*So ...do we need to state the obvious? SPICE lip pencil was annointed as the quintessentially PERFECT nude lipliner and will probably be cannonized (they give religious recognition to cosmetics, right?). It paved the way for legions of copycats, all waving their arms and raving that they were, "just like SPICE".
The MAC Lip Pencil formula - mediocre
The MAC Lip Pencil colors - ALWAYS cutting edge
In this case, trend trumps formula ( and you know you love it!)
1000 Kisses Stay On Lipliner
*It's time to bring on the bargains!!! Super long lasting, transfer resistant lip liners to sculpt and shape your lips to that perky pout while they keep your lipstick perfectly in place (bye bye bleeding and feathering)."Tiramisu" is the perfect nude.
Wet 'n' Wild
Color Icon Lipliner
*For a little more than a buck each, Wet N Wild lipliners have a creamy, easy to use consistency...not hard and waxy or difficult to blend. The notoriously versatile #666 (Brandywine) and #715 (Plumberry) are rosy nudes that work well on many skintones. The BIG score here is #712 (Willow), which is a dead ringer for the "original" MAC SPICE (before they messed with the color).
You can buy all three colors for under $5 US (total) and have your entire "nude" wardrobe covered.
Precision Lip Definer
*Chanel raises the bar super high for luxury lipliners with their hybrid cream/powder pencil. It lines effortlessly. Then use the built-in lipbrush to precisely define the soft matte finish. "Natural" and "Rouge" are our first picks. So get that second mortgage on the house, these lipliners are sensational.
Slim Pencil Lipliner
*OK, so Wet 'n' Wild is the uber-bargain in lip liners...but only comes in 6 colors. For a few dollars more ($3.50 to be exact) NYX offers a comparable formula - IN 60 COLORS (do we really need 60? Oh, what the hell, why not).
*Nars "Morocco" lipliner is a perfect fleshy beige neutral to contour the lips under any lipcolor. Oh, and "Borneo" is pretty much another dead ringer for "Spice" (by you know who)...I'm just sayin'.
Make Up For Ever
Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner
*18 densely pigmented, totally wearable colors designed for global skintones. They promise a creamy smooth application (no skipping, tugging or pulling). And can you say LONGLASTING? .
The killer neutral colors to grab first are 3C and 7C. The rich brick red, 9C, is the perfect way to ground a bright red lip and give it depth.
*Exclusive Colorstay technology with SoftFlex™ (just like the foundation) provides long wear and prevents feathering and bleeding.