Product Type: 17 makeup
Newest Review: ... actually I own 2 shades of this one as I got it on offer at the time. This comes in 6 shades, mostly pinks but with a couple of browny sha... more
17 Lip Liner
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
17 Lip Liner
Advantages: cheap, creamy to apply, lasts a longish time +
Disadvantages: shades will not suit everyone
~~17 Lip Liner~~
I decided to buy a 17 lip liner. I did this because it was an affordable brand, with an offer of 3 for 2 across the range, but also because I had an extra voucher that if I bought any other item I would recieve a free pressed powder, which actually meant I only had to pay for this item!
The lip liner itself looks as many others do, with a coloured pencil and clear lid, very similar to that of an eyeliner but it duller more neutral tones. I was fairly impressed with the range; my Boots is quite big and stocked all the colours shown above, yet the lip liners were all very similar in colour and most of them belonged to thenude / taupe/ pale pinks kind of shades.
~~Price and Avaliability~~
This lip liner is very affordable at £2.59, especially considering when some of the 'larger' brands are charging in excess of £10.
I purchased mine in Boots as 17 is exclusive to their stores. It can also be purchased at their online store. As previvously mentioned, currently (April 2012) they currently have a 3 for 2 across make up instore so you could purchase 3, only paying for 2, and you also receive 8 Advantage card points with the single purchase.
I was impressed with the shades avaliable, however, none seemed to stand out as what I particuarly wanted. The colours did all seem to be very nude and as far as wanting a fairly vivd red liner there did not seem to be one, so I had to opt for a fairly duller, slightly purplier red. There was a wider range of pinky/nude tones avaliable, however the most prominent colour in these still seemed to be a taupey/brown which I didn't really want as at my age I think this would have looked dated on me.
-Fawn- really pale nude colour, that would suit something really light on the lips
-Rose Blush- a slightly pale pink colour, which still had a slightly purple pigment to it
-Valentine- a deeper pink/purple colour - though still fairly pale/light when tested
-Buff- a really taupe / pale brown colour, would suit more pigmented nude shades or slightly coral pinks
-Mocha- a darker brown colour, would suit darker lipsticks, maybe even a purple lipstick, personally I don't think this would really suit pale people.
-Claret- the closest thing to red they had, it was quite dull and did seem to also have purple pigmentation in it.
In the ended I decided to buy the Rose Blush, which seemed to suit what I wanted and the Claret, which I was slightly dubious about.
~~Applying the lip liner~~
I was really surprised at how smooth and soft these were to apply across the lips. I have used other 'cheaper' brands and they have sometimes been a little scratchy and have not seemed to move as well across the lips. The texture is similar to when using a very soft khol eyeliner, so in that sense the lip liner was almost creamy to apply.
As soon as I began to apply the lip liner the colours were quite prominent and looked pleasing. They were not obvious, however, it was easy to see where I had applied the lip liner and the difference it had made. Due to the smoothness of the lip liner I was able to follow my natural lip line easy, without making any mistakes as at no point did it begin to 'lag'.
If I applied the lip liner slightly over my natural lip line in order to form a fuller lip it managed to do this just as well. This did need going over a few times in order for it to look good, which did make the colour stand out a little too much, though if I just blended this in with my finger it soon looked a lot more natural.
I was really pleased with this lip liner and the results were what I had wished to achieve. The lip liners had added definition to my lips, meaning a definite 'break' between my lips and skin, yet was done so in a natural way.
The lip liner was able to blend in really well with the lipstick or gloss I applied over the top, meaning that the lip liner was not as noticable, yet at the same time gave me fuller looking lips.
I was also pleased with the colours I had picked. The Rose Blush suited pale, matt pinks well as it was quite pale and was not too pigmented. This also meant it was great to wear with just a coloured gloss on top as you didn't need to do much blending. I was also pleasantly surprised with the 'Claret' colour as when applied it was definitley more of a red colour, than the slightly purple colour I had thought it had been. It as still a dull colour, yet I feel this worked better as it gave the red lips the more classic look, which was actually really nice.
The lip liner tended to stay on longer when worn with a lipstick, opposed to when it was worn with lipstick and gloss or gloss alone. It tended to last an average of 3 or so hours before it needed touching up and when it did so, it was mainly in the corners of the mouth, opposed to the cupids bow area where it had remained in tack.
-Currently an offer on
-Creamy and soft to apply
-Feels light on the lips
-Lasts a decent amount of time
-Although I was impressed with the colour range, many of them did seem to be brown or taupe pigmented, which was not really what I was after
Overall I would recommend these lip liners; they are really affordable and work considerably well considering the price. Though I do not think all of the shades are suitable for everyone, there is enough difference in between each shade in order to find at least one you like. I like the fact that they define my lips, whilst still making this look natural and are able to achieve the fuller pout!
Summary: Perfect Pout!