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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.

CHANTECAILLE Lip Chic – China Rose – Review, photos, swatches


CHANTECAILLE, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — November 6, 2013

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Brand: Chantecaille
Range: Lip Chic
Shade: China Rose
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Chantecaille Lip Chic is a hybrid lipstick that combines the high shine and plumping effects of a gloss, with the rich coverage of a lipstick.
  • The sensation when you apply it is UNLIKE anything I have ever tried – THE MOST buttery soft texture that immediately smoothes and firms the lips as you glide it across.
  • Leaves lips feeling very plush, comfortable and glossy.  They feel like they’re dressed in a gloss-like formula, but it’s so thin that it just appears shiny and smooth and keeps lips moisturised the entire day until you wipe it off completely.
  • The colour is fairly long lasting considering it’s a sheer lipstick, and I find myself applying it around 3 times a day (morning, after lunch and again in the afternoon for extra moisture)
  • Verdict: This is a staple in my work makeup bag as my lips get easily parched in air conditioning, and it gives my lips an instant moisturised pick-me-up. I love that I don’t need a brush or pencil to apply this “my lips but better” colour, as I often only have a minute or two to touch up in between meetings.   I’ve used so much already that if I keep going at this rate I’ll need to re-purchase soon, and that’s a first in my 4 and half years of blogging.  In other words – holy grail stuff.

Chantecaille Lip chic China rose Reviws Photos Swatches

Chantecaille Lip Chic CHina Rose Reviews lipsticks swatches

RRP: $45 AUD

Available in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica.

I purchased this product.

REVLON Super Lustrous Lipstick – Pink Hope – Review, Photos, Swatches


Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, REVLON, Yishan | by — October 21, 2013


Brand: Revlon
Range: Super Lustrous LipstickShade: Pink Hope (limited edition for Pink Hope)
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Further to the Liptember Red I featured last month, Revlon is also supporting Pink Hope this month with the official “Bright Pink Lipstick Day” lipstick shade in “Pink Hope”.
  • Pink Hope is Australia’s first community designed to inspire women to be proactive and vigilant with their breast and ovarian health, while providing a safe haven for high risk women to connect.
  • The official shade Pink Hope is a vibrant rose shade on my skintone, and comes in Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick formula that’s creamy, moisturising (infused with Aloe and vitamin E), and intensely pigmented for a rich luscious colour.
  • Bright Pink Lipstick day was held on 20th September but due to delays in receiving the product & my swatch back log I only got around to it now!
  • Where to buy: Available for a limited time from Target, Priceline and selected pharmacies.

REVLON Pink Hope Super Lustrous Lipstick Review Photo Swatches

REVLON Pink Hope Super Lustrous Lipstick Review Photo Swatches

REVLON Pink Hope Super Lustrous Lipstick Review Photo Swatches

This product was provided for consideration.

SHISEIDO Lacquer Rouge – RD305 Nymph – Review, Photos, Swatches


Katherine, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC25, SHISEIDO | by — October 18, 2013

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Brand: Shiseido
Range: Lacquer RougeShade: RD305 Nymph
Swatched by the lovely: Katherine

Inspired by Japanese Laquerware, one coat provides intense color and deep luster. This rich liquid lipstick leaves lips as smooth as lacquer. Applicator fits closely against the lips for a comfortable, even application that does not bleed. Lacquer Rouge improves dry, rough or peeling lips with continued use, leaving them smooth and deeply moisturized. Contains Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE.

  • Katherine describes RD305 Nymph as a medium plummy rose is a polished “my lips but better” shade that can be worn as a thin layer for a natural flush of colour, or layered on for a polished work-appropriate lip.
  • Read Katherine’s blog post for her verdict on the Lacquer Rouge formula, and comparison with another shade from the same range – BE306 Camel.
  • Thanks Katherine for the lovely swatch!


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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.