I don’t remember where I got this lip pencil from, but I do remember being excited to see it since Nudestix is such a positively rated brand! Side note: I’ve been shocked recently by the amount of pale peach nudes colors that I have, considering I’m so picky about light colors in the first place, let alone peaches.
Color: Whisper is described as “cool mocha with a pink undertone”. I personally don’t see that to be true! I think mocha makes it sound darker than it is, especially because it looks like concealer lips. It’s very cool toned and definitely has grey undertones on me, which didn’t flatter my complexion.
Comparing the hand swatch versus lip swatch, I definitely feel as though it looks darker on my hand. Just be aware that this is one color that definitely changes in appearance between your hand and lips – at least it did on me.
Finish: With “cream” in the name, I had assumed this would have a shiny finish, but to me it definitely looks like a matte lip product. In the hand swatch it looks much creamier than it does on my lips.
Packaging: This is very sleek packaging in my opinion. The pencil is wood, so you’ll have to sharpen it, but it is easy to do. I enjoy the matte black with the satin logo, and the color swatch as well; I would say it is pretty true to color.
Application: I find the application of lip crayons to be extremely easy because of the point it has, so I thought this was easy to get a clean line on the edge of my lips and fill it in. It’s opaque with very little back and forth swiping, meaning you don’t have to worry about messing up.
Unfortunately, immediately upon application this formula seems to cling to the texture of my lips and lines, and while the product doesn’t sink into them it is emphasized quite a bit. From a distance it looks fine, but as you get closer you can see it.
Fading: There surprisingly wasn’t as much fading as I had expected, and it took more than the average lipstick time to show signs of wear; about 5 hours, including drinks and meals. However, as this lipstick fades, it leaves an odd grey cast on my lips, which ends up looking like I had foundation left on my lips that I never took off or cleaned up. At that point, I need to either reapply or remove the lipstick since it looks very strange.
As it faded, it did end up clinging to dry patches on the inner rim of my lip more than it does upon initial application.
Transfer: This is the cream formula and not the matte, so it does transfer quite a bit. When I pushed my lips onto the back of my hands just to see, I had a huge lipstick mark where my lips were pressed. When I looked at the lipstick again I could tell that the color had faded, though not quite as much as I had expected. It was left behind on my straw while drinking, but I didn’t really notice it on my food.
Comfort: There is always the slightest sticky feeling, as if this never truly dries down, and I found that I could always feel it. While it didn’t necessarily bother me, if you’re someone who likes a weightless lip product I don’t think you would enjoy the feeling of this. Additionally, it immediately feels slightly dry after application.
After wearing this for close to 8 hours, it never ended up feeling any drier, so however it feels when you first apply it is how it will stay until it either fades completely or you choose to take it off.
Price Point: I do think that Nudestix is a quality brand, but I’m not a huge fan of this color. It’s a little too pale for me, and the formula doesn’t seem to work with this color well, and so it clings to my lips and looks even worse. Perhaps this would work better on you, but I can’t say I would be willing to spend $26 to buy this.
Overall: I can tell that the formula isn’t bad by any means, but unfortunately the color brings it down quite a bit. I think if you had less pigmented and textured lips than I do, you would have a lot of success with this product! I can’t wait to try a different color and see if I was correct in assuming the formula and color combination just didn’t work with me properly!
Where you can purchase: If you’re interested, you can purchase this on Sephora, Ulta, and the Nudestix website.