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Review of Clinique Quickliner for Lips

Updated on August 1, 2012
Clinique Quickliner for Lips Automatic Pencil. Photo © Redberry Sky.
Clinique Quickliner for Lips Automatic Pencil. Photo © Redberry Sky.

The Quickliner for Lips is an automatic twist-up pencil with an easy-to-apply nib. The design is identical to the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes, but the nib of the pencil is slightly harder, which means it’s easier to control and feels much more like a conventional non-automatic make up pencil.

Ease of Use of the Quickliner for Lips

The product is very easy to use, and because the nib can be screwed back into its housing it’s very portable and there is much less risk of accidentally getting colour all over the inside of your purse, even if the cap comes off. The colour glides on and doesn’t smudge.

Star Rating

5 stars for Clinique Quickliner for Lips

Quick Summary of Clinique Quickliner for Lips

Application – glides on and the product is very portable.

Colour – natural and understated.

Usefulness – does its job and stops lipstick bleeding

Long Lasting – stays in place for hours and doesn’t smudge.

Strength of Lip Line – soft neutral line. No demarcation between lip liner and lipstick, and doesn’t give me an O-ring as lipstick fades.

Value – expensive at £11.50 ($15 in US), but the nib on the Quickliner for Lips is sturdy and the product will last for months even with daily use.

Overall – I love the Quickliner for Lips, and I’m a convert from lip pencils. I’d give this 5 stars. Like other Clinique make up I own, it possibly isn’t colourful and glitzy enough for a glamorous night out, but it is wonderful classic everyday wear.

Richness of Colour of the Quickliner, and its Colour-Match to Lipsticks

I got the Quickliner for Lips in a dark pink colour, ‘Neutrally’, to use with my Butter Shine Lipstick ‘Adore U’, but although the colours of both are soft and muted, they do provide good coverage and have an understated vibrancy that’s not too striking for everyday use. I found the colour-match between the lipstick and Quickliner to be perfectly complementary, with no visible edges demarcation between lipstick and liner.

Does it Prevent Lipstick Colour from ‘Bleeding’?

When I used my ‘Butter Shine’ lipstick, at first I did have a concern about the colour bleeding beyond my lip-line because the consistency is very soft compared to most lipsticks, but the Quickliner really does its job and keeps the colour where it’s meant to be, even with the most moisture-laden lipstick.

Staying Power

For me, I want a lip liner that stays in place for as long as my lipstick stays in place – I don’t want my lip liner to still be in place after my lipstick begins to fade and leave me with a ring around my mouth! Although the Quickliner for lips does stay in place and doesn’t smudge or rub off easily, I’ve been impressed that as my lipstick fades, it hasn’t left me with this dreaded O-ring – or where there is a trace or two, the colour of the Quickliner is natural enough to blend in with my lip-line.

As an experiment, while writing this review I drew a couple of lines on the back of my hand - one fairly soft line using little pressure, and one stronger line – and tried to rub them off, and I’m pleased to say that neither my finger nor my jeans could make those lines budge, or even smudge!

My camera hasn't caught the colour properly - it's much more dark pink than these lines suggest. But even after a good rub these lines haven't smudged or faded at all. Photo © Redberry Sky.
My camera hasn't caught the colour properly - it's much more dark pink than these lines suggest. But even after a good rub these lines haven't smudged or faded at all. Photo © Redberry Sky.

Strength of Line

I’ve been using the Quickliner for about two weeks, and although the line is clearly visible before I put my lipstick on, I’ve not once in those two weeks seen any demarcation line between lipstick and lip liner colour. In part, this is due to the soft, natural colour of the lip liner, and in part because it seems to fade at the same rate as my lipstick, which means I never get that 'half made-up' look - as if I've forgotten to finish applying my make up in a morning!

Value for Money

The Quickliner for Lips is by no means cheap, at £11.50 ($15 in the US), but although the nib is soft enough to glide on, it is hard enough to be long-lasting. I only need to reapply this once during the day, and I don’t expect that even with daily use I’ll have to buy the product more than twice a year.

The Clinique Quickliner for Lips – Overview

I really can’t fault this product in any way. It goes on smoothly, has great staying power, does its job of keeping my lipstick in place, and its natural shade means that even when my lipstick begins to fade I don’t have an obvious O-ring.

As with my ‘Butter Shine’ lipstick, the only hesitation I’d have in recommending it is that the shades are so natural. This is not to say they’re invisible, but that they enhance and gently highlight my features rather than bring any glitz or bright colour. As with the ‘Butter Shine’, for a special occasion I would use a more glamorous range, but for everyday wear I like the classic undertones of this product.


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    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Heya, RS! Although I don't use much makeup, I found your review very extensive and through. Nicely done. If I were to buy some lip liner, I would definitely be checking out Clinique's Quickliner for Lips. :) VUM.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Cheers TToombs08 :)

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