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Lately I've started wearing more lipstick, which creates the issue of needing a lipliner so the lipstick doesn't run over the edges of my mouth. I've tried some good quality lipliners, but most of them, naturally, only match one or two lipsticks. I don't want to have to go and buy a lip liner every time I buy a new lipstick.
I was musing on this problem when I came across the Borderline Lip Pencil at the Too Faced counter in my local Boots. I was actually just looking for something else to buy so that I could get my 3 for 2 offer, and this caught my eye. Marketed as a smoothing, anti-feathering lip pencil designed to keep both lipstick and lip gloss from travelling beyond the lip's natural line, the product is a matte, colourless lip pencil. To use, simply apply just outside the natural lip line in the same way you would any other lip pencil.
The lip pencil comes in an eye-catching pink vintage-style box with a lovely pattern made to look like Victorian-style wallpaper, with a black 'curtain' pattern around the top. I do find the box slightly wasteful, but it does allow you to see more detail about the product and view the ingredients, which I won't list here for the sake of space. The product has been designed by Cree for Too Faced Cosmetics, a California company, and was made in Germany. The product bears the cruelty-free rabbit logo indicating that it has not been tested on animals, and the symbol on the box indicates that it will last for 24 months after opening.
Inside, the lip pencil is the same size and shape as any other lip pencil with a pink Victorian wallpaper-style pattern, the same as the box, and a black end and lid. The name of the product is printed in black. The pencil itself is a sort of opaque white colour. All you need to do in order to use it is to line just around the outline of your lips (don't line on your lips themselves or else your lipstick won't go right to the edges of your lips). It goes on invisible - you won't be able to see it at all. Then apply your lipstick as normal, whether this is with a lip brush or straight from the stick.
I find that this lip pencil does a really good job at keeping the lipstick from going off the edges of my mouth. To be fair I don't usually have a problem with lipstick bleeding, as, being young, I don't have lines around my mouth, but now I've started wearing stronger lip colours, it does sometimes happen that the colour ends up outside of my lips - which doesn't look good.
You won't get a firm defined line with this lip pencil, as you would with one which matches your lipstick, and you won't be able to go past the edges of your lips to line and make your lips look bigger (which isn't a great look anyway). Conversely, you won't ever be left with the situation where the lipstick has worn off your lips but the lip liner hasn't, which is a good thing as this looks dreadful!
The liner produces a very natural look, being invisible in itself - you could even use it with lip gloss to prevent the gloss becoming smeared over your mouth.
I find that the liner wears down fairly easily, and needs sharpening quite a bit - though to be fair you get the same effect using the pencil while it's blunt, as you can't see the line. This makes the liner seem quite expensive considering the price of £12.50. Still, think of the money you'll save not buying individual lip liners!
Overall I think this is a great product. As someone who has recently got into lipstick this product is ideal as a lip liner to suit any lip colour. I definitely recommend it and will certainly be repurchasing!