Can you tell I did a little drugstore haul after a stressful week and before going home? Got all the Essence things!
When I bought my Big Bright Eyes Essence pencil I also grabbed a few of the lip liners, since they were less than two and lip liners are one of those “allowed purchases” that don’t make me feel bad. I don’t have a lot, okay? I’m building a collection (truth: I shop too much).
So I picked up a few soft, wearable colours: Cute Pink, Honey Berry, Satin Mauve and Wish Me a Rose. They are standard wooden pencils, very light, with a not-so-flimsy but not quite sturdy lid. I like that the pencil itself is the colour of the liner, makes my early morning + no glasses business less dangerous.
The formula on these is surprisingly creamy. They tug on the lips as you apply but once the tip warms up a little, they glide on much more easily. Ideally, your lips will be well moisturised and exfoliated before using them. Generally, they last well and they fade (a bit unevenly) to a stain.
I do wear them on their own but I think the finish ages me a little bit. It’s sort of matte but creamy, especially for Satin Mauve. It’s a bit too brownish for me. I’ve found out they pair extremely well with the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams!! With these as a base, I use less of the Creams and they go on more smoothly, evenly and they have such a nicer colour dimension and depth!
Wish Me a Rose goes well with SMLC in Sao Paulo, while I’ve found Satin Mauve goes well with Cannes. In fact, they go well with most of them, depending on what result you want.
Here’s a few swatches. There is a clear winner here (and on my lips!) which is Honey Berry. Perfect on its own or with a touch of more purpley lipstick on top (MAC’s Rebel or Laqa&Co Purple pencil). It lasts a bit less than the others and the staining is more streaky. Cute Pink is a very subtle, pretty princess pink that I obviously neglect to wear. Sigh.
Closer look. I haven’t tried sharpening them yet but I get the impression it won’t be too hard.
As a surprise to no one, my favourite of the bunch is the darkest shade. I need someone to hold an intervention and turn me to pinks before I forget what they look like…
All in all, these are actually surprisingly good for their price point! I might go back and get the whole set. Do try them if you can (I think they’re 1.30$ for all you ‘Muricans)
Do you have any pink lip liner suggestion that will make me swoon?