I'm a huge fan of Max Factor, finding the majority of their products reasonably priced and of sufficient quality to make me feel like I'm getting a bargain when I hit their stand in Boots. One item I really love of theirs is this lipliner; I'm not actually 100% convinced that the product name is Gold as this word isn't printed on my pencil, just Max Factor and the shade name (Rose), although the lip liner is indeed a beautiful gold colour!
The lipliner is one of the best, I didn't actually choose the Rose but I was looking for a shade which was less red than my usual choice and my daughter (who had a small stockpile) gave it to me assuring me it would be the perfect match to my dusky pink lipstick - she was totally right (well done Charlotte!) and this has quickly become my favourite lipliner when I am wearing my non-red lippy.
The pencil is incredibly soft and causes no dragging as I am outlining my lips; the creaminess is wonderfully pampering and allows me to follow my natural lip line perfectly, but also makes it a doddle to alter the shape of my lips and create different looks depending on the occasion. The colour literally glides on and provides me with a strong solid line which is extremely easy to fill in with my lipstick, whether I'm applying it directly from the barrel or using a lip brush. I've found the deep pink lipstick I favour is a good match for the Rose lipliner, but if I decide to use a lighter shade of lipstick I simply blur the inner line of lipliner with a cotton bud to allow the colours to blend better.
While wearing this lipliner I'm always impressed by how well it stops my lipstick bleeding into the skin around my mouth, it feels so incredibly lightweight that even though I know it works well I usually underestimate its abilities! It does a fabulous job though; the lipliner stays put and doesn't slide off my lips plus, as I have already mentioned, it works beautifully as a barrier to prevent my lipstick from going anywhere, ensuring my make-up looks fresh and neat regardless of how long it's been since I applied it. It doesn't have the best longevity and tends to wear off at roughly the same pace as my lipstick; this isn't really an issue for me as I tend to reapply my lipstick and lipliner together anyway, but could be a nuisance for those of you who like their liner to last and leave you with an 'already there' shape to follow for fast lipstick application.
Despite the creamy consistency of the pencil it doesn't wear down particularly quickly and I don't find myself having to sharpen it too regularly. I find it deposits tiny blobs of coloured pencil 'lead' on my lips sometimes, I've tried to suss out a pattern but there isn't one - it's not when the pencil is particularly hot nor cold, it just happens! The blobs are easily dealt with using a sharp pair of tweezers, but it's faffing and sometimes I just haven't got the time - occasionally this has decided me against using this lip pencil if I'm rushing as although these blobs don't always happen, when they do they can easily add five minutes or more to my make-up application.
I really rate this lipliner and will more than likely try out other shades in the range; while I appreciate the lack of longevity will be a bummer for some of you, if you don't really care about that with lipliner (like me) then I'm sure you'll be happy with it. Thumbs up for ease of application, lipliner is a hard art to learn and having the right pencil can mean the difference between a perfectly made up appearance and looking like your ten year old daughter applied your lippy - this fabulous Max Factor pencil ticks all the boxes for me and I'll happily pay my fiver again for a replacement.
I was looking for the perfect pink lip liner to match my favorite lipgloss, in an attempt to give my lips more shape and definition. I managed to do an internet search and pick up a max factor Gold (thats part of the brand name, not the colour) for £3 including postage in a beauty websites sale. It was much lower than the rrp, whcih just proves it is always worth shopping around.
The first thing I really noticed about this lip liner happens to be a downside, it was that the lid kept slipping on and off. No matter where you store it, (in your handbag, or in a make up box) this makes it a right pain as you can end up getting pencil on the inside of your bag or all over your other bits and pieces and this can be a nightmare to get clean-so Max Factor-a tighter more secure lid for next time please!
The colour of the lip liner, once forced onto my lips, was very true to the shade described and the coloured tip on the end of the pencil. This was a very good sign, I hate buying any make up which once applied doesn't look the colour you think it should.
The pencil was quite hard and had to be puched hard to transfer to the lips. It needed warming up gently to improve this, but it certainly isn't as moist and soft as the kohl equivalent for your eyes. Luckily I use quite a moisturising lip gloss which compensates for the harsh drying effects.
