Makeup Collection Series | #19 LIP LINERS

Monday, March 19, 2018

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A year ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collection, keeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be cut down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of.


It took me a long time to realise that a lip liner wasn’t just some ageing trend from the 90s but the miracle product to transform ill-suited lip colours to better match one’s skin tone. Its a bonus that they can add to the illusion of fuller lips and help stop lipsticks bleeding out of the lip lines. My lip liner collection was huge at one point but I got rid of a lot of the same shades, then it was pretty minimal for a long time. It seems I have gone back to my old ways and accumulated quite a few again which is silly because a lot of them are the same shade, yet again. There are definitely some here I can let go of.

I always reach for a lip liner when I am using a lighter nude lipstick as it’s the only way to stop the lip shade from washing me out and making me look ill. A good brown lip liner is a girl’s best friend, especially if you have a deeper skin tone. Sometimes I will only use lip liner and apply it all over my lips which is why it’s important for me to have some good neutral peach, pink and brown shades to work with.

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Primark Ps... Lip Liner Pencil

I love these liners so much. They do the job perfectly well and cost only £1 a piece. The formula is just right being neither too dry nor too creamy. They are pigmented enough to get the job done and last really well, even working on their own as all over lip shades. Strangely I haven’t seen these shades in store for months now. And trust me, I look for them every time because I love them so much. Especially the brown shade which I love for lining my lips before reaching for lip shades that would be too light for me normally as this helps them to work. So if you ever see them, grab them.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat - Iconic Nude

This is a formula that’s celebrated all over the world and with good reason. It’s creamy and adheres well to the lips. It doesn’t tug or pull at any point and helps make my lips appear fuller. My sister has a deeper shade - Honey - and she uses it as a lipstick because the formula is so nice to wear. This neutral nude shade is great as a base for lighter nude shades but works with any lipstick.

NYX Slide On Lip Liner Pencil

I needed a deeper brown toned liner for a long time and when I finally bought this I was fully satusfied. The formula is so good (it could rival the CT at a much more appetising price point) that glides on with ease and stays put. I do wish this was retractable though as that would make it perfect. Either way I will be getting more shades of this in the future.

KIKO Automatic Precision Lip Liners

This is more of an honorary mention because they’re not available anymore. These have been my longest running lip liner favourites thanks to a great formula, lasting power and the fact that they’re retractable with an in built sharpener. I love them so much but have reduced how much I use them because I know they’re no longer available.


Revlon ColorStay Lipliner

These are a great drugstore retractable option as they are pigmented and there’s no wastage as you don’t need to sharpen the product up. They can tug a little due to a slightly drier formula to what I prefer but overall a good option.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner

I heard so many amazing things about this formula many a moon ago which is what made me purchase them eagerly a couple of years ago. But I have to say, while I do use them, I haven’t found the formula to be as pigmented or as bulletproof as it’s made out to be. I still think it’s good and it’s fabulous that there as so many shades to choose from but there are so many cheaper liners out there that surpass these in terms of formula.

Essence Lip Liners*

One such a liner is this which costs the least to buy of all the liners I’ve ever tried. I used to have so many different shades of this liner because they’re so affordable and great to work with.


Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner

I bought this a while ago and only used it a handful of times. The formula is a touch dry so tugs at my lips a little and the shade just doesn’t serve any purpose for me really. It’s a lovely light peachy pink but isn’t one I could really make use of.

KIKO Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil

This formula is beautiful and so is the packaging. Sadly this intense pink shade wasn’t quite up my street. It’s too strong for my liking and too much bolder than my pink lipsticks to work with them. I did use it a couple of times for special occasions but not since then.

Max Factor Universal Lip Liner*

I understand the idea of a transparent liner especially for those who suffer from bleeding lipsticks but I don’t have that problem and so I haven’t really needed this. I might hang on to it just to see if it comes in handy but right now it’s just a thin waxy balm stick that just sits there.

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If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:

Do you have a favourite lip liner formula? What shades of lip liner do you gravitate towards? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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*This post contains PR/Gifted items. All opinions are my own & 100% honest. Please see my Disclaimers for more information.

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