I’ve always associated lip pencils with the 1980s and Caroline (aka Caggy) from Big Brother series 1. I’ve never been a huge fan of them. However, when I received a sample of one recently as part of a subscription box, I decided to give it a go. LaRitzy Cosmetics weren’t a brand I was familiar with, so I’m not only discovering lip liner for the first time, I’m also trying a new brand.
LaRitzy Cosmetics are a Montreal based brand who are passionate about creating and selling products which are high-quality, vegan and cruelty free. So that’s already three awesome things about them. The lip liner I tried was also paraben free, so that’s another box ticked. For those who don’t know, it’s claimed by many people who frequently wear lab coats that parabens are linked to breast cancer as breast cancer tissue has been found to contain parabens. So, that’s why you should always opt for products that don’t have parabens in them. While I do this as far as possible, I try not to obsess about it. If there’s a really useful and otherwise brilliant product that contains parabens, I will buy it. I just don’t overload my skin with them like I used to.
There’s one thing that annoys me before I even open this product though. It says “cruelty free” on the box. It also says “Made in China.” I’ve already written about the Chinese policy on animal testing in a previous post and I’m not exactly sure how it can be made in China and cruelty free at the same time. Perhaps someone can enlighten me?
The pencil came packaged in a cute pink and white box. The pencil thankfully says “Beau” which was the name for the colour I received on the side of the pencil itself, so there’s no doubt as to which colour I have and re-ordering would be simple. However, the colour of the pencil itself and the colour on the sticker are quite different. That’s disappointing, to say the least. When applied, the colour is nowhere near to matching the sticker.
On their website they have four colours available and they are priced at $18.00 which I think is reasonable for a pencil, but I certainly wouldn’t pay any more for that, especially when it’s made in China and the whole animal testing thing is a grey area. I know products sold in China have to be tested on animals by Chinese laws, but can they be made there, for sale in other countries, and stay cruelty free? I just can’t find any clear cut answers online.
The pencil glides on easily. There’s no dragging or having to re-colour and it didn’t dry my lips out. What I did find was that it smudged a fair bit, so if you’re looking for a lip liner that stays put and holds in lip colour, this probably isn’t a product for you. If, however, you want softer edges, this could be ideal.
It blended well with a similar coloured lipstick and didn’t require too much effort to remove. I used baby wipes once, Simple cleansing wipes another time and the third time I tried it I just used a little soap and water.
I would give this lip liner 7 out of 10, but please bear in mind that I’m not a lip liner person and I’m new to the lip liner game. It hasn’t converted me and I still don’t think there is much point in using lip pencils, but if I was to use one, this would be one I would stick with. As things stand, I will keep this product, but it will probably lurk at the bottom of my make-up bag and get used when I feel like changing things up rather than being a staple item.
Which make-up product have you never really been into?