The £1 Lipliners! Review & Swatches

I am a huge fan of lining my lips before applying lipstick in order to make the most of my naturally full lips, which is currently 'trendy'. It's surprising now given the Kylie Jenner craze, that when I was younger I was teased for having big lips! You may have recently read the post of my favourite products of January, in which I spoke highly of Essence lipliners. I have tried quite a few high end lipliners: from MAC, to Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury and Chanel.  I love them all so much that I was quite surprised when I stumbled across a £1 lipliner which was easily comparable to such brands.

The love I have for Essence lipliners is real! They are incredibly soft on the lips, and very opaque with just one swipe. I would definitely suggest that the opacity is comparable to MAC. The formula is a velvety finish, which makes them very comfortable to wear. I have had bad experiences with some of the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, so in some instances I'd suggest the £1 Essence alternative is better.

The packaging is brightly coloured plastic, which I think reflects the price and is less sophisticated than, for example, MAC's black pencil. It's a twist up pencil, so it's less sturdy than actual pencils. However, it's less fragile than other drug store ranges and less prone to breaking when twisting it up, and you can use pressure when applying it without damaging it. The colour range is varied, but less extensive. A couple of the colours are very bold and bright and less wearable, but the wearable, neutral shades they do offer are great and still plentiful. Have a look at the swatches below, perhaps you'll see what I mean:

Left to Right: Girl Next Door, Ready for Red, Peach Beauty, A Girl's Dream, Purely Me, Yummy Berry, Sweetheart, Plum Cake, Lovely Frappucino

On a side note, how cute are the names?!

In general, Essence's lipliners do not prevent my lipstick bleeding as effectively as the higher end options. However, as I discussed in my recent January favourites post, I'm only finding I'm having to re-apply my lipstick one or two more times than I would when using a more expensive liner. For a price difference of anything between £14 and £20....I really don't think this is a big issue, especially not for day to day make-up.

You can pick Essence products up in Wilkinsons and I would highly recommend doing so, certainly the lipliners. If you do - I hope you're as thrilled with them as I was! I have a couple of Essence matte liquid lipsticks I've yet to try, and I'm definitely going to head back to Wilko's soon to pick up a few more products. I'm considering doing another post once I've played with some more Essence goodies, if you have any recommendations on what to get, please let me know!



  1. I love Essence lip liners!
    I'm using Ready for red with MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick and it works perfectly!
    I don't have any problems with it or with my lipstick bleeding.
    I would also recommend this lip liners!

  2. I've never even though of using Essence lip liners! definitely going to go and grab a few after reading this :) Thanks! xx