The product: Annabelle TwistUp Metallic Retractable Lipstick Crayon
It’s no secret that I love Annabelle’s TwistUp range. So, when they released a few new TwistUp Metallics this year, I knew immediately that I had to review them. There are 6 new metallic shades: 4 that were released in 2014’s Metal Mix collection that have been brought back, and 2 brand new ones.
The formula: Like the original TwistUp Lipsticks, the Metallics are comfortable and smooth. They’re a “clingier” formula, so the product doesn’t settle into my lip lines or migrate to the outer edges of my lips when I press them together.
While I wouldn’t say that Annabelle TwistUps or the TwistUp Metallics are moisturizing, they’re very comfortable to wear, and they don’t leave my lips feeling dry. According to Annabelle, they can also be worn as cream eyeshadows, but I haven’t been brave enough to wear any of them as such yet!
Annabelle TwistUp Metallic review
Annabelle TwistUp Metallic swatches: Heavy Petal, Crazy Coral, Nude of Fame, Rock & Rose, Heartbreaker, Purple Panache
The shades: On the whole, the Metallics are bright and punchy, with medium opacity. They’re not as pigmented as most of the original TwistUp creme formulas, which I think is for the best – it really helps them look like modern metallics instead of ’90s frosts.
Out of the 6 new shades, the only one I wasn’t keen on was Nude of Fame. The pink-nude base colour is quite sheer, and the gold shimmer really stands out. The resulting lip is more of a chunky frost than a metallic to my eye, but lovers of shades like MAC Nymphette and NARS Orgasm might enjoy it!
If you love a metallic lip, the Annabelle TwistUp Metallic Retractable Lipstick Crayons are a great example of metallics done well. They’re free of fragrance, parabens, and animal testing, and their medium-sheer opacity works well with the metallic finish.
I like to think of these as “soft metallics“. They’re definitely a festive step up from mattes or cremes, but they’re not SO metallic that they start looking frosty. (I like my frost to stay on my cookies and windows, thank you very much.)
Availability: $9.95 CAD at Annabelle.com as well as at drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada. New permanent as of Fall 2016.