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~An almost marvelous lip pencil!~
Soap & Glory offer a range of pink and girly retro themed products for hair, body, hand and face care, some of which I regularly buy and use. I bought several Soap & Glory lip care gift packs a while ago that contained a Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, a cute little Soap & Glory fabric covered handbag mirror and a handy Marvelips lip pencil. My gift sets cost me £2 each which was a real bonus as the RRP of the products I bought was much more than that. So far I have only managed to use one of the Marvelips pencils from the sets I bought, with the other 2 being stashed away ready for future use. I have found that this chunky little lip pencil lasts fairly well, with regular usage in my experience, although it does require sharpening more often than a regular lip pencil which is a slight downside in the value for money stakes.
As the Marvelips lip pencils I have came packed into gift sets I cannot really say anything much about the usual product box that Marvelips comes in, other than to say that I have seen it on in store displays and would say that it looks to be of the same quality as other product boxes in the same range that I have had experience of. In other words it is made from a light weight card type material, has a few tongue in cheek instructions for use on the outside of the box and makes use of the bold pink and black colour scheme that Soap & Glory are known for.
The lip pencil itself is rather chunky and over sized in my opinion, with it requiring me to use a large sized pencil sharpener in order to keep the tip of both the liner and highlighter ends of the Marvelips pencil nice and pointy and ready for use. The applicator tip of the base colour does need to be a little shaper than the highlighter tip in my experience, so that you can get a neat edge to the outer area of the lips when using Marvelips. This lip pencil is a little over twice the width of a normal lip liner pencil, which means that the working tip of the pencil is quite wide and chunky compared to that of slimmer looking lip liner products I have used. I feel that the chunky size of the Marvelips pencil is not too bulky and hard to handle, as it is quite light weight and easy to manipulate as required, once you get used to handling and working with it.
In use I have found that the pencil tip at the darker coloured end of the pencil is used up less quickly than the lighter white liner pencil tip. This seems to be due to the fact that the tinted end of the pencil is not quite as soft in texture as the highlighter end, which has a very soft and easy to smudge in and blend type of texture. I feel that the wider almost crayon like style of the pencil has allowed the working tips of the lip colour and highlighter to be of a softer more workable nature than a standard lip liner product would be. I have found that the bold coloured end of the pencil can be applied direct to the lips using the Marvelips pencil, but can also be easily blended once in place with a finger tip or make up applicator brush if wanted.
The coloured effect is really rather strong and bold in my experience, giving a full on bold look to the lips that does manage to make them look a little fuller once the highlighter pencil is used over the top. I actually applied some of this product before writing this review as I wanted to be able to give my true opinion of it, so I am wearing Marvelips as I type this. The name of the colour that this product comes in is As Good As Nude, which might lead you to think that the base colour is very light and subtle. I can honestly say that this name is a slight misnomer as the colour looks really bold when applied to the lips, unless I apply the colour so very lightly that it is barely there which can look less than ideal in my experience.
I find that it can be rather difficult to apply this lip colour directly from the pencil in a way that looks really soft and light once on the lips, as even a little pressure on the Marvelips pencil ensures that the colour coverage given is strong and bold. In my experience the best way to get a lighter coloured and less claggy effect is to use a lip brush rather than the pencil tip and then simply brush some of the product onto the lips to give a softer look. In my opinion the lip colour has a soft textured reddish brown, toned down warm dark off red brick colour to it that may flatter some people more than others. If I apply the colour generously it looks like I am wearing a bold autumnal shade if I wear this lip product without the highlighter over the top. Whilst I like this look I feel it is very bold and doesn't suit every mood, or every make up look in my opinion.
~The Marvelips effect!~
I would say that as this is lip colour has an autumn brown, red brick tint to it, it can and does make less than white teeth appear duller and yellower than usual, which is not very attractive to look at. I must admit that I would avoid wearing this lip colour without the pearly white highlighter if I thought my teeth looked this way when wearing the product. My teeth are very white being shade B1, the lightest natural unbleached looking shade on the tooth colour scale used by dentists and I would say that the colour of this pencil is only just not too brown looking for me when used on its own. The average tooth colour for the UK is A3 which is 8 shades darker than B1. I know that if my teeth were much darker than this to start with, before applying the coloured end of the Marvelips pencil, the effect would not be overly nice due to the brown/ brick over tones.
