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Review of Guerlain Lip Pencil
Guerlain are one of the brands that I would class as a premium cosmetics range. Their products are available from various on line and High Street stockists.
**The Lip Liner**
I must start by stating that I did not buy this for myself, earlier this year I was fortunate enough to win a selection of cosmetics in an online competition and this lip liner was one of my prizes. When I heard of my prize, I had to give a few details of my age, colouring and so on, this lip liner is definitely the colour I would have chosen for myself.
The colour I have is shade no 42, Brun Parfait, this is a rich deep pinky/brown. This lip liner is the pencil style of liner; it is rather classy looking, in my opinion. The pencil is slim and is made of a light-weight wooden material. The main colour of the pencil is black with a red stripe around the end, the brand name in a gold font.
One end has the point of the pencil and the other end is a handy smudging brush. There is a plastic, gold coloured lid for each end to protect the product and of course keep it clean and hygienic. The lip liner weighs in at 1.2 grams
I have found that this lip liner glides on smoothly; it is a creamy product which is very easy to apply. The texture is ideal for outlining your lips or for adding a little subtle definition. The colour is quite sheer, it is not a glittery liner, and it gives a softly shiny effect. The product is soft enough to smudge lightly giving users a choice of looks. I must admit I rarely use the smudging brush as I prefer to use this as a defining liner.
The nib of this lip liner pencil is very soft which suits me as it does not drag the skin or feel harsh in use the way some similar, cheaper products do. I find that this feels nice and light on the skin, the texture is creamy enough to be gentle and smooth, with no trace of heaviness or that unpleasant greasy feeling you sometimes get with lip cosmetics.
Sharpening is no big deal and thanks to a tip I received from a relative who is a professional make- up artist, I have kept my Guerlain lip pencil in good order. Following my niece's advice, I pop my cosmetic pencils in the fridge for an hour or two before attempting to sharpen them, this firms up the product making it easier to sharpen. Guerlain provide a very good sharpener with this pencil which works a treat.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I have found this to be an excellent lip liner, it is easy to use, it lasts incredibly well and shade no 42 is a superb colour for my complexion. As I have not tried any other shades of this lip liner, obviously I cannot comment on the complete range, but if the colour I have is anything to go by, I am sure they would be just as good as mine.
Being a smoker and a lady of more mature years, I do have lines around the lips and have recently found that some lipsticks tend to 'bleed' into these lines. Using a product such as this lip liner can help resolve this problem and although I do not use lip liners regularly, they do have their place in my make- up collection.
As mentioned, this lip liner was part of a completion prize, so although I had heard of Guerlain, I had no idea of the price of this lip liner. I looked on line prior to writing this review and was rather taken aback to find that it currently retails at round £18-£20. My budget does not allow for spending this much on one item of make-up, so now that I am aware of the cost, I must say that I am doubly happy with my win!
I would definitely recommend this lip liner to others as it is a long lasting, creamy lip liner which is well worth trying.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 September 2012
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~A lip liner that works well ~ at a price!~
Having used a number of products from the Guerlain range and enjoyed using most of them I was happy to receive a few products as a gift some time ago, which included one of these lip liner and brush combo pencils. I must admit that in the main I do prefer the twist up type of lip pencils (which Guerlain do manufacture) over these more basic types that you have to sharpen yourself, although in this case I feel there is a little extra to the product as it has a built in brush and comes with its own easy to use pencil sharpener. Having used the pencil to good effect and been pleased with results my main concern with this product is the price as it sits at the high end of the lip liner pricing spectrum, making it a large investment compared with some other similar products you can buy.
~Using the lip liner pencil~
The actual make up part of the pencil holds a good degree of pigment that means when you use the pencil to apply a neat line of colour to your lips, it creates an even toned smooth finish that is well defined. I like the texture as it is easy to work with, being just about right in terms of its ability to be applied without dragging the skin and creating a messy finish. With some pencils when sharpened to within an inch of their lives, (thus making them uber pointy and sharp) the tip of the lip pencil can drag against the skin far too much, so I tended to try not to over sharpen this one in order to avoid that.
