The One Thing: Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil & Smudger

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Maybelline Color Blur

At Beauty High we constantly have new products crossing our desks and are always on the hunt for the next best thing. “The One Thing” is our way of sharing with you that must-have product that you need to introduce to your lives right now, whether it’s from a drugstore or a department store.

While “lipstick stylist” still remains a niche hobby, we never tire of having our lips colored to perfection—and now imperfection. With no official name, the look of tender flushed lips that appear as if they’ve either been kissing for hours or are just perpetually bitten is a dreamy combination of staining, blotting, and dabbing— all to give the appearance of spontaneity and effortlessness. Well, Maybelline may just have caught onto this trend with their latest lip color release, the Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil… and smudger.

What Makes It Different:

  • As far as drugstore matte pencils go, this one feels so slick and smooth on your lips. No thick, dry formula here.
  • It’s not so much a proper pencil as it is a retractable lip color with a tapered tip for precise application. This structure makes it similar to something like a liner and lipstick in one.
  • There’s an eraser-like smudger on the other side of the pencil, which you can use to “color blur,” giving your lips that perfect ombre fade. You can also use this to roughen up the edges a bit for a softer stained look.

Why It’s the One Thing:

It seems so simple, but we’re so thankful there’s a product out there that eliminates the need to smudge our lipstick with fingers, tissues, or cotton buds to achieve this look. Any makeup that can make our lives just a little bit easier gets major points from us. Not for nothing, the formula of the lip color itself is so good that this has become our go-to for a matte lip, regardless of whether we use the smudger end or not. Available in 10 colors that range from pinks, corals, violets, orange, bright reds, and plum crimsons, you can literally make a lip color wardrobe of all these. And at drugstore prices, why wouldn’t you?

(Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil & Smudger, $9, Ulta)

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