Product Type: Max Factor makeup
Newest Review: ... packaging is quite a chunky black pen with the ends of it and the usual Max Factor cross in the shade of lip tint that you're buy... more
Actually quite a finite product!
Max Factor Lip Tint Pen
Member Name: deedee610
Max Factor Lip Tint Pen
Advantages: long lasting
Disadvantages: over-drying; pen runs out very quickly
COLOURS: 10 shades to choose from, such as Pink Petal; Mystical Mauve; Passion Red and Latte. A Nice 'n Nude is also coming soon.
WHAT IT DOES: Max Factor claims the pens deliver intense pigment with a lightweight feel. You get the colour of a traditional lippie but without any stickiness or opaqueness. Because the formula is water-based, it seeps into the upper layers of the lips. The theory is, it then stays put.
PACKAGING: The pens themselves are satisfyingly chunky and very pretty. The bulk of the pen's body is black, with gold writing and the Max Factor X in the same colour as the lipstick. The cap is transparent (like those lovely blocks you used to get as kid) and, again, the representative colour of the product, and there's also a little coloured rim at the bottom of the pen. It's a really attractive looking product.
HOW TO USE IT: If you were ever one of those kids who occasionally coloured in your lips with a felt tip pen, then you'll have a fair idea what it's like to use this product. When you remove the lid, you're faced with a long, thick-ish nib (it honestly is exactly the same as a felt tip pen!). The thin point is ideal for lining the lips and is a good (and longer-wearing) substitute for a lip pencil. Do bear in mind though, that if you have chosen one of the darker pens, this line is likely to remain long after your lipstick has rubbed off, so if a Coco-the-Clown outline isn't your thing, you'll either need to choose a lighter shade (if using as a lip liner) or opt to fill in your whole lip with the colour, then apply your lipstick on top. When applying, make sure your lips are TOTALLY dry. If they are moist in any way, the pen won't grip.
I normally choose to apply the stain to the whole lip (the colour I use is Marshmallow which is a nice, natural colour on my lips but still quite deep). You can layer this product, swiping it once over the lips, or passing it over a few times for a more intense colour. After I've used the pen, I then apply a lighter shade of lipstick over the top. This product really does last - even after hours (when I've been talking, eating and drinking), the colour remains on the lips. It is far more akin to a lip-stain than a lipstick. However, it's a very dry look and if you want any element of sheen or gloss, you'll still have to re-apply a lipstick or lip-gloss over the top throughout the day.
NIGGLES WITH THE PEN: When you initially apply the lip stain from the pen, it goes on feeling very cool and watery. It's not an unpleasant feeling but I have found, that with prolonged use, this product does nothing for the condition of your lips. It's okay for occasional wear but if you suffer from dry lips in any way, then it's probably not the product for you. Because it is a 'staining' product, if lips are chapped or dry, it can tend to hurt them - and it also shows up any dry patches. It will highlight any cracks and, unless you are blessed with smooth, ultra-hydrated lips, you are probably going to need to apply some form of balm or gloss over the stain.
The other niggle I have with this pen is that however dry you make sure your lips are when you apply it, the pen runs out very quickly. Just as a felt tip pen goes dry and stops working if it comes into contact with any moisture, the same is true here. Because of this, the pens never last very long. I like the idea of them, I like the longevity but some pens have all but run out after just five or so uses. I often wonder exactly how much product is in there - it's impossible to tell - and hwo much wastage is going on. Because of this, it makes them not very good value for money.
Finally, I would say be very careful what colour you choose. Even the lighter colours are quite deep and if you're out by even one shade, you really could end up looking more Pantomime Dame than Femme Fatale! So, as a word of advice, try to choose a tone that suits your own lip colouring and depth as closely as possible.
CONCLUSION: Good for the first couple of apps but very drying and the pen has a tendency to run out quickly.
Summary: Wow for the first few uses. Blah after that.