The packaging is nice and simple, and they're in crayon format. They're just the right size so application is fast and easy. They're twist up pencils too, so there's no need to sharpen them, which is fantastic, it makes them much easier to use over a long period of time. They also have a minty smell which I don't quite like, as I find it a little too overpowering. I prefer subtle scents.
At first these are slightly moisturising, but they have a bit of strange texture. I was talking to Beauty in Japan about these on Twitter, and she described them as 'waxy' which I think is exactly the right word to use. I was expecting these to be really moisturising so I was a little disappointed, even more so when I realised that they enhanced the dry areas on my lips and over a few hours became quite drying. I always have horrendously dry lips at this time of year anyway, and I found that Crush made them look much worse, when I had expected the opposite. It clung to the dry areas of my lips and made them look much darker.
The pigmentation isn't too bad with these either, it requires several swipes of it to really show up, and the colour is buildable. Crush is somewhat darker than I was expecting, but it is pretty. It's a nice pinky plum shade.
The colour did last a considerable amount of time before fading, and the colour stained my lips. I'd say they lasted around 3 hours or so before beginning to fade. The shine wore off after an hour or so, or after eating and drinking.
These are also a lot more affordable than the Chubby Sticks at £7.99 each. I had a £2 off voucher and since they were already £5.99 at Boots I bought Crush for only £3.99.
This was one of those products that I really wanted to love, but unfortunately I'm just not swayed by these. It might be better if your lips aren't as dry as mine, but I was hoping that these would be the perfect summer lip product, and for me, they're not. The lip butters are much better in my opinion.
Disclosure: I bought this product myself.