richly pigmented and with a matte finish, lip liners are often disregarded as those things that you don’t actually need, or you’ll think of using once in a blue moon when you’re in the mood for a seamless bold lip with added lasting power.
there is more to these overlooked products, I say! when you’re pouting because you’re tempted by an on-trend colour and you don’t want to dish out all that money for a lipstick you won’t wear that often, these are the babies you should pay attention to.
they are also the perfect tool/product to mix and match lip colours with more ease, tone down some brights, spruce up some lights, and vice-versa.
why, you’re not in the mood for a matte lip? no worries: a lip balm can provide a creamy texture, and a gloss makes your smacker shine on for the night.
mentioned in the video, in order of appearance/affordability:
Essence Lip Liners — these are crazy cheap and although being a bit harder than the others — but not scratchy at all —, who can argue with the great colour selection (with some “not your usual” colours) and the 1,29€ price tag? I have 15 Honey Berry, and 05 Soft Berry. I’ve heard there’s a long-wearing version of these babies… have to go check them out.
side note: it is usual for pencil-pencil lip liners to dry out a bit faster than the twist-up ones, because, when they’re made of cheaper wood, the wood ends up absorbing some of the moisture from the liners. but, I mean… 1,29€… who cares?!
Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner (5,39€ from Feelunique)— these twist-up pencils are creamy and I only wish we could get our hands on the whole range easily in my country… for now, 063 Eastend Snob is the only child.
Kiko Automatic Precision Lip Liner (5,90€) — these are the perfect bet if you want to go all out on the trend colours! the colour selection is quite respectable, and they include all the hip colours of the season for us to play around. richly pigmented, creamy and long wearing, these are winners in my book.
In the video, the colours 504 Mauve, 512 Black Violet, and 514 Plum.
M.A.C. Lip Pencil and Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (12/19€) — these are the lip liners I go for when I need a colour on my daily rotation — meaning, my essentials. I own the Lip Liner in Ruby Woo, to match my favourite red lipstick; and the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Morning Coffee, which is a mauve-y, browny, dirty rose colour that I adore to use on its own (for a 90’s inspired nude) and with other lipsticks/lip liners, to give them a new hue. the Pro Longwear formulation is an absolute dream.