I found that by doing over sharpening you not only create too harsh a tip with which to apply the product, you also end up sharpening away too much of the product which is a waste of money. The pencil works just as well with a slightly less sharp tip and in my opinion gives a better finish too.
The lip liner is easy to handle and hold and I found that I could quite easily create a nice smooth well defined line then go back and fill in with colour to give a full cover result if wanted. I found that being light handed when using the pencil made it last well and stopped it cracking when worn underneath a coating of lipstick or gloss. The lighter and more even the base the better the top coat looked when using this, with lasting times on the lips being fairly good, although not outstanding when you think of just how expensive to buy these pencils can be. The lip pencil did not eliminate the transfer of lipstick/ gloss and pencil traces being left on cups or glasses when drinking from them, although it did work well to ensure that there was still enough of it left where is should be after having sipped from a glass etc.
~Price verses quality~
With prices from £16 + to £20 being charged in some stores for these pencils you really do need them to work hard in order to justify their high price. My feeling is that they are quite expensive when compared to similar products that you can buy and I would like to see them at no more than £12 to £14 at most as I feel this is what I would be comfortable paying for them. Whilst the neat and smooth brush tip that you get on one end of the pencil is of good quality and also works well when you use it with lipstick or gloss, I do feel that it is not enough to tip the balance and make this something that is worth its circa £20 value.
My over all feeling about the product is that I enjoyed using, as it gave pleasing results and had it been a little cheaper to buy I would be more inclined to opt for it in the future. Based on quality, texture, longevity in use and finish I would give this product 4 stars, however I feel that I need to deduct a star due to the high sale price of the product, which means this lip liner pencil gets a 3 star product rating.
WHAT IS IT?
A lip pencil with built in lipstick brush.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
It's one of the best lip pencils I've ever used, and as a beautician I've used hundreds over the years. The shade I'm using as my personal lip pencil is Rouge Cassis which is a deep red and suitable for use with red lipstick and also some pink and brown shades.
The pencil is soft and creamy, it sharpens to an effective point for outlining the lips neatly and it's not one of those pencils you need to keep super sharp as it'll create a smooth line even when starting to blunt. It never causes dragging of the skin and leaves a deep colour after applying, ready for you to fill in with lipstick.
The brush has a good texture and allows you to apply your lipstick smoothly with more precision than applying it straight from the tube. The pencil prevents my lipstick from bleeding into the fine lines around my lips, and also helps keep the lipstick in place.
At £21 this isn't a cheap lip pencil but you can feel the quality in the colour and the fact that it lasts all day long, longer than my lipstick in most cases, means it's worth every penny.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I was chuffed to bits a few months ago to be the highest bidder on eBay for a brand new Guerlain Lip Pencil, only paying £8 instead of the RRP of around £18- 20. I have been wanting to try this particular make for a while now because I had heard and read good reviews about it but the full price was too much for me to justify at the moment.
It is available in at least 7 colours but the one I chose is the deep red named 'Rouge Dahlia' but there are lighter ones through from nude to a darkish brown colour. I love their quirky names too - eg Iris Noir and Napoleon Perdis etc
When my pencil arrived I was pleasantly surprised at the length of it which is longer than the lip pencils I'm used to. It weighs 1.2g and has a pencil one end and a brush at the other which is just what I need. It looks like it does in the Dooyoo picture and with its gold cap and slim easy to hold handle looks very stylish and indeed expensive.
Mine has a sharpener too which was a surprise so it means my little purchase is a self contained unit. When I first used it I sharpened the pencil end, then blunted it slightly by dabbing it on some tissue. This may sound a bit daft to those who don't use lip pencils, but the reason behind using a slightly blunt end is that you can define the lips without making them look too harsh which can add years to your age (in my opinion). I can then blend my lipstick into the outline to achieve a look that lasts all day, which does not dry up and makes my lips look and feel good.
I ignored the advice Guerlain gave about keep my lips closed whilst applying as I like to pen my mouth and let the pencil basically do its job for me as I have more control. It feels nice and creamy, not the sort you feel drags the skin on the lips.
For a more dramatic evening look I tend to add a little more pressure when using the pencil, use more lipstick and blend together with the soft and well-designed brush which takes a matter of moments.
