Thanks to those of you who were concerned about me, I am going to be better after I come back from the doctor, which will be at 3:00. But for now, I've got to get a post out for today! Listen, I tried out both the Cremestick Liner and Lip Pencil from MAC, and after having made a comparison I must share my findings with you!
I think there are pros and cons to each of these, so it's not necessarily the case that one is better than the other. The Cremestick Liner is just as the name suggests: creamy. It is full of moisture, so it glides on your lips very easily, and this cuts the application time in half. If your lips have the tendency to get dry, this is the lip pencil for you! And another pro to this product is that it is retractable, so there is less mess when you are applying while on the go.
The only con to the Cremestick Liner I can think of is that because it's so full of moisture and glides onto your lips very easily, it is not as long lasting. My lip-licking habit makes me have to reapply, and this can be a hassle at times. But if you don't mind having to reapply every once in a while, I think this Cremestick Liner can be a handy tool to have in your purse.
The regular Lip Pencil doesn't contain as much moisture, and in fact, it is very dry. The application is a little more difficult because of this, I have to admit, but the Lip Pencil seems a lot more pigmented than the Cremestick Liner. And the dryness can be a positive, because once you have applied it to your lips, it is more difficult to eat off. For me, because of my bad habit, I would go with the Lip Pencil.
I think it's really based on your personal preference. If you are really curious, I would just give both a try and see which works best for you. In fact, I have yet to try lining my lips with the Lip Pencil and then filling it in with the Cremestick Liner. There are many different ways to use these things, and both have pros and cons, so really, I can't say one is better than the other. Below is a picture of both: I have the Cremestick Liner in Creme O' Spice ($14.50) and the Lip Pencil in Mahogany ($13.00).
I hope this helps, and good luck!