Packaging: The Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision lip liners have a built-in sharpener that's removable and is handy for those who want a super sharp point every time. However, all of the lip liners mentioned in this post, including the Guerlain one, the Lancome Le Crayon Lip Contour, and the Illamasqua Lip Slick Stick, do not require a sharpener because they all twist up and have a tip that's small enough for lining the lips with precision. It's also important to mention that the caps on these are all very secure and prevent product from drying out as quickly. They also require some muscle strength to pop open!
Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision Lip Liner ($32 for 0.35g/0.01oz) - The formula is very creamy, pigmented and glides onto the lips easily. It can last all day if I drink through a straw and don't eat. (Ha, like that's going to happen!). Once I start stuffing my face with food, the lip liner fades.
- Bois De Santal 44 is a mauvey rose with a satin finish. It looks really pretty when paired with Burberry's English Rose lipstick (review).
- Rose De Mai 63 is a warm rose with a satin finish. (It's mislabeled as Rose De Bulgarie on other retailers' websites.) I love pairing this one with Burberry's Tulip Pink. Under direct lighting, I can tell that there are some shimmers in both lip liners, but when applied onto my lips, they look nearly matte.
Lancome Le Crayon Lip Contour Liner ($25.50 for 0.25g/0.01oz) - It's very similar to the Guerlain one in terms of performance. The biggest difference is that the Lancome version is slightly creamier.
- Rosy is a rosy pink with a matte finish. I love wearing it as a base and pairing it with Lancome's Love It lipstick (review).
- Blush is a rosy red with a matte finish.
Illamasqua Lip Slick Stick Lip Liner ($23 for 0.25g/0.008oz) - The formula is very creamy and pigmented, but when compared to the Guerlain and Lancome version, the Illamasqua one is definitely drier and leaves a more matte finish. It's also water-resistant. So, once it sets, it does not budge and stays put all day. However, it can feel a little bit drying since I have extremely dry lips. So, I always exfoliate before application and wear a hydrating lip balm underneath. (Those with normal lips may not find the formula to be drying at all.)
- True is a pinky nude with a matte finish.
Bottom Line: The Guerlain and Lancome lip liners are very creamy and ideal for those who don't chomp their food like a mad woman or for those who don't mind having to touch up throughout the day. For a more long-lasting formula, I recommend checking out the Illamasqua one. Just make sure to prep your lips before applying and wear a lip balm underneath!
Note: The Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision lip liners are available at Saks, Sephora, Bloomingdale's, and Nordstrom. The Lancome Le Crayon lip liners are available at Saks, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. The Illamasqua Lip Slick Stick lip liners are available at B-Glowing.
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