Crayon type products have been in the beauty space for a while now (decades) and it's not some innovative thing especially if it's something for the lips or the eyes. With the most recent iteration by fast-growing local beauty empire Sunnies Face (Eye Crayon) let's actually shine a tiny light on the beauty fixture, tween-rebranded Careline. 

These Kiss Sticks by Careline that are actually a the local answer to the ColourPop Lippie Stix -if I'm not mistaken.

Like I mentioned, in previous posts, old 'established' beauty brands are wanting, in the shade department. Most of these shades cannot work on darker skintones, medium skin has a tiny more option but as always, light to fair skin tones have the lion's share of suitable shades...anyway.

PINCH - Berry mauve
LUCID - Warm rosey-mauve
JUST BETTER - Beige pink-nude

These Kiss Sticks have been around for years now and I haven't written anything on them yet and despite these 3 shades being the only ones that I feel work on me, I'm quite pleased with them.

Priced at less than Php 200, these lippies fall into the cheap or rather, extremely affordable range. With the twist-up packaging and sharpener at the bottom of each stick, it feels reminiscent of school days - but not treading the juvenile category. It feels 'young' & 'hip' while not quite looking like a child's art supply.

As I've mentioned these 3 shades are the only ones I can confidently wear as an everyday lip look. I had two more shades that I wanted that would work, but they were almost always out of stock so I let it go.

Just better is something I do mix with other lippies in my stash -to lighten or do the 'blurred lip' look which it does well.

Lucid and Pinch, I just wear on their own most of the time. So you might ask, how well do they mix with other products?

These are very creamy. While not slippery and/or emollient, these blend out and glide on as well as can be. They aren't moisturizing at all nor do they tout that claim - so exfoliate, moisturize and stay hydrated because these emphasize your cracks, crevices, demons and dry lips.

The finish is your traditional creamy satin, not matte thankfully, but not full on glossy either. 

Despite emphasizing my parched-mummy-lips to high heaven, I still reach for these from time to time because they're: 

Fuss free - The narrow lip color makes for cleaner and nicer application compared to the standard lip bullets tubes. The sharpener at the bottom, keeps it nice and precise when you want it to.

Slim and sleek - The cap fits closely and has a satisfying snap on the body of the stick, so there's no chance of it drawing inside your makeup bag or purse. It doesn't take up much space, especially if the rest of your makeup kit contains 'stick'-like packaging as well (very schoolastic cute).

This doesn't have any particular scent or any additional fragrances like the usual vanilla or candy-like sweetness other lip products tend to have. 

While I personally prefer soft creamy cloud-like matte formulas ala Sunnies Face lip dips and fluff mattes, these are something worth mentioning. It did got me thinking though, if Careline released this or reformulated this but with something similar to Sunnies fluff mattes texture....ooooh can you imagine? I would for sure check that out. I hope they do create it, but with more universally flattering shades across all skintones.


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Finally writing another review. I'm getting back to writing more on this blog, albeit extremely slowly. To start my foray back into the beauty world are BLK base products!

I confess, I'm a fan of BLK. After first trying out their Travels All-day Intense Matte Lipstick reviewed here, I decided to venture more into their brand which tout 'uncomplicated beauty' regarding their products. A very alluring tagline for makeup newbies and makeup aficionados alike.

blk All-day Matte Powder Foundation
Details (from blk website) :
  • Shade : Natural beige
  • Buildable medium to full coverage
  • Soft-matte finish
  • Skin-like/natural finish
  • Contains SPF 15 PA++, Vitamin E
  • Retails for PHP 399.00
  • Made in Taiwan
Ingredients: Talc,ÿmica (c.I 77019),ÿsilica,ÿzinc oxide (c.I. 77947),ÿnylon-12,ÿmagnesium stearate,ÿoctocrylene,ÿpetrolatum (cas# 801295-1),ÿpentaerythrityl tetraisostearate,ÿethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,ÿsilica dimethylsilylate,ÿcyclopentasiloxane (and) dimethiconol,ÿbutyl methoxydibenzoylmethane,ÿphenoxyethanol,ÿethylhexylglycerin,ÿtocopheryl acetate,ÿtitanium dioxide (c.I. 77891),ÿred iron oxide (c.I 77491),ÿyellow iron oxide (c.I 77492),ÿblack iron oxide (c.I 77499)

