayons I’ve tried. They have a snap tight top that prevents mishaps in my purse or makeup bag.
Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons come in a variety of shades from nudes to reds to edgier shades like deep purple and black: 10 shades in all. The two shades I got were neutrals, variations on mauve shades:
- Night Mauves: on me, it’s a MLBB shade, just about the exact same color as my lips
- Send Nudes: a deep mauvey-nude with brown undertones.
I wear Night Mauves more often because it’s a great daytime shade.
In all honesty, though Send Nudes is an interesting, more unusual shade, it’s more than a little out of my wheelhouse because of the brown. I will keep playing around with it though by trying it with eye looks with browns and peach and peachy blush. One thing that I noticed more strongly with Send Nudes is that it has a bit of a shimmer that adds some dimensionality to the shade. I went to the Marc Jacobs website to see if there’s any info on that, and there is! The Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons are formulated with what they call “ghost pearl” so that the color doesn’t look as flat as most matte liquid lipsticks do.
Formula: Application and Wear
What’s most interesting about Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons is the innovative formula. It’s called a Liquid Lip Crayon, and though it doesn’t exactly feel like liquid, it’s kind of like a mousse in stick form. It glides on like a creamy mousse. And it is so lightweight that it’s almost imperceptible on my lips.
A couple of things I learned while playing with these lip crayons is not to use too much pressure (that’s totally unnecessary anyway) during application because I managed to snap off the tip. A plus is that these crayons have a twist up feature so I don’t need to search for my sharpener. The downside, like with all lip crayons with twist up features, is that once the point is gone, it’s gone forever. Starting out by lining my lips with a lip pencil helps a lot like I did in the swatch above for Send Nudes (uh oh, the sunlight washed out the lip pencil on one side of my lips!).
Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons dry to a matte finish. Truth be told, my desert-dry lips can’t wear any matte lipsticks without lip balm underneath. So I apply these over my beloved Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm. Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons are long wearing lip crayons, and they last for hours. The website says they last for 16 hours – perhaps a bit of an exaggeration in real life. When drinking, a bit of the lipstick comes off on the glass but not nearly as much as with regular lipsticks or glosses. Over time, the color turns into a stain. Also, the Liquid Lip Crayon dries down and can accentuate my lip lines. To remedy that, I’ll apply a dot of balm on top.
I’m having fun with the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons I received from Influenster to try out for review. I probably wouldn’t have purchased them on my own because they’re, well, matte. But the liquid/mousse formula and the “ghost pearl” finish make Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons well worth trying if you’re a fan of matte lipstick.
After wearing the lip crayons off and on for about 2 weeks, I think that they’re probably best for younger people or for those who don’t have dry lip problems. Though they are not as drying as some matte lipsticks, they still dry down. If you do want to try this light as a feather lippie and you have lips on the dry side, lip balm underneath and occasionally on top will be your friend. I would love to try this Liquid Lip Crayon in one of the red shades.
$26 and sold on the Marc Jacobs website, Sephora, Sephora at JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, NET-A-PORTER, and other fine retailers.
*I received these lip crayons free from Influenster for review, but the opinions above are honest and my own.