High End Product Substitution: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon

It is no secret that I love the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. But I realize that it is out of some reader’s price range. For a very similar item, take a look at the Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon, which is almost a dead ringer for the Nars pencil. The Crayon was part of the new Spring 2008 collection and runs at around $7.

Below is a swatch of the Nars Dolce Velvet Matte Pencil and a Sonia Kashuk Lip Crayon in Velvety Nude. As you can see, the shades are very similar. Nars is on the left and Sonia Kashuk is on the right:

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The Sonia Kashuk pencil goes on creamy and thick. Like the Nars pencil, it can be used both to color and to line, but I find it most effective as an all over color that is followed by lipstick and/or gloss.

Sonia Kashuk also has a great Lipstick and Gloss duo (Read Review). The products can be found in the land of the bullseye (aka Target).

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Sonia Kashuk Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tint.

Sonia Kashuk Sherr Lip Color and Gloss Duo I have a couple of new favorite lipstick shade, and best of all they each come with an attached gloss! My new love is Sonia Kashuk Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tint in the shade Passion Fruit and the same item in the shade Paradise 01. See swatches below.

First off, the dual lipstick and gloss is a nice touch. It also, like most Sonia Kashuk items, comes in pretty packaging. I’m kinds of a sucker for that stuff.

The lipstick, as the name says, is sheer. Passion Fruit has a wonderful rose/berry tone to it, while Paradise 01 is more of a berry red. Both are nice to look at and are generally good quality for the price.

The gloss is also pretty good. It has nice shine, good tint, and is not sticky in any manner. It comes with a brush applicator, when I would rather have a sponge, but that is just a personal preference for me. The gloss is unscented and unflavored as far as I can tell. It says it is plumping in the name, but I did not notice any plumping indicators, not even the tingle that most give off. I view it as simply a decent matching gloss and that is good enough for me.

But the best part of this set is the color. I adore the shades. Below is a swatch of Passion Fruit. Also shown is a Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Blossomy Nude that I quite like. It will have is own post in the near future.

Sonia Kashuk Lipstick and Gloss Passion Fruit
Here is a swatch of Paradise 01. It looks more red in the tube than it does on the skin. On my lips, I found that it provided a nice sheer berry with a bit of red hue that was quite wearable for either day or evening. Often berry red is a bit overpowering for my pale skin, but not this one. I liked the sheer effect of it.

Sonia Kashuk Lipstick and gloss Paradise 01
Sonia Kashuk products are available at Amazon.com (linked above) or at Target stores. The swatches were taken in full sunlight.

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Sonia Kashuk Lip Glossing Pencil

Sonia Kashuk Lip Glossing PencilSonia Kashuk products are always very attractive in the package, and they tend to carry a decent price. So being the sucker that I am, I buy them, even though they have generally disappointed me in the past. My latest purchase, while not perfect, left me happy in at least one area.

The Sonia Kashuk Lip Glossing Pencil has a nice premise. There is a lip pencil in the cap and then the tube has a matching gloss.

The lip pencil disappointed me a bit. The color was fine, but it was rather hard. I found that I was tugging at my lips with it when I put it on.  Also, the pencil was lighter in color than the gloss. I would rather have that be the other way around. So there was the disappointment factor.

On the good side, the gloss rocks! I got a shimmery medium pink and really love the color of it. The gloss itself is fairly thick, but I didn’t have much of an issue with stickiness, and the shine from it was wonderful. It also lasted quite well. That made up for the pencil part, which I really didn’t buy the product for anyway.

Sonia Kashuk products can be bought online at Amazon.com. They are also available in Target stores.

For my review of additional Sonia Kashuk cosmetics and brushes, head on over to my Sonia Kashuk post at Beauty and Fashion Tech.

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