As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
If Instagram were a high school, Huda Kattan would be the reigning beauty queen. With over 14 million followers and counting, the Dubai-based makeup artist and beauty blogger posts inspiring makeup tutorials and looks from other bloggers as well as her own hyper-sculpted makeup looks—and her fans go wild liking and commenting on each new post. Known for her Kardashian-esque bone structure (and contouring prowess) and pillowy lips, Kattan now also has her own beauty line, so far consisting of feathery false lashes and matte lip pencils. Suffice it to say the products (and Kattan herself) are considered Instagram famous—and like all things Instagram famous, I was dubious but intrigued.
A lipstick fiend myself, I usually find lip pencils completely unnecessary—but Huda Beauty’s Lip Contour Matte Pencils ($19) may have changed my mind. Since my lips are on the fuller side (I know, woe is me), I usually am too lazy take the 30 seconds required to trace and fill them in with lip pencil. Plus, I just don’t like the way lip pencils feel after you fill your lips in with them—waxy and dry, like someone just slathered a coat of Benjamin Moore paint all over your lips. No thanks. But when Kattan’s lip pencils crossed my desk, it was a magnetic attraction—like locking eyes with a beautiful stranger across a sweaty dance floor, except the beautiful stranger was an inanimate beauty product, and the sweaty dance floor was my desk.
Was it the fact that I had seen them all over my Instagram feed? Was it their sleek, minimalistic packaging? Or perhaps it was the enticing colors. Regardless of the reason, I immediately applied Trendsetter, the taupe-nude shade—and was pleasantly surprised. The pencil glides on silky smooth—no crumbling or tugging—and took all of 10 seconds to fill in my lips entirely. The finish was akin to the look you’d get from a matte liquid lipstick—so yes, expect a bit of the aforementioned dry, tight sensation. The color actually lasted all day (including through lunch), and though it did settle a bit into my lip lines, I found that applying a dab of lip balm helped immensely. I swiftly used the other shades over the next few days and found myself reaching for and just admiring them throughout the day.
I may not be a full-on lip liner convert yet, but I am a Huda Beauty lip liner convert. Yes, they do make you lips feel a bit dry after applying, and yes, the price point is steeper than I was expecting—but what can I say? You just can’t explain attraction.
Have you tried Huda Beauty’s lip pencils? What’s your favorite lip liner? Tell me below so I can check them out!