I remember being intrigued by these Jelly Lip Pens when I saw the promo pictures. Clinique Chubby Sticks have been around for a long time, and then there were Revlon Kissable Balm Stains and lots of other lipsticks in a pen. Just like eye shadows in a pen. When one brand does it, every other brand seems to launch it as well. I was curious about the formula, whether it would be opaque or sheer, yay or nay.
I was sent two of the more popular shades, Gaia (pink) and Carioca (coral/orange?). The pen has a twisty thingy at the end (sorry, my vocabulary is failing me today) so no sharpening is needed. So much better than the NARS ones which you have to sharpen. No waste of product and simply convenient. When applied onto the lips, I picked up a distinct scent. It might have been mango candy, but I decided it smelled like fruit punch, minus the alcohol zing. It has an emolient balmy texture which translates to light and sheer pigment. The formula does remind me of Chubby Sticks but this, I say, is more pigmented. It lasts a little longer on my lips (2 to 3 hours tops) and I’d have to reapply. It’s a breeze to apply because it keeps my lips moisturized without any flaking or chipping. There isn’t feathering either, which is great.
I can apply 2 or 3 layers on my lips, and it doesn’t feel heavy. I like to use this UNDER more pigmented lipsticks to give it more shine and puckered up look. Both Gaia and Carioca look great when worn alone too. I took the liberty to swatch both of them on my lips, to show you the difference in shades. I used Photoshop to blur out my lips, because it was weird looking at my lips staring back at me. LOL!
Comparatively, Gaia is very close to Clinique Chubby Stick in Curvy Candy. I have a few pinks lying around, and below are the comparisons. Other than Dior Gaia, the rest are Clinique Chubby Sticks. You can see the texture is also very similar.
Here, I placed Dior Carioca with Clinique Oversized Orange and Revlon Rendezvous. Rendezvous is the most orange and the most pigmented. It also makes my lips feel dry while I have no problems with Chubby Sticks or Jelly Lip Pens. Chubby Stick Oversized Orange is similar to Jelly Lip Pen Carioca, but less pink. Carioca definitely looks coral, not orange.
These Jelly Lip Pens retail at RM85 each and is the most affordable of the Dior lipsticks. However, compared to Chubby Sticks, these are RM25 more. There are only 4 shades available, and these are part of the Birds of Paradise collection (limited edition). I wouldn’t tell you to run to get these, since you have plenty of other more affordable options. I also wish they were more pigmented, like the Chubby Stick Intense. That said, these are very easy to use, can’t go wrong even when you’re drunk with too much fruit punch. If you love sheerer lipsticks for every day wear, then you’ll love these!