There is a solution to this issue which Soap & Glory have thought of thank goodness, as the other end of the Marvelips pencil has a nice bright white coloured tip that has a soft feel and a lovely pearly sheen to the highlighter effect. Adding some of the highlighter pencil instantly brightens and enhances the look of Marvelips in my experience and also ensures that teeth look pearly white at the same time. The softer texture of the white coloured end of the pencil makes it really easy to apply some of the highlighter to the lips once I have applied the base colour and allowed it to set fully. I find that it is easy to apply the highlighter colour with a slim lip brush, but it is equally easy to do so with a finger tip if wanted. The idea of the highlighter pencil is that you apply the product only to areas of the lips that will look fuller and poutier once the two products have been lightly blended and in my experience this does work reasonably well.
I like the way that a tiny amount of pearly white highlighter can work its magic when placed over the top of the bold looking base colour of the Marvelips pencil. I find that just a very subtle amount of highlighter looks really effective and does make my lips appear a little fuller. I would say that once the two products are applied to the lips the over all effect is reasonably good, although in my experience the staying power once on the lips is not as good as it might be as the base colour can and does smudge and feather quite quickly if I drink from a cup or glass when wearing Marvelips. Over time the base colour can end up on your teeth too, as the texture of the lip colour is so very soft that it only has to touch the teeth briefly at times for it to be transferred to them.
In my experience there is very little that can be done to avoid this happening at times, which is a little annoying as I find that I have to check the effect more often than I might when wearing other lip products. I also find that the Marvelips colour can feel a little heavy and claggy after a few hours wear time, which means that I want to apply everything from scratch again rather than simply topping up the lip colour (which is wasteful). Whilst the soft feel of the lip colour is a little moisturising when freshly applied it can and does dry up quite soon, which I find can make the lips feel dry and claggy at times. I have tried to combat this by adding a very light coat of clear lip gloss over the top of the Marvelips layer, although this does some times cause the Marvelips colour to run and feather even more than usual, which is rather a shame. I would say that blotting the Marvelips layer before applying a very light layer of clear gloss does work a little better, as the colour stays in place for a little longer, although this makes lips drier than they should be from the very beginning of wear time.
~Product design/ ease of use~
The simple black coloured main body of the Marvelips pencil is sleek ish and subtle in my opinion, although this can make the pencil hard to locate on an over filled dark coloured make up bag. The Marvelips product name is printed onto the black coloured body of the lip pencil, in a freestyle bold type face with clean white outlines that makes it stand out against the black background. The pencil has two working ends to it and both have nice thick clear plastic lids fitted over the applicator tips that have a degree of flex to them. This slightly flexible effect ensures that the lids don't crack or shatter when repeatedly being taken off and put back onto the lip pencil body. I like the fact that the lids are see through, as I don't have any problems working out which end of the pencil has the highlighter colour and which end has the bold base colour. The wider applicator tips require more sharpening than one would normally expect from a lip pencil, which can mean that more of the product is wasted as it is sharpened away.
The usual price of a Marvelips pencil is around £8 for 4.53gms. This seems expensive for a lip product that only lasts an hour or two before it begins to feather and smudge. I have found that a single Marvelips pencil can last a little longer if sharpened with care. I find that I don't need much base colour or highlighter at all in order to get a reasonable effect when using this product, although the effect is very short lived. Soap & Glory say that you should try to apply the highlighter colour to your "cupid's bow and blend into your upper lip to highlight and define", or alternatively "blend the highlighter into the centre of your bottom lip to create a fuller, shinier illusion". I tend to opt for the second of the two options but still apply a smidgen of highlighter to the centre of my top lip if I feel it requires a boost, which does give a reasonably nice, if short lived effect in my opinion.
My rating for Marvelips is 3 stars as whilst I do like the product in some ways, I would have liked it more had the bold base colour been able to fix itself to the lips for longer without smudging and feathering. I find that the colour can easily transfer to a cup or glass and can smudge over the course of just an hour or two, which gives a less than satisfactory look after a just few hours of wear. I do still wear this lip colour and highlighter combo, although I am aware of its limitations and would advise that the product works best for shorter periods. I feel there is some room for improvement with this product and look forwards to seeing where Soap & Glory take its design, colour and functionality in the future.
