Beauty Finds

Beauty Test Drive: Do Lipstick Hybrids Work?

Lipstick/gloss/balm hybrids are the latest craze in lip colour, and we test drive three new offerings

In her new weekly column, beauty contributor Andrea Karr tries the latest products on the market to give you the real deal on what to try and why. Check back every Wednesday for her take on the finds worth adding to your makeup bag.

Lip Gloss Balm Lipstick Annabelle Stila CoverGirl

Multi-taskers are worth their weight in gold and after renewing your makeup bag for the new year, it’s time to downsize your picks and select only the best for your daily routine. Today, lip colour has to provide pigment, staying power, kissable texture and a gorgeous finish. We test drive three new hybrids fit for the spring season.

Annabelle Twist Up Retractable Lipsticks

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon, a slim cross between a lipstick and lip pencil, comes in 12 shades from frosty pink to poppy red and deep purple, $10 at pharmacies and mass market retailers.

The Review: The tip of the crayon is the perfect size. It’s large enough that you can cover surface quickly but thin enough to allow precise application—plus, the waxy texture adheres to lips and stays in place without drying out. The final look is neither matte nor glossy, so if you’re looking for a particular finish, you’ll need an extra top coat of lip gloss or powder.

Stila Colour Balm Lipstick

Stila Colour Balm Lipstick, a buttery lip product that has the color of a lipstick and the texture of a balm. It comes in 18 shades—the dusty rose hues being our faves! $25 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale.

The Review: The texture is amazing. It goes on super smooth, is easy to blend and feels soft, just like a balm, plus there’s a tiny mirror in the cap for easy application. The product is flat on top (unlike the typical pointed lipstick bullet), which is great for application of neutral shades, but might prove tricky for some of the brighter hues.

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm, a stick that promises “sheer colour” and “soft shine,” it comes in a 16-shade range of berries, mauves and toffees, $10 at mass market retailers.

The Review: It literally does everything that it says on the label! The chubby stick offers just a hint of colour and shine without the icky stickiness of most glosses. Don’t you love when you get what you pay for? But if you’re looking for a highly-pigmented lip, this gloss balm ain’t for you.