I used to think YSL lipliners were best but somehow my taste in lipliners have changed. This pencil does not have brush on the the other end which is already a minus. The texture is hard but it stays on pretty well. Because texture is so hard the lining result is also easily drawn unevenly. I started using Anna Sui lipliner and it is just like a dream. Line is always even and pretty. It is not like that with this one. The color poppy is brick bright red. It is a hint orangey and will only work with red lipstick. In am just not reaching this shade very often.