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I discovered the NYX range of lip pencils after a friend gave me two when she was working in a local chemist which had just started to stock the range. This was six years ago now; previously I would use Max Factor or Clinique lip pencils, and while these two worked fabulously they were quite inflated in price and when not on special offer would cost more than my actual lipstick! My friend had been impressed with NYX pencils and chose Auburn for me as it's the shade which would best compliment my trademark red lippy, but has a vague enough colour that it would be entirely suitable for the entire spectrum of 'reds' which I regularly wear.
The NYX lip pencils come in two different length options, at the moment I'm using the 'super long' version but usually buy the standard length pencils and can confirm that the lip pencil is absolutely the same think regardless of which one you buy. It works out more cost effective to buy the long pencil as in the chemist where I purchase mine they're only 27p more expensive for roughly an extra three weeks of daily use compared to the shorter one; I won't be buying the long one again though as it's comedy-length really and I just couldn't get to grips with balancing it as I applied my make-up, I ended up sharpening the life out of it and wasting half of the pencil just to bring it down to a more manageable length!
Application is a dream thanks to the very creamy consistency of the pencil; the colour is soft and glides onto my lips, enabling me to follow my lip line accurately or emphasise the cupid's bow of my lips for added 'ooomph' on a night out. I always apply foundation to my lips and feel this helps in particular with this pencil as it works as a primer and allows the colour to transfer smoothly and evenly, this is important not only in terms of application but also improves the longevity of the colour on my lips. I'm always impressed by how long the colour lasts, outliving even my most robust lipsticks by hours - this has good and bad points; the good being that at reapplication time my lip pencil is already in place so a quick sweep of colour is all that's needed, the bad point being that after that one-too-many drinks you'll forget about your flagging lippy and spend time walking around with still-visible lip liner sans lipstick. Very American hooker, and definitely not the look I am ever aiming for! So the key to looking as fabulous at the end of the night as you did at the beginning is sobriety - yeah, right!
I love the bold line of colour which appears on my lips from the very first stroke of the pencil; the deep shade of my Auburn pencil accentuates and mistakes or wobbly lines so it's definitely only for days when I have a steady hand, although this is true of any deep/bright red and as this has been 'my colour' for twenty years I'm pretty much a dab hand at applying it without messing up too much! I know you're told to use only the sharpest point to line your lips, but I actually find I get a better finish when the pencil has gone blunt as it doesn't drag my skin to create telltale creases in the line which then have to be painstakingly filled in. When I'm defining or emphasising my lips I find a sharper point comes in useful as it allows me to be specific as to where I want the colour, when I'm bog standard following my natural lip line the sharpness of the pencil doesn't make any difference at all - another point to NYX as it means I don't need to sharpen it as often as pencils from other brands and therefore it lasts a hell of a lot longer!
The colour doesn't bleed into the skin around my lips and is also a fantastic barrier product against my actual lipstick sliding off my lip line a couple of hours after application; this is a problem when wearing reds of any shade (although obviously happens with other colours too) because it's such a harsh colour than any vague smudging or sliding will look horribly obvious and leave you looking like a ten year old has applied your lipstick.
The lid is the last point to mention, and it's superb. I've never had an NYX lip pencil lid crack or even come off in my make-up bag, which is more than can be said for a recent Benefit lip liner I splurged on - I actually think that pencil has an allergy to it's lid, that's the only thing I can think of to explain the fact that the tight fitting lid comes off within minutes every time I put it away! Not so with this uber cheap NYX pencil, it not only works but also keeps itself in tip-top condition thanks to an excellent design.
If you fancy trying this lip liner, and I really do recommend you do, you can find it in small independent chemists - I've yet to spot it in Boots, although a friend tells me she has bought it from there in the past. Ebay also stock a good range, although postage prices are slightly inflated across the board so I'd recommend you have a look around offline and use t'internet as a last resort. I pay £1.99 for my pencils which is incredibly cheap considering what a good job it does and how well this pencil suits my skin, there is a good selection of shades available to suit every skin tone and I honestly can't see why more women don't try NYX out as a replacement to lip pencils which are five times more expensive!
