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Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte pencil – worth 19 dollars?

written by Khushboo Mendonca March 12, 2018

I am true blooded Indian – okay maybe a little Roman too courtesy my ancestral catholic religious origins – so spending $ 19.00 which is approximately INR 1250 for a Lip Pencil is a big decision to make.

Making that decision standing at the Dubai mall, Sephora was easy because your brain starts working amidst iconic beauty brands all around you –  looking irresistible!

Huda beautyLet’s read a little bit into what makes this product worth its weight in gold? (as described by the makers)

What it is:

An easy-glide contouring and filling lip pencil featuring intense color payoff and a matte finish.

What it does:

Balance and beautify your lips with the Lip Contour Matte Lip Pencil to address flat lips, thin lips, wide or narrow mouth, or uneven shape. This easy-glide lip pencil is simple to use and provides intense payoff with a matte finish in a single swipe.

It is waterproof and transfer-proof and can be used alone or combined for the perfect lip look.

Lip pencil

What else you need to know:

“They are literally the only thing I am using on my lips at the moment. The glide and payoff are so perfect and long-lasting. They fit ideally in my mini bag too! My favorite combos are Trendsetter used as a contour plus Bombshell as a highlighter or Famous and Trophy Wife. But when I want to add drama to my look, I use Vixen combined with Famous.”—Huda Kattan, Brand Founder

Shade range available: Vixen (poisonous deep brown), Famous (effortlessly chic burgundy), Cheerleader (delicately muted red), Gossip Gurl (everyday cute pink), Video Star (shout out pink-red), Bombshell (subtle pinkish nude), Trendsetter (stylish brown nude), Trophy Wife (bestselling rosewood), or Icon (classic peachy pink).

Fact: Every shade reacts uniquely, depending on your skin tone. This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

Icon Matte Lip pencil

Suggested Usage:

To Prep lips (improves consistency and length of wear):
  • Gently exfoliate with lip scrub or a hot bath towel and hydrate your lips.
  • Wipe off any excess oil.
  • Create evenness by covering your lips with foundation or concealer, especially if you want to correct them.
To define your lips:

Start with the center of your lip, defining your cupid’s bow with an X shape and lining the center-bottom of your lips. You want to make both lips look balanced.

Huda beauty Lip pencil
To upgrade your lip size with two shades:
  • Apply the light Lip Contour outside your natural lip line and fill in your lips with the same shade.
  • Don’t go too bold on the outline to keep it natural.
  • Apply the dark Lip Contour following the exact same outlined shape.
  • Insist on the inner corners of the mouth to create depth and draw a vertical line in the center of your lips to add some 3D effect.
  • Blend the two shades pressing a tissue on your lips or using a hint of lip balm.
Huda Beauty Icon
For the perfect lip enhancer combos:
  •  Use Trendsetter (Contour) with Bombshell (Highlight)
  • Use Vixen (Contour) with Famous (Highlight)
  • Use Famous (Contour) with Trophy Wife (Highlight)

I am wearing the Peachy Pink Lip pencil on its own in all pictures here.

Huda Beauty Icon
To correct uneven shape:

Use the same technique as above but contour outside your natural lip line on the thinner section while simply following it on the fuller part.

To downplay fuller lips:

Cover your lips with foundation or concealer and draw your lip shape just inside the natural outline.

Huda beauty

So now that you have the low-down, let’s jump into how did it work for me?


  • Creamiest texture – formula almost similar to MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip pencils
  • Pigmentation – no complains!
  • Packaging – standard & sturdy. The colored base rim is useful.
  • True to its claim – can be worn on its own

Huda beauty Matte lip pencil


  • Not long wearing when worn without a lipstick/topper
  • Lips if unscrubbed, this formula can be unforgiving on cracks, chapped skin, dry lines
  • It can be paired with any other lipstick – works great as a base even under bullet/satin lipsticks – no need to pair with a liquid lipstick necessarily
  • The product is so soft that you will need to sharpen with every usage, which makes the product’s vanity counter life very short – that is SAD!
  • Availability in India
  • PRICE – already made my point on this

Huda beauty icon swtch

Overall, Kudos the Lip pencil for its formula, but I wouldn’t buy more than one/repurchase because of the price point & the fact that it does not change the lip pencil game drastically – Yes it is PIGMENTED AF, but apart from that it doesn’t earn other brownie points from me!

WCD rates this product a 4/5

Leave me a comment, if you liked the post or if you have questions, happy to answer 🙂

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