Soap and Glory promise that with use of this product you shall have "Marvelips!" - super sized and sexy lips, just from the use of a double ended lip crayon. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, yes, and no.
I bought this skeptically and with complete curiosity to be honest. I had heard about it, both good and bad, and was tempted into trying this little 'wonder' out for myself. On arrival I was pleased with how the product looked; the usual retro packet and the pencil itself is nice and chunky; easy to hold and apply.
Actual application is very easy. There are simple instructions on the reverse of the box which in 2 steps show you how to apply the crayon with full effect.
The colour end of the crayon is very soft, and makes it simple to fill and reshape the lips as directed. The 'nearly nude' colour is very beautiful. It is a subtle brownish colour. It makes the lips look very attractive, and is clear there is something there. It is a colour which, I feel, could go with anything. Neutral.
Applying the highlight gloss on the other end of the crayon is just as simple. A few smudges on the top lip as directed, and that is all you need. Little product used, with to be honest, quite an impressive effect!
After using both ends, I looked in the mirror and was pleasantly surprised! The illusion created by the highlighter seems to indeed work, and my lips looked fuller. With thanks to the colour end which I filled and reshaped with, my lips also looked healthier. It was not, however, a miracle. Although there was definitely a fuller look, I would not call it 'super-sized' and this is where Soap and Glory let us down a little I feel. I kind of hoped (as skeptical as I was) that when I used this I really would look like I had super-sized my lips and they would be more plumped as suggested by the packaging. So although happy with the overall look, I did feel as well a little disappointed.
I also felt that after wearing this for a while my lips were a little dry, as though the hydration had been sucked out. With daily long wear of this product, I can imagine that it may create a requirement for a more regular use of a balm.
Without hesitation I would recommend this product though, but, maybe look for it at a lower price. I actually bought mine new from Ebay for £3 (an unwanted Christmas gift) and I feel that was indeed a bargain and a very low price, but I wouldn't pay more than maybe £5/£6. In the shops at full price this is £8. Far too expensive in my opinion as it does not quite live up to the high expectations it creates for itself. It is with these reasons, and the dry feeling after use, that I take some stars away with my review.
I am a big fan of Soap & Glory products and will openly admit that I have not always been happy with every one of their products, yet it remains a brand that I shall return to again and again. Just recently, they have expanded their range in my local Boots to include make up products and one of their first products I tried was this Marvelips lip pencil- though this was also purchasable before the make up line was released!
~~What is it?~~
This is Soap & Glory's answer to a lip pencil. It it a rather large, double ended lip pencil which reminds me somewhat of a childs crayon. It has one end which is the actual lip pencil for lining the lips and the other is for highlighting the lips in the middle, or around the edge in order to make them look more 'full'.
It claims to have an instant effect for 'super sizing' the lips, while keeping them soft and the feel of them being hydrated at the same time.
~~Price and Availability~~
This product costs £8.00, which is slighty more than I would normally spend on a lip liner, however it is a double ended one and I guess you are paying somewhat for the retro style packaging and the brand. Nonetheless, due to it being a Soap & Glory product it is often on offer for 3 for 2, making it a littler cheaper.
It is purchasable in Boots and their online store. Soap & Glory products are fairly exclusive to Boots, however can also sometimes be found on the likes of ASOS, also eBay and Amazon. I have only ever seen this inone colour which is a reddy colour, however, on the Boots website they also have one called 'As Good as Nude' which may be a variation in colour.
It comes in the usual Retro packaging to be expected with Soap & Glory with pink being one of the main colours. It is in cardboard packaging and on the back their are some tips/ instructions on how to get the best out of the product.
~~Applying the product~~
To apply the product I started with the 'colour' end which was a dull reddy tone with some slight orange/ coral pigmentation to it. I lined the outside of my lips and was really pleasantly surprised at the texture of the lip pencil, due to the fact it didn't really feel like I was applying a lip pencil. It was incredibly creamy and seemed to glide seamlessly along my lip line, the texture was similar to a soft lipstick to that of a lip pencil.
