Ilia Beauty's New Lip Crayon Replaced Every Lip Product in My Bag

Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon
POPSUGAR Photography | Alida Araica
POPSUGAR Photography | Alida Araica
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There are lots of great lip products on the market right now: lip treatments, oils, glosses, lipsticks — the list goes on. And with all these options comes the need to carry a few different products around for touch-ups. It's not unusual for me to throw a lip treatment, liner, lipstick, and gloss in even my smallest bag, but recently I've been getting away with carrying just one. Enter: the new Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon ($26).

The Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon made its debut on the Met Gala's green-ish carpet when Ayo Edebiri and Laufey wore it ahead of its official launch mid-May. Celebrity stamp of approval aside, I was also intrigued because I hadn't seen anyone use a lip crayon in awhile. The brand describes the Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon as a long-lasting, soft-matte lipstick and lip liner in one — which I hoped would mean fewer touch-ups throughout the day and the possibility of freeing up precious real estate in my bag. With all that in mind, I just knew I had to try it out.

Keep reading for my full review of the Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon and take a look at a few of the different shade options ahead.

About the Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon

  • The Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon brings together the best elements of two products in one — the smooth application of a creamy lipstick and the precision of a lip liner.
  • The Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon is formulated with ingredients like sea succulent, hyaluronic acid, seaweed extract, and rosehip oil that work together to hydrate, plump, and smooth your lips.
  • It comes in 12 different shades: Banquette (beige pink), Pampas (soft peach), Pink Door (soft pink), Earthen (terracotta brown), Genre (mauve brown), Rhyme (cool mauve), Gala (brick rose), Kiln (rich berry), Night Bloom (deep magenta pink), Blue Note (cool cherry red), Case Study (classic red), and Piazza (poppy red).
  • The lip crayon is vegan, cruelty-free, and dermatologist-tested.

What I Like About the Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon

ILIA Beauty Lip Sketch Crayons in Banquette, Gala, and Night Bloom
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I fell in love with the different shades upon application — I tried Banquette, Gala, and Night Bloom — and immediately noticed how smooth and creamy the formula was. I typically prime my lips with a balm or chapstick before using liner or lipstick, but with these crayons I didn't have to. The lip crayon was hydrating and glided on effortlessly.

Another pro of the crayon was how easy it was to use. Applying lipstick can be tricky, especially when maneuvering around the corners of your lips (or if you have a pointy cupid's bow like me), but with this crayon I was able to trace along the edge of my lips precisely. I'm no stranger to getting product on my upper lip after a liner or lipstick application gone wrong, so this was especially important to me.

As far as wear-time goes, I found that the lip crayon had better staying power compared to other lipsticks I own. I was impressed when I drank a hot cup of coffee and could still see remnants of my lip color (Night Bloom) left behind. Of course, a touch-up was needed after eating and drinking, but not as drastically as I would've expected. Finally, I loved the convenience that came with using the Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon. Because it's a two-in-one product, I could leave the house with only the lip crayon for any necessary touch-ups.

How to Use the Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon

Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayons
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Apply the lip crayon like you would your lip liner — outline the edges of your lips then fill in the rest. The brand notes that you can wear Lip Sketch on its own or under a lipstick for more definition, but doesn't recommend pairing it with a lip gloss or oil because it might feather.

What to Consider Before Trying the Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon

Although the lip crayon did a great job of staying in place, it's not 100 percent transfer- or fade-proof. It didn't quite hold up against my cup of coffee — but then again, I haven't run into a lip product that can. That being said, if you love a lip product that won't budge even a bit, you might prefer something with a super matte finish.

Who the Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon Is Best For

This lip crayon is great for anyone who likes the look and feel of a hydrating lipstick and staying power of a lip liner.

Where Is the Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon Available?

The Ilia Beauty Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon is available for purchase at Sephora and Ilia Beauty.



Alida Araica is a newsletter manager at POPSUGAR, where she oversees and executes editorial and client email strategy and production. Occasionally, she lends her expertise to writing product reviews. Alida has over five years of marketing experience in digital media.