ANYWAY. I was starting to hyperventilate when I sharpened my 114 for the last time. The darn thing was down to a nub. I have gone through about 4 of these liners and all of them are so short I can't even sharpen them anymore. I realized I had to suck it up and look for another liner to replace my beloved #114.
I had to meet a member from MUA (Tessa) to do a swap in person (hey, it's an excuse to meet in person and go shopping why not?) Tessa had already been shopping, which was good because I had Darthypie with me, and we only spent a few minutes together. Oh and by the way, Tessa is a doll. She not only gave me a VERY generous sample of Sweet Sienna for our swap she brought a stuffed animal for Darthypie! How nice is that?!?
We wandered into the Sephora and as I was lamenting about the #114 pencil, I spied a new liner called Maniac Long Wearing Liner.
image from sephora.com
Sephora describes it as "a highly pigmented, long-lasting lip liner." The pencil is about 2 times the length of the old Slim Pencil liner and it has a lip brush at one end. I probably won't get much use out of the lip brush but I guess it's OK. I have never successfully had the cap to a pencil with a lip brush stay on for the life of the pencil so inevitably the cap will fall off and the lip brush will be rendered useless as I seriously doubt I will be able to find the cap & keep it clean after that.
I snatched up a pencil in 12 Miel Dement (described as - matte beige putty) and as I studied it I thought, this might be a good dupe of the #114. The Maniac Long Wearing Liner is priced at $6 while the Slim Pencil was priced at $4, so a couple of dollars more and 2 times the length I was OK with that.
When I got it home I swatched the two liners side by side. Wow! It was almost an exact dupe of the #114! It was ever so slightly warmer but not so much that it would make a huge difference.
When I went to wash off the liners from the back of my hand I was amazed that the new Maniac Liner wasn't budging with light soap and rinsing. I really had to scrub it to get it off. Not hard scrubbing, but it definitely required effort. My only concern is that the liner may cause some tiny breakouts along my lip line if it requires that much effort to remove, but I'll let you all know if anything happens like that.
The Maniac Pencil does not use wood as the casing like the Slim Pencil did, so sharpening isn't as easy (in my opinion) as a wood pencil. I find that the "lead" can be broken inside the casing and while you spin the pencil around a few times to sharpen it, the "lead" may be broken and will fall out, so you have to sharpen again. Maybe it's just me, maybe it's the cheap sharpener I use I don't know, but I haven't been fond of this type in the past. I have only sharpened this once and so far so good. No breakage and no extra sharpening.
All in all. I say I'm quite pleased to not only find a dupe of the color, but to be able to find it for a VERY reasonable price and what looks like a superior formula!
Have you managed to successfully find dupes of products that were discontinued?