I then began to apply the colour/ blend in the colour all over my lips and the lip pencil still felt just as moisturusing. I really liked the colour when I blended it in, rather than applying it as a block colour as this way I had a very soft looking, almost natural deep red on my lips, with an ever so slightly darker line around my lips.
The other end was a slightly glittery/ sparkly white/ cream colour which almost had an irridescent tone to it. I applied this to my inner lip (middle) in order to highlight them and make them look fuller here. To begin with I wasn't sure on what this colour would look like, though I was pleasantly surprised. It was nowhere near as 'white' as what it looked on the pencil and began to blend in with the red already applied. It had the same creamy/ moisturising texture as the other end of the pencil. I also applied this end on the outside of the lip line in order to make the lips look cleaner and again make them look fuller.
The thing I did find, was that when applying the red colour as a lip line, this did have to be sharperned in order to achieve a clean line around the lips. This is due to is being quite a chubby lip liner, that when the nib has worn down a bit you are left with a rather large, circular nib to line the lips with, which does not create a clean look and it quite hard to apply precisley.
The results I was fairly happy with; I was happy due to the fact that it did give the appearance of fuller lips and was a lovely colour, however it did not seem to have any staying power and did feather fairly quickly.
I really loved the colour, it was a natural, deep red and was a colour that I think would suit almost every skin tone, whether you have pale or darker skin. The red lip line colour in contrast with the white colour really gave the appearance of fuller lips. The white-ish colour also had a slightly glossy sheen to it, which again added more depth to the middle of the lips, making them look fuller.
I think that in comparison to the average lip liner I have used, then this one definitley made my lips look much fuller than wearing them and did it in a natural way. My lips also felt really soft and moisturised whilst wearing this lip liner due to the creamy consistency of it.
The only thing that I really did not like about this lip liner is that the staying power was incredibly poor. It seemed to only last an hour before it began to fade and the actual line that lined my lips began to smudge into my make up and just generally looked really awful.
I have tried using this with lipcote and when used in conjuction with this, I was really pleased with the results. As I loved the look of the lip liner and with this it also had staying power. The only thing I find with this though is that it does dry the lips and in such you lose the creamy texture of the lip liner.
I also found that due to the thick, creamy consistency of the lip liner that it did begin to feel a little heavy on the lips and was nowhere near as light as just wearing a lipgloss, or even that of a lipstick.
-Lovely colour, which will suit most skin tones
-The contrast of the red and the white-ish colour really gave the impression of fuller lips
-Really creamy/ moistursing texture
-Colours work well together
-Product is often on offer
-Does not last long and begins to smudge
-Is quite expensive for a lip liner
-Some may not like the gloss like finish of the white-ish colour
I did really like this product as it did give the appearance of fuller looking lips with minimal effort, whilst still being moisturising on the lips. The contrast of the colours did work really well together in order to create fuller lips, whilst the red colour also did well to define my outer lips, again adding to the plumpness of the. I actually really liked the fact that the white colour had a slightly irridescent/ gloss tone to it as it added more depth to the colour of my lips and also added to the fullness of them.
The fact that is was heavy on the lips, smudge and faded really quickly meant that in effect it turned out to be fairly poor product. As I have said, when used in conjuction with lipcote, or the likes of, the staying power definitley does improve and in such I really like the product again, yet this was extremely drying on the lips, hence using the creamy texture which was what I loved about this lip liner in the first place.
Due to the fact that this product has almost no staying power, I can only award this product 3 products because as much as I loved the plumpness it gave my lips, the fact that this only lasted a short while dramatically differs the quality of the product.
I don't like how thin my lips can look, especially when I smile. I've tried lots of lip plumping products and even though some of them work really well, I don't like the burning sensation that they give or the taste that they can leave behind. I love Soap & Glory but I am still a newcomer to the cosmetic range. Nevertheless when I saw the rather interesting Marvelips I thought it would be worth a try.
What does the product do?
The product is described as being an instant super sizing colour and plumping product for the lips. It is a double ended pencil which Soap & Glory claims will leave you with fuller and curvier lips without any collagen injections.
