LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencils

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, waterproof pencil eyeliner that is “highly pigmented.” It’s a decent formula, but there are better ones on the market–for a late entry in the market like this, I wanted these to perform better. They’re water-resistant, but they will smudge somewhat if you rub or apply pressure to them with any water–if you just dabbed with a tissue (e.g. you teared up), they hold up fine. The overall wear was on the shorter side, averaging between seven and eight hours, with a waxy consistency that glided well across the skin but sometimes had a faded, muted look applied.

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LORAC Aqua Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil Aqua
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
83%
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Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliners

Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner ($14.00 for 0.0176 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing, smudge-proof gel” pencil available in ten “intensely pigmented matte shades.” It’s a twist-up pencil, so you’ll notice that they contain less product than the Contour Eye Pencils (which require sharpening). All five shades I tested were mostly matte, semi-opaque to fully opaque in pigmentation, and long-wearing. The texture varies between very lightly creamy (just enough not to tug) and lightly creamy, but they’re not slippery or wet at all. Wear time varies from eight to ten hours with light thinning overall but no smudging or migration. When I wore them in the shower, they seemed fairly waterproof! I prefer the regular Contour Eyeliners a bit more, as I get longer wear and they’re a little creamier (but not slippery), though these are nice, particularly for some of the more unique shades in the range.

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Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner
Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner All Black Everything
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
88%
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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Fall 2015 Eye Kit Hardwired Eye Kit
D
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
3.5
Total
64%
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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a medium-sized (but thicker) palette that houses eight eyeshadows and a travel-sized eyeliner. The first row of eyeshadows are matte, while the second row of eyeshadows are shimmery. Long-time readers will know that I find NARS eyeshadows to be extremely hit or miss with more misses than hits, and I’m not a big fan of this palette either. The formula is described as “highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant” and that they “blend effortlessly.” They are generally semi-sheer to semi-opaque and run either a little powdery or stiff enough that they’re uneven and harder to blend. The darker mattes tend to look patchy applied, no matter what tool I use to blend.

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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Night Palette (2015) NARSissist Day & Night Series
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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Kat Von D Dali, Nerdrum, Nietzsche Ink Liners

Kat Von D Ink Liner ($19.00 for 0.019 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a waterproof liquid eyeliner that wears for up to 24 hours (I only tested for sixteen) with “bold lines with instant color lay-down.” None of the three I bought to try were that opaque, and they’re really very runny when applied to the skin, so they sometimes spread out into the “lines” on the skin (it will depend on your skin type and how your skin is in the area). The biggest issue I had with these is that you can’t intensify the eyeliner, and it’s hard to correct any mistakes, because if you go over the same area with the felt-tip, it erases the color and becomes even more difficult to get even, smooth coverage in that area.

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Kat Von D Ink Liner
Kat Von D Ink Liner Dali
C
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
3.5
Total
74%
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Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliners

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up pencil eyeliner (no sharpening required) that comes in a variety of shades. Last year (seriously, in June 2014!), I bought a ton of them, and I’ve been slowly working my way through them since. I’m trying to make a serious dent into my backlog (about 13,000 photos), so hope you enjoy this mega-review! :)

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Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Alpine
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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