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A good all round lipliner – MAC Stripdown

Lip liner is one of those products that I don’t rely on personally – Professionally it’s an essential, but for my own lips not so much. I like lip products that I can smear on in a hurry and reapply later without needing to look in the mirror. Lip pencil is just not conclusive to this lazy habit.

I recently purchased MAC lip pencil in Stripdown – following many of your recommendations (yes, it’s all your fault)

I’m happy to report that I have abandoned my lazy ways, temporarily at least :)

I rely heavily on Beurre by MAC in my kit but had never been attracted to Stripdown. It looked a little muddy to me. I’m glad to be wrong. It’s one of those neutral shades that goes with most lipsticks and glosses.

Last week I paired it with Revlon Peach lip gloss, Petal and MAC Hue (not all at the same time, that would be a little high maintenance of me).

I have been converted!

No matter what lipstick or gloss I pair it with it doesn’t interfere with the shade. It just leaves my make-up looking more polished. I will be picking up another for my kit.

Do you wear lip liner often?

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  • Kely Costarica

    I am curious about this product, and thinking of making a purchase. I have never really had any skin issues, but as I am now in my late 30’s I am noticing more wrinkles.

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  • Dee

    Hi Amy! I just purchased Stripdown this weekend. Had used Raw Refined forever and wanted something more neutral. I was quite surprised that I really, really like it. I usually go fo things that are more “pinky”! You are absolutely right about being able to use it with almost any color gloss!

    Love your videos!

    Kentucky, USA

  • Tricia

    I love Stripdown when I want to keep my lips really neutral! have you tried it with your Creme d’Nude yet? I know you love that shade!

    • Amy

      @Tricia Ah you know me well :) I haven’t actually. My beloved creme d’nude makes me look a bit anaemic this time of year. Must try them together though :)

  • Shiran

    I wish i could wear lip pencil…. i
    I just look ridiculous with it. does look a litlle muddy .maybe post some pics of you wearing it paird with lipstick or gloss so we could see how is actually looks=]
    Your video about the supplements helped me sooo much!i’m having some hormonal problems lately and its exactly what i was looking for..thank you=]
    I will do a blog post about it maybe tomorrow on my beauty blog..check it out if you want

  • Lyndsey

    I cannot find a lipstick that suits me, so a lipliner never makes it into my basket!

  • emt training

    What a great resource!

  • mariga

    Laurie – Salon Services on the Cork road in Waterford stocks OPI.

  • Laurie

    Hi Amy,
    I really wanted to ask you if you knew of any websites that sell real high end make up at reasonable prices, I know that the official M.A.C website doesn’t ship to Ireland and I can’t seem to find O.P.I nail polish anywhere, do you know any places in Dublin that sell O.P.I? I’v given up my search in Waterford… and outraged that I’ve just recieved my GHD straightener that I bought online and it’s so obviously fake! do you know any good e-bay sellers?

    • Amy

      @Laurie Ah Laurie I bought one of those through a friend – it fell apart after a few weeks. I hate being ripped off! OPI is sold in Sally beauty suppliers in Swords Dublin (not sure if they’re online) There are quite a few beauty salons who stock opi too. I will email them and see can I get a stock list. Website wise ,, Hope this helps. Ebay sellers – I wouldn’t trust them! If you bought your ghd on ebay you need to report the seller and demand your money back (I did this, they were thrown off ebay and paypal refunded)

  • Dee

    I go through phases – I try to wear it most of the time, but when I’m feeling lazy I skip it. Mostly I use NYX Natural (nude brownish colour) or Citrine (lovely shimmery pink).

  • Elle

    I never wear lipliner- far too lazy! Although I will admit that MAC’s Subculture has had my eye for quite a while- may have to pick it up next time I’m at a store.

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