Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil on 4 Skin Tones

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

When Huda Kattan, (beauty blogger extraordinaire and the mastermind behind the forever-sold-out Huda Beauty Lashes) announced her first foray into color cosmetics, we couldn't wait to get our hands (and lips) on the products. No surprise, the moment the set of nine Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencils landed on my desk, everybody at the Allure office was begging to try them out, and since the real test of a great lip color is its versatility, we decided to see how the pencils looked on four different skin tones. Here, with the help of Kylie Jenner's famous selfie light, are our results.

Bombshell, described as "a subtle pinkish nude." (Below, clockwise from top left: digital assistant beauty editor Maddie Aberman, associate research editor Shyema Azam, assistant web producer Sonaiya Kelley, and associate digital editor Renee Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Video Star, "a shout-out pink-red." (Below, clockwise from top left: digital beauty editor Kristie Dash, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Gossip Girl. Kattan describes this color as "the everyday cute pink." (Below, clockwise from top left: Aberman, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Trendsetter, described as "a stylish brown nude." (Below, clockwise from top left: Dash, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Trophy Wife. The brand calls this "the new best-selling rosewood." (Below, clockwise from top left: Aberman, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Icon, a deep, punchy pink-red. (Below, clockwise from top left: Dash, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Cheerleader, described as "a delicately muted red." (Below, clockwise from top left: Aberman, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

Famous, "an effortlessly chic burgundy." (Below, clockwise from top left: Dash, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

 

Vixen, the brand's "poisonous deep brown." (Below, clockwise from top left: Aberman, Azam, Kelley, and Jacques.)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencil

So, what was our verdict on the Huda Beauty Lip Contour pencils? Associate research editor Shyema Azam has fallen in love with them: "These will not budge. Even after your third cup of coffee. Even after oily pasta," she says. "The texture is a little waxy, which helps keep it in place, but if your lips are superdry, you'll probably want to prep with a dab of balm beforehand. She totally nailed the colors—even the ones I didn't think would look good on me, like Vixen, are my new favorites." Digital beauty editor Kristie Dash likes how these lip liners don't leave her in need of hydration. "I oftentimes use lip liners as full-on lipsticks because they have better staying power, but they're usually pretty drying," says Dash. "These are like a lipstick-liner hybrid—the best of both worlds. And every shade actually looked great." Assistant web producer Sonaiya Kelley felt that the darker colors looked better on her. "The lighter colors weren't really my style, and I don't really think they worked for my skin tone, but I loved the wear and pigment of the darker colors," says Kelley. "After nine back-to-back testings, I can tell you that these aren't easy to take off." Personally, I can attest that these suckers stay on all day—you can even scarf down a burger and the color stays put. Pretty impressive. My only gripe is that I wish they came as twist-up pens instead of pencils that require sharpening. The smooth, waxy formula makes them easy to put on but also means they wear down fast, and carrying around a sharpener for midday touchups is just impractical.

In case one good lip pencil isn't enough for you, Kattan also suggests mixing two or three shades for the namesake contour effect. Her "perfect lip-enhancer combinations" include pairing Trendsetter and Bombshell, Vixen and Famous, and Trophy Wife and Famous. Each pencil will cost $19, and they'll all be available at Sephora later this month!

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