REVIEW: Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners

by - March 15, 2017

If you were to ask me which brands in Sephora I think are most underrated, I would tell you it's Buxom Cosmetics. To be honest, I just feel like I don't hear enough about what the brand is doing, particularly considering how much I've really been enjoying their products for the past year. If you're a regular reader of the blog, you'll remember just how much I love their single eyeshadows and that I put together two custom palettes in 2016. Those palettes actually live on my vanity with a handful of my other favorite palettes and I still reach for them very consistently. Recently, I've been testing out the new Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners* and I've fallen a little bit in love.

Keep reading for my review and lip swatches of 8 of the 20 shades that Buxom launched!

Get color that adds some serious oomph to lips. The Plumpline™ Plumping Lip Liner’s thick pencil design allows you the versatility to define, shape, and fill in lips, while the built-in brush contours and defines. With 20 seductive shades, each delivering dangerous definition and major adherence, you'll take your lip look from soft and safe to positively lethal.

One thing I love about these liners is the size. Not only does the fat pencil size allow you to use this both as a thinner line along the outer rim of the lip or to completely fill it in, but at 2.1g you also get a lot more product than a typical lip liner. Each of these liners has a brush on one end of the pencil, so you can soften and blend the product without having to grab for or carry a brush, which makes them really ideal for on the go.

The shade selection of the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners* is fantastic. I feel like within the 20 shade range, everyone will be able to find something for their taste and for a wide variety of looks. From really pretty nude and neutral shades to more bold, statement shades I think this line was really well curated. I feel like I've gotten to try a really wide selection of shades and the formula is consistent on all of them, so I would guess that you will probably find the same formula on the rest of the shades as well.

Top Row: Stealth, Ransom, Confidential, Center Row: InfraRed, Cloak & Dagger , Bottom Row: Covert Affair, Mystery, Stakeout

Stealth is a light, beige nude. I feel like this shade works really well on my skin tone. It doesn't have too much orange or grey for me to wear on its own, but I also think it would work really well for bringing the depth down on a deeper nude or neutralizing something that might lean a little too pink or too brown. 

Ransom is a light bubblegum pink shade with a hint of peach. For me, personally, this is a shade that I'll probably reach for to add a little bit of pinkiness to a nude that might lean a little too warm for my skin tone. For my girls who love a light pink or pinky nude lip, I think this could definitely be a stand out. 

Confidential is a pale peachy coral shade with some brightness on the lips that I think will be perfect for spring and looks stunning paired with a gloss. I think a lot of people will really, really like this shade paired with their spring and summer lip looks, but particularly I think it'll look great on really tanned skin and on blondes.

InfraRed is a vibrant orange red shade that I thought was going to be a no go for me, but ended up actually being one of my favorites for wearing on its own. This is one of those summer red-oranges that I think packs a lot of punch, and somehow this tone of orange ended up being really, really flattering.

Stealth, Ransom, Confidential, InfraRed, Cloak & Dagger, Covert Affair, Mystery, Stakeout

Cloak & Dagger is a deep red that I think I'm going to reach for constantly. When I wear red, this is the type of shade I like to wear, because it's got punch but it's got more depth than brightness. I think this is also a really universal shade that looks good on everyone, because it's got a more neutral undertone and the depth makes it more wearable.

Covert Affair is a brick red with strong brown undertones and was another shade that I didn't think I was going to like so much and then fell in love with. I've actually worn this alone for a whole workday, but I think it's going to really shine in the fall when I'm about those deeper, warmer lips. This has a strong brown undertone, so I don't think it'll work for everyone, but even on my fair, cool toned skin this looked kind of fantastic.

Mystery is a deep, berry purple shade that I actually think I'll love for all year. I think these are the types of shades that need a lip liner, for precision and for staying power, so this is going to be a staple for me. I also think this type of shade can be blended really nicely with a red to add some depth.

Stakeout is a blackened berry shade that is downright vampy when applied heavily on me. Like a lot of really deep shades, this one was a little bit patchy on application and a little too dark when applied heavily, so this is one that I actually wouldn't recommend wearing alone. That said, for fans of deep, vampy lips I think this will be one that they'll be really excited about.

The formula of this lip liner is really impressive to me as well. They're quite cream to apply and set down fairly quickly. The finish isn't budge proof, but I've found that after an hour or so I really don't have any transfer to my coffee cup - which is always the gauge for me. They're also really lightweight and when I've worn them alone I've really noticed that they feel like I don't have anything on my lips. 

If you are going to wear these alone, I would recommend prepping your lips with some lip balm and then wiping it away before application so that you have some moisture in your lips to start with, as these are not a hydrating formula. I also think it doesn't hurt to add a light layer of lip balm throughout the day if these do start to feel dry. For me, the feel of wear on these is similar to a traditional matte bullet lipstick, but a comfortable one. I've managed to wear these for a full day without only one after-lunch-touchup and they've stayed comfortable. 

When paired with a traditional lipstick or gloss, I think these definitely improve the wear time and help to give you a defined lip look. One thing that I didn't notice was any noticeable plumping effect. I would say that in order to do that, you're going to want to slightly overdraw your lips, and because these pencils are matte you can do that with them.

Honestly, these are my favorite new addition to my collection and I've been reaching for them constantly - not only because I'm reviewing them, but because I like them so much. I've worn them alone and paired them with traditional lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, and lip glosses and I've really enjoyed how they've worked in all four scenarios. Like I said, if you're going to wear them alone, I would prep and touch up with a balm, but they're still super wearable and long wearing.

Now I just need to get my hands on some mauve shades... because I'm a fiend for mauve lips. If you're interested in picking up some of the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners*, they're available now at Sephora and they retail for $20CAD.

Thanks for reading!

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