Friday, March 30th, 2012

MAC Eye Kohl
MAC Eye Kohls

MAC Reel Sexy Eye Kohls

There are four MAC Eye Kohls ($15.00 for 0.048 oz.) in the upcoming Reel Sexy collection debuting on April 5th in-stores. They are: Heirloom (highly metallicized greyed lavender), Hyacinth (mid-tone blue), and Resort (deep amethyst plum), and Smolder (intense black). Smolder is not included, because it’s a permanent shade that’s been long-standing.

  • Heirloom is a lilac-tinted light gray with a silvery sheen. It doesn’t deliver the greatest color payoff, and it doesn’t seem to layer as well as I’d like. I can’t think of a similar shade to this.
  • Hyacinth is a medium-dark muted blue. It’s not a full-on medium blue, but it’s not a navy blue–it’s right in-between–and there’s a softened quality to the color. The color payoff is so-so in a single pass. It doesn’t skip so much as it just doesn’t deposit an even, opaque layer of color. MAC Marine Ultra is more intense. Make Up For Ever #15L is a bit lighter. YSL #03 is a bit darker.
  • Resort is an eggplant purple with red undertones. It has decent pigmentation in a single go, but again, it’s not fully opaque, and it doesn’t seem to get there even with layering. Make Up For Ever #4L is a bit darker, more burgundy. CoverGirl Violet Voltage is a bit darker.

With the amount of eyeliner formulas out there, MAC’s Eye Kohls are not on my list of favorites.  They’re soft but not creamy, so they don’t glide on effortlessly.  Luckily, they’re not dry, so they don’t tug and drag painfully across the lash line, but I can never get a really great, opaque line of color.  Even after going back and forth one or two times, it just doesn’t look right.  It seems to fold over itself and bunch up in places, so it does look nice and even.   What is applied, though, does wear well.  I was able to wear Heirloom for eight hours without any problems–it looked a little faded after ten hours.  Some of the shades in the range are creamier than others, but these just didn’t have enough give.

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MAC Reel Sexy Eye Kohls Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B-
There are too many better eyeliner formulas on the market (even with MAC's own line) that make these seem like under-performers--especially when it comes to delivering rich color payoff.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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

Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It delivers good color coverage in a single pass, and it doesn’t pull or tug at the lash line during application. The consistency is creamy and soft, so it glides on easily across the lash line and water line. While some brown eyeliners are a softer alternative to black, the depth of this shade makes it nearly as powerful as a soft black eyeliner. CoverGirl Brown is similar, but not quite as intense.

Estee Lauder has been putting out a lot of new products with impressive formulas, and the Intense Kajal Eyeliner is no exception.  The creamy glide, rich color payoff, and long-wear make this a winner.  It wears five and a half hours on my lower water line but lasts for up to ten hours on my lower lash line–there’s no fading, smudging, or migrating during those ten hours either!

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Blackened Cocoa

A+
Estee Lauder has been putting out a lot of new products with impressive formulas, and the Intense Kajal Eyeliner is no exception. The creamy glide, rich color payoff, and long-wear make this a winner.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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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.

Product

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.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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