Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Clarins Nude Lip Liners - photos, review!

I'm a bit of a weirdo when it comes to lip liners.  I rarely use them to actually line my lips...  I know, but hear me out for a second.  On more than one occasion, I've spent two and a half hours (not scientifically timed) carefully applying red lip liner to outline my lips before slathering on the red lipstick and then heading to an event.  An hour later at said event, I've nonchalantly glanced in the mirror to see how fierce I was looking with my red lips only to see the lipstick was gone and the liner wasn't.  The mortification never goes away... Nobody wants their lips to look like a bum hole.  It's why I'm too scared to wear red lipstick outside the house.  Post traumatic red lipped bum hole disorder.  It's a thing.

So when I find liners I love, I end up using them as all over lip colours on their own for a long lasting matte finish, or as a base for a more glossy lipstick.  I was sent the Clarins Nude Lip Liners last year, had forgotten about them and it was only when I did a clear out of my collection recently that I found them, used them, loved them and am finally blogging about them.  Here they are, stuck to the inside of a mug with Blu-Tac.

I have shade 01 Nude Fair, shade 02 Nude Beige and shade 03 Nude Rose and while they might look the exact same in the photos, on the lips, totally different.  Wait and see the photos below.  There is a fourth shade, 04 Nude Mocha, which is even darker than these.

I've worn lipliners in the past that have sucked every little bit of moisture out of my lips, making them look shrivelled and small.  I've also tried liners that are too creamy and that slide off my lips.  The Clarins lip liners are the Goldilocks of formulas in that they're not too dry, not too creamy, they're just right.

Being different shades of nudes, the idea is to pick the one that suits your skin tone, rather than to match a lipstick.  They can be worn on their own, which is my favourite way to wear them, under a lipstick or a gloss and are a dream to wear lads.

Clarins Nude Lipliner Pencil - 01 Nude Fair
Nude Fair is for the pale brides out there and while it's a little light for me, it makes for the perfect base for a nude lipstick or gloss.

Clarins Nude Lipliner Pencil - 02 Nude Beige
Nude Beige is my favourite of the three and I've worn this so much out and about and for filming.  It's the perfect brown toned nude liner and I'm making my way through it quickly!

Clarins Nude Lipliner Pencil - 03 Nude Rose
Nude Rose is for darker complexions but I think come autumn and winter, I'll be using it as a base for a statement lip!

The Clarins Nude Lip Liners are on counters and if you're in the market for a nude liner that will stay put all day and won't dry out your lips, then check these out on Clarins counters now or on  They're €18 (on the Debenhams website right now they've 10% off) but will last for ages because you won't need to keep reapplying them.

I think I'll be picking up a backup of Nude Beige very soon because in this heat, I need all the help I can get to keep my makeup in place!

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