For a moment ignore the shade difference of the two products in the above photo, as the title suggests this was very much an accidental dupe find. While looking for a great but budget nude lip liner for everyday use, I stumbled across Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liners and bought a few without as much as a second thought. It wasn't until I got home later that evening that I realised the packaging, texture and formula seemed familiar, I had unintentionally found a £5 dupe for one of the most sought after lip products around - Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat.
Typically when it comes to a dupe product, we don't pay all that much attention to the packaging but I can say that the Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liners and Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats are pretty similar ascetically. Both are slim yet weighted golden pencils that are a dream to sharpen (no mess or breakage) and use for that matter.
I don't own enough of either pencil to offer up dupe shades at the moment (my local Boots was pretty skimpy in terms of Max Factor) but I can compare formulas. As a quick side note the shade I have Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner in Pink Petal does look to be rather similar to Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk - perhaps the latter is a little more blue based and deeper in tone. Both are creamy, matte yet not at all drying - if anything I'd go as far as describing bot textures as gel based, they glide on to the lips with ease allowing you to not only shape but fill in one quick step. Again the colour pigment levels are comparable - beautifully pigmented, long wearing and not prone to bleeding or feathering, assuming you are using the lip pencil as an all over lip colour rather than in the traditional sense.
At £5 the Max Factor Elixir Lip Liners are faultless, they truly do feel like a luxury product and wear just like one too! With six shades you may or may not find an identical shade dupe for a Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pencil, I'm more than sure you will find a shade suitable for your needs and dupe shades or not they are worth owning and trying full stop.
Max Factor Elixir Lip Liner £4.99 via Boots - link.
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