Natio Smoothie Lip Colour Crayon in Hazel, Tea Rose and Petal

I love a good lip crayon because they’re so easy to apply. It seems like every brand is coming out with their own version because lip crayons tread the line between lipstick, gloss, stain and balm and cater for a wide market. Today I’ve got the Natio version which is different to some of the others on the market due to Natio’s makeup philosophy. All Natio products are plant-based and are free of parabens, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, BHA and Carmine ( a red pigment which can be derived from animals).

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The packaging is very similar to the Clinique and Revlon versions and comes in a twist up pen which means no sharpening required. Each pencil is also colour coded which makes it easy to pick out the shade you’re looking for when rifling through your makeup bag. The only issue with the packaging is the lid which does not sit flush with the pencil. I’ve had many occasions when I’ve reached for one of these in my handbag only to find them roaming around lidless. It’s a really annoying design flaw but one that can be overcome if you’re conscious of where and how you store these lip crayons.

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These products contain jojoba seed oil and shea butter which is meant to be conditioning. These are extremely comfortable to wear but they aren’t moisturising as such. When my lips are dry and I put these on, they don’t actually combat the dryness, they just add slip to my lips. If you’ve got dry lips, my tip is to exfoliate before putting these on. They have a very faint scent which isn’t detectable unless you’re trying really hard (like I was) to detect it. I can’t place the scent but it’s a very natural scent versus something that smells likes it’s been manufactured.

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From left to right: Petal, Tea Rose, Hazel

The shade Petal is a brightened pinky coral that would be perfect for Spring. It has a slightly whitened base so it’s the least forgiving of the three shades on my pigmented lips. This means that I have to exfoliate prior to wearing it and a bit of lip liner would also help to get the colour to look even on my lips.

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Tea Rose is a rosey brown shade that is a slightly lighter ‘my lips but better shade’ on me. It also has a very fine shimmer running through it which gives the product a slight sheen. It’s a lovely neutral shade that would look great across a wide range of skin tones.

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Hazel is quite a warm rosey brown that shows up slightly darker than a ‘my lips but better’ shade on me. This has a translucent base so it’s the easiest to wear out of the three shown. I think it’s probably my favourite out of the shades I bought and is perfect for Autumn.

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These products are quite well priced (by Australian standards) at $12.95 each. There’s good range of colours available in the range and I think it would be quite easy to find a shade to suit every skin tone. The pigmentation is good on these but, as they’re a glossy formula, the wear time isn’t exceptional. These also don’t have much of a staining effect, at least on my lips, so you’ll need to reapply or use a lip liner underneath if you want a more long wearing colour. All in all though I think they’re great and would recommend them.

Have you tried these lip crayons before?

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  1. ~Blush FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge | Bug's Beauty Blog - April 29, 2014

    […] finished up the look by applying Natio Smoothie Lip Colour Crayon in Hazel to my lips. I wish I’d gone with something more orange or peach toned and actually ended up […]

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