All in all I have to say I love this brush, pencil and sharpener. I have had it a while now and it barely looks used although I use it everyday so I am hoping it will see me through until after Christmas.
In conclusion, I would recommend this to women of all ages as it is a high precision yet lasting product which does exactly what I want it to do - define my lips and stay on all day.
Would I recommend it? - you bet i would and I'm awarding the maximum 5 stars :))
I have never heard of the Guerlain brand until last year when i won a small bundle of beauty goods from them. I never actually did the competition my sister entered my name online and my name was picked out. I won a few products and one of my favourite from the bundle is the Guerlain lip pencil.
Guerlain lip pencil costs around £20.00. The colour i received i the beige rose 41 you can buy other colours to suit your own lips but i'm glad i have the beige rose as it works very well for me.
Guerlain lip pencil is black in colour with the Guerlain brand on it in gold also states that the product is a lip pencil and the colour with number next to it.
Also two ends to the pencil both have gold lids on it, one end features a lip brush and other end is the actual coloured pencil part.
The beige rose colour is actually brown with a slight red shade to it. To use the lip pencil you simply draw or pencil in the outlines around the lips then use the brush end to smooth and blend in the pencil lines. The appearance of the lips look more define.
Applying the pencil was easy as was following the out lines of my lips however it did look rather scary on my lips but once i started blending it in with the brush the shade of the pencil really did suit the natural colour of my lips, only a few shades darker and gave a look of lipstick on my lips. The smoothing in or blending in is lovely as the pencil left of the lips is creamy and spreads easily.
I use this lip pencil most mornings as part of my make up regime and it pretty much lasts all day, the lip pencil does not come off not even when drinking juice or coffees and lasts up to eight hours before needing reapplied.
I am very impressed with the quality of the lip pencil and will be more than happy to actually buy one when the beige rose is finished.
Its well worth the money and gives a better fuller result compared to other lip pencils or even lipstick i have used.
I recommend Guerlain lip pencil.
I bought this last year from House Of Fraser in the january sale. It was reduced from £18 to £12 which is still expensive but I really wanted it so bought it anyway and it was well worth the money. It is currently available from the official Guerlain website, Debenhams, Harrods etc and is also still been sold at House Of Fraser. The price of this pencil varies from shop to shop but it averages at between £15-£20. The pencil is available in 7 shades and I have it in 'Rose Doux', which is a lovely deep postbox red shade.
The pencil is 1.2 grams and is quite average looking. It is long and slim and is made of a lightweight wooden material like most other eyeliner and lip linerpencils, and has the nib of the pencil on one end and a pointed smudging brush on the other end. Each end has its own plastic, golden coloured lid which keeps it nice and fresh and clean. The pencil (apart from the nib) is black in colour with golden writing and a red band at the top. The packaging is simple but has quite a high-end look to it and it is very sleek. I also got a free sharpener with my lipliner which is made of sturdy plastic and is of good quality.
The formula of the lipliner is high quality and it is soft and creamy in texture, almost like a wax crayon. The soft texture makes it easier to apply as it spreads more evenly and glides along my lips. The colour it gives is sheer and gives a subtle shine to my lips. It isn't glittery at all which is good and it isn't overlly shiny. The lipliner is designed to add subtle definition to the lips and make them appear fuller. It definetly does make my lips appear more plumped up when used correctly. I use the lipliner by outlining my cupid's bow (the M part of my lips, and not on the lip itself) to subtly define and draw attention to it. I then smudge the line a little bit with the smudging end of the pencil to blend it into the outline of my cupid's bow. The smudger is extremely accurate and not OTT. I also use this lipliner as a highlighter over darker lipstick or matte lipglosses and it really makes my lips look so much more pouty. It also stops the lipgloss and lipstick from bleeding.
Overall an expensive but effective lipliner which adds a subtle amount of definition to my lips.
I have two Guerlain Lip Pencils (namely the Rose De Bulgarie and the Bois De santal), each of which cost me £18.00 from Cavendish House in Cheltenham. This lip pencil had been recommended to me by my sister who had been using Guerlain for about a year, but although I had tried Guerlain illuminating cream before, I had never branched out into the make-up for this particular brand. I didn't think £18.00 was too expensive for a top quality brand as I have paid over £30.00 for a similar product a few months ago.
