The Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon is certainly an interesting addition to the beauty world. A liquid lipstick in crayon form?! Needless to say I was pretty intrigued. Is the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon finally a solution to so many of the problems that come along with liquid lipsticks? Let’s find out, shall we…
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Marc Jacobs Beauty claims that the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon is “a creamy, 16-hour long wear lip crayon that has the look, feel, and wear of a liquid lipstick.”
Additionally, MJ says “it melts into lips with a lightweight liquid sensation, providing powerful one-swipe color with bold impact. A dose of innovative “ghost pearl” gives the matte look a dimensional sheen, which becomes more visible at certain angles to give lips a modern, never-before-seen finish.”
The shade I purchased is Night Mauves, which is described as a ‘soft pinky mauve.’ Yep, I agree with that description.
I have a whooole lot of thoughts on the rest of these claims, so let’s break it down. But first,
coffee here’s a list of the ingredients in case you’re curious. Pay special attention to the first three ingredients.
Dimethicone, Mica, Synthetic Wax, Octyldodecanol, Caprylyl Methicone, Dicalcium Phosphate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aroma/Flavor, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).
Slim, twist-up tube. Clean, simple exterior. I’m a fan, but I can understand why some people won’t like the twist-up format. Since it can’t be sharpened, the edge of the lipstick is going to become more rounded after using it a bit, making it more difficult to get a sharp line. It’s not going to be a super crisp line, but the pencil is slim enough that it’s easy to control. I find it to be very user-friendly, but if you’re a perfectionist with your lipstick, you may find this slightly irritating.
This lipstick glides on like nothing else. It’s incredibly smooth, creamy, and has a lot of slip to it. The finish isn’t completely matte, as the earlier reference to ‘ghost pearl’ would imply. Remember when I told you to take note of the first three ingredients? This is why. The dimethicone (a type of silicone) combined with wax is what gives this lipstick such an insane amount of slip. Dimethicone is also what gives this lipstick a matte(ish) appearance without making it feel drying on the lips. You’ll be familiar with this texture if you’ve tried Smashbox’s Insta Matte Lip, the feel of this lipstick is almost identical.
And the ‘ghost pearl’? That’s where mica comes in. Mica is an ingredient used to create a shimmer effect, in this case it’s a super fine shimmer. It definitely doesn’t look or feel glittery, but it does give the lip color a soft sheen. I don’t know if this is true for all of the shades in this range, but in bright, direct light the sheen takes on a slight blue tone.
I don’t consider this to be a matte lipstick. It feels matte on the lips, but it definitely doesn’t have a matte finish. If you’re looking for a truly matte lip color, you probably won’t like this. Oddly, I feel like this looks a bit powdery on my lips at first, but I’ve noticed that if I rub my lips together it settles the product down a bit. The powdery appearance is gone by the time the product sets.
I’m actually surprised to see ‘aroma/flavor’ listed in the ingredients because if you had asked me, I would’ve said there was no added fragrance in this based on my own experience. It does have a slight scent, but I totally thought it was just the smell of the natural ingredients. It smells very faintly of sweet play-doh. Yeah, weird right? I guess it must just be some type of synthetic fragrance, but that’s what it smells like to me. I barely even notice it when I apply the lipstick, and it goes away immediately. I think even people who are sensitive to scents will be fine with this formula.
The Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon goes on creamy, but becomes more matter over time. It ‘sets’ in about 10 minutes, but it isn’t wet like a typical liquid lipstick. You won’t have to worry about it smudging during this time period, but do try to avoid drinking anything until this is set. It makes a big difference in the wear time if you allow it to set. It feels very similar to a traditional creme lipstick at first, then gradually loses that creamy feeling, similar to the way your lipstick might feel if it’s been a long time since you reapplied. It does have a very weightless feel to it, so if that’s something you look for in a lip product, you’ll almost certainly like the way this feels.
This did transfer slightly onto the back of my hand, especially from the inner part of my lips where the product doesn’t dry down as much. It also transfers onto my cup, so this product is by no means transfer-proof. I didn’t have any problems with this migrating outside of my lip lines or smudging easily.
Marc Jacobs claims the Le Marc Liquid Lipstick Crayon has a 16-hour wear time.
Nah. The only way you’re getting a 16-hour wear out of these is if you don’t eat or drink for most of that time period. I think most people will realistically get about 5 hours max from this lip product before needing to reapply. There may still be product on your lips at that point, but it gets really faded if you eat or drink a lot. I definitely don’t think these hold up as well to eating and drinking as a traditional matte liquid lipstick does.
However, the upside of this formula is that it doesn’t get all gross and crumbly the way a traditional liquid matte lipstick often does. It’s also much easier to apply another layer over top without it getting crumbly or feeling heavy. Unfortunately, I have noticed that the lipstick doesn’t set as well if you apply a second layer. It’s not major, but it does transfer a bit more.
Overall, I find the performance of this lipstick to be similar to a standard bullet lipstick. Nothing revolutionary here unfortunately, but also not a bad product. I do wish they would have ditched the ‘ghost pearl’ or only added it to a few shades. In some lighting it can look almost like a lowkey frost lipstick. I think these would have been much prettier as a true matte finish. I do think it’s a very comfortable formula, and it does eliminate the crumbly lipstick problem, doesn’t smear easily, and doesn’t transfer as much as a cream lipstick. I don’t think it’s a perfect translation from a liquid lipstick, but it addresses some of the common problems. Depending on your preferences, you may consider this a nice alternative. Personally, I’m not in love with the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon. I might purchase one or two more shades eventually, but I’m in no hurry.
You’ll probably like this if…
- Characteristics such as creaminess and pigmentation are important to you, and you’re willing to sacrifice wear time.
- You prefer a satin finish over a true matte.
- You like your lip color to feel weightless, you don’t like the feel of heavy lipsticks.
- Ease of application is a major plus for you. Between the crayon format and the extremely creamy formula, this lipstick is an absolute dream to apply. Like, if you’re someone who gets ready in the car a lot, this might be your new favorite lipstick.
- You want a matte(ish) lipstick that won’t crumble the way a traditional liquid lipstick tends to.
Proceed with caution if…
- Dryness and fine lines are a problem for you. If you look closely, you can see in the photo where the lipstick is emphasizing the dry patches on my lips. It’s not major, but it’s something to consider, especially if you’re wanting to purchase the deeper shades in the range. I mention fine lines because even though it doesn’t appear to emphasize the lines on my lips, I’m concerned that the “ghost pearl” finish may sink into fine lines. I have no evidence to support this, it’s purely a theory. Drop a comment below and let me know whether or not this emphasized your fine lines if you try this!
Skip this if…
- You need your lip color to be truly long-wearing. This will probably last you up until lunch with some fading, but there’s no way it’s going to make it through a full 8-hour workday.
- You prefer your lip color to be truly matte. The ‘ghost pearl’ finish adds a slight sheen, so if you’re looking for a truly matte lipstick, this isn’t what you want.
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