The Huda Beauty Lip Contours made quite a splash when they hit the market a couple of years ago, but I didn’t pick them up until they had been on a market for a few months. I’ve been putting them to the test for a few months,
These lip pencils can be used alone, or in pairs. The idea is that you use a slightly darker pencil to line the lip and fill the lip with a lighter shade, creating the illusion of a fuller lip. The pencils have suggested pairings, though they can also be used individually. While lining the lips with a darker shade isn’t a new technique, most products aren’t actually marketed for this use. As lip liners, the Huda Beauty Lip Contours apply creamy but dry matte. They’re very pigmented, and they glide on smoothly.
I think the best quality of the Huda Beauty Lip Contours is that they’re very long-wearing, especially when you use them all over the lips. The formula is very matte, so it feels a little dry on the lips. If you want a glossier finish, just apply a satin lipstick or a gloss over top.
I don’t love all of the recommended pairings, but I think the color range is beautiful. Of course, the range isn’t as wide as my all-time favorite MAC lip liners, but the colors offered are nice. A few different nudes (a more mauve nude, a warmer nude) and some bold berry shades. The only disappointment for me is that the “lip contours” aren’t really that different from a standard lip liner/pencil. While these were marketed in a particularly clever way, you’re still essentially just filling your lips in with a lip-liner. It’s an effective technique, but you could do it with any pencil.
I would say buy the Huda Beauty lip contours if you want a high quality lip liner, which can be worn as a matte lipstick. The pencils are all creamy and pigmented, and they last a long time because a little goes a long way. I think Huda Beauty makes great products, and I look forward to trying more of her line.
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