The lip liner needs reapplying once every three hours approx, which is not too much of a problem for me. If it didn't wear off in this time it would vastly outstay my lip gloss and I would look like I had clown lips!
For the price I paid this is an OK good lip liner. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to try it again next time, I'll do the round and see if I can improve on this one!
The pencil is simple in design and is gold in colour. The bottom of the pencil is the colour of the lip liner and along the sides is the name and brand of the product, contact information, the name of the colour and that it lasts 36 months. It also has a gold plastic lid to help protect the point.
I bought this product has I had noticed Max Factor was doing an offer, that if you spent £15.00 you got a free gift of makeup worth £22.00, this was back in the summer. So I was already getting the Max Factor Lipfinity and decided to get a pencil to help define my lips and help the lipfinity and other lip glosses stay on for longer.
I got the number 2 colour blush which is a nude pink colour. When I first used it I drew a little on my hand and noticed how soft the liner was and it had a nice colour to it. I then proceeded to line my lips to give a good definition; it went on to my lips very well and was a very close match to my lip colour. When putting it on I noticed I could still see the colour which enabled me to do a perfect line around my lips. When putting it on with the lipfinity I just line the lips but if I am putting it on with a gloss I cover my whole lips and put the gloss on over it. This tends to keep my gloss on just that little bit longer, maybe an hour or so. I know some people don't see the point of putting on a liner put it is worth the trouble.
This pencil is well recommended by me because of its silky, soft texture and the colours are great. The range comes in six colours from nude pink, browns and reds so there is a colour for everyone. Even though there are other lip liner's out there I find them to be quite sharp and don't go on as easily. The liner also lasts for a long time I have had it for around six months and have only had to sharpen it a couple of times. Also when you do sharpen the pencil I have noticed that the liner doesn't flake and keeps it shape well.
Price and Availability
Max Factor Gold Lipliner is available from most beauty stores and online and is priced from £4.50 onwards.
I have previously written this review on ciaon under the same username.
A few days before Xmas I was in Merry Hill buying my usual Max Factor foundation in Boots, the woman on the counter told me that if I spent £15.00 on Max Factor stuff I'd get a free giftset of their products worth £28.00. I didn't need anything else but my foundation was a tenner so it made sense to buy something to get the giftset, especially when I found out it contained a full size version of a mascara I've been meaning to try for a while.
I got this lip liner because I go through them fast and can never have too many!
I chose shade 16 which is called Rose and I'm mega glad I brought it because it's a gorgeous lip liner that I wouldn't have even noticed if it hadn't been for making up the money for the free giftset.
It's very creamy so applying this lip liner is mega easy, it glides on lovely so whether I'm lining my natural lip line or trying to create a bit more of a pout I always get the look I'm aiming for. Any mistakes are deffo down to my not very artistic nature and not the lip liner itself. It goes on so smooth that you only need to go over each line once because it deposits a good amount of colour with each stroke.
The shade is a bit deceiving because it looks a lot more red on the colour at the end of the pencil and the pencil itself is a lot deeper than the colour that eventually goes on your lips. This is a combo of bright and pale pink that looks wicked with certain colour lipsticks but deffo isn't the right colour to be wearing with my red lipstick. That's a shame because it was that lipstick I was hoping to use this lip liner with.
I have had to sharpen the pencil once and it sharpens good, you get a nice blunt point that makes the lip liner as good as when it was new. Thats worth mentioning because some lip liners sharpen to such a sharp point that it makes the pencil useless because the point keeps snapping off, this doesn't happen with this lip liner and I reckon it'll stay in good nick until it's all used up.
Draw Attention / Watch any make-up artist apply lipstick and youll notice they always start with a great lipliner to shape and define the lips / There really is no better way to get that precise look the professionals create in seconds / Luckily, this lipliner has the perfect texture for easy application- firm enough to quickly and neatly draw around your lips yet soft enough to be gentle on the surrounding skin.