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So at some point, I think every girl starts the quest for the perfect red lip. But with so many lipsticks on the market, where does a girl start? Clinique. Or my quest did anyway. I have always been a big fan of clinique as their products have never let me down so I went straight there for a consultation. They used the high impact lipstick in the perfect red colour which suited my skin tone, and the quickiner for lips. I had never used a lipliner before as I never really went for the strong lipstick look, so can't comment on the other colours, but for the statement red lip, this lip liner is a must. I have number 12 'deep red' and it is great.
I have tried the red lip look without lip liner when I have been in a rush, and it just doesn't cut it really. Still looks good but just not as precise as when using the quickliner. The quickliner is really easy to apply as it is so smooth. You can get a really precise line which doesn't bleed and lasts all day, despite eating and drinking. I always top up on lipstick, but don't have to with the liner, so it also lasts for ages. I can't remeber how long I have had mine for but no signs of it wearing out.
The other great thing is that it is self sharpening, so no messy pencil shavings, or looking around for a sharpener. You just twist the bottom of the plastic casing and the pencil moves up.
At £12 it does seem quite expensive but I can really say it is worth it.
I am always trying to improve my appearance and I love experimenting with different make up to try and achieve this. My Aunty always has beautiful lips, and when I asked her for her tips she said she used Clinique soft lip liner. I went into my local Fenwicks to ask what shade they recommend (as I am terrible with colours) and came away with this - Clinique quick lipliner in shade Rose. It set me back £14.50.
The lipliner comes in a funky modern print box, which isn't that sturdy so it is not worth keeping as it will only get bashed around in your make up box. The lipliner itself is very thin. It is not an old fashioned wooden pencil, it is a plastic long thin device with a pull on and off lid. The lid is quite secure, which is good as it won't come lose in your make up bag and end up destroying all the contents!
The lipliner itself is incredibly easy to use, it is really soft and smooth, and even though it is impossible to sharpen so you can't always get a sharp point, it applies itself easily and quickly. The lipliner rolls on very softly and smoothly, which means even if you lips are a tiny bit dry it isn't a problem and it doesn't show your dry skin up.
The lipliner also has good staying power. It lasts around 4 hours before needing reapplying although slightly less if you are constantly sipping at a drink. The lipliner looked really pretty, it gave my lips much more shape and definition. It had no adverse effects on my lips, it didn't dry them out at all. I would definitely recommend this product, if it falls within your budget.
When it comes to make up a lip liner is not one of my make up essentials. I spend more time on trying to make my eyes look good and sometimes forget about my lips! As I'm getting older my lips seem to be getting thinner ( a worry at 25!) and think I need a little extra help in making them look plump and delicious.
I've always been a bit wary of lip liners though because used wrongly they can look disastrous. I went to the Clinique counter in my local Boot's for some advice. I was recommended the Clinique quick-liner in Soft Rose as this best suited my skin colour and look that I wanted to achieve.
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There are Clinique counters in many boots and department stores. It is also widely available online. The liner costs £11.00.
The lip liner comes in a plastic propelling case which is about 10 cm. At the bottom of the pen is a little square of colour that shows you which one you are using and the name of the shade.
At the top is a silver plastic lid. It is quite big which is useful because sometimes small lids can be fiddley and awkward. Under the lid is the propelling pencil. There is a tube of plastic that you turn to push the colour out of the end. If you push out too much colour you can retract it again by turning the tube the other way.
The pencil is easy to apply. The colour is soft so it goes on easily. I like to line the outer area of my lips in order to make them appear fuller and in order to help my lip stick stay in place.
I find the best way of doing this is to apply the liner first and then the lip stick or gloss.
I find the liner a really good tool to have in my make up bag. I like the fact that I don't have to sharpen it so that it is always ready for use. Sometimes I find the liner a little too thick however especially for use round the 'm' on the top lip. For this I have to run the liner across the back of my hand in a diagonal line in an attempt to make the point of the liner a little sharper. This can be a little messy and is rather wasteful. You don't get much of the product as it is.
When on the lips the colour looks fabulous. It's subtle and natural looking while still making the lips look full and luscious. I find that I usually do not have reapply it throughout the night, even after gusselling many glasses of wine as it lasts and wears extremely well. It doesn't dry out or wear off easily, which is great news for me as I'm not sure my hand would be that steady after consuming alcohol!
Clinique claim that the lip liner stops lip stick feathering and bleeding. I find this statement to be true as it does help keep the edge of the lips looking sharp and defined. Therefore the lip stick stays neater and longer.
I much prefer the propelling liners over regular sharpening ones. It is a real shame however that for this advantage they feel the need to give you only 0.3g of colour! Which is only about 4 cm so the size of the pen is a little misleading.
The liner is running out quite fast and I've only had it 6 weeks. I do not even use it everyday!
Nevertheless I love the product. I love the colour, the way it feels and how it looks and I'm pleased with my purchase.
I rate the liner 5/5 despite the high price!
