August 24, 2013

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon - Cherry, Monroe, Vamp

I've been meaning to try the Annabelle version of the ubiquitous lipstick pencil for a while now, so when these press samples popped up in my mailbox, I was delighted. The retro-feeling and autumn-ready shades were the proverbial cherry on top!

The Annabelle TwistUp Rretractable Lip Crayons already came in a broad range of shades, and the brand recently expanded with five new Vivid shades (Bazooka Pink, Fuchsianista, Plump It Up, Sorbet, Orange Pop), three Nudes (Naked, Romance, Havana), two reds (Monroe and Red Carpet) and two Bordeaux shades (Cherry and Vamp).

I was able to try Cherry, Monroe and Vamp.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon - Cherry, Monroe, Vamp

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon - Cherry, Monroe, Vamp

These are billed as lipstick and lipliner in one, with a hydrating formula and creamy, comfortable texture. They contain rapeseed oil and shea butter for their nourishing and repairing properties.

I found that these were indeed wonderfully hydrating, much more so than I expected from a lip crayon of this type. They felt creamier and richer going on that the more balmy-feeling Revlon Just Bitten pencils, with a more significant pigment punch. They are pretty close to opaque, with some degree of translucency - yet without any sheerness, if that makes any sense. Like incredibly rich stained glass, which completely masks the colour behind it, yet still allows the light to shine through. A neat effect.

I didn't have any bleeding with these, but because they are so creamy, I had to take a little care when using them as lipliner. The application was so smooth that it was almost too easy to go outside the lipline. That said, I really liked how precise I could be.

The wear on these was slightly longer than a regular creamy lipstick, but they are not long-wearing. They do leave a stain behind, though that might be particular to these red/deep shades.

These can be applied in various ways for different looks - straight on, dabbed on for a lighter effect, applied, blotted, reapplied for a deep stain.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon - Cherry, Monroe, Vamp
Top to bottom: Cherry, Monroe, Vamp
The colours that were provided are just stunning.

Cherry is a medium-dark, blue-toned red, exactly the right shade for a Snow White effect with lighter skin. It had the strongest pigmentation of the three.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon Cherry

Monroe is evocative of its namesake. A bright, light red with a strong coral undertone. It's almost the lipstick version of OPI's So Hot It Berns nail polish. Beautifully retro and totally wearable. This was slightly sheerer.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon Monroe

Vamp is a deep muted burgundy, with a slight brown undertone. It's sexy, powerful, and ever so slightly 90s to me. This felt the most balmy, not quite as creamy, though the difference was minute.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon Vamp

Availability: At most drugstores, as well as Price is 9.95$ CAD.

Pros: Rich pigmentation, hydrating, creamy feeling, very smooth application. Convenient lipstick and lip pencil hybrid format.

Cons: Because of the creamy texture, a little patience is advised when it comes to using these as lipliner, and they are not as effective in terms of creating a barrier effect as a more dry-textured, matte lip pencil would be.

(These items were provided by the brand/PR to consider for review. This post is not sponsored or compensated.)


  1. I keep giving these to international friends as gifts but haven't tried any myself! They look superb on the lips - arm swatches don't do them justice.


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