Lip balms are a great choice year-around to keep lips soft and moisturized. But what if you want a little color, too? Or a finishing touch on a quick “no fuss” makeup look? Lipsticks aren’t as hydrating as lip balm and they can look too heavy if you’re going for a more casual look. A good compromise is a tinted lip balm, which provides the hydration of a lip balm, with a sheer wash of color to dress up your look a bit.
Not all tinted lip balms provide much, if any, actual color payoff. If you’re looking for one that provides visible color while also providing lots of moisture for juicy lips, look no further than Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons. These lip crayons look different from a standard lip balm, but they provide just as much moisture. They also offer buildable coverage. You can apply one coat for a sheer wash of color, or add a couple more coats for opaque color.
Colourpop’s Just a Tint lip crayons have been such a big hit, they also released them in several kits which each include two complementary shades. Additionally, I’ve seen at least a couple of influencers collaborate with Colourpop to curate temporary collections of their favorite shades. This is one of Colourpop’s most popular lip products, so I’m excited to be reviewing it!
Product claims directly from Colourpop.com
For the days when you need a 5 minute face. Get the perfect sheer wash of colour in the comfiest, lightweight, super moisturizing formula. Loaded with Passion Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil, Marula Oil, and Shea Butter to provide hydration for healthy, glowy lips with a hint of tint. Trust us, you’ll want to keep one in your purse, car, desk, and vanity.
Other product details
- Price: $8.00
- Net weight: .07 oz.
- Made in the USA
- Glossy finish
- 14 shades (descriptions are from Colourpop):
- Gimme s’more: nude pink
- A go go: Rosey pink
- Always right: Mid-tone pink (this one is more of a nude shade compared to The Strand, which has the same shade description)
- Rise n shine: Pale peach
- Maui wowie: Vibrant pink
- Cherry pickin: Honey nude
- Z boys: Peachy nude
- Nude beach: Mahogany nude
- Waikiki: Cool mid-tone pink
- Shaka: Yellow toned nude
- City of stars: Coral terracotta
- Cutie fruity: Mid-tone bricky red
- The strand: Mid-tone pink (baby pink)
- Treasure island: Deep raspberry
- Where to buy: Colourpop.com and Ulta.com (Ulta currently only carries 12 shades, two of which currently are not listed on Colourpop.com: Chimichanga, a strawberry red & Chubby Bunny, a pastel pink)
- Colourpop.com ships internationally, but doesn’t ship to Iraq, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Uzbekistan, Guatemala, North Korea, the Crimean region of Ukraine, Sudan, or Syria. Due to government regulations, there is also a temporary hold on shipments to several countries. You can find the list of those countries here.
- Ulta.com ships to the entire U.S. and U.S. territories, but does not ship internationally.
- Overall rating: 9.6/10
- Shade range: 9/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
- Hydration: 10/10
- Team player: 10/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
Most tinted lip balms don’t come in very many shades, maybe five or less. Colourpop is all about bringing the color though, and they didn’t disappoint with this shade range. There are 14 shades (16 if you count Chimichanga and Chubby Bunny at Ulta), and I think there is something for every skin tone and preference. There are bold shades like Treasure Island and Cutie Fruity, but there are several nude shades as well. I chose Shaka and City of stars because I thought they would be flattering with my neutral to warm undertone, and also because neither of those shades are very bold. Since this is a slippery formula, I didn’t want to risk having a bold shade come off on my teeth. I prefer matte lipsticks if I want a bold color.
My only complaint with Colourpop’s Just a Tint shade range, is that it’s actually a little bit too big. I think they might’ve been trying too hard. I appreciate their effort, but if you look at some of the nude shades, you’ll find that many of them are very similar, like Rise n Shine and Z Boys. I think that when there are similar shades in a range, that can make it very difficult for customers to choose their best shade. Fortunately, Colourpop provides lip swatches of every shade on three skin tones, so that helps with shade selection.
Packaging/ease of application
Since these tinted lip balms are “lip crayons,” their packaging is different from most tinted lip balms. The packaging is very nice-looking and comfortable to use. It’s much larger than a traditional lip balm with a large transparent cap, and twist-up bottom. I like that Colourpop has the shade names on top of the caps with “buttons” for lack of a better word, but the color of the buttons doesn’t match the actual lip crayon color. Fortunately, the tubes (the main packaging) do match the color of each shade quite well.
These lip crayons come with the product formed in a point, but over time that point wears down. I don’t really mind that much, but some people might want to keep the product sharpened for more precise application. It would’ve been nice if Colourpop had included a sharpener on the end to provide that option.
As far as actually using this product goes, it applies like a dream! The texture is very smooth. Most lip balms feel waxy (beeswax is often one of the first ingredients) and there is a bit of tugging when they’re applied, but this one has a very different texture. There is no resistance whatsoever and the product feels like it melts on the lips (in a good way).
Since the texture of the Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons is lightweight and smooth, you might think they’re not as hydrating as other lip balms. I’m here to tell you that they are actually very hydrating! They feel wonderfully hydrating upon application and wear down gracefully, but the hydration hangs on for hours.
As you can probably guess, these lip crayons are not transfer-proof and they will wear off faster if you eat or drink while wearing them. I still feel moisture on my lips even after eating a full meal, but to maintain the most hydration, it’s best to reapply after eating. Luckily, they are very easy to apply! The lighter shades wouldn’t even require a mirror for application, especially if you only apply one coat.
Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons are versatile lip products. They look great on their own, but they can be dressed up by applying them with a lip liner (I like to use Essence 8H Waterproof Lipliner in the shade “Because Duh;” silly name, but I don’t care because it’s a light brown nude shade that works nicely with both City of Stars and Shaka). These could also be layered over a matte lipstick in a complementary shade, to add some shine. If you want to apply lip gloss over these lip crayons, that’s an option too; just make sure you blot first since the formula is already slick/glossy.
In these photos, I applied a few layers of each shade with the Essence lip liner that I mentioned above. The lip liner adds definition. I really like this look! 🙂
If these were regular old lip balms, I’d say it’s crazy to charge $8.00. Since they’re tinted, hydrate the lips with nice ingredients like marula oil and shea butter, feel wonderful, work well with other products, AND have nice packaging, I think $8.00 is more than fair! These tinted lip balms are superior to others I’ve tried and they are well worth $8.00. Plus, if you get one of the lip kits that include two shades, you save $2.00 since the kits are $14.00. Great deal!
Colourpop did a great job designing and formulating the Just a Tint lip crayons. It’s truly an outstanding product!
There is one more thing I should note about this product, however. All of the shades have a fruity scent that is very strong. I don’t taste it, but the scent lingers for quite a while. Some people love it, others hate it, and I’m somewhere in the middle. If you don’t like fragrance in your lip products, this one probably isn’t for you. I think nearly everyone else would enjoy these lip crayons!
Do you like using tinted lip balms? If you do, have you tried these from Colourpop? I think they’re a step above the competition!