You've probably heard about them. Loved them. Sick of them yet? I'm pretty sure Clinique started the whole Chubby Stick thing, and since then other brands, especially high street ones like Revlon, L'Oreal, Rimmel and Model's Own have jumped on and made their own version of them. I must admit i am quite a big fan of them, they are so easy to apply and a lot have them have such lovely formulas. Here's the low-down of the ones i've tried and tested.
Model's Own Twist Up Lipsticks // £5.00
I've actually done a short review of them here, but i have a thing or two to add, and there's a lot more of you now than when i wrote that post. I don't think i've ever heard any bloggers talk about these, and they totally should! They have a matte finish, but they feel really moisturising on the lips. They're also really pigmented and don't slide around too much on the lips. There are a total of ten shades in the range, and all except for maybe two or three are bright shades.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm // £7.99
Probably the most raved about at the moment, the Revlon Matte Balms are very similar to the Model's Own ones mentioned above, but with a slightly higher price tag. Same matte finish with a moisturising formula, with the exception that the Matte Balms have a lot more hype surrounding them. Although these feel slightly more creamier than the Model's Own ones, i think they are extremely similar and pass as 'dupes'. The Revlon version does have quite a strong peppermint scent, which i personally don't really mind, but if you don't want the scent, i'd go for the MO ones. I find it a bit of a shame that Revlon gets all the credit for this new "matte balm" when Model's Own had their hands on it for a while, but both are lovely.
Topshop Lip Crayons // £7.00
I think this is one of my least favourite, purely for the shade i have. I really love the creamy formula though, and they glide on really easily too. Mine is one of the glossy ones, and in terms of gloss, are not sticky at all. My sister has a matte one, which is just as nice except slightly drying, so you would need to moisturise your lips before hand. The formula of the matte ones are really long lasting though, a lot longer than the Revlon or Model's Own ones previously mentioned.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains // £7.99
I talked about these in my last post, but here's a quick note on them anyway. The JBKBS are not quite glossy, but they are shiny. I wouldn't really describe them as a 'stain', as they don't really leave any stain on the lips. They aren't intensely pigmented, they're actually quite sheer depending on the shade you get. They feel a lot more like a balm than any of the others, but this is one of the things i love about them.
I personally haven't tried the Rimmel or the Bourjois ones, but i really want to try the shade Peach on a Beach from the Colour Boost range.
So, are they worth the hype? I definitely think so. A somewhat easier (or dare i say, more fun?) application of lipstick, with different factors. If you don't already have a chubby stick, i'd highly recommend you go out and get one - not necessarily the whole collection, but maybe if one of them sounds for you, i definitely think it's worth it.