Dior Jelly Lip Pens Gaia and Carioca Are Like Fruit Punch

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.

 

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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!

 

swatches

 

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.

 

gaia comparison

 

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.

 

carioca comparison

 

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!

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • These are so pretty! I love both shades, they’re very pretty on you. I see your taking on the ombré lip trend *wink wink*. They look very moisturizing. I find the Revlon ones incredibly drying as well.

    • Haha! Nah, I don’t wear ombré lips much. Thought it would be cool for this post though 🙂

  • Yay so so pretty–I love how it looks with both shades on your lips. Super fun and cute for summer! I loove my Gaia one and have been fighting the urge to get Carioca as well. I should just get one of the Clinique Chubby Sticks but oh…it’s so pretty!

    • I think Carioca will look great on you, Becca. It will go so well with Frivole. You should get it 🙂

      • Oooh shoot, why did you have to go and say that, Lily? Now I REALLY want it! I have been wearing Frivole a lot so it WOULD make sense to buy a gorgeous sheer lippie to go along with it…akkhh! 😛

        • HAHAHA! Well, Carioca and Frivole are the perfect match 🙂

  • In the pen, Gaia looks pretty, but on your lips, I’d say Carioca look much much better. 😀

    • Lipsticks can be so deceiving, don’t you think? You have to test it on your lips to really tell how it looks 🙂 In fact, I love a combination of both Gaia and Carioca. Apply like so in my picture, then press the lips together for a new shade 🙂

  • Pretty! But yeah-I’d rather get that Caramel Clinique one I keep seeing you were! It’s really pretty!

    • Oh yes, Curviest Caramel. I might consider getting a backup. It is a shade I wear all the time 🙂

  • These are fun for summer! I swatched them and like Carioca the most (duh), but ended up not getting any because I know deep down I still prefer pigment haha (like Addict, Addict Extreme)

    • Ah yes! Addicts and Addict Extremes are amazing 🙂 If only I could fill my stash with all of them. HAHAHA!

  • Both so pretty! What I like is they are not as vivid as I thought. Carioca would be my choice. Hmmm another beauty envy! 🙂

    • Carioca brightens a face very subtly, it’s very pretty. You should get it!

  • Please wear that two-tone lip out, Lily! I bet no one would even notice except another beauty blogger! But they’re so pretty together!

    • Haha! I guess it’s not that noticeable. I should try that and see if anyone does 🙂

  • I think I’m still too in love with my Chubby Sticks to be thinking about these… 😉 …even though they seem lovely and so perfect for summer, oh no!!! Thats it, PERFECT FOR SUMMER.

    • It IS perfect for summer, Sofia 🙂

  • Liz

    Bah, no money for unexceptional high end sheer lippies! It’s pretty but hardly worth the price and the LE status methinks. Thanks for the comparisons – very helpful!

    • I thought the comparisons will show you the similarity in colours with some Chubby Sticks. Glad you found them helpful!

  • How pretty are these! I didn’t even know these existed!! (bad beauty blogger here)
    It’s a shame these are at that price point compared to the Clinique’s, but they ARE pretty and I like to treat myself to pretty things. + my birthday is nearing! I’m full of excuses 😉

    • LOL! All these new releases can be overwhelming so you’re definitely NOT a bad beauty blogger 🙂 These are very pretty, and I think they’re still nice to have.

  • I love your lip swatch with one color on each lip – so cool! I particularly like Carioca 🙂

    • I’m glad you approve of the lip swatch, Tiffany 🙂 Both shades are gorgeous, and I love Carioca too!