I do not wear make up very often but I like the few colour cosmetics I own to be good quality, so when I was looking for a lip liner I decided to have a look at the Clinique range that my daughter uses. I asked the lady on the Clinique counter for some advice as I have not specifically bought a lip liner before, instead relying on those I come across at my daughters house or freebies when I buy lipstick.
The lady on the counter advised me that as we get older the fine lines around our lips make lipstick seep and look as though it were poorly applied, she suggested I try Cliniques Quickliner for Lips which is designed to stop this from happening.
I handed over my £10, which I think was fairly good value from Clinique as items I have bought in the past from them have been much more expensive.
I had chosen a shade called Cocoa Peach because this was a nice neutral pink and I thought it would match probably 95% of the lipsticks I own. There are shades available for all skin tones from your English Rose right the way up the scale to Chocolate Chip or Plummy which would suit even the darkest skin tone.
I was wearing make up for a meal out last night and decided to get out my new Quickliner and give it a try. The liner is pencil style in appearance, although it is actually a gel liner which you have to twist up to apply and back down when you have finished. This eliminates the need to sharpen, which is a good thing as I can never find my cosmetic pencil sharpener and usually end up ruining my liners by using my granddaughters blunt school pencil sharpener!
The lip liner glides on beautifully and feels lovely and creamy on my lips. My lips have gotten decidedly thinner as I have aged so I used my Quickliner just outside my natural lip line to define and create the impression of volume. Cheaper lip liners can look false and badly used sometimes when I do this, and pencil liners in particular drag among my wrinkles and give me the clown look which we are all striving so hard to avoid!
The colour was surprisingly true to the swatch printed on the pencil tube itself and I think it is a lovely rich, yet delicate peachy pink colour which suits my pale colouring perfectly. Because this is a gel lip liner it is very easy to build the colour up and I quickly realised that with this liner less is definitely more as I can outline my lips applying just gentle pressure and if I feel I need a stronger burst of colour then I'll just go over with the Quickliner again, just pressing slightly harder.
I was impressed with Quickliners staying power, after my meal (some three hours after application) I went to the ladies to reapply my lipstick and was surprised to see that my liner was still there meaning I simply had to run my lipstick across my lips and that was me done. Both of my previous lip liners, Avon and Rimmel, had done disappearing acts on me after an hour or so I think Quickliner definitely has the edge when it comes to being long lasting.
Lip liner lasts me absolutely ages so I am glad I decided to buy this Clinique product because it is top of the range (well, top of MY range!), doesn't cost the earth and works to absolute perfection.
I must say I've never been a lipliner fan. I always associated the process with looking like Pamela Anderson with a big red outline around my lips and no colour on my actual lips. Then I read the Beauty Bible, who told me that filling in your lips with a nude colour lipliner and applying lipgloss makes the gloss last a lot longer. I've always been one for buying top of the range beauty products and the Beauty Bible tests products on 100 women to give readers the lowdown on the best products. Needless to say Clinique's Quickliner for lips was rated well so I nipped to Fenwicks to pick one up. Clinique say "Transfer-resistant, long-wearing lip-liner. Provides a creamy, cushiony release of colour. Contains a gel system for easy application. In pencil form, non-feathering formula." and I'd agree with that completely. Colours ********* There are 16 different shades of this product which I think gives customers a lot of variety. It is quite hard to choose as they all look pretty similar and look a lot darker than they actually come out on your lips. The colours are as follows No shows/nudes: Honeystick , Tender Taupe, Chocolate Chip Tawnies/Corals/Reds: Rich Red, Chilli, Cocoa Peach, Tawny Tulip, Bon Bon Pinks/Roses/Fuchsias: Cocoa Rose,Soft Rose, Lipblush, Raspberry, Bamboo Violets/Blues/Berries: Crushed Berry, Plummy, Warm Raisin The best thing to do is to consult with a Clinique advisor, which all stalls have and explain to her what you want from your lipliner. They will be more than happy to help. I generally wear various shades of pink lipgloss so bought a soft pink lipliner (lipblush) close to the natural shade of my mouth to wear underneath. Packaging ************ Clinique Quickliners come in a clinique-green box. Its not very exciting or attention grabbing but typically clinique. The lipliner itself is not your regular make up pencil. It is particu
larly special and this is my favourite thing about it. The liner is in a silver dispenser which you twist to produce the product. Somewhat like a pritt stick! This is great because it never needs sharpening and so will never be too blunt or too sharp. However the downside is you never really know when it is going to run out and so you can be caught unaware. Application ************ The product glides on very easily and the liner doesn't bleed or run. Once applied, it stays put for ages and kept my lip gloss in tact for hours even through eating half a pack of pringles! All in all it seems that the Clinique Quickliner is a pretty damn good buy. It costs £10 from any Clinique stand, which are usually found in large department stores such as John Lewis, House of Fraser, Fenwicks, Allders....(the list goes on) and Boots. Or you can look at http://www.boots.com/brandrooms/clinique.jsp?productId=PROD1131 and buy online. There is a clear indication of all the available colours but obviously you cant test them out.
Clinique Quickliner For Lips / All skin types / Pencil.