“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Lip Liner / Suitable for: Lip „
For several years now I've been a faithful user of Rimmel's Exaggerate retractable lip liner but recently this brand seems to have not only changed the formula slightly but also reduced the amount of product supplied so that it's become rather poor value for money and as a consequence I've been searching around for a replacement. I think I may have found it with Boots 17 lip liner. As I've grown older my lips seem to have become a little thinner and they've also lost some of their plumpness. The pigment has become a bit paler too so that I no longer have a very defined lip line. Older women (and younger ones who smoke) tend to get lines around the mouth and lipstick can bleed into these lines unless a lip liner is used but fortunately I don't have that problem, at least not yet. These Boots 17 liner pencils come in six shades ranging from a very pale pinkish brown to a deep claret providing a shade to match the lips of most colourings from the palest to the darkest of skin pigments. My skin is fairly pale and my natural lip colour is also a pale pink and as I tend to favour brownish pink or deep pink lipsticks, I opted for two shades, Buff and Rose Blush. These lip pencils retail for £2.59 each and are also currently part of Boots latest three-for-two offer. I'm not sure whether these lip pencils have been reformulated but their appearance has been changed as they are now marketed with an outer casing which reflects the colour of the liner itself with a clear top through which it's possible to see the true colour of the 'lead'. Applying this liner couldn't be easier. Rather than just draw a line around my lips, I tend to colour in the whole of the lip area and use this as a base for my lipstick. The consistency of the liner is soft enough to allow the product to apply smoothly and evenly without any pulling of the skin which results in a very natural looking base that isn't too greasy and leaves a fairly matte finish. I then pat my lips with powder before applying a top coat of lipstick. I find that the lip liner colour easily stays effective for several hours and even though my lipstick may need reapplying, especially after eating, the lip liner itself remains ensuring that my lip shape stays clearly defined. I've previously found that one of the drawbacks with pencil type lip liners is that once they need re-sharpening, the point is never as good as when they're originally purchased and they tend to sharpen in a very uneven way so that there's more 'lead' on one side of the pencil than the other. These Boots 17 pencils sharpen up very evenly and although it isn't possibly to get the point quite as defined as when new, it's sharp enough to produce a clear outline to the lips. Because of the very natural shades in this range, I've found it's also possible to produce an excellent 'no lipstick' look by applying lip liner all over the lips and topping off with a smear of lip balm, which results in a more relaxed weekend look. I'm delighted with the results produced by these liner pencils and can't award anything less than 5 stars.
I remember years ago wearing lip liner but hoping to achieve a whole different look today than I did back then. In my teenage years my lip liner and that of my friends had to be bold, stand out and more importantly be a completely different colour than my lipstick was. By the end of an evening out the lipstick would be all gone but my lipliner would still be there in all it's glory. Today I use lip liner in a completely different way, to enhance my features and give my lips a bit of definition. I use the Boots 17 lipliner in two different shades. Firstly I have the Buff shade which is a brownish colour and works really well with my brown/ gold shimmer lip glosses and I also have the lip liner in claret which works perfectly with the more red shades of lipstick/lipgloss that I have. I've found that as I've got older my lips have lost a little of their plumpness and shape around the edges so to give them a more defined look I use these pencils to lightly outline my lips to give them a more even appearance. The liner works really well at doing this because it is quite a soft pencil so you can blunt it down a bit and get a nice soft line that is not sharp and will not make your lips look like Coco the clown. The colour really lasts well and I generally never need to reapply, I just touch up my lipgloss. Ow and again. The pencil is really easy to blend into the lip too and works well with any lipstick or gloss that you use. Each pencil costs just £2.59 from Boots and in my opinion is a really good bargain and beauty tool.
