|MAC Sublime Culture Cremestick Lip Liner.|
It's a retractable pencil, which is nice - the tip does go back down again, and you don't need to sharpen it - you just twist up for more product. The product itself is creamier than I'd imagine some pencil products to be, though I've never tried any other lip liners, so, uh, take that with a grain of salt. It goes on smoothly enough, and doesn't drag like I thought it might. It's not as creamy as a lipstick, but the tiny tip does allow for more precision. However, I did find that if I wanted to fill in my lips (as I would to provide a base for an intense red lipstick, for example), I ran through the entire tip shown above, and then some. Maybe I just have fat lips? My concern, however, is that if I put this through daily use, it might not last very long. Can't say for sure, though, and let's be honest - I don't wear lip products that often. If you do, that might be something to consider, though I don't know what kind of alternatives there might be.
|My lips, filled in with MAC Sublime Culture. I love the peachy pink color - kind of a "my lips but better" shade. This was taken in direct sunlight.|
|MAC High Tea (lustre), layered over MAC Sublime Culture. Shot taken in direct sunlight.|
Since I originally bought this to see if it tidied up my darker shades, here it is again, swatched under Dior's Serum de Rouge in 850 Red Serum.
|Dior 850 Red Serum layered over MAC Sublime Culture.|
Anyway. Back to the lip liner. I do like it - it's a nice neutral color, and easy enough to apply. The retractable pencil is also great; I much prefer it to something I'd have to sharpen. I actually like the color of the pencil alone, also, so maybe I could just slick some lip balm over that and call it a day? I don't know. What are your cool, creative uses for lip liner? Do you have a favorite? Otherwise, I'd have to say, I'm not sure lip liner is entirely necessary. It does even out my lips and make more a more even application of lipstick, but I think I could live without it; that'd be one less step in my routine! The exception could be: wearing lip liner under matte lipstick. Is this necessary? I will have to see - NARS Mascate is coming in!
$14.50 for 0.009 oz at MAC counters, stores, or online.