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Barry M is one of those make=up brands that I seen everywhere and heard loads about but I avoided because it just seemed a bit too gimmicky to me but when I finally got around to trying it I realised that though some of the products might be gimmicky that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also really good.
After using a few different products I became a little bit obsessed with Barry M and wanted to try as many of them as possible.
The lip crayons are brilliant value. They cost £4.99 and are available in a few different colours but I do wish they were available in more shades instead of just pinks and reds.
The cherry red one is probably my favourite because it gives the most punch of colour on my lips.
It is just basically a lip stick but it comes in a crayon and is so nice to apply as it just slicks on. Be warned that although it isn’t mentioned on the packaging these crayons have bits of glitter in them which I like and think looks good but some people may not want the glitter and be annoyed that it comes in the crayon.
That being said the glitter really works well in these crayons as it adds to the shine and the sheen and gives them a really nice high gloss look.
They work really well for when you want a bright lip and are great for nights out especially because they also last ages on your lips so you won’t find yourself in the toilet all night having to reapply.
These are really fun lip crayons that don’t cost a lot of money so you can buy one and experiment and see if you like it or not. They just give some drama and a bright pop of colour to your lips and although some people might not like the glitter in them I think it adds to the overall look of the crayons and make the colour even better.
I love Barry M make up and I am often buying something from their range, the products are mid range but the majority are of top range quality in my opinion.
The Product ....
I was taken with the look of these in Boots during the summer, I bought a pink one with shimmer that I thought would be nice and light on for summer.
The lip lacquer pencil is around 12cm in height, the main of the pencil is the same colour as the lip colour. The base of the pencil has a black end but I am not sure why, when I first bought the product I assumed it was a twist base to move up the product but it does not appear to do anything. The lid of the product is clear plastic so you can see the lip lacquer inside.
The lacquer does glide on well but I found the colour did not stay on my lips long at all, it transferred off onto everything my lips touched and was gone within about an hour. My lips also feel very sticky when I wear this a little like wearing a lip gloss and my hair was forever sticking to it when down.
The odd thing for me about this product is that it smells like a wax crayon which I have no idea why.
I do like the fact that because this is a pencil it is very easy to apply neatly to the lips without needing a brush or something.
One downside to this is I have not found anyway to extend the lacquer and the tip is getting smaller having not been used that much.
I bought my pencil for £4.99
Not a bad product but not brilliant either. I would not buy another one unless they sorted the staying ability of them. Also I feel there is not enough product for the £4.99 I assumed it was a full pencil that I could sharpen or move up and its simply a small tip so expensive for Barry M.
I recently took a trip to my local Superdrug as I was running low on eyeliner and mascara. While there I found the store's regular 'two for one' offer was back on and decided to treat myself to a 'free' product. I opted for a Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayon for a few reasons. Firstly, I generally prefer these market pen type lipsticks. I find them much easier to apply than a typical style lipstick and good quality ones seem stay put much longer than the alternative.
Secondly, Barry M is a make-up brand I have plenty of experience with, I trust their products and it's not very often I feel disappointed with any of them. I also know that Barry M make-up items are vegetarian friendly which is very important to me.
And lastly, the £4.99 price tag on one of these lip crayons was the most I could spend for the product to be free under the two for one offer. As a girl who likes to get her moneys worth, I wasn't going to purchase a product for any less than that!
The lip crayon comes in five colours:
'Cherry Red' - a bright postbox shade of red.
'Mandarin' - a dark orange shade.
'Party Pink' - a vibrant dark shade of pink with sparkly bits.
'Candyfloss' - A pale pink shade.
'Ballet Pink' - A very pale shade of pink, almost white actually.
I opted for the 'Party Pink' shade. I typically go for neutral shades of lipstick for everyday wear and bright reds for going out. As Barry M don't really offer any neutral shades of anything really, and I already have a wide range of red lip colour, I thought I'd try something different and got for an eye catching pink instead. A little risky but hey - it was free! Fortunately the risk paid off and this is quickly becoming my favourite lip colour.
The crayons look as they do in the picture provided by dooyoo. They resemble a chunky crayola marker and vary in colour depending on the shade of the crayon. The colour of the crayon is pretty much spot on to the colour transferred to your lips so you're not left with any disappointing dull shades if you haven't been able to try a tester before purchasing.
The product also has a clear plastic lip which, again, helps you see the true colour of the crayon whilst also protecting your other make-up items when you're not using the product.
