Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BA star Holiday Red lip pencil review

You might remember my last review of BA Star, here, which was of their mineral eyeshadow.
BA Star is a a makeup company mostly used by cheerleaders, dancers, and other performing artists.
When I think of cheerleaders competing, I think of bright, long lasting colors.

The mineral eyeshadow left me feeling a little bland. It wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't anything GREAT.
Because of that, I wasn't sure what to expect when I was chosen to review the lip pencil. I was mostly excited for the chance to review a completely different type of product from them.

To put it bluntly, I was pleasantly surprised.

When you first look, Holiday Red seems to be your average chubby lip pencil. One thing I really like about the packaging is that the lid has little grooves in it that prevents you from accidentally pushing it up too far and squishing the pencil against the lid.
It seems dumb but somehow I do that a lot. Ha!

To avoid confusion I have to clarify that I know the silver part looks like it might be retractable, it is definitely a pencil you have to sharpen with your large sharpener.

As far as color goes, it's quite true to its name. This shade of red brings to mind the holiday season without a doubt. It's a true red, no orange or pink undertones to my eye.

One thing that immediately caught my attention was the golden sheen the pencil had. Definitely intriguing.

It may be hard to see but the top of the pencil in this picture is after it's been swatched... the golden sheen is just an over-spray of sorts, and disappears as soon as you swipe it.
Also, I don't know what the deal is with the color bleeding on the's clearly not a big deal I just don't know how it got there. I'm unsure if it was like that when I got it or if it might have melted a little here in the florida heat.
Either way it obviously doesn't effect the product, just makes my pictures look kinda messy!

Here is the color swatched on my hand. I think you can see here that it is a blue-based red. Very opaque, no need to build for coverage, here!

And here it is on my lips! I honestly like this WAY more than I expected. It feels pretty waxy but that doesn't bother me at all. The color is so bright and like the name suggests, the perfect finishing touch on any holiday look!

It was also very easy to apply. Went on smoothly and since it's a pencil it is pretty precise.

Honestly, I can't wait to wear this during the upcoming holidays, and even after that. It's the only no-fuss true red I have so I am happy to wear it in the future.

I will be talking about this lip pencil more in my November Ipsy bag review as it's comparable to one of the products I received. And spoiler alert- it's a lot cheaper! Especially when......

You get hooked up with this 50% off discount for my readers! Just enter the code BBLIPS and you'll score 50% off!

This lip pencil sells for $8.75 normally so with the discount you'll get it for just 4.37! Definitely worth it in my opinion!

HOWEVER if you want this baby for even CHEAPER you can snatch it up during their pre-thanksgiving sale! The sale ends 6am Thanksgiving morning.

During this crazy sale ALL of their makeup is going for just $2.99

So be sure to go to to during this 2 day only sale! Honestly I think 2.99 is a steal for the lip pencil and I'm going to probably pick up a couple of the other shades!

How do you like this Holiday Red lip pencil? Do you think you'll pick up anything during the sale? Let me know!

Follow your bliss,
Ember Darling

this post is sponsored by Brandbacker. 
All opinions are my own!


  1. Thank you Ember for sharing this review with us! This looks like a really lovely pencil, makes me want one for the holidays too now! lol! Yay for discount codes! xx

    1. Lol I hope you got one! It really is lovely. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! xox

  2. Interesting. I still am not thrilled with this company though........ I don't know, all 3 things I have every received from IPSY are just disappointments, but I'm glad this one worked out for you.

    1. You have recieved BA star in ipsy? I never have, I didn't know they worked with them. What products did you get with ipsy? I liked this product a lot, even more than I thought I would!!

  3. Its a nice shade though, and looks lovely on you. I have Asian skin and color and love this red but i get scared to experiment. I am your new follower for your honest comments :-) do have a look at my blog too

    1. You should experiment! I don't believe in wearing what's "flattering" I believe in wearing what you want! Thanks for following me I will for sure check out your blog :)


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