Before I owned a lip liner, I simply never saw the value in buying one. They are an extra step – one I thought I could do without. I have many lipsticks, stains, balms, glosses and more, but making them last wasn’t a priority since I typically bring whatever I am wearing that day along for the ride. Plus, the extra work of having to trace your lips, match your colours, ugh. It sounded like a lot more trouble than its worth. When I first started blogging, I was sent a lovely package from Annabelle with a few different products including a self-sharpening lip liner in the colour Java. Since I hadn’t owned a lip liner before, I decided to give it a whirl. Fast forward and I have 4 out of 6 of these very liners in my collection that I rotate through on a regular basis. What changed my mind? Let me tell you.
When I first tried the Annabelle Stay Sharp Lip Liner, it seemed a bit drying and I wasn’t in love with the colour. But, soon after I had the idea to wear a tiny little itty bitty bit of chapstick first which made the lip liner glide on like a dream. Putting on too much lip balm will make a mess of things though so I tend to put a bit on my freshly washed finger and pat it into my lips and dab off any extra afterwards. For the colour, I was all about the super bold colours at the time, but I thought it might be a good idea to wear this under my less crazy shades to hold it in place. It wasn’t long until I started to do this daily.
Once I noticed how often I used the lip liner, I picked up a few more colours getting a little funkier this time. They are all the same consistency with a bit of a stickiness if you don’t wear anything over top. I have opted for gloss personally, because I want the beautiful colours to show through but they are very comfortable and absolutely long wearing. They are waterproof after all! They are so easy to use. I know, it sounds odd that tracing your lips might be hard but I just imagine all of the over traced disasters I have seen and just assumed it was hard. Was I ever wrong, at least when it comes to these. I tend to trace just along my lip line to make my lips a tiny bit bigger looking and the super sharp tip makes that much easier.
I feel a bit dumb in being so impressed, but the self-sharpening pencils are just so good. Not only is it time saving with no mess, but every line is clean because you can constantly sharpen the tip in a pinch with close to no effort. Simply screw the lid back on, twist the bottom a little and twist the lid back off. Instant sharp liner again. Side note, Annabelle has a Stay Sharp Kohl eye liner line too. They look like a dupe for the newer Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners that I saw a while ago at Sephora, though I haven’t tried them yet myself. Let me know if these two brands should face off in my Battle of the Brands series!
None of the swatches have anything on top but do use the lip balm method I mentioned earlier. Shown are Java, Vintage, Strike a Rose, Berry, but there are 2 more colours available in Nude and Glam Red. Did I mention they are on sale for under $6 as well? I would say that’s a pretty fantastic deal.
Til next time, ttfn x