Application is very easy - simply colour in your lips! You can follow the natural shape of your lips really easily without getting any of this in unwanted areas but it's also pretty easy to give yourself an entirely new lip shape using this product if you wish. It's very quick to apply and glides over your lips really smoothly. There's no need to apply loads of coats either, the colour transfers almost instantly and I've never needed to go apply more than two coats. This, of course, means the product will last longer but also that pressing your lips to toilet paper routine is made redundant.
I find the first minute or so after application there is a slight sticky feeling to your lips although this is only very slight, certainly not enough to put me off using the product and the feeling does wear off very quickly, fortunately the colour does not. This stuff stays on for hours and I've never needed to top up on a night out despite all the drinking I do! I do find the colour dulls a little after a few hours although it's still very visible and very much there. I find the colour gives a 'inbetween' look of matte and glossy finish which is actually really nice! If, however, you do require a more glossy look than these colours still look great with a bit of clear lip gloss over the top.
I really love this item and within two days of first purchasing and I bought myself another in the 'Cherry Red' shade whilst doing my shop at Tesco. When money permits I'm sure I'll try the other shades too. The lip crayons are very easy to find both in stores and online and appear to be £4.99 everywhere.
It seems loads of brands are bringing out crayon style lip pens now. First it was Max Factor's Lipfinity, followed by lots of cheap clones, then Bobbi Brown brought out a range of chunky crayons, and now i've discovered that Barry M now has a range.
As a fan of Barry M's colourful and high quality products, i didn't hesistate treating myself to one. It averages out at £4.50-£6 in various shops, mine was £5 from Asos which is much cheaper than similar products, but that didn't worry me as all my barry m products i've had so far (alot!) have been brilliant quality.
Some people on the other hand will argue that £5 is expensive for a fancy looking lip pen, but i really loved the design and after trying the product, can assure you it is worth every penny.
Packaging is simple, it's in the form of a chunky pen. Each pen is the colour of the shade of lacquer it contains. The lid is transparent allowing the pen tip to be visible, allowing the consumer to see the excact shade they'll be getting which is great.
As the pen is so chunky it allows me to keep a grip on it and not have to fiddle about.
There are 6 colour options to choose from;
- Cherry Red
- Party Pink
- Ballet Pink
- Scarlet Red
I chose cherry red, as the scarlet red looked incredibly deep, much darker than blood red. The mandarin isn't as horrible as it sounds, but i personally wouldn't want orangey red lips, although it's more of a red with an orange hint. Party Pink looks to be a neon flamingo pink. Definetly not my style. Ballet Pink is a baby pink colour and would be a disaster with my pale skin tone, however it does look really nice in the pictures. Candyfloss was a turn off straight away, even the name made my skin crawl, it's a deeper baby pink and very 'little girl' ish.
The cherry red is just right for me. Not too dark but still bold and gives the lips a gorgeous healthy red look. Definetly doesn't pass as natural but it's not disgustingly obvious that it's a lip lacquer. The cherry shade has tiny discreet sparkles for a gorgeous voluminous effect.
I'd best describe this product as a cross between a lipstick and lipgloss - it's much heavier and pigmented than a usual lipgloss, but more lightweight and sheer than an average lipstick. Barry M classes is as lipstick but i personally disagree.
The pen is incredibly good quality and suprisingly soft, gliding onto my lips with ease. It's lovely and creamy, without becoming stodged up or greasy looking, and the shiney finish isn't over the top. The flat design of the pen tip allows even application making it quick and easy to apply. Once on it's lightweight and drys well without drying the lips out, i think some of the moisture must sink in before it drys.
This pen has the best pigmation i think i've come across and i would highly reccomend this product if you want a vibrant look. It lasts all day long without touching up every 5 minutes. It's widely available from places such as Boots, supermarkets, online and in chemists etc.
I love mine and feel it was worth every penny, it's also lasted really well in the 3 weeks since i've got it.
I bought the Barry M lip lacquer crayon (RRP £4.99) because Barry M lip products were two for £5 in Superdrug at the time and there was a lipstick that I wanted priced at £4.49, so this worked out at 51p and looked intriguing. I was initially attracted to the Crayola-like packaging and the slight hint of glitter in my chosen shade, Mandarin, but ended up being very impressed. I often have trouble with applying lipstick, but this is so simple a child could do it! It really is just colouring in your lips, which is a strange sensation, but it goes on smoothly and gives you more control than a regular lipstick. It also erases the need for lip liner.
