My Go-To A/W Lip Duo

Yesterday I discovered the best thing ever - A brand new MAC store has just opened next to where I'm working. Meaning I don't have to travel all the way to London any time I want to swatch something, hallelujah! It sounds extortionate, but you know when online swatches just don't cut it and you need to just go and slather something all over the back of your hand? I'm one of those people. Although I'm not too sure my purse will be all that happy about the new arrival...

I've never been one for lip liner, but since receiving my first little MAC bullet I decided to get into good habits, as I'm sure there will be many more additions to my collection very soon! The lippy in question is MAC's Viva Glam III, which I've written a previous post about here. I wanted to try and find a near-perfect match of (preferably) drugstore lip liner, without even having the lipstick on hand to check against. A big ask? Probably. Until Rimmel came to save the day once again - they seem to be doing a lot of that lately!

Behold, Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner in the shade 'Obsession' - a super slim twisty-uppy creamy liner that ticked all my boxes. I've seen other shades from the same range knocking about the blogosphere lately, as I hear 'Eastend Snob' is a pretty good dupe for a Kylie Jenner-esque lip, and I'd not seen any bad reviews either so it had everything in it's favour! The first time I swatched this I didn't actually buy it, however the fact that it managed to survive on the back of my hand for the rest of the day and through me dying my hair said everything. Needless to say, the next day it was in my bag.

Once I brought home the new arrival, I was pleasantly surprised at how much of a good match it actually was to Viva Glam III, both in the bullet and swatched. I feel that it's a very very slight bit more red than the lipstick, which to be honest doesn't bother me as it's going underneath anyway! For £3.99 it's longevity, creamy consistency and pigmentation are all outstanding - I'd easily pay double the price for it and I'm happy to use it alongside a high end product.

For an inexperienced lip liner user, I think I'll definitely be checking out the other shades Rimmel have to offer... especially if some more MAC lippies mysteriously make their way into my possession...




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