“ Brand: Topshop / Type: Lip Marker Pen / Suitable for: Lip „
When it comes to makeup, I am a self confessed addict. I used to spend a majority of my 'makeup fund' on eyeliner, however I have recently started to move more onto building up my lipstick collection, as I have way too many eyeliners - plus I think that i've pretty much grown out of the 'can't go out of the house without eyeliner' stage now! I usually buy my lipsticks from MAC, as they're by far my favourite brand, however Topshop not long ago brought out a makeup range and I was curious to try all of the items out. I was very impressed with their eyeliner and lipstick so when I saw that they'd brought out a lip stain I didn't hesitate to pick one up.
These lip markers are designed to look like a felt tip, they're designed like a pen with a felt tip nib, which although isn't excactly original it's quite cute and also very practical as it's easy and quick to use - great for sticking in my hand bag and topping up whenever I feel I need it. The packaging is adorable; the pen casing is white with 'Lip Marker' written on the side in Topshop's usual font. The lid is the type that just pulls off and it's got numerous grey lines on it which I personally think is adorable. Once the lid is pulled off, the nib of the pen is exposed. This is a good size and it's slightly rounded at the end and it is just like a felt tip. The nib is well attatched to the pen meaning even when pressing it hard onto my lips it doesn't squidge or feel flimsy.
I love the design of the product as it's so easy to use and it's small enough to fit into my makeup bag and take up minimal space; handy for when i'm going to be staying over somewhere and need more space for my foundation bottle or palettes. There are three shades of this lip marker available, meaning there is a shade to suit everyone! Although i'm pale, I love the red lip look and so I opted for berry, which is a gorgeous dark, vampy red. This is one of the more popular shades and it sells out ridiculously fast, meaning it's hard to get another - I wish i'd picked up more!! The 2 other shades are hot shot - which is a post box red type of shade and popsicle which is a bright barbie type pink.
Applying this is very easy, it takes two coats until my lips are bursting with colour and it looks amazing, it's very well pigmented and you can tell it's good quality. I'd say on average it lasts for 2 hours, and suprisingly enough it doesn't need topping up after snogging, eating or drinking. It doesn't come off on my lips on my boyfriends lips either which is a huge plus side; no more nagging from him about me messing his face up haha.
The formula is lightweight as well as smooth and it's not an issue in getting onto my lips; the nib doesn't drag at all. I like that (unlike so many other lip stains) it doesn't highlight any cracks in my lips and it doesn't dry them out. It certianly isn't moisturisng but it's not drying at all. It goes on matte and I often wear a clear lipgloss over it for an extra pouty finish. I sometimes use it as a lip liner aswell as the nib is so accurate but a majority of the time I use it as it's meant to be used and fill my lips in with it - quite fun as it's like colouring them in with a felt tip, haha. There is no smell to the lip stain and it has a very slight sweetness to it which although isn't horrible, isn't nice either.
Price wise, each lip stain is £8, which I think is a good price. It's a good quality product with decent longevity, however i'm sure alot of people may think £8 is a little over priced. I've had this lip marker since November, and the nib has not dried out at all. I would overall reccomend the Topshop lip stain and I give it 5/5 stars.
Along with Topshop's eye crayon that I reviewed last, I also bought Topshop's lip marker. I have noticed many brands have started to do these lip markers/pens recently and as I already owned MaxFactors' version, I was keen to try another one out in a different colour, as the only thing that disappointed me about that one was that the colour was very close to my natural lip colour.
I decided to try Topshops version after reading several good reviews on their other make-up products recently. There wasn't a description about the product itself on the shelf or on the lip marker itself, but after finding it on the Topshop website they state that this lip marker is a: 'Lip stain for long lasting lip colour in an easy to apply pen format for colour on the go! Apply directly to lips, outlining first and then filling in. Wear alone for a matte look or layer with a lip glaze for a high shine finish.' Lip glaze is their own lip gloss, but you could use any lip gloss over the top if you want to.
I had never actually thought of using this with a lip gloss until I read that, as I do think it would look nice with some added extra shine. The lip marker when used by itself doesn't leave your lips looking very shiny, but I wasn't expecting it to. I don't always want my lips to be very shiny and instead just a nice colour added to them, which this does. However, it is good to know that if you like the colour of the lip marker on your lips, then you could add some clear lip gloss over the top of it, keeping its colour but just adding some shine too.
This lip marker is available in a few shades including berry, which is a dark red colour, hot shot, a bright red/coral colour and popsicle, a bright pink colour which is the shade I bought. When first looking at it I did think it was very bright, but after my experience with MaxFactor's lip pen I was thinking it wouldn't look like that when on my lips, and I was right. It does make my lips bright pink, but not as bright as it looks on the pen.
It is very easy to apply and the brush is not too hard but not too soft either. It doesn't hurt your lips when 'colouring' them in. I have found that it takes about 2 coats over the lips to get the nice bright pink colour. I would not describe this as a lip stain like Topshop do though, as I think lipstains are those that really do stain your lips and after applying, you cannot remove until the next day. This however, doesn't last on stay on your lips for that long. I wear mine mostly for nights out and so I do take it out with me so I can reapply it, as after a few hours the bright pink colour is no longer really noticeable on my lips.
This lip marker is priced at £8 and available on the Topshop website or in some Topshop stores. Not all Topshop stores sell their make-up range though, as I know my nearest one doesn't. I have noticed their larger stores do though. I do like the colour of this one and I think the price is reasonable when compared to other brands.