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Budget lip liners that match luxe lippies

Budget Lip Liners that match Luxe Lippies

I’ve been drafting this post in my head for over a year now & even accumulated a few lip pencils in anticipation that they might be a good match for a potential lippie one day.  But it seems that it wasn’t until I acquired my new camera and wooden accessories that I finally got around to putting this post together.

The inspiration for this post came to me from the many times I’ve tried on a luxury lipstick brand on counter and was even prepared to purchase a matching lip pencil if they had one.  Instead I was suggested a completely different shade (eg. a MLBB lip pencil to go with a red lip pencil, or a rose pink pencil for a hot pink lippie and so on) in an effort to please me.  On such occasions, I immediately make a beeline for MAC and Bobbi Brown to search for a matching lip pencil, but I realise that not everyone is prepared to fork out thirty-ish dollars for it.  So I set myself a challenge of finding lip pencils from budget brands to match higher end lipsticks.

I happened to find matching lipsticks & lip pencils across 4 colour groups – red, nude, two pinks and wine.  I skipped orange as my Inglot coral lip pencil didn’t match any of my orange/coral lipsticks.

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The Lipsticks (L-R):

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet – L’Exuberante (pink)

Nars Pure Velvet Lipstick – Vesuvio (red)

Clinique Chubby Stick – Heaping Hazelnut (nude)*

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick – Nocturnal (wine)

Clinique Long Last Lipstick – Spanish Rose (pink)*

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The Lip Pencils (L-R):

Australis Lip Pencil – Kiss Me Quick (pink)

Revlon Colorstay Lipliner – Red (red)

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner – Natural (nude)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil – Wine (wine)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil – Indian Pink (pink)

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The reason I paired Clinique Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” with a warmer nude lip pencil is because I have a flushed lip tone.  You can of course opt for a lighter or warmer nude pencil depending on your lip tone.  I got so many compliments with this combination that one of my friends immediately purchased both items the same day she spotted me wearing this.

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Surprisingly there are not that many blue red lip liners out there from budget brands, and Revlon’s lip liner was the closest budget brand I could find.  Natio and Sax also do great red lip liners but they lean towards neutral red.

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Australis paired with Chanel? Who would have guessed!

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I wore this combo when I met Michelle Phan in Melbourne last year.  The wine lip pencil really vamps up the lipstick so you can dial it up or down to your taste.

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Clinique’s Spanish Rose is pigmented enough to be worn alone, but it also goes beautifully with Rimmel’s “Indian Pink” lip liner.

Other lip liner brands I love

  • Natio
  • Bourjois
  • Bobbi Brown
  • MAC
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • Lancome
  • Clinique
  • Burberry (on my wish list)
  • Serge Lutens (also on my wish list)

Hope you liked this post!

Products marked with an asterisk were provided for consideration.  All other items were purchased by me.

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial


CLINIQUE, HOW TO, RIMMEL | by — August 26, 2013

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial

Inspired by my last “Unconventional Nude Lips” tutorial, where I layered two different textures (in an unlikely combination) to achieve an amazing long lasting nude lip, today’s tutorial explores the combination of two very simple but cult classic products – a lip pencil & Clinique’s Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut”.

The perfect creamy nude lip pencil is one that gives a soft natural nude finish to your lips, but on its own it can be drying as it has limited moisturising properties.  I chose Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner as it’s similar in tone to Clinique’s Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut”, which is a versatile sheer nude moisturising lip balm that’s wearable on many skin tones as the translucence works with your natural lip tone rather than mask it.

Combine the two together and you get a seemingly effortless soft, natural nude lip that feels moisturising as well.  And the best part – no lip brush required!

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial

  1. Prepare lips with a moisturising lip balm.  I used Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster which moisturises, plumps and protects.
  2. Define lips with a nude lip pencil, such as Rimmel Exaggerate full Colour Lip Liner “Natural”.  Stay close to your lip line if you have well defined lips, or cheat a little until you get your desired volume / symmetry.
  3. Use soft, gentle strokes to fill in your entire lips with the lip liner.  Go easy to avoid a cakey finish.
  4. The moisturising properties of the lip balm will soften the dryness of the lip pencil.  The opacity of the lip pencil should only just cover your natural lip tone.
  5. Slather on Clinique Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” until your lips feel adequately moisturized.
  6. The result – a soft, natural nude lip with no streaky dry patches.

Hope you liked it!

What’s your secret to achieving a flawless nude lip?

