I really don't think I can go into Boots without buying something. I actually went in a few weeks ago with my mum so she could buy some holiday bits. Obviously this meant that I had to walk past the makeup aisle before I got there. I saw this pencil and knew I needed to try it as I have become a huge fan of lip crayons lately and you can't beat a red lip.
My face seemed to be extremely red when I took these photos, so there is no full face picture, sorry! I don't really know why I am saying sorry, maybe it's a blessing to not see my face HA! I find with my scar that I seem to have really good days where you can't see it and bad ones when thats all you can see..I probably notice it more on myself though. Anyway enough of my rambling, onto the lipstick...
Red Essential is a true, bright red a little deeper than MAC Ruby Woo but still as vibrant. The colour is very classic and a perfect, elegant red.
The pencil isn't too thick to hold which makes it so much easier to apply to the lips more accurately. The nib is very soft although it does tug ever so slightly. I found this did smudge on me a little though but I'm not sure if I was just having one of those clumsy days where I just seem to forget I am wearing lipstick then next thing I know it's smudged. I really like the formula of these, I would say they are Maybelline's take on the NARS pencils although I wouldn't say they are as creamy, but still not a bad match at all and a lot cheaper too!
This lasted on me for a good few hours before needing to be touched up and that was from drinking a few glasses of wine too, so not bad for the price at all!
I will definitely repurchase, I just need to choose between them all for the next shade! ♥