While I still prefer a traditional matte red lipstick for evening, this is a more wearable red for the day time, with the subtle glitter giving a glossy look. It was fairly long-lasting: I think it lasted longer than a gloss would, and though a lot seemed to transfer on to my glass while drinking, my lips still looked fine.
As Barry M products are often on offer I think this is a very good purchase, and will be getting myself the Cherry Red shade.
I choose this Barry M lip Lacquer as a birthday present for myself from Boots it cost £4.95 and comes in 5 colours I chose 'ballet pink' because I like lighter colours. The other colours are 'Scarlet Red' 'Cherry Red' 'Mandarin' and 'Party Pink'. Each pencil is has a life of 24m.
The lip lacquer takes the from of a pencil so it is different from gloss or lipstick which is part of the reason I was drawn to it. It looks like a giant colouring in pencil and the packaging is the colour of the pencil.
When applying to me lips I simply colour them in. It does actually smell like a pencil when you take the lid of but luckily it does not taste like one. When you apply it to your lips its actually has no taste to it. Once applied my lips feel quite soft and not sticky the way glosses tend to leave them. The pencil is really smooth and glides across my lips leaving a lovely pink shimmery finish. The colour I would say lasts for around 1 hour it did fade quite quickly but this of course depends on what you are doing today I went for a 6.5 mile walk and so was drinking lots of water so this was a factor in length of effectiveness. I have not used so much I have had to do this yet, but I would imagine that once the colour has gone down I will have to sharpen the pencil with a big eyebrow pencil sharpener.
I will give this 4 stars I like the colour and I like the way I am actually colouring in my lips.
This is a relatively new item from BarryM, so I snapped up a Lip Lacquer Crayon (in Ballet Pink) as soon I saw one in the shop!
~Packaging and Appearance~
BarryM Lip Lacquer Crayons do look like crayons, as the name suggests. There are five colours to choose from - Ballet Pink, Manadarin, Cherry Red, Scarlet Red and Party Pink. They are similar in design to BarryM Super Soft Eye Crayons - they are quite chunky. If you look very closely at the lacquer, you will see tiny, tiny glitter flecks - so it creates a sheer look.
I describe this product as a hydgenic lipstick because you can let the whole world try it out, then, just like a kohl pencil, sharpen away all the bacteria (the lacquer is also like a lipstick because it has the same creamy, solid consistency). The lacqer crayon was very easy to apply to my lips, and ever so smooth, plus it lasted a good few hours. It gave my lips a lovely sheer shine, too. The Ballet Pink is a very flesh coloured lacquer, so only apply a little or you'll end up looking a quite silly! The Party Pink, Scarlet Red and Cherry Red crayons are perfect for special occasions.
BarryM Lip Lacquer Crayons retail at £4.95 each, which is OK but the price could be taken down a little.
In a No7 set I got at Christmas there was a wide variety of different colours but there was one baby pink shade that I personally think suits me more than any other colour Ive ever tried and one that while I had it I used everyday. Now as that particular shade was only available in the set I cant afford to buy it all the time so Ive been trying ever since to try and replicate that colour in a gloss or lipstick from a different range. This was the latest product I tried in my never endng search to find the perfect colour and the product of course is "Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayon". Ive been using this for a good few weeks now and while the colour doesnt exactly match its the closest I have found and its also a pretty great product overall - one that Ill be using for some time to come.
Stockists: Boots, Superdrug ETC
Shades: Scarlet Red, Cherry Red, Mandarin, Party Pink & Ballet Pink - the one I personally own is the last shade but now Im dying to try out the Party Pink shade. Not a very wide range of shades when you compare them with other Barry M products but I think everyone will like at least one of those shades.
Obviously the application of this is basically like colouring in your lips which believe me feels very strange when you are doing it for the first couple of times. I had expected this to feel very matte and dry when I applied it and I assumed I would have to put a clear gloss over the top to create some shine but I have to say I was surprised and I think you will be as well as this feels nothing like you will expect. This although it looks like a crayon feels like a mixture between lipstick and lipgloss and it goes on really smooth and easily - not what I had expected at all. It really does glide onto your lips and although I do remcommend slightly exfoliating your lips with a toothbrush first it doesnt sink in and exaggerate dry lips and it is nothing like the matte feeling or finish you will be expecting. I love applying this because it goes on so easily and takes about 10 seconds to get a full, even colour on your lips. Now as I have only had mine for a few weeks it hasnt gone down at all but in time I guess you will need to sharpen it making it very hygenic to use.
