Product Type: Boots 17 makeup
Newest Review: ... 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 fr... more
My lips aren't sealed, they're defined
17 Perfect Pout Lip Liner
Member Name: ladybracknell
17 Perfect Pout Lip Liner
Advantages: Super quality, excellent value for money
Disadvantages: None I've experienced
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.
Summary: A great budget lip liner which delivers on every level