When it comes to my day-to-day makeup routine, I’m actually a lazy girl at heart. I love products that can be applied quickly and give me a polished look without working too hard at it. I also prefer makeup that I don’t need to babysit— I can trust that it will look good without constant checking in and reapplication. This is one of the reasons I love the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks. They’re the most long wearing liquid lipstick at the drugstore, hands down. So when the brand released crayon versions of the cult fave with the launch of the Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayons, I was extremely eager to try them out.
I’m a big fan of crayon style lipsticks, as they act like a liner and color all in one. You can get really precise application in a snap. The SuperStay Ink Crayons come with small tapered tips that will help create a clean outline. As the tip starts to dull, use the built-in pull-out sharpener at the bottom of the crayon to restore the point. I think the addition of the sharpener was a very thoughtful touch that will help you use the product to its full potential every time.
The SuperStay Ink Crayons have a very creamy consistency that glide onto the lips easily with no tugging at all despite their immediately matte finish. Their highly pigmented, with full coverage color in one swipe. Watch the video at the top of the page to see lip swatches, and before/afters.
I’m happy to report that these are very comfortable to wear, much more than the liquid lipstick versions. They also don’t accentuate the lines of the lips as much, either. I didn’t feel any type of dryness until about 5 hours of wear, and I don’t feel like it was anything out of the ordinary… that’s usually the interval at which I apply lip balm anyway.
As far as the actual color wear time, performance is a bit iffy. I wore the darkest shade, Settle for More as my initial wear test (which you can watch in the above video). After eating a salad from Chipotle, it was already completely broken down in the inner portion of my lips and up the sides of my top lip. I reapplied and wore it for another 5 hours with absolutely no eating or drinking. The color stayed mostly intact, the outline was still crisp with no signs of feathering or smearing. The only obvious wear was in the outer corners of my lips where the product had completely rubbed off and left behind a bit of clumpiness.
Most of these shades do leave a stain behind, which will help with the wear time as the lipstick fades, you’ll be left with a little color on the lips. After testing a few more shades, the more neutral peaches and pinks look like they last longer on me because the contrast isn’t as high with my natural lip shade.
Overall, the Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayons are a comfortable, highly pigmented matte lipstick option that I can see myself reaching for to wear short-term… not necessarily all day. The wear time advertised is up to 8 hours which it delivered, so I can’t quite complain. But when faced with normal activities such as eating or drinking, a touch up will be completely necessary. This point alone makes them a little bit less revolutionary than their liquid lipstick counterpart that took the drugstore by storm, but I still enjoy them for their ease of application and color payoff.