This comes in a typical pencil form, but it looks really classy. At one end of the pencil is the lip pencil, and at the other end is a lipstick brush. I like the fact that there is a lipstick brush attached because I tend to use it to blend the lip liner in with the lipstick. It also comes with its own sharpener - which works very well and doesn't seem to make the point overly sharp to the point of breaking.
There are a number of shades to choose from which range from bright red right through to a more muted natural colour - and all the shades inbetween - and so there will be something to suit most skin shades. I don't actually have any Guerlain lipsticks, but still the two shades I have compliment a number of my lipsticks - although I would like to splash out and buy a couple more (Feve Tonka and Iris Noir) to complete my make-up set. I'm not sure exactly why the shades are named the way they are (possibly it's French!?).
I do think that this lip liner is top quality. The pencil is soft and smooth and comes out in a soft yet definite line. I like the fact that this lip liner is both delicate and strong at the same time - which is a rare quality where anything is concerned, let alone make-up. I think that it is best put on when the pencil is sharpened but then rubbed a few times on some paper (just about 3 or 4 times) so that the pencil is ever so slightly blunted - and then it tends to go on my lips easily and smoothly - and naturally.
Overall, I really like this lip liner and think it's really high quality for a decent enough price.
I don't spend all that much on make-up, I'm lucky in that freebies and competition wins can usually tide me over in that department. One item I will spend on though is lipsticks and lipliners, I have a large collection of lip products ranging from the very cheap Collection 2000 up to more premium brands - like this £23 Guerlain lipliner.
It's excellent, I've been using this product (amongst many others) for a few years now and definitely rate it as one of the best. The shade I'm currently using is Rose Satin, which is exactly how you'd imagine just by looking at the name - a dusky pink, but dark enough to also compliment redder lipsticks. This is actually an extremely versatile shade, I've used others from the same range which have all been as good quality-wise but would only match a couple of specific lipsticks.
The lipliner is very smooth and creamy; I've learned over the years that the key with this particular product is not to over-sharpen it, keeping the colour slightly blunt helps it glide across your skin with no dragging or pulling and in turn this helps you create a smooth and strong line. The creamy consistency means it definitely feels like you're using a high class/quality liner, I'm the first to praise cheap but fab products as there are some real gems out there (NYX being a current bargain beauty secret) but this really does stand out as being worth the high price tag - and I'd pay more, having already remained loyal to the product through two hefty price increases.
When applied the colour is deeper than it looks like it's going to be, it remains pink but I think Guerlain have got it spot on as a shade darker and you'd be talking about a red lippy. Providing your hand is steady enough to outline your lips in a fluid and tidy motion, most colours (apart from the very pale) will look good with the lipliner. I also have the nude shade, which I can't remember the name of, and that one is perfect for lighter and more natural lip colours, although that's one I won't be re-purchasing as there are cheaper nude liners out there which are just as good.
The pencil sharpens smoothly and I've only once had the point break, this was when I was being a bit gung-ho with the sharpener though so was completely my fault. I learned then about keeping it on the blunt side as this is too soft and creamy to cope with a very sharp end, and this is true not only from a breakage point of view but will help keep application smooth and neat. Yep, I'm turning the institution of keeping your pencils sharp on it's head here!
I never fail to be impressed by the longevity of any of the Guerlain lipliner shades, the Rose Satin is absolutely amazing in this respect and most of the time is still glaringly apparent even after my lipstick has faded into nothing. It's surprising actually as creamy liners usually don't last so long, I'd understand it if it had a greasier texture but it doesn't and I'll be buggered if I know how they've managed to give this light-as-a-feather colour such an excellent lifespan. Tis good though as when you're under the influence it's so much easier to touch lipstick up when your lipliner is already in place!
The design of the pencil is slightly different now, with the wooden pencil now being black completely black inside and out apart from the small Guerlain logo and a swatch of the colour. It's still ridiculously long and therefore not one I take with me on a night out, the extra length is due to a lipstick brush being attached to the other end of the pencil. This, for me, is a useless addition as I don't use lip brushes at all so I'd prefer it if Guerlain would sell the range in a shorter version minus the brush. The brush isn't bad, the bristles are a bit stiff to get a smooth colour unless you're prepared to spend time applying and blotting coat after coat - mind you, I've never used the brushes enough to break this stiffness in so maybe in time it would settle down a bit. Personally I haven't the time for faffing around with brushes when a good quality lipstick can be applied directly from the tube in seconds!
