Review: Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners*

Posted on February 01, 2017 under Reviews

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This post features press samples. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.

When I received six shades of the new Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners* in the mail, I was very interested. They’re marketed as lip liners but are more the size of a jumbo, sharpenable pencil à la the NARS Lip Pencils. After swatching them to figure out which colours I would reasonably wear, I was excited to put them to the test to see how they performed.

It’s unclear from Buxom’s marketing if these are actually supposed to be lip liners or not. The copy does call them lip liners, but it also recommends using the pencils to fill in the lips. Personally I just use this product as a jumbo lip pencil because I think the size lends itself to that, though I think you could use it as a liner as long as the tip is well-sharpened.

Unsurprisingly, Buxom claims that the Plumpline Lip Liners* are plumping. (Who’da thunk, huh?) Frankly, I find the plumping angle bizarre. The info sheet I received with these does reference a “plumping formula”, but I notice absolutely no difference in how my lips look with these liners. If it really is just about creating a contoured, defined illusion with lip liner, well, any lip liner can do that. Plumping products aren’t my thing, anyway; I already have pretty full lips.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner closeup

The Plumpline Lip Liners* are large, sharpenable wooden pencils. I don’t tend to be a huge fan of wooden pencils for my eyes or lips, but these sharpen well in my NARS sharpener and I do like the texture. The formula leans a bit more dry than slippery; they’re certainly less creamy than the NARS Satin Lip Pencils, but I don’t find that they tug or dry out my lips throughout the day. Sometimes when I fill my entire lips in with a lip liner it can be very drying and patchy, but that’s not the case with these. I find that the more mid-toned shades are creamier and more even than the lighter and darker ones. Those prone to very dry lips may find these slightly drying, as they are a fully matte formula. I notice my lips feel a bit dryer throughout the day when I wear them, but it’s nothing compared to a liquid lipstick. Right now I’m dryer than normal (seriously, my face has been eating up moisturizer and spitting it out, and my lips are constantly begging for relief in the form of Nuxe Rêve de Miel), but I haven’t found the Plumpline Lip Liners* to be particularly bad offenders on that front.

These liners (or lip pencils, or whatever the hell they are) wear about as well as you’d expect a matte lipstick to. I find they stay well on my lips throughout regular life (chatting, eating snacks, drinking water), but unsurprisingly wear off to some degree (though not completely) if eating anything particularly greasy or messy. I know that we expect a lot of our lipsticks now that matte liquid formulas have overtaken the market, but in terms of regular ol’ lipstick that we’ve all been wearing for like three million years, the Plumpline Lip Liners* perform well. I wouldn’t say that they’re miraculous, but I don’t think I could expect them to hold up much better than they do.

Buxom Plumpline lip liner size comparison

I like most elements of the packaging. They’re easy to hold, and those with smaller hands might find them easier to work with than something like the Revlon Balm Stains, which are considerably chubbier. If you don’t take into account the lip brush, they’re about the same size (length and circumference) as a ColourPop Lippie Stix, which I think is about ideal for this type of product. I like that the packaging corresponds to the colour of the product, so there’s no guessing game involved like with MAC or NARS lipsticks. I do like that the pencil is sharpenable; though I love the Revlon Balm Stains and Matte Balms, I find it a bit irritating that they get worn down to a dull and far less precise point, so I appreciate a chubby lip pencil that I can sharpen.

Buxom Plumpline lip liner lip brush

I don’t care for the lip brush that comes with the product because I just don’t see myself using a lip brush with this type of formula, nor do I think it’s necessary to use one with a product that you can apply with such precision straight from the bullet. I also have to say I hate that the cap on the lip brush is the same colour as the cap on the actual pencil, because without fail whenever I reach for one of these I open the lip brush end first.

