Over the past couple of months, I have had a relatively unhealthy obsession with lip crayons. I am lazy and they are a step above tinted lip balm, but not as much upkeep as a lipstick. When I spotted the Lipstick Queen Three to Captivate set at Ulta, I immediately swatched it and then told myself I really didn’t need it. I promise I went back to Ulta way too many times after that, circling the aisles, trying to talk myself out of it. This set haunted me. It kept me up at night. And then I decided that $22 was worth putting my curiosity to rest.
Three to Captivate has 3 different sheer shades (obviously).
Left to right:
Catalina-A salmon pink.
Thriller-A maraschino cherry red.
Mystery-A warm berry.
All three shades are much more sheer than most lip crayons I’ve used. There is nothing wrong with that, though. What I found most interesting about this set is that all of these pencils are comparable to three other Lipstick Queen lipsticks I own. Catalina is a slightly lighter version of Saint Pinky Nude. The Saint line of Lipstick Queen lipsticks is sheer while the Sinner line is opaque. Thriller is a bit cooler than Medieval, but very close. It has the tendency to settle in the lines of my lips and look very uneven just as Medieval does, so it was the one I liked least in this set. Mystery is a warmer version of Hello Sailor, which I like because I feel Hello Sailor is just a tad too cool for me. The formula for all of these pencils is dryer than what I’m used to in a lip crayon, but they still keep my lips hydrated and they last just as long as your typical lip crayon.
Here is what they look like:
While I will definitely use each of these, I’m disappointed they are so close to Lipstick Queen lipsticks I already own. However, I think this set is really good for those who are genuinely curious about some of Lipstick Queen’s most popular shades (Saint Pinky Nude, Medieval, and Hello Sailor). This is like a sample version of those with only subtle differences for a fraction of the price. The lip crayons run at 0.11 oz each while the lipsticks are 0.12 oz each, making the lip crayons worth $66.67 per ounce and the lipsticks worth $183.33-$208.33 per ounce. That’s a great value if you’re trying to save some money. If you’ve never tried any of their lipsticks, this is definitely the perfect set to start with (despite being lip crayons) without breaking the bank.