These pencils last forever, I'd estimate I get at least twelve months of active use out of each one - which compared to a recent Rimmel purchase is fab as that one needed sharpening so regularly it just about lasted for two months before becoming too small to use. This is another reason why I don't mind paying the price for these Guerlain pencils; they are a dream to use, look excellent once applied and last well.
I'm not actually sure if I'm writing this in the right place. The product title says lipstick pencil but as far as I know Guerlain don't make a lipstick in pencil form so I'm guessing it's probably just lip pencil?
Anyway this is a review on the lip pencils or lip liners from the brand, in particular the shade Cupidon 00. Cupidon is a pearly pink 1.2g pencil that's not exactly a pencil that you'd use to define or colour lips like you would like other pencils. It's a highlighter for your cupids bow (the little M on your top lip). It's designed to add subtle definition and apparently make lips appear fuller.
-Price and Availability-
I managed to pick one up in a sale from John Lewis about a year ago for around £10.00. The lip pencil range is normally on the expensive side and pencils are one thing that I don't normally spend a lot of cash on so the fact that it was reduced was one of the main factors in my decision to buy one. The other colours/shades in the range seem to be pretty easy to get hold of, I've seen most available at counters and there is usually a pretty good selection on most of the department store sites online but Cupidon seems to be a bit difficult to get hold of. I did an online search before I started writing and a couple of sites are selling them for well over £20.00. The cheapest place to buy from now is either eChemist.co.uk (£13.18) or John Lewis still stock them, they're now priced at £15.50 instead though.
-What is it for?-
As mentioned above it's a very pale, pearly pink pencil that's supposed to give lips extra volume, well make them appear as if they have more volume. I'm not sure how it does this exactly but I guess it works along the same sort of lines as contouring where darker and lighter colour powders or creams are used to add definition and highlight different areas of the face. For example a dark powder such as a bronzer can be applied and blended down both sides of the nose and a lighter colour or highlighter can be brushed over the bridge and down to the tip of the nose to make it appear smaller/thinner. It can also work on cheeks to slim the face and make cheekbones more defined. I've tried it with different products before and it works pretty well if done in a subtle way and blended well. What you're supposed to do with Cupidon is apply it along your cupids bow or M shape on your top lip after lipstick or gloss application and use the little brush on the other end of the pencil to blend it in.
-Does it work?-
Well I can definitely see a difference after using. I'm not talking about a drastic change but the pearly pink highlight that's left behind after using really does help to define lips and give them a little bit of extra oomph. The subtle sheen just finishes off whatever lip look you're wearing and just adds a little extra something. The pencil draws easily and is pretty soft and easy to blend and the brush that this comes with is the perfect size for getting into such a small area and working its magic with blending so you're not left with any obvious or harsh lines. The colour really is pretty, there's no shimmer or glitter in sight just lovely pink tinted glowy colour. I've actually found it works in other areas as well as lips, on the inner corners of eyes it works well as a highlighter that instantly makes you appear perkier if you're lacking in the sleep department.
Would I recommend it?
Well if I'm honest it's not something I find myself reaching for too often. I normally only use it if I'm really putting extra effort in to make up and really want to add a few extra or finishing touches. The pencil you get is huge and lasts ages because such a small amount is required with each use. I really can't see myself using the whole pencil anytime soon, it's a shame Guerlain decided to make it the same size as their others. I would have preferred a smaller pencil for less money.
I would recommend it if you've got something coming up like a wedding or another really special occasion as it's a lovely extra or if you can find one on sale but it's perhaps an unnecessary item to buy otherwise and probably something you wont use very often.
For perfect lip definition, for softening or enhancing lipstick, for perfect, longer-lasting lip makeup, Guerlain ; designed a retractable Lip Liner; that comes with a pencil sharpener and declined in 7 shades to match every lipstick! A soft, thin and precise line that defines and corrects the lip contour for a perfect finish and long-lasting hold.