REVIEW: Sonia Kashuk Velvet Matte Lip Crayons

by - February 12, 2015

I love me some Sonia Kashuk, guys, and I'm really, really bummed that it's not going to be available at my fingertips anymore. I suppose that's why I have three of these to show you today. At the news that Target was exiting the Canadian market, my first thought was that I had to stock up on my Sonia. I had heard good things about these lip crayons and I'm really loving a matte lip lately, so it was a no brainer that I had to pick them up. I grabbed them in the three shades that were left on the shelf that really jumped out at my. I wanted to pick up Nudey Nude, both because I love a nude lip and because Nudey Nude is the best name ever, but the only one left on the shelf was compromised as all hell and there was no way I was taking that home with me. Don't you hate when the only lip products in the shade you want left on the shelf have been opened and swatched... or straight up smashed like that one was? Absolutely hate it.  But I'm hoping that I'll be able to track down Nudey Nude before Sonia is gone from my life. But for now, I have three shades to show you from this line!

Keep reading for a closer look at the Sonia Kashuk Velvet Matte Lip Crayons.


From Sonia Kashuk:
Creamy texture ensures an easy glide on application that will not feel dry on the lips and instantly coats with rich pigmented color. Each of the six mattes shades offer extra long wear to keep your smile looking gorgeous! Contains fig aroma.

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in 08 Mulberry Nude

One thing that you may notice is that Mulberry Nude and Berry Nude are quite similar in tone, but when swatched or on the lips they're actually quite different. Mulberry Nude is a deep, warm mauve shade that feels like it has a bit of a brownish undertone. I feel like this is a colour that would be pretty universally flattering. I would definitely call this midtoned, because it's not deep and vampy but it also doesn't run nude for me. Honestly, this is a really kind of no brainer type shade. It's easy to wear, especially for daytime, and very much on trend, I'd say. I do have one weird kind of note about this shade though... It has little sparkles in it. I don't even think I would have necessarily noticed them if I hadn't been looking up really close for the purposes of this review, but they are there. I can't say I can think of another matte lipstick that I've ever owned that has glitter in it... so that's a first. Still, I almost feel like it does make this shade a little more flattering and feminine.

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in 06 Berry Nude

This is the first of these crayons that I bought and actually probably my favorite. I've just noticed that this one also has really fine shimmer in it... which is kinda blowing my mind, not gonna lie. I would say that this is your classic Your-Lips-But-Better shade - a pinky-neutral mauve shade that is very, very on trend at the moment. I think that this is my preferred way to do the matte neutral lip inspired by that Kardashian family member whose name I refuse to reference. (Yes, I am over it, but this shade is gorgeous.) For me, this is literally a shade that I could wear every day with every look. It's universal.

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in 10 Rosey Nude

Though this shade is called Rosey Nude, there's not really anything rosey about it. This is a straight up, classic neutral red. I feel like this is the kind of red that you can wear during the day even if you have an office job. It's a red that doesn't punch you in the face. It might not be a first choice for a night out red, but for a daytime red it's pretty much perfect. I can't detect any shimmers in this shade, which I think is a damn good thing with a red.

Mulberry Nude, Berry Nude, Rosey Nude

The formula on these will definitely be loved by some and hated by others. It doesn't have the creamy slip of some of the matte formulas that companies have been releasing lately. These are true mattes, which means that they can be a little bit drying. However, I don't find them to be as drying as a lot of other matte lip products that I've tried and I also find that they do maintain their color and appearance if I pop a little bit of my Burt's Bees over top of them. These are a really lightweight formula and soon after I've put them on, I can hardly notice them on my lips. For me, that's a really good thing because if I can feel a product on my lips, I'm likely to rub them together and then the product disappears about twice as fast. These, because they're matte and I don't find myself fiddling with them, have really good staying powder on me and tend to wear pretty evenly.

I find application really easy with these. They are a pencil that needs to be sharpened, which I actually like because they tend to be more pointed and easy to maneuver than twist up pencils, which tend to get flat. These have enough pigmentation that I can easily apply them without too much fuss and get full colour. I've had no problems with these bleeding at all.

Overall, I really like these and will probably invest in the rest of them (if I can) before Target exits Canada for good. I think that people who really love true matte lip products will love these, but for people with dry lips or who prefer a creamy texture that lasts past application, these might not be a favorite. I am definitely the former!

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