First, a caveat: lip liner is one of two makeup items that I continue to utterly suck at, no matter how hard I try (the other, if you’re wondering, is false lashes). So be aware that what you’re about to see is a review by a complete lip liner amateur.
The shade here is called “Naked” and described by the Starlooks website as “one, brilliant shade of nude for all skin tones!” The color actually reads bright orangey-pink on my skin, however, so I couldn’t exactly call it a nude.
On my lips, it still looks a bit bright to be “nude”, but it’s not terrible. The formula goes on smoothly, though the pencil is quite soft, which made it harder to maneuver than I would have liked. I do really like the matte appearance of the liner itself; in another color I would consider wearing it alone.
Starlooks’s website recommends layering it under a matte lipstick for “an incredible 8 hour wear”, but a) I failed to read the directions beforehand and b) I don’t own any matte lipsticks with colors along these lines, so I tested Naked out with the closest lipstick I had to it in color, which happened to be New York Color Ultra-Moist Lipwear in “Ruby”.
As you can see, having Naked layered underneath completely changed the look of Ruby and removed some of the frostiness in the lipstick.
What about that 8-hour wear time? Well, here’s my lips after about an hour of not doing anything in particular:
Not looking so good for the lipstick; there’s a definite ring-around-the-lips forming. The liner seems to still be sticking around, though. Let’s try eating something and see what happens…
On the bright side, the lipstick on the lined side of my mouth is definitely sticking a bit better, but only to what’s left of the liner, which has retreated to about the outer third of my lips. We’ve also got some definite feathering at the corners of my mouth, though if you look a few photos up you’ll notice that my initial lipstick application wasn’t exactly neat in the corners to begin with, and feathering may be inevitable when you’ve got chapped mouth-corners like I currently do.
Might this pencil be of more use with a matte lipstick, as the product website recommends? I suppose it might be, though the fact that the liner itself had worn off most of my lips after a meal makes that seem unlikely. I may give it another try in the future with a matte color if I can dig one up.
Given that I don’t use lipliner to begin with, there was always going to be a high bar required of Naked to impress me. I was hoping to see some reason why adding liner to my routine would help, but the results here are lackluster. Wearing Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil didn’t keep my lipstick attached to my lips much better than lipstick alone, and it didn’t prevent my lipstick from feathering.
Would I buy this? Definitely not as a lip liner; it didn’t do either of the things a liner ought to. Possibly as a matte lipcolor, if it were available in other colors, but not at the price point it currently sits at. For nearly the same price as this gone-in-two-hours liner retails for ($14), I could buy a MAC lipstick (usually $16), which hangs around on my lips more or less until I purposely wipe it off.
What are your best lip liner tricks/brands? How does a good liner change the way your lipstick handles daily life?