RIMMEL Apocalips Lip Lacquer Reviews, Photos, Swatches


Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, RIMMEL, Yishan | by — August 8, 2013

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Brand: Rimmel 芮谜
Range: Apocalips Lip Lacquer
Shades: Star Gazer, Phenomenon, Nude Eclipse, Solstice, Celestial, Nova, Apocalips, Stellar
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Apocalips Lip Lacquer combines the intense colour of a lipstick with a smooth lacquer-like shine, with a luscious liquid packed with pure colour pigments.
  • Creamy, conditioning texture with full opaque coverage that sits comfortably and is long lasting.  Immediately transforms dry lips to a moist lacquer finish.
  • Available in 9 shades – Apocaliptic 303 is the shade worn by Kate Moss in the campaign.
  • The applicator features an in-built reservoir (similar to YSL Glossy Stain) helping the lip lacquer to glide on easily and coats lips evenly, so you won’t get any gloopy finish with accidental over-application.
  • Tendency to smear on teeth if you apply it too perfectly in inner sections of your lips.  I recommend applying a small amount & blotting with a tissue.
  • Verdict: Really impressed with this range for a number of reasons – firstly, the nude and gold shades completely concealed my lip tone without any streaks or patches.  With a flushed lip tone like mine this is a real treat!  Secondly, the texture is not only soft and comfortable but is also conditioning and adds volume to dry tired lips.  The only drawback is that the staying power didn’t last on me and the centre of the lips wears off while eating, leaving a ring of liquid lipstick.  For this reason (and the tendency to smudge on teeth), my favourite shades are the lowest maintenance ones – Celestial and Solstice.

RIMMEL Apocalips Lip Lacquer Beauty Swatch

RRP: $15.95 AUD available in Australia at Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W, selected Coles and Woolworths and pharmacies.

These products were provided for consideration.

Sweet & Juicy Pink Lips Tutorial



Sweet Plump Pout

Nothing says more feminine than a sweet pink lip.  The perfect sweet pink in my books is a rosy pink with a bit of warmth that blends seamlessly with your lip & skin tone.  Whilst it can be a challenge to find the right “rose pink” lipstick shade, it’s surprisingly much easier to find it in a lip pencil, as many rose pink lip pencils are designed with a lip tone in mind.

When I posted the picture of Step 5 on our Facebook page, so many of you asked what lipstick shade this was!  It wasn’t a lipstick, but rather Bourjois Levres Contour (a lip pencil) in “Framboise”.  I bought it many months ago to add to my lip pencil collection, and it wasn’t until I came across TheBalm Plump Your Pucker in “Pink My Lemonade” that I had a lightbulb moment to pair the two together.  Usually I plan my tutorials ahead to make sure the products work well together, but this was done entirely impromptu and I’m thrilled with the results!

Sweet & Juicy Pink Lips Tutorial

  1. Prep lips with a moisturising lip balm.  I used Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster, which moisturises, volumises and protects.  Define your lips with a lip pencil in a pink shade similar to your lone.  Extend slightly beyond your natural lip line to create volume.  I used Bourjois Levres Contour Lip Pencil “Framboise”.
  2. Don’t forget to add volume to your bottom lips too! Stretch your bottom lip to make it easier to see.  Connect the sides together, extending beyond the natural bottom lip line.
  3. Fill in your lips entirely using soft gentle strokes.  The moisturising properties of the lip balm helps to soften the dryness of the lip pencil.
  4. Add a dusting of a shimmery highlighting powder to your cupids bow to make them appear more protruding.  Blend with your fingers if needed.  I used TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.
  5. Finish off with a coat of plumping lip gloss in a natural pink shade.  I used TheBalm Plump Your Pucker “Pink My Lemonade”.
  6. The plumping ingredients and light reflecting finish (from the highlighting powder, fine gloss shimmers & high shine) will give your lips the alluring illusion of a fuller & juicier pout.

Hope you liked the tutorial!

What’s your favourite perfect pink shade?


RIMMEL Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, RIMMEL, Yishan | by — May 7, 2013

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Brand: Rimmel 芮谜
Range: Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick
Shades: 107, 111, 113
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Further to my other Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick swatches (Part 1 and Part 2), today I have the Matte Lipstick which comes in a total 6 matte shades in a new matte red packaging.
  • Formulated with Ruby Powder, the velvety matte finish is incredibly lightweight and flexible, making it comfortable to wear.  It does grip well to the lip surface, which means you get a richly pigmented seamless coverage, but the “character” of your lips stays visible with no particular smoothing effects other than the diffused matte finish.
  • Out of the 6 shades available I received 3 shades – 107 (deep red), 111 (rich red) and 113 (nude).  In real life, shade 111 (rich red) is a richer red closer to how it looks on the tube, as opposed to a bright red which the swatches suggest.
  • The formula is non-drying & looks much softer when applied on moisturised lips, or on top of a moisturising lip stain.   I only swatched 2 shades as I wasn’t so lucky with the nude shade 113, which clashed with my lip tone & accentuated every little lip flaw, even flakes I didn’t even know I had.  Therefore I only recommend the nude shade if you have a pale lip tone & no issues with dry lips.
  • Long lasting rich pigments that fade gracefully
  • Verdict: The matte red lip trend is here to stay, so if you’re looking to add a matte shade or two to your lipstick wardrobe that won’t break your wallet I recommend trying Rimmel Kate Moss’s matte lipstick range.  It’s pigmented enough that you only need a lip brush – no lip liner required.

Swatched over a layer of Nivea Lip Butter.

RRP: $12.95 AUD

These products were provided for consideration.