Product review: Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner.

If I were to choose my favourite makeup product, it would be lipstick.  I love experimenting with different shades.  I almost always use lip liner as well, to give my lipstick more staying power.  I don’t like the idea of buying a different lipliner to go with each of my lipsticks.  It can be difficult to match the colours exactly and it gets mighty expensive.

So when I read about Lipstick Queen’s Invisible Lip Liner, I was quick to grab one to try.  I imagined that it would be brilliant to have a single lip liner that would go with every single one of my lipsticks.  So versatile and cost-effective.

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The lip liner is colourless, which means that it can be worn with any lipstick.  I haven’t taken any pictures of the liner on my lips, because it truly is invisible.  Here is a picture of my makeup on a day when I had used the liner:

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Normally, this black lipstick creases like crazy.  It wears off unevenly, so I’m often left with a weird-looking smudgy black mouth.  Gross.

However, on the day I wore the lipstick with the Lipstick Queen Invisible liner, it stayed put for much longer.  The colour stayed on for hours, even after I ate. When it did wear off, it didn’t leave odd patches of colour.  The liner also prevents the lipstick from bleeding, which can be a real problem with bright shades.

I also found that the Invisible Lip Liner locked moisture into my lips.  Some lipsticks can be quite drying, so this product would be great for keeping your lips protected.

One thing the liner isn’t great for is changing the shape of your lips.  Because it’s invisible, it’s hard to tell where you’ve drawn.  It’s great for filling in your own lip line to give your lippie more longevity, but if you want to accentuate your lips or change their shape, this product doesn’t work so well.  It also isn’t great for defining your lips, because it doesn’t leave a crisp line like a regular lip liner would.

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I’m also not such a fan of the packaging.  It comes in a mechanical twist-up pencil.  Normally I don’t mind this type of packaging for lip liners but this one is a bit flawed.  Once you’ve twisted the product up, you can’t twist it back down again.  This is a bit of a bummer if you get too enthusiastic and twist the pencil too far.  Also, it’s very difficult to keep the point of the product sharp, so it’s not ideal for precision lining.

Another problem that I encountered with this product was the texture of the pencil.  The liner itself is quite soft.  When I line my lips, the liner has a tendency to break and crumble, which is less than fantastic.  This only adds to the difficulty of keeping the liner sharp and smooth.

Overall, I am pretty ambivalent about this lip liner.  I think it’s actually more like a lip primer than a liner.  It does a great job of keeping your lipstick in place, but it’s not so great for defining and shaping your lips.  The packaging also leaves a lot to be desired.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase this product.

Have you tried this lip liner?  What did you think?

Further reading:

I’ve also written reviews about the Lipstick Queen Sinner lipsticks, The Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils and the Lipstick Queen Lip Liner Pencils if you’re interested in reading more reviews.

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