I was not lip liner girl. It was just a step I tended to skip. But lining can make your lips look that much more polished and fantastic so I’ve been trying to be better about it as I grow my lip pencil collection. General speaking, liners can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, very drying. This is part of the point, after all, for the color to cling (like a matte lipstick). When the new Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liners were released, however, I could not resist trying a formula that promised to be anything but…
Sephora says: A retractable lip liner with a long-lasting, gel-cream texture to enhance the lip contour. This first-to-market creamy gel lip liner is softer than a traditional liner. It is formulated with a gel-cream finish for an enhanced, smooth look without dullness. The unique, soft texture of the non-drying formula glides over every curve with ease to create a fuller look and a color-matched base for lipsticks. The liner also comes with a built-in sharpener for easy application anywhere.
I purchased three shades of the Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liners: 01 the nudest, 04 creme de la creme and 11 it’s cherry. I almost got 02 nothin’ but nude as well but (based on the online swatches) it looked to be pretty close to creme de la creme. Anyway, I wanted some versatile nudes and a cherry lip pencil to pair with a few reds in my collection that don’t get enough love for fear of feathering.
The Nudest (01) is a pale grey-beige. I got this one because I thought it would be great to out line the lips. However, it’s actually too close to my skin tone and ends up doing the opposite by almost “erasing” my lip lines. This would a great one if you have really pigmented lips and want to cancel them out to help a lipstick color wear truer. I also like it underneath a warm pink – to make it sort of a nude-pink. There is a grey-ish undertone to this shade which makes it very interesting. By way, forgive my inconsistent lip swatches. I had to get these in during baby’s (too quick) nap.
Creme de la Creme (04) is probably my favorite. It’s an deeper, warm latte colored nude that I think it just perfection for light to medium skin types in adding definition and fullness to the lips. For me, it makes the perfect nude lip (layer Chanel’s Beige Star on top and you’ve got a winner!).
It’s Cherry (11) is a beautiful, bright cherry red. There’s isn’t much else to say about it! If you like rich reds, this one is for you.
The texture of the Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liners are very creamy like an actual lipstick. In fact, there are soft enough where I smushed the tip of one my liners when placing the cap on too carelessly. Application is a dream. They glide on so, so smoothly and feel incredibly comfortable. Lips look plump and healthy. I was worried that the liners would be too emollient (and, therefore, slip off) but as the product dries down it remains “moist” but develops a slight tackiness – almost like a chapstick but not waxy. This is what I think helps anything you layer over it cling really well. The pigment is perfection – all three shades I purchased are richly saturated. If worn alone, you will experience some fading in the middle of the lips over time like a traditional lipstick. However when worn, as intended, with a lipstick (liquid lipstick, lip stain etc) on top, these liners (in my experience) do extend the wear of your lip color.
Side note, given everything I said about the liners being emollient, I’d recommend applying them on dry lips without using any sort of lip balm before hand (unless your lips are really, really dry). Otherwise, you may indeed end up with too much slip.
Overall, I absolutely adore the Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liners. There’s a great selection of 18 shades (got my eye on Molasses, Rosewood and Mesquite) and they won’t break the bank either at $12.00 USD a piece. Find at Sephora!
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