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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Marc Jacobs In the Buff & Midnight in Paris Highliners

Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “champagne shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to full coverage in two to three layers. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line. On me, the eyeliner wore well for nine hours before it started to thin. Estee Lauder Pearl (P, $23.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Girl Talk (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon In the Buff (80)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Marc Jacobs Lollipop & Sunset Highliners

Marc Jacobs Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “cherry pink shimmer.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with warm, reddish undertones and a cooler-toned, iridescent pink shimmer. It had good pigmentation a single pass, while the texture was lightly creamy and easy to apply. On, it lasted for ten and a half hours without fading or migrating. MAC Funfare (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Berry Lucky (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Lollipop (86)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
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MAC Wash & Dry Technakohls

MAC Coin Operated Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey with silver pearl.” It’s a warm, gray-taupe with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It did have more creaminess to it than other Technakohls, though the texture was more wax-like than truly creamy. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Technakohl Liner
MAC Technakohl Liner Coin Operated
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
72%
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Marc Jacobs Violet Femme, Peridot, Top Seacret Highliners

Marc Jacobs Violet Femme (82) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “orchid shimmer.” It’s a medium, pinky-mauve with lighter pink and lilac shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, but it wasn’t the easiest shade to layer as it was drier and tended to skip for me. This is one of the issues I’ve had with Marc Jacobs’ formula: they aren’t always creamy, and it can even vary from purchase to purchase of the same shade. Once on, the color doesn’t budget at all over a fourteen hour period, and it seemed slightly more amenable to being layered/built-up in practice than when I initially swatched it. The disappointing part is that it is a more unique shade, too. Sephora Collection Strawberry Macaroon (P, $9.00) is lighter and more metallic (but infinitely easier to apply). Marc Jacobs Beauty Jazz(berry) (46) (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Feminine Edge (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more sparkly, gel. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Marc Jacobs Violet Femme (82) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Violet Femme (82)
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
80%
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