The world has been going gaga for colourful, chunky, crayon-like balms and lip stains since Clinique’s Chubby Sticks came on to the scene a few years ago. Right now it’s all about Revlon’s ColourBurst Matte Balms, which arrived in the UK last month.
To date I’ve seen hardly any reviews of Rimmel’s addition to the pack – Colour Rush Lip Balms. I picked up the shade The Redder The Better in November last year and, along with Revlon’s Lip Butter in Candy Apple, it’s been a permanent resident in my satchel ever since.
The appeal of using a stick or crayon of colour is undeniably satisfying, which might account for my recent NARS purchase – it’s just like wielding a crayon as a child – you can get as scribbly as you like without doing much real damage. Just like your favourite Crayloa crayon, the Colour Rush Lip Balms have a solid, waxy appearance, though, unlike the aforementioned children’s favourite, these glide onto the lips with ease, leaving a satin finish which won’t cause your mother to wield a bar of soap in your direction.
Although I’ve only tried The Redder The Better (there is a limited selection of five or six shades) I’m sold on the creamy formula and subtle vanilla sent. The staying power of this product is also impressive – it stays put throughout lunch, unlike Revlon’s Lip Butters, that transfer onto anything they come into contact with.
I also love that despite the strong depth of colour (I’m guessing the technical term here would be pigmentation) the balm feels light and moisturising on my lips. The Redder The Better is a vibrant cherry red with a slightly blueish tone and it suits my pale skin down to the ground.
At £5.99 these crayons are quite the bargain, and well worth picking up if you’re after an alternative to Revlon’s balm crayons.
Are you a fan of Crayloa-esque balms and stains?