Benecos lipliner and gloss, plus some Friday Musings
A brief review
I haven’t yet tried a lip product from this brand that I don’t like, and these Benecos lipliner and gloss were no exception. I kinda surprised myself with the lipliner purchase, because I haven’t even used lipliner since I was a budding beauty-addict in my teens… one of the chintziest, most repellent fashions that marked that era was dark liner paired with lighter lipstick*, and I suppose this traumatized me away from this beauty item.
Anyway, the red pencil caught my eye ever since I got the lipstick in that color, and I’ve actually ended up using it more often than the pink one, strange as it sounds. It’s creamy, draws a perfect line, and does its job of helping create a cleaner, longer-lasting look… I haven’t had issues with my red lipstick, but I just have trust issues in general with red lipsticks, because some can be kinda treacherous, and prone to bleeding or wandering where they shouldn’t, so I like to set limits just in case.
I actually had some doubts about the pink lipliner… at first it seemed a little cooler and pearlier than I liked, but in the end ended up pairing well with my favorite rose-nude lipstick from Kiko Cosmetics. As for quality and performance, it is as good as the other pencil.
I already reviewed this gloss in the hue “kiss me” in another post, and my opinion is pretty much the same for the “flamingo”, which along with the first were the only glosses available that were NOT pearlized, something I don’t much like on my lips.
In any case, it’s a lovely nudey-rose coral, very wearable for every day, doesn’t give me that unpleasant sticky feeling of so many glosses, and I do have the impression that it’s a lot longer-lasting than “kiss me”… probably because fading is a lot less noticeable with this rosey, MLBB color, even after a few hours, or after drinking and eating.
So, I give 4 points out of 5 to these Benecos lipliner and gloss; they aren’t indispensable on my makeup table, but I’m really enjoying using them, and it’s quite likely I’ll repurchase.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
As I said before, pearly lipcolor isn’t for me, but I like it quite a lot on Andrea, the outraged feminine half of the homely-handsome Stromae in “Tous les mêmes”. I do love me a man who can wear light-colored gloss and a smokey eye with panache, confidence, and the right dose of spite.
*A decades-old rant
In case anyone is wondering, no, while I made plenty of hideous fashion choices, at least I can say I never sported that dark liner look, not even when I had teenaged tastes… I hated it with a passion. Still do. I’m invaded by the imperious need to proclaim this enduring hatred to the world at large…
I still see this thing worn by some, but since fashions typically return in 20-year cycles, lately I have trouble discerning whether this is merely dowdy, outdated tackiness, or post-hipsterish, post-modern, tacky-fashionable dowdiness (Po-Mo-Ta-Do), like Birkenstocks in the pages of Vogue. Ugh, I need a drink, or seven…