I absolutely LOVE the colour that this gives my lips because even though it is a very girly and light colour it doesnt wash my skin colour out at all which a lot of light shades have done in the past. With just a tiny bit of this colour you can get a really bold, full colour that lasts around 6 hours and that is with eating, drinking and all the other things which usualy make your lip colour fade quicker. Now whilst this doesnt exactly match the shade I was hoping for it is a very nice colour all the same and it has a really sleek, glossy shine to it without having to apply any primer or gloss over the top. This is nothing like I was expecting an the results and overall appearance have honestly shocked me and it is nothing like any other product Ive tried before. Its a lipgloss but in crayon form and however dodgy it sounds in reality it actually works really well. Im definately going to carry on using mine for a long time to come and next time Im in town Im going to buy another one in a different shade and this crayon comes highly recommended from me.
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These are too cool! If anyone is a regular reader of my reviews, they will realise that I love a gimmick. Anything that when seen in my handbag or makeup bag provokes a 'What the hell is that?!' from jealous friends. And these most certainly do that!
The idea behind this, is it is a lipstick /gloss/ balm in a crayon. In my opinion, the overall effect is more like a gloss, than anything else. The colours aren't really that bold, even the dark ones don't show up too much. But in my opinion, this is a plus, as I for one don't think I could pull off some of the shades in the range if they really were bright pops of coulour. So by my reckoning, almost everyone could get away with all shades... Which can only be a good thing!
In order to capitalise on the crayon revolution, Barry M have created this genius little product. It takes up next to no space in your bag, and because it's a crayon requiring sharpening, much more hygenic than any other form of lip colour. I mean, I don't even want to think about how many types of bacteria are in the average lip balm tin, but with this product, you could let the world have a try of your crayon, then just sharpen all the nasties away.
My favourite shade is the baby pink, it's a beautiful neutral colour suiting most skintones. It also contains blue iridescent sparkles, which really lift the colour. Baby pink is experiencing a resurgence in popularity recently, due to the trend towards pale, nude lips. The last time it was socially acceptable to have baby pink lips after puberty was probably the 60s, so I say make the most of this cute shade!
As I said earlier, I think that all of the shades are wearable, but one shade I think would suit most if not all, is the hot pink shade. I like to wear it with just one layer, so you get a barely there pink stain. Perhaps wearing it this way is more suitable for the summer, but if you layer it up, you do get a much stronger shade.
So to sum up, for around £5, in most large high street beauty shops, I don't think you can really go far wrong with this crayon. Suffice it to say, my crayon is about my person at all times, and it has lasted me quite a while so far!
The idea of these crayons, is that they are a lipstick - in crayon form! Not too complex an idea, and definitely appealing to me.
They are priced at £4.95, and come in 5 colours, basically varying shades of red and pink. I think they are perhaps the beginning of a larger line of colours, if these are successful.
My initial worry was that it might be a bit scratchy like lip liners tend to be. Sharpening it, and it getting that nasty little point at the end, or having to soften it to actually get the colour. But as soon as I opened this, and applied it, the colour was there thick and fast, and surprisingly soft to apply.
I purchased No1 red. A very vibrant red with a slight hint of glitter to it. The glitter thankfully is not too obvious, and can only really be seen up close, from afar it just looks like a nice sheen on the lips and a very good colour.
The crayon slides on smoothly and leaves a very good colour with minimal coverage. I applied two layers, but that was because I wanted a very bright colour. For many people, they could get away with just the one coat.
The beauty of the crayon is that you don't actually need a lip liner with it. You can choose the outline of your lips with it and then fill in the main body. And it didn't bleed into the skin around my mouth!
My one dislike is that it felt slightly heavy on my lips. It wasn't sticky, or tacky, just had a definite feeling of something on my lips. But it was easy to remove with tissue and a bit of a rub. And although it left my lips a little stained underneath, it is nothing like I have experienced with some lipsticks.
The staying power is very good, and although some came off on my glass on the whole it was very good. The ease of the crayon means you can carry it about with you, and it takes up hardly any space at all in your bag.
The packaging is pretty basic. The colour of the crayon makes up its body and it has black writing and bands on it, and a clear plastic top to protect the nib. Basic, but perfectly functioning.
It would be nice to see a wide range of colours available, as I think this is a really good little product worth investing in.