And now, pictures of all the colours I own:

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in White Russian

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in White Russian* is a pale, cool pink. I don’t like colours this pale on myself because I think they wash me out too much, but I know a lot of people live and die for the Buxom White Russian lip gloss, so I see this one being pretty popular. This is the driest of the bunch I got for sure and the patchiest to apply, which I’m guessing has something to do with the white base.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Ransom

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Ransom* is a cool pink which is slightly darker than White Russian. I keep going back and forth about whether or not I like this on myself. It’s slightly cooler, paler, and pinker than I’d usually go for, but I want to make it work. This one applies well, though it’s a bit dryer than the next two you’ll see.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Hush Hush

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Hush Hush* is a warm pink-brown. This is the type of rosy neutral colour that I really like – it adds colour to my face without being too much. (I mean, not that I believe in “too much”, because you know I love my bold lipstick colours!) This one is very creamy and smooth to apply. I can see it being a best-seller because it’s so wearable and would flatter a range of skintones.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Covert Affair

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Covert Affair* is a burnt orange which can read a bit more red in photographs. I have never once in my life considered burnt orange lipstick for myself, but I actually love this. Besides Hush Hush it’s become my most-worn of these lip pencils. It’s also the creamiest of them all. (This is what I was wearing with my teal Lancôme eyeliner!)

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Intrigue

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Intrigue* is a neon, orange-leaning coral. As soon as I swatched this one I knew I would hate it on myself as I have an aversion to anything orange and especially any orange with a white base. This is not as bad on me as I would have expected, and I think it would be an amazing summer colour on someone with more warmth or depth to their skintone. (Seriously, I think it’s a glorious colour, just not on me.) This is one of the dryer colours.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Mystery

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Mystery* is a deep plum. I like this type of colour a lot so I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it. This one surprised me because I thought it’d be pretty patchy (especially over my dry lips), but it wasn’t too bad. It did require about two layers for full evenness, but there are a lot of dark lipsticks that are just beyond wearability on my dry lips no matter how much I layer them. This one does feel slightly drier than some of the others, but it doesn’t cling to dry patches.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner swatches

L-R: White Russian, Ransom, Hush Hush, Covert Affair, Intrigue, Mystery

I don’t think that the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners* are as revolutionary as Buxom would have us believe – they’re chubby lip pencils, not magical lip plumping devices. However, I think they’re nice chubby lip pencils, and at $20 CAD/$17 USD they’re downright affordable alternatives to similar mid-range and high-end products. (I really can’t remember the last time I saw a lip product sold at Sephora that was only $20!) There’s also a nice range of colours, from neutrals to brights to deep plums and berries, so you just might find one you love.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners* retail for $20 CAD/$17 USD for 0.07oz of product, or $285.71 CAD/$242.86 USD per oz. (For comparison, the NARS Satin Lip Pencils are $34 CAD for the same amount of product, or $485.71 per oz.) They can be purchased from Sephora or Ulta.

There are 8 responses to “Review: Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners*”

  • The Hush Hush + Covert Affair shades look amazing on you! The latter definitely does look a bit more red than it probably is in reality but I think it looks amazing with your skin. I’m also not a big fan of any lip pencils that have to be sharpened – I ain’t got time for that in the morning! But glad to hear they’re not too bad after all!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • I was really frustrated by how hard it was to photograph that colour accurately. I have a few products that just don’t translate on camera. I don’t mind sharpening products but I find that most wooden liners sharpen strangely and are pretty stiff/dry. Luckily that’s not the case with these!

  • I know that brands have to keep coming out with ever more revolutionary claims (plumping lip liners! 24-hour wear!), but I kind of wish there were a deadpan, matter-of-fact brand that would say things like “This is a really great lip liner. It’s good a lining your lips, filling them in, and making lipstick last longer. That’s it. You want something else, buy another product.” I assume that brand would be very short-lived.

    • Hahaha. I would definitely appreciate that! It can be hard to cut through the marketing b.s. sometimes. So far I’ve never tried anything with an extraordinary claim that was actually true. I’d love to one day put my skin through the ringer and test out a full face of supposedly 24-hour products; I can’t imagine that most of them would really last that long. I did once apply my makeup at 9am in Toronto and then take it off in 4pm in Glasgow the next day, which would have been 27 hours, and unshockingly it did not hold up!

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