These are advertised by Jane Iredale as having a "creamy formula [that] glides on and stays on", although these are not retractable so you'll need a jumbo pencil sharpener to sharpen the pencils. Jane Iredale has their own Jumbo Pencil Sharpener, but in my humble opinion any appropriately-sized one will work too.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons: 7 shades, from light nudes to berries
I'm pretty excited about these PlayOn Lip Crayons, so let's get started with the ingredient analysing and the swatching, and the reviewing! Without further ado, let's look at the ingredients list first!
Although I didn't get the ingredients list along with the products, the Jane Iredale website has meticulously listed the ingredients for every single one of their products online. I think that's an excellent idea, and I only wish more brands would do it too! Anyway, the ingredients for the PlayOn Lip Crayons are:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Isopropyl Lanolate, Synthetic Wax, Myristyl Lactate, Polybutene, Lanolin Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Acetate, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate
Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)(Aka 202), Red 30 (CI 73360)
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons: Primary ingredients include emollients, such as waxes and oils
From the ingredients list, you can see that we have emollients, which include a bunch of oils and waxes (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Isopropyl Lanolate, Synthetic Wax, Myristyl Lactate, Lanolin Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Acetate, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol), which form the body of the product. Some of these ingredients also have other properties that are necessary in a lip crayon, such as emulsifying, thickening, or film-forming properties too, so they perform double duty as well, but they all have a lubricating feel when applied to skin. There are also the binders (Polybutene) plasticizers (Diethylhexyl Adipate), as well as Vitamin E (Tocopherol), and Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate). So yes, the Play On Lip Crayons are indeed formulated to be very emollient and occlusive, and also have a good dose of some ingredients that are beneficial for skin as well.
As a side note, for those who are more keen on natural makeup, the Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons will probably also appeal to them, because a lot of the main ingredients are oils and waxes that can be derived from natural sources (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lanolin Oil).
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons: The 7 shades, with shade names
Now that we're done looking at the ingredients, let's take a look at the swatches! There are 7 shades, and although at a first glance it might seem like these shades are mostly geared towards fairer skintones, there are a surprising number of colours that would work for all skintones too!
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons Swatches
And below, you can see individual lip swatches of every single colour, along with a more detailed description of each colour. All of these are very nice and emollient, and have a very balmy feel on the lips. I had dry lips while swatching these (as you can see from the photos, oops), but they didn't aggravate my dry lips or make them feel worse. All of the shades are more on the sheer side, so although some shades look scary dark or bright in the pencil, they go on quite nicely.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Blissful
Blissful is a shimmery champagne nude with gold shimmer, but on me it basically is a sheer wash of gold shimmer. This one would look great over another lipstick, like a red or maroon shade or something with a bit of a pop. On me, with my fairly pigmented lips, it comes off as a colourless base with a hint of shimmer.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Yummy
Yummy is a light warm nude with light shimmer. While the shimmer is there, this isn't quite as shimmery as Blissful. This would be a great MLBB (my lips but better) shade for fairer girls. On me, again because of my pigmented lips, it comes off more as a nude that is paler than my natural lip colour.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Charming
For those who like bright shades, this will be one of the shades to look out for! Charming is a hot pink shade, with a creamy finish and no shimmer or glitter. It's on the sheer side, so it's not neon, but more of a wearable hot pink. This would be a nice shade for girls who want a pop of colour, but still want it to be wearable.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Saucy
Saucy is another bright shade for those who like such shades. This is a warm-toned coral shade, and very pretty and summery. This is one of the more pigmented shades in the line. It also has no shimmer or glitter.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Hot
Hot is definitely a hot shade! This is a straight up fire engine red, and neutral in undertone, which would look good on most people. It's actually quite pigmented as compared to some of the more sheer lip crayon shades, but still comes out a more muted red shade. It's a pretty wearable red, too.
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Luscious
Luscious is one of my favourite shades in the range. It's a gorgeous dusty mauve shade, and would be pretty much a great MLBB shade for most people, regardless of skintone, although the shade does skew slightly cool in undertone. It looks like it would be a very deep vampy shade in the crayon, but is actually super wearable because it sheers out on application. It also has no shimmer or glitter. This is definitely one of my recommended shades!
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Naughty
Okay, this lip swatch photo isn't as accurate as my arm swatch as it looks a bit redder than the actual colour, so if you have any doubt as to which colour is more accurate, use the arm swatch. Naughty is another "everyone can wear this" kind of shade, and is a sheer dusty berry shade that is very wearable. Again, this looks like a deep plummy purple in the crayon but sheers out to be very wearable. Also, it has no shimmer or glitter. This is also among my favourite shades!
Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons: Great emollient, balmy shades with a nice range of colours
So, would I recommend the Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons? I think these are pretty good - formulation-wise, they are very emollient, and they do indeed have a balmy feel on the lips. If you are into natural makeup, they also appear to be comprised primarily of waxes and oils that can be derived naturally. Colour-wise, these are more sheer, although they do deposit a good amount of colour, so if you are looking for a more natural-looking lip colour, they will be right up your alley. And the shade range is wearable and very nice, with shades for all skintones. Perhaps, my only gripe is the plastic caps, which while functional, look kind of cheap. A nice metal cap would have been more luxe-looking, in my opinion. Still, that is a fairly superficial thing to nitpick on, and at S$30 each, I guess they're not the cheapest thing, but not the most expensive either, and worth checking out if the Lip Crayons appeal to you.
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|The Bottom Line: Jane Iredale Lip Crayons have a balm feel and provide a wash of colour on the lips. With shades from pale nudes to berries, there's a shade for everyone|