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I have a few of these Maybelline lip express lip pencils. I had had them for a while before I actually started using them. They are meant to be both lipliner and lipstick all in one. The one I will review is called 'Rocket Ruby' and is a dark red colour. ~ Price and availability ~ These pencils have become quite difficult to get hold of as Maybelline have now discontinued them. They are available brand new on Amazon and ebay for around £4.00 in a variety of shades. ~ Design ~ The pencil is about one centimetre in diameter, which is quite thick for a lip pencil and I have to use a larger sharpener when this pencil needs to be sharpened. It is made from wood and has that wooden pencil smell to it. 'MAYBELLINE LIP EXPRESS' is written on the side of the pencil in large white lettering. Underneath in smaller letters are the words, 'LIPSTICK N' LINER IN ONE' and then under that is the name of the shade. The bottom inch of the pencil is the colour of the shade. A large clear plastic lid sits over the point of the pencil. This fits nicely and does not come loose or fall off, yet it is easy to remove. ~ Use ~ I find it easy to apply. As a liner, if it is not sharpened it draws a much thicker line around your lips, which I think looks a bit silly on it's own, but if you are going to use it as a lipstick and colour all of your lips then this does not matter. You definitely need a sharp point to apply it just as a lipliner. The colour appears bright red on my lips which is rather contrasting against my pale complexion. While I would never describe it as moisturising, it does not look too dry. It does not feel wet, but it makes your lips feel a little bit sticky. For the purposes of this review I tried to smudge this lip liner/stick and it does smudge very easily and it completely wiped off the area that I touched. Instead of reapplying it, I fixed this by simply rubbing my lips together and again they looked like they had an even coverage and it was easy to remove from my skin as well just using a wipe. I have found it to be quite long lasting, but it does not last when you are eating and drinking and needs to be topped up or reapplied after a while. It does not smudge when eating and drinking. I have found it just wears off unevenly. ~ Overall ~ Overall I do like this lipliner and lipstick pencil. I like the idea of it and it looks very effective on your lips. It is not drying and I have found it to be long lasting. It does smudge rather easily, which is not much good for a lipliner. Not many of my other lipliners smudge easily so it is probably worth using this as a lipstick and lining your lips with something that stays put.
Express is the right word to describe this lipstick. It looked more like a wide pencilled lipliner to me when I saw it first on the department store shelves. Later I realized that this was a regular lipstick. It's nice and dry and won't smudge if applied in a proper way. You really don't need a lip liner to start with before applying this lipstick. it comes ina range of 10 different shades. Even other brands have introduced lipsticks like this express one in a stick and there is really nothing innovative or great in this Maybelline lip express. If you are a big fan of Maybelline, you might as well add this to your showcase of other Maybelline cosmetics. As for me, I just wanted to give it a try. You will have to apply a primer before setting this lipstick on your lips and a lip gloss after if you want a certain sheen to your lips otherwise this lipstick can seem too dry and packed up on your lips. This comes in a nice pencil like casing that's very convenient to carry. Not bad for a pound.
I don't tend to buy lipstick anymore; I hate lipliner, and the lipstick gets wiped off on a tissue, glass, cup or it smears on my boyfriend's face. I'm trying to give it up. The only thing I found that didn't do the above was Colourings all in one in a stick; you could use it as eyeshadow, blusher of lipstick...I was just a bit disappointed with the choice of colours. I bought Lip Express and received a free gift; I was impressed. Also, there was about 10 colours to choose from. That was 18 months ago and I've barely used any although i've worn it loads. It doesn't wear or smudge or come off and feels nice and dry on. So try it; you might like it as much as me.
In theory, Maybelline Lip Express is a great idea, in practice, I'm not convinced. A Lipstick N' Liner in one! It's been done many times before, by many beauty product Houses, and I've bought them many times before, and always been slightly disappointed. Something has to give if two products are combined. I get the effect claimed by Maybelline in my own way. I use my usual lipliner pencil to outline and fill in. This way I don't get that dreadful pencilled look round my lips, but one overall colour. I then slick my lips with a gloss/shine/moisturising lipstick in the same shade, and voila,a mouth that will stay on through coffee, wine, and lip contact with pretty well anything. Maybelline Lip Express is a chunky pencil. The problem is the lipstick/liner pencil has to be soft enough to apply as a lipstick as well as a liner. A liner has to be sharp to define the mouth and to maintain this, it needs sharpening every time it's used, and that makes the pencil disappear at an alarming rate into the bin! The plus side is the range of colours, and the creamy texture as a lipstick. I bought Coffee Run/Cafe Marathon. It can be quite difficult getting a good brown shade without it being too pale, too orange, too blacky-brown. This was perfect for me. It stays on very well and hasn't dried my lips. I like the product and would probably buy it again, but I'm not in any great rush.I shall stick to my lipliner and lippy in seperate applicators.
Another impulse buy, this - what is it with me and lipsticks? I cannot pass a counter without trying all the latest colours, and inevitably buying one that's practically the twin of one I already have at home... Oh well, at least they're not too expensive, so my bank manager hasn't come chasing me just yet. I have a love/hate relationship with this product - it's basically a lipstick and lipliner in one chunky pencil (hence the 'express'). I've never really bothered with lipliners, so this wasn't my reason for buying it, I just loved the colour (I chose 'Berry Quick'). I was quite impressed, upon the first application, to find you could, indeed line your lips and then fill them in - the pencil tip is just the right size for this. The lipstick itself went on well, quite creamy but not too glossy and sliding all over the place like an oilslick. I would say this is the closest colour I've found to my 'ideal' in quite a long time. I have many different berry coloured lipsticks, but they often turn out to be too pink or purple for my liking. The second time I used this, though (today, in fact) I found the pencil had smudged too much to be used as a lipliner. It has worn down so quickly it looks like I've had this lipstick for several weeks rather than 24 hours. I will definitely have to sharpen it again the next time I use it. The colour didn't stay on all that well, either - it certainly didn't come straight off but you may have to reapply it several times throughout the day. I can't see this lasting long, the way it's wearing down so quickly, and I'm not sure I'd buy another to replace it. I *do* love the colour, but maybe I'll just have to search elsewhere on my quest for The Perfect Lipstick For Me... ***Update*** This lip pencil has already worn down loads - basically, each time I use it, I have to resharpen it immediately to use next time. There really isn't any definition to it anymore so it couldn't be used as a lipliner. For those that like to use a liner, you would be better off sticking to those you've tried and trusted... this is okay as a lipstick but nothing else. Still like the colour, though!