But guess what? I STILL get excited every time a new jumbo lip pencil hits the market. Why? Because they're just so darned convenient and easy to wear.
So naturally, I picked up two of the new NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies back when I ordered my NYX Macaron Lippies (click here for my review of those). I've been testing these new lip pencils for a few weeks now, so here are my thoughts!
NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies
(retail: $6 each, 0.11 oz)
I intentionally left one of these pencils unopened in the photo above so that you could see that these do come fully safety-sealed (yay!). These pencils come in 12 shades and you can purchase them at Ulta (in-store and online) as well as directly from the NYX website. I don't know if we will eventually see these at CVS, Target, etc., but hopefully they'll be at those stores eventually.
These are standard twist-up pencils. Some swatches:
Cherry Smash, Berry Mojito
Two swipes per shade
Two swipes per shade
Please note that I took these photos this week and it's been 100+ degrees here in San Diego for about three days now. My lips are even more dried out and chapped than usual, but hopefully you can see that these lip colors don't accentuate that dryness too much (I think they actually make my lips look a bit smoother than they really are):
Cherry Smash is a sheer, neutral red (my favorite!). It's not cool-toned, but at the same time it's not so warm that it reads orange. It has a slight brick-red feel to it, without that heavy brown undertone that you sometimes find with brick reds. If you too love sheer, neutral red lippies, I think you'll love this one.
Berry Mojito is a sheer, cool-toned magenta-berry. It reminds me of the Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten, but not quite as bright and opaque as the Revlon version. It's like a more subtle version of Smitten, if that makes sense.
Let me get straight to the point here: I love these, and I wasn't expecting to love them. Some reviews that I've seen online describe these as super sheer and weakly pigmented, and that may be the case with the lighter shades in the range (I only own these two colors). But as far as Cherry Smash and Berry Mojito are concerned, I was VERY pleasantly surprised by the level of pigmentation with these two colors, even after just a few swipes. For sheer lippies, these are beautifully pigmented and they can be built up for even more intensity than what you see above.
And, they feel amazing. Seriously, NYX isn't lying when they call these hydrating. In the current heat that we've having here in San Diego, I've been very happy with how moist and hydrated these make my lips feel. The texture is like a lip balm--they're quite "balmy" actually--and not at all like a stain, lipstick or gloss to me. I should also add that these lippies don't have any fragrance or flavor to them--I literally detect nothing when I'm wearing them.
As for staying-power? Another home-run. Because these are sheer and moist on the lips, I completely expected these lippies to disappear after about 30 minutes of wear. Wrong! I've been wearing these off and on for almost three weeks now, and I consistently average 2-3 hours of wear (sometimes more). After about 2-3 hours, these fade to a nice, even stain on my lips, which lasts for about another hour or two (sometimes longer). Oh, and the stain doesn't morph into a weird hot-pink color like some other jumbo lip pencils tend to do--these stay very true-to-color throughout their wear-time.
FINAL VERDICT: The NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies are what I wanted the NYX Butter Lipsticks to be (the Butter Lipsticks failed me on staying power). These Chunky Dunks get a thumbs-up from me when it comes to pigmentation, formula and staying power. Considering how sheer and moisturizing these are, I think it's fantastic that I can get three hours of wear from them, and I love the nice, even stain they leave behind. The pigmentation is fantastic after a few swipes (they can be built up for more intensity) and I appreciate that they're fragrance-free and flavor-free. I can't speak to the lighter shades in this range, but I'm extremely happy with Cherry Smash and Berry Mojito--I highly recommend them if you love sheer lippies.
Do you own any of the new NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies? I'd love to hear from you!
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.