How do you use the product?
The box comes with instructions on how you use this product. You are instructed to draw around the lips with the pink side in order to give shape to the lips and then you are told to fill in the colour with the same pencil. The white side of the pencil is to smudge on some colour on to the centre of the top lip so that it can work as a highlighter and therefore make your lips look more voluptuous.
Packaging and Price
The product comes enclosed within the usual retro packaging and the box has extra information about the product given in its tongue in cheek lingo. The actual pencil is black with Marvelips written on it in white writing. The two side of the pencil are covered with a clear cap. The one side is a pinky colour and the other is a white colour which lips shimmery on the pencil but not on the lips.
The product is half the price of what a similar product from Benefit would be but I'm not sure that Soap & Glory have warranted this price tag yet in its cosmetic range. It cost me around £8 for my pencil which is pretty hefty in my opinion. It can be bought from Boots or a range of online websites, including of course the Soap & Glory website.
The product is pretty straight forward to use but my immediate problem was that your lips need to be in a good condition before applying this product as it shows up any dryness. A good lip balm rectified the situation for me. The product is quite creamy and it does glide onto the lips effortlessly so you don't need to worry about pulling or dragging the delicate skin on your lips. Your hand can get a little shaky when drawing around your lips but I've found that if I rest my elbow on a table then it is much easier.
As far as I'm aware, this product only comes in the one shade. It seemed quite a dark shade to me and as I'm not one to wear lip stick much, I was a little bit wary. I needn't have worried though because once the colour is on the lips, it becomes quite a neutral shade and becomes an enhancement on your natural colour. It's fairly sheer so it's not too in your face, making it perfect for both day wear but may leave you wanting a little bit more in the night time. One option would be to apply this over the top of your normal lip product.
The white side of this pencil looks quite shimmery on the pencil but this doesn't translate to the lips so you won't have to worry about looking like a disco ball. It is quite moisturising so I don't find that it dries my lips out as the day goes on. It makes you lips look healthier and fuller and slightly more plumped up. The product has quite a glossy finish so it might not be up your street if you prefer things that are matte.
The only downside that I would say that this product has, other than the price tag, is its staying power. It doesn't tend to stay on for more than a few hours. If I am eating or drinking, then it can stay on for even less time which is pity as it looks really pretty when it's on.
All in all, this is a good product that makes your lips look fuller and healthier. It would be better if it stayed around for longer, came in different shades and had a cheaper price tag which is why it has lost some stars in my opinion. But in terms of appearance, application and ease of use, I really like this product.
I'm a massive fan of the brand Soap & Glory. Started in 2006 with the aim of helping women pamper themselves without 'spending an arm and a leg just to moisturise one', the retro pink and black & white bottles and packages are a familiar fixture on the shelves of Boots and Harvey Nichols. They're also available online from retailers like ASOS. The stated aim may not be completely accurate, as the products are often more expensive than brands like Dove or Radox, but most of them are high quality. Just after Christmas, a limited edition set of 10 discontinued or renamed Soap & Glory products was advertised on Boots for under £30. Being a huge fan, I of course picked one of these up!
One of the products included in the set was Marvelips. This product comes in a box stating that it is an "Instant Effect Lip Super Sizing Colour, Shine and Shaping Crayon". Instructions state that you should use the colour end of the crayon to fill and reshape the lips, then build a few smudges of the highlight gloss in the centre top of the lip "until your lips look full and fabulous". Once out of the box, the product resembles a particularly thick lip pencil with one browny-peach side and one white side, marked by a brown cap and a white cap respectively. The writing on the side of the black pencil simply states "Marvelips!"
The product smells like a cross between a proper pencil crayon and chocolate, which is odd but not unpleasant. To apply, you use the colour end of the crayon first. I always exfoliate my lips and then apply lip balm before doing this. I'm not really sure how you would reshape your lips using this. I just rub it gently over my lips until they are covered. I then use the other end to smudge a few bits of the highlight gloss on my top lip.
I'm not really keen on the colour of this product. The brown shade reminds me of a brown lipstick I was obsessed with when I was thirteen and which made me look awful! In fairness it isn't that bad and would probably suit some people very well. Also, my lips do look fuller after using this, which is good as I naturally have quite thin lips. This is also impressive as dark lip colour can make lips look smaller.
