MAC Stripdown, MAC Nice 'N' Spicy, Illamasqua Titivate, MAC What A Blast!, Pupa True Lips #07
MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil:
Stripdown is a great nude lip liner for medium skin tones. Unfortunately, out of all the lip pencils I have this one has the driest texture and lasts the least amount of time and it takes a little building to achieve an opaque intensity. Having said that, it's easy to use lightly and once on the lips doesn't feel too dry.
MAC Nice 'N' Spicy Pro Long Wear Lip Pencil:
Is a little rosier than Stripdown but can definitely be used in the same way. The texture of these liners are really soft and creamy & they last FOREVER! In fact, I have a tough time taking them off. Due to it's longevity comes the extremely dry finish - If I had to wear this alone, I'd use Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm to condition my lips - the effect would still be matte but conditioned at the same time. I don't recommend wearing this alone, the finish is a no no.
Illamasqua Titivate Medium Pencil:
A crazy pigmented fuchsia that can be used anywhere - eyes, lips & face. I really like how soft and creamy this pencil is, the finish is great too: non drying and once set wear very well but not as long as MAC's Pro Long Wear pencils. Most of the time I wear this without anything else on the lips.
MAC What A Blast Pro Long Wear Lip Pencil!:
As I love orange lips, I thought it'd be a could idea to invest in an orange lip liner. What A Blast! is a bright neon shade, very pigmented, long lasting and creamy but again very drying. I find I can't wear it alone due to the finish and neon tone.
Pupa True Lips #07:
I bought this a couple of years ago and it's the only red pencil I ever needed. I love the creamy texture and it lasts long without being too drying. The shade of red is blue based, nice and bright and so easy to wear on it's own.
All of these pencils are pigmented enough that they translate on the lips just as they swatch.
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What kind of relationship do you have with lip pencils? Any favourites worth mentioning?