Thoughts : 

Touching the powder itself- it feels fine and smooth. It's not dry or chalky and has the faintest smell of typical talc powders. It feels lightweight on the skin and the finish is quite natural. Application-wise, I typically use a fluffy brush and lightly apply this on top of my base whether that be sunscreen or on top of the blk skin tint. The result is a soft matte finish and yes, skin-like. I wouldn't say this is a powder foundation in the original sense of the word, this feel most like a typical pressed powder with sheer-light coverage. Something to set the makeup, keep the oil at bay or touch up with.

While I do like the texture and the small amount of coverage it gives, I have a tiny problem with the shades. This only comes in a whopping TWO shades. Light beige and this one. I would feel a little bit better if they release a translucent one and maybe 2 more shades that have an olive or yellow undertone. Because after a while, this leans a smidge orangey on me- which makes me look off. Which brings me to the their other product...

blk Skintint Sun Shield Spf 30 in Vanilla
Details (from blk website) :
  • Fresh coverage and finish
  • Light buildable to full (wow)
  • SPF 30 (UVA/UVB)
  • Retails for PHP 499.00
  • Made in Taiwan
INGREDIENTS: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimenthicone, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-10 Dimenthicone, Cetyl PEG Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Phosphate, Parfum. May contain (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499

Thoughts : 

No this can't be made to full coverage no matter how much you put on, just needed to get that one out there. It does look skin-like and natural but at most it can be built up to a semi-medium (if you push it) without sacrificing the nice natural finish it gives. 

Right off the bat, I like the runny texture. It gives you the idea that 'I am just a tint with some moisture nothing more' and I love it. On the skin it feels like an emollient moisturizer but not heavy or extremely tacky. It's not a matte finish, more of a slightly dewy natural one. The component (tube) is something I like as well, as it provides a more precise dispensing of product. And the bottle is small and sleek (everything from this whole line looks perfection btw love the 'neutral/skin' minimalist packaging) making it an easy addition to any a makeup kit/area. 

Here comes my beef... the shades. The skintints come in 4 shades, a welcome change from the previous 2 shade powder foundation mentioned above. Not a big selection but 4 shades is way better than 2. Now as I've mentioned, I quite like the texture and finish on my dry skin but the lightest shade is the only one I can seemingly work with and it's not even the closest match to my undertone by a long shot. 

I feel like their darkest, Chestnut would work better in terms of undertone, but it's just too dark on me when I tested on the counter. So I decided on Vanilla, despite being obviously pink-beige. I felt like this is easier to work on as it is only a 'tint'. The undertone is prominent with being as light coverage as it is. I find that most of the shades in the skin tint are prominently red/pink in their shade. ----WHY IS THAT. I'm not saying no one in the Philippines has that undertone, but why not release some more extra shades that are more blue/green, heck I'll take a yellow undertone over this pink.

And this is why I like Vice cosmetics better in terms of shades. They have a wider array than most locally available cosmetics brands with most of them being yellow and/or golden in undertone. While I don't particularly like their extreme oxidation on me (turns at least 2 shades darker) I applaud the idea behind the release of more than the 'standard' 4 shades from the get-go.

I really really like these two products -don't get me wrong. The price-point is very fair.  They're cruelty-free! The packaging looks good. The components of the products are sturdy. I love their matte lipstick formula. Their philosophy is nice...

but the shades. Man the shades. I think they have to work on that. They have to release more colours for warm and olive skinned individuals and really make their products uncomplicated. Because if I have to use extra products to counter the mismatch of shades, then how uncomplicated is it really?


PS. I've also tried their original brow pencil and it's ok. I like that it's not too waxy or creamy (I also have a problem with the shades) but the actual texture is ok. So far I'm also loving their multi-tasking stick.  I'm also testing out their creamy all over paint and liquid highlight - thoughts (maybe) soon on IG (@manilawithlove).