CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP CHEATS – £17 EACH
For me, these liners tick all the boxes. While they’re firm in consistency, they’re creamy in texture, making them lightweight and comfortable to wear. With pigment that can be softened, blurred or intensified, you can easily manipulate the product to suit you and they’ll last for hours on the lips. Plus, all the colours are gorgeous – I just wish there were more nude tones which have the same depth as Pillow Talk.
- Not too soft, not too firm.
- Creamy, yet fine consistency.
VICTORIA BECKHAM BEAUTY LIP DEFINERS – £20 EACH
Albeit a drier formula than those from Charlotte Tilbury, the VBB Lip Definers also have great pigmentation which lasts really well throughout the day. As the consistency is more firm, these pencils are brilliant for creating a precise line. Alternatively, especially when applied on top of a balm, the Definers can easily fill your entire lips with colour. With a focus on creating the perfect nude lip, VBB have done an amazing job in producing beautiful and flattering shades.
- ‘Drier’ formula.
- Classic everyday colours.
- Long-wearing, but not as much as Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheats.
KYLIE COSMETICS LIP LINERS – $12 EACH / OR A PART OF LIP KIT
The Kylie Cosmetics lip liners are the creamiest and softest formula in my collection. With extremely rich pigment, the colour glides onto the lips effortlessly – so much so, that you need to take care in order to not be messy. On the flip side, if you do go wrong, they easily glide away. With a beautiful and large range of tones, I only have one problem with them – many, unfortunately, only come as a part of a lip kit. However, I’m a huge fan of KC’s traditional-style bullet matte lipsticks, so I’d definitely recommend picking up one of those kits if you’d like to give her products a try.
- Very creamy and soft, but fairly easy to fix mistakes.
- Rich in pigment, with a large range of shades.
- Most come as a part of a lip kit.
VIEVE MODERN LIP DEFINERS – £15 EACH
Unlike the aforementioned three brands, I only own one liner from VIEVE. Velvet Sands is currently their most neutral shade, and is one of the two lighter colours in the range. Upon trying it out for the first time, the consistency immediately resonated with me as a hybrid between Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Lip Cheats and the liners from Kylie Cosmetics. In terms of wearability, as the Modern Lip Definers are softer in texture, their longevity is less than those of Charlotte Tilbury’s liners. Hopefully more colours will be released in the near future as currently I don’t think there is an option that everybody will love. In saying that, I’m surprised at how much I use Velvet Sands and I’m glad it’s a part of my collection.
- Consistency: hybrid between Charlotte Tilbury and Kylie Cosmetics.
- ‘Velvet Sands’ has great warm liner for fair skin.
- Very good pigmentation.
MAC LIP PENCILS – £15.50 EACH
While MAC lip pencils are iconic in the industry and are present in the majority of people’s makeup bags, I’ve found the formula to be inconsistent. However, some of these liners are staples in my collection and I can’t see them being replaced. Like the Victoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definers, the MAC Lip Pencils have a ‘drier’ formula – however, some are drier than others, and this often impacts their pigmentation. The best colours I’ve tried (formula-wise) include Whirl, Boldly Bare, Spice, Stripdown and Soar. While Subculture is a pretty colour, the formula is very firm and the pigment is minimal.
- Some colours have a ‘drier’ formula, while some are more creamy.
- Majority of the shades have good pigmentation.
- ‘Whirl’ is my favourite shade.