Not very often do I invest in a lip liner, however as I'm getting older I find I'm losing a little bit of shape to my lips and I'm not as pouty as I'd like to be...so I decided to try and fake it when I saw this on sale at Boots last week lol. The Pencil.... The Packaging of this pencil has changed of late as far as I'm aware of. Now the pencil is the colour of the actual product and as mine is called 'Buff' the colour of the pencil is like a nude colour and it has a clear long plastic clear lid which covers the nib safely and securely. In metallic silver writing I'm told it is Perfect Pout Lip Liner '17' and around the back of the pencil I'm told it is 'Buff' and that it is a 'Soft, lasting pencil to define lips for a perfect pout' and that it is dermatologically Tested, Fragrance-Free and contact details for Boots are given, the recycle symbol is displayed and finally there is a white sticky label with a black bar code on the lid that peels off easily. Using It.... Costing me only £2.44 I didn't expect much from it which means the results I got from it were pleasantly surprising to me. After-all Boots 17 is not my favourite range of products! It's easy to use, the colour comes off thinly and easily and is encased in very smooth wood with no fragrance to it and is of excellent quality. It glides over the lips (does sharpen easily) and I find it doesn't drag whilst applying it, isn't sticky, oily or drying out and is very comfortable to direct where you want it and takes no effort at all really to apply. I wouldn't say it makes a pouty look but it does (even in this lightest shade available) outline and shape and define the lips really nicely for me. I like the consistency of it and I do really like the colour I chose as well as I can apply this to the out lines of my lips and can blend any colour lipstick with and into it really well indeed. As for staying power well... it isn't going to stay any longer on your lips than your lipstick does. I find that when my lipstick slides off my face so does the lip liner really but having said that it isn't a massive problem to simply re-apply it anyway. Verdict.... It's a nice, nifty, easy to use simple product that gives me no grief at all. It does really define my lips although temporary but the look I get with this on my lips I am happy with for the duration of it's stay. However it doesn't make my lips look particularly pouty or anything but it does define them as I have said already. Do I recommend it? Yes for every day type of wear. Easy to apply, easy to remove and correct mistakes and it lasts ages in the pencil so it's an economical buy! A few colours are available (this being the lightest I saw and that's why I chose it) and I will definitely purchase a couple of others due to their ease of use in the future to make a wee collection up! Nice little buy, only available in Boots in 6 different colours. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I do not normally wear lip liner, however a few months ago I got a voucher from the Boots Advantage card point entitling me to a free 17 Perfect Pout lip liner when I bought another product from the 17 range, which is how I ended up with this. ~About the product~ This lip liner is described as being a 'soft, lasting pencil to define lips.' It is dermatologically tested and fragrance-free. It comes in several different colours, the one I have is called 'In the Buff', which not surprisingly given the name, is a nude colour. The pencil itself is Navy blue with silver writing embossed onto the side. If you look at the very end of the pencil, it is shaded in the colour of the lip liner. It has a clear lid. ~Using it~ I found that the tip of this pencil felt quite scratchy against my lips, and that it was dragging my skin a bit, which didn't exactly make for a great start. I found that the first time I used it, I must have pressed down too hard as I got a really harsh lip line. I removed it and tried again, this time pressing lightly and it seemed OK. I have found that once it is on the lips, it has quite a creamy texture to it, and you can blend it in towards the centre of the lips a bit, so you don't have so much of a harsh line. ~Results~ I had tried to find the most neutral colour I could with this, as I knew I wouldn't use it very often, and wanted it to match with most of my lippy's which also tend to be quite neutral, safe colours. I thought that once on my lips, it does look quite natural, and providing you don't press down too hard when applying it, it wont give that harsh lip line that you can often get - I call it the Jodie Marsh effect! The liner didn't seem to last very long, it came off pretty quickly in fact, even after I had applied my lipstick it seemed to have all but disappeared. ~Price~ This will cost just £1.99 from Boots. ~Conclusion~ This was OK, especially considering that I got it free, but there's nothing about it that has convinced me to start using lip liner, or in fact buy this again. If you are looking for a lip liner that will give your lips a natural outline, this may be worth a try, as it can look quite good when applied lightly, however it didn't last very long and needs frequent re-application.
Lipliner / Define your lips with perfection /