Maybelline’s Super Stay Ink Crayon collection review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: Maybelline
  • Availability: released in March 2019
  • Description: 30+ lip pencils
  • Cost/Amount: USD$9.50 each
  • Would you purchase again: yes, some of the colors
All of the entries for the year 2020 were completed before March 2020. Most items were bought in, or before, 2019. And so, despite the pandemic where buying makeup is definitely a lower priority, I'm still publishing these posts.
Maybelline’s Super Stay Ink Crayon collection

When the Buxom Lip Pencils were discontinued, I was very unhappy. While there were other lip pencils, the ones from Buxom were firmer, applied more smoothly, had better color payoff, and had some shades that I loved. (I’m still in mourning for Brooklyn.) When Maybelline released their Super Stay Ink Crayons, I was cautiously optimistic. The colors looked like they were fairly well pigmented. The line started off with more medium-weight colors, but has since added several lighter shades.

During the first covid-pandemic year, Maybelline more than doubled the size of the collection. They released the Pink Edition and Spice Edition - five shades each - and added at least one color to the “core collection.” In the first half of 2021, they added another handful of shades. I have almost all of these except for the two most orange shades from the original lineup of twelve pencils.

I like these for several reasons. They have a wonderful texture - smooth and emollient without being slick or greasy, with excellent pigmentation but no “drag” when I’m applying them. They do come to a point, so it’s a lot easier for me to first line my lips and then fill them in. The point also gives me enough precision to slightly overline the right sides and balance my lips out. Since it’s retractable, there’s no product-waste when I need to sharpen; and since the lid is thicker and snaps shut, the product doesn’t dry out. They’re also at a “drugstore” price, even if it’s the upper end of that range.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

Four lip colors, swatched: Accept a Dare, Achieve It All, Be Bold Be You, and Break the Ceiling. Four lip colors, swatched: . Four lip colors, swatched: . Four lip colors, swatched: . Four lip colors, swatched: . Four lip colors, swatched: Core - Work For It; Pinks - Change is Good, Keep it Fun, Run the World. Four lip colors, swatched: Pinks - Speak Your Mind, Trust Your Gut; Spices - Know No Limits, On the Grind. Three lip colors, swatched: Reach High, Rise to the Top, and Talk the Talk.

Despite the manufacturer's claims of 8-hour wear, I can get 3-4 hours of wear - with no lip primer - before I need to touch the color up. With my preferred lip primer (Bite Beauty), I can get closer to the advertised 8 hours of wear before I have noticeable fading...as long as I don't eat or drink!

I don't consciously try to buy only cruelty-free makeup products, so the fact that this company is not cruelty free doesn't make me want to find a substitute for this product. If you personally strive to only shop for CF makeup, though, you'll want to try other lip products.

This collection contained:

Original Lineup / Core Collection

  • Accept a Dare (original lineup)
  • Achieve It All (core collection; added late 2020)
  • Be Bold, Be You (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Break the Ceiling (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Chase Dreams (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Check Yourself (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Drive the Future (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Enjoy the View (original lineup)
  • Forget The Rules (core collection; added late 2020)
  • Hustle in Heels (original lineup)
  • Laugh Louder (original lineup)
  • Lead the Way (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Live on the Edge (original lineup)
  • Make It Happen (original lineup)
  • Make Moves (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Own Your Empire (original lineup)
  • Pave the Road (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Seek Adventure (original lineup)
  • Settle for More (original lineup)
  • Stay Exceptional (original lineup)
  • Stop At Nothing (core collection; added early 2021)
  • Treat Yourself (original lineup)
  • Work For It (core collection; added early 2021)

Pink Edition (February 2020)

  • Change Is Good (Pink Edition)
  • Keep It Fun (Pink Edition)
  • Run The World (Pink Edition)
  • Speak Your Mind (Pink Edition)
  • Trust Your Gut (Pink Edition)

Spice Edition (December 2020)

  • Know No Limits (Spice Edition)
  • On the Grind (Spice Edition)
  • Reach High (Spice Edition)
  • Rise to the Top (Spice Edition)
  • Talk the Talk (Spice Edition)

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