I am pretty sure I got this lip liner free with a magazine several months ago. I don't really have that much experience with Model Co (although I have since tried a black eye-liner which is okay) and so I was keen to try this product and see what it is like. I work in an office and don't get much chance to keep my make up topped up. I sip tea constantly and talk a lot. So I really want my make up to last well with minimal effort on my part. Layering a lip liner underneath a lipstick (layer and blot, repeat as needed) is a great way to do this. So I was excited to give this one a go.
The top of the pencil is bright pink - normally I would assume this reflects the colour of the product, but in fact the actual lip liner is a muted pink-toned nude. Although this was a bit confusing (why wouldn't they just make the bobble on the top match the colour of the product?) I was actually pleased because this tone is perfect for pairing under a wider range of lipsticks than you'd be able to get away with if it was true to the pink on the top of the pencil.
The first thing that strikes me about this lip liner is that it is a dry and hard wooden liner. This makes it quite hard to get the product to actually transfer onto the lips. Once it's on, I do like the colour; it's not too grey that it makes you look dead, but also not so pink that it takes the focus from whatever product you team it with. But I have to really push it into my lips to get any colour pay off and because it is so dry it skips across the lips making it difficult to get a nice neat edge.
Also, because it's cold and we have the heating on my lips are really dry at the moment. This product accentuates that dryness and sits in the lines on my lips, clinging to any patches of dry skin - not a good look. I can combat this by topping with a gloss or a very moisturising lipstick, but you definitely wouldn't be able to wear this alone in pursuit of a matte lip look - it just looks too dry and I don't think it's a great look. Sometimes you can help dry products like this by applying a balm first, but I find when I do this the lip liner doesn't last as well.
Ultimately, this is a reasonable lip liner that does offer good staying power, but I would have liked something easier to apply which could also be worn alone.