I have been looking for a plum coloured lip pencil or liner to use with several lipsticks that I have. I have bought a few to try and found that the colours were not quite right , being either too red or too purple. Whilst browsing for other cosmetics on Amazon, I came across the NYX brand lipliner, which offered a plum shade for just £2.95. [1g] I decided it was worth a trial at that price.
The lip pencil is the first NYX product that I have tried, although I have since purchased a few other items which I have yet to use. The brand is produced in Germany, but it is available all over the world. I have mainly seen it offered for sale online. According to NYX themselves, they are one of the fast selling brands in the world and have "a strong reputation for being a professional make up brand used by make up artists all over the world". I noticed that if you are a beauty student or professional make up artist, you can apply for a discount for products purchased direct from the brand's U.K website. This dooesn't apply to me but the products are still very reasonably priced.
The slim lip pencil is available in 30 shades, some of which have a name that doesn't make it clear what colour they actually are such as "Never" and "Y2K". As I don't trust online images to give a true representation of a colour, this could be a problem. I felt safe that "plum" wuld be a usable shade for me though. NYX also offer chubby style pencils and retractable liners, which cost slightly more so I decided to stick with the cheapest option until I knew I liked the colour.
The outer pencil is a simple black colour, with a protective lid. It doesn't come with a built in sharpener as some brands do, but I already have one so this wasn't a major problem. I was impressed with the colour once I had removed the lid as it revealed a pencil that finally matched my idea of plum. I wanted to use the pencil as a base for my lipstick to make it last longer, and also as an alternative to a lipstick in the first place. I tried it out for the second purpose first so I could get an idea of how long the colour would last on its own.
The pencil felt a bit less creamy than the pencil I last used, by MUA, but I think that second product is an especially gentle one. Nevertheless, the NYX pencil still felt soft enough on my lips and it didn't drag on the skin. It was easy to outline my mouth and then gently fill in the rest. I had recently exfoliated my lips, just before I used this the first time so it had a smooth base to go on to. This probably helped the even appearance of the colour, but in general I thought the level of pigmentation was excellent. One layer is definitely enough. To wear it on it's own, I added a clear gloss over the top because the liner has a matte appearance which isn't my prefered finish. When I wore it under lip stick, I didn't need the gloss.
I love the colour of this pencil. It looks sophisticated and smart, without being too dark against my pale skin. My lips have been getting dry recently, and I have had to use a balm more often than normal. I have sometimes found lip pencils to be drying, but thankfully this one wasn't. I could wear it all day without really feeling it was there. It didn't bleed colour, and best of all, while it did fade before the evening, it did so evenly without leaving an odd circle around the outside of your lips! When worn with just gloss, I was impressed to see the pencil was still in place after I had had a cup of coffee. The colour wasn't quite as strong but it was still there. A second cup of coffee didn't manage to finish it off either, but by the late afternoon, I needed to apply it again. Under lip stick it is more long lasting and helps to add an added depth of colour right through the day.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE PRODUCT?
I would, as the price is low, the pigmentation excellent, the finish smooth, and there is no flaking or bleeding of the colour. It sharpens well, and applies neatly. I would love it if it lasted all day on it's own, but at least it doesn't disappear after a coffee. The range of colours is large so I would recommend the brand as a good one to investigate if you are after something a bit more unusual, although you may have to rely on online pictures to make your choice. I prefer the soft creaminess of my previous MUA pencil, but NYX has the lead for longevity and eveness of fading. It also lasts better for me than Rimmel's1000 Kisses pencil. I have been encouraged to try other NYX products, including their chubby lip pencil which I will review when I have tried it a bit more to compare it with this cheaper one.
This product is not tested on animals.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]