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.
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)*
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)
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.
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.
Australis paired with Chanel? Who would have guessed!
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.
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
- Bobbi Brown
- 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.