My lips do feel soft after using this product, but they feel sort of claggy and I can definitely tell there is a product on them. The highlight gloss end also gets covered in the brown which isn't good. The product as a whole is very soft so it wears down quickly. It also needs to be sharpened which wears it down further. It isn't going to last ages, but since I'm not keen on it this doesn't really bother me! On my lips, the product lasts one to two hours which is okay but isn't great. It does tend to transfer to cups and things when I'm drinking!
Overall, this is an okay product but probably not one I'd purchase again. I'd rather buy a proper lipstick to be quite honest. It seems a bit gimmicky and at just under £9 it's very expensive for what it is. What's more, the lid at each end doesn't stay on too well so I'm scared to carry it around in my bag in case I get brown all over the place!
As a Soap and Glory addict I was excited when I spotted the Boots bundle where you got £80 worth of Soap and Glory products for only £35. Normally it retails for £8.43 (available at Boots, Harvey Nicholls and online) so it's a similar price to a lipstick although obviously better value if you can get one of these bundles or take advantage of one of Boots' frequent 3 for 2 offers on the brand.
The packaging is the usual pink retro style that you would expect from Soap and Glory and the product can be seen through a cut out section. I thought the outer box seemed a little excessive when compared to the size of the product itself and perhaps less card could have been used.
Marvelips itself is a two ended lip pencil. It is quite chunky and feels comfortable to hold. The two ends are a pink base coat and a shimmery white highlight. The packaging instructs you to use the pink end to outline and then fill in your lips, reshaping as desired, and then use the highlighter end on the centre top to add fullness.
I find that the pink colour goes on very smoothly and easily. The crayon design makes it easy to control and I found I could add a little more shape to my lips without it looking unnatural. The highlighter however was harder to use and I found had no real effect on the look of my lips. Instead of adding highlights, it seemed to just pick up some of the pink colour meaning that I had to clean it after every use. The overall effect was good, and I felt did make my lips looking fuller without having to resort to uncomfortable lip plumping products although this was more down to a little reshaping of them than the highlighter end as the package suggested.
The lipstick has a light creamy chocolate scent that is very much like cocoa butter and did taste a little of this too. I prefered this to the usual lipstick taste/scent of many products. It was fairly durable, only needing a little touch up after eating, and the crayon design made this very easy to do without overapplying to other areas of the lips. The main downside of this is that it only comes in one shade. The pink is a nice natural looking pink and very wearable for most women, however I would have liked some bolder shades too.
I got brought a far amount of Soap & Glory products for Christmas and have only recently started using them properly. The Marvelips stick usually retails for around £8.50 in Boots but at the moment it is reduced to £5.62 and is regularly on 3 for 2. The £8.50 price tag is quite expensive for the actual product that you get.
Marvelips is a dual ended crayon that claims to shape, moisturize, colour, shine and make your lips look fuller in an instant. It comes in the usual Soap & Glory style packaging which is a vintage retro looking cardboard packaging with a very chunky and simple looking crayon.
The instructions for the product are as follows - First fill and reshape with the colour end of the crayon then build a few smudges of the highlight gloss in the center top until your lips look full and fabulous (it even shows a cute little drawing of how too). I wouldn't recommend doing it this way myself as I found it didn't really work, as the highlight gloss kept getting covered in the colour and vice versa. I just colour in the whole lip and then dab the highlight gloss on then pat down on my lips. The gloss side is very very glossy and does add a nice sheen, it goes on smoothly just like the colour end. Even though it looks slightly glittery I don't think this comes out in the actual colour or highlighter which is a bonus for me. It feels very moisturizing and isn't drying at all. The colour itself doesn't drag on the lips and is nice and easy to apply. Its not sticky which annoys me with a lot of other glossy products.
Now the down sides I think that if your not careful and the outer line around the lip is darker than the middle it can verge on looking quite 80's which in my opinion never was a good look! I'm not convinced that it made my lips look any bigger and the staying power only lasts around an hour. I probably wouldn't buy this again but the novelty factor was fun at first, but definitely not something I would fork out nearly £9 a time for!