Monday, March 19th, 2012

Estee Lauder Blackened Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Blackened Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich black with a mostly matte finish. It has excellent color payoff in a single stroke. I love how creamy this formula is; it glides on easily, evenly, and delivers full color without having to go back and forth. Despite the creamy consistency, it stays put–it doesn’t smudge, budge, or migrate on the lash line during the day. It doesn’t wear quite as well on the lower water line, but it did hang on for five to six hours.

This deep of a black is not impossible to find, but not every brand makes it. Some notable shades that are going to be similar in depth would be MAC Black Black and Urban Decay Perversion.

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Blackened Black

A+
Blackened Black is a great choice for a rich, intense black eyeliner. The application is really lovely--soft, smooth, and easy to apply without tugging or pulling on the lash line.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner
Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner

Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “jet black.” The formula is supposed to be “highly-pigmented” and “last up to eight hours.” It has a felt-tip applicator that’s very pointed and quite small overall, so precise lining is made easy with this shade. The length of the felt-tip is just right, too, for more precise eyeliner, because it’s not too long, and it has a good stiffness, but still some pliability, to glide across the lash line without tugging. It’s opaque in a single pass, and I love that it doesn’t feel watery at all, as some felt-tip liners can. It’s very, very black in person, but as black liquid eyeliners are wont to do, they will photograph either a little blue or brown, depending on the undertone–Really Black has a brown base.

This wears for at least eight hours–I don’t think it’s really going to budge until you want it to. I lined just above my lash line, across my lid, and then drew a line across my crease, just for kicks, to test the wear out–it was like a checkerboard on my eye. It dries down quickly, and then it’s set. I didn’t have any smudging, budging, or fading over a ten-hour period.

I will admit I’m curious when brands launch products like these: staple, everyday products that don’t already exist in the permanent range. Bobbi Brown launched this with the Neon & Nudes collection for spring, yet it’s a limited edition product.

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Really Black

A+
It's black eyeliner, so there are certainly plenty of dupes available, and it's not the kind of product one has to race out to buy because you don't already have something like it in your launch. It's a great product, and I think it's a product Bobbi Brown needs her in line.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil
Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil

Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil

Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil ($0.99 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark olive green with olive, gold, and forest green micro-shimmer finished with a satiny sheen. It’s a little greener than Urban Decay Stash, but not as green as Stila Moray.

The coverage and pigmentation is good; it doesn’t quite deliver fully opaque coverage in a single pass, but it’s close. I recommend dulling the point of the pencil by swatching it on the back of your hand, because how it arrives is very, very sharp and uncomfortable to use on the lash line! It’s creamy enough to glide with very minimal tugging on the lash line, and it takes awhile to set, so it can be smudged if you so desire.

It lasts about six hours on the lash line, and it’s mostly faded by the eighth hour. It’s not a particularly long-wearing eyeliner on me, and it will smudge if the weather is warmer or if you accidentally rub your eye–it’s not forgiving at all, because it never completely sets in place. If you have watery eyes or live in a humid climate, this isn’t a go-to for all-day eyeliner. At this price point, you may find it’s worth experimenting with or picking up a color you know you would rarely wear.

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Wet 'n' Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
If you have watery eyes or live in a humid climate, this isn't a go-to for all-day eyeliner. At this price point, you may find it's worth experimenting with or picking up a color you know you would rarely wear.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Gypsy Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “matte dark brown.” Unlike a lot of Make Up For Ever products, it’s limited edition–and it has a name, not a number! The Aqua Eyes formula is supposed to be waterproof, smudge-proof, fade-proof, and provide intense color. I like the range for its durability, as it really does last all day for me, and the large variety of colors available.

Gypsy is a warm, red-toned medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It’s fairly opaque in one pass. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but less red-toned. MAC Brownborder is also similar. Urban Decay Corrupt is browner with less red. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book is warmer, more golden, less red. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer is closer but shimmery and not as dark.

The texture of Gypsy was soft, lightly creamy, and had a good waxiness that enabled it to glide across the lash line without tugging.  Those with oilier eyelids sometimes prefer Aqua Eyes because of the drier texture, which somehow manages to stay on that fine line between creamy and dry.  I’ve had excellent experiences with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes formula; it doesn’t smudge, fade, or migrate during the day, and it wears a solid eight hours or longer on me.

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Gypsy

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This is a gorgeous, rich red-toned brown that's an excellent alternative to black eyeliner for everyday eyeliner. It works well on its own with a neutral eye or anchor a more intense look.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #5 Copper Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as it’s named: “copper.” It’s a muted copper with a gold sheen. The only shade I could think of that was similar was tokidoki Unicorno, which is more like an orange-gold. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is a bit like it, but it is an eyeshadow.  It delivers mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass, which is always a noteworthy feat for an eyeliner.  There’s a metallic sheen, but it’s not too reflective.

Giorgio Armani describes the formula as waterproof/water-resistant (they use both terms, even though they mean different things), soft, creamy, and intense.  The first thing you notice when you use it is how utterly soft and malleable the pencil tip is.  It’s so, so soft that it glides across the lash line with ease–no tugging or skipping.  Despite the creaminess of the formula, it doesn’t smudge throughout the day.  This shade wore better than #4 for me, actually, because it looked 95% as good after eight hours as it did when I first applied it.  I splashed my eye with water and lightly pressed, and I didn’t find that the eyeliner was disturbed, so it should make it through intact if your eyes water a bit.

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Copper (05)

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If you find that beige and champagne eyeliners don't look quite right, you may try this soft copper to wake up tired eyes. Or maybe as a new way to do so even if you do like a good champagne eyeliner! It's not dark like most copper eyeliners, which is what makes it more unique.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #4 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
Giorgio Armani #4 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #4 Antique Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Giorgio Armani #4 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “antique gold.” It’s a muted yellow gold with bronze-brown tones, so it appears a little brighter than true antique gold but not extremely brassy either. Surprisingly, it reads differently to these gold eyeliners. This kind of color does an excellent job of bringing out the warmth in eyes, especially if you have green or hazel-hued peepers. The color coverage is fairly opaque in one pass, which is always nice.

This formula is supposed to be waterproof/water-resistant, long-wearing, soft, creamy, and intense. It is insanely soft; don’t keep it in a warm place, because it’s close to pushing the envelope by being too soft! The softness lends itself to great glide and application; it will slide across the lash line like hot butter on a skillet. There’s no tugging, dragging, or skipping with these formula! With all of that creaminess, I was afraid it was going to smudge and migrate all over the place, but in a completely impressive move, it sets after twenty seconds or so, and it stays put quite well. There’s minor but noticeable fading after eight hours of wear, so it’s not the most impressive eyeliner I own, but it holds its own.  I took a shower with this on, and water didn’t cause it to run or smudge.

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Antique (04)

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I'm a total sucker for golds, so it was a must-have for me, but I think it will work well on warmer and more olive-toned complexions. It's also excellent paired with green or hazel eyes, because it will brighten and bring out the warmth of both.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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