Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil
Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil

Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil

Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep black.”  It’s a rich black with a creamy finish; no real sheen or shine, so it appears mostly matte once applied.  This liner from the brand is supposed to be “exceptionally smooth” and work well for both the lash line and lower water line. According to Sephora, it is a blend of vegetable lipids, vitamin E, mango seed oil, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and jojoba oil.  When I tried to figure out just how long this was supposed to wear, Make Up For Ever actually said for long-lasting results to dust a loose powder or use their makeup seal over it.

The pencil is, however, designed to be used on the upper and lower rims, or the waterlines, which is why it has such a creamy texture.  The Khol Pencil (which is how it’s spelled on the pencil, but on their website, they write it as Kohl Pencil) glides across the lash line/water line effortlessly, because it has such a soft, creamy consistency that helps it deliver intense color in a single pass.  This is a very smudgeable eyeliner, though I didn’t find that it would run, smudge, or migrate when I wore it.

When I tested it on the waterline, it lasted for four hours or so, but it held up better on the lower lash line and made it to eight hours with most of it intact.  Despite the eyeliner disappearing on the waterline after four hours, it doesn’t migrate or wind up underneath your lash line.  I did dust on a smidgen of black eyeshadow on top of the lower waterline to see if it would improve the wear, which it did, though it extended the wear to five hour and a half hours.

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If you're looking for a waterline-approved eyeliner, you might want to consider Make Up For Ever's Khol Pencils! They deliver excellent color payoff and have a great creaminess that helps them apply easily to the lash line.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012


MAC Duck Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Duck Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Duck Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “soft grey brown.” It doesn’t read gray at all to me; it’s more of a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with hints of red in the base. It has no shimmer, so the finish tends to look more matte on the lash line. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but darker. MAC Brownborder is also similar and only slightly darker.

MAC’s Powerpoint Eye Pencils are designed to be long-wearing, water-, transfer, smudge-, and budge-proof. Duck has a really creamy consistency and great glide for easy, tug-free application on the eye. It’s fairly pigmented in a single pass, and it can be layered without worry about “erasing” parts of the color. Some of the shades in this formula have a waxier base, so when you go back and forth, it seems like you’re removing some of the color, but not with this particular shade. I’ve had good wear experiences with this formula; typically, they wear for eight hours and are mostly visible at that point, but they can withstand humidity and some water, and I didn’t have any smudging issues.

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If you're looking for a warm brown eyeliner to complete your neutral look, Duck would make a nice choice. I love brown eyeliner to give any eye look a softer, less harsh look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 21st, 2012

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Permaplum Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “deeply plum with pink shimmer.” It’s part of the permanent range. It s a dark purple with subtle burgundy-brown undertones. L’Oreal Violet Volt is less red, bluer, while Make Up For Ever #6L seems redder, less purple.

A problem that often occurs with purple eyeliners is less-than-stellar pigmentation, and it’s true in this instance as well. It doesn’t deliver much color in a single pass, and while it is buildable to an extent, the waxy base that makes these glide across the lash line with ease, makes it difficult to layer too much product on. If you go back and forth a few times, you’ll find that it’s not perfectly evenly applied.

The formula is touted as long-wearing, waterproof, transfer-proof, smudge-proof, and budge-proof. It wears around eight hours for me with very minor fading, but it definitely doesn’t budge/smudge while it’s worn, which is always a good thing.

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Not the best purple eyeliner on the market due to the lack of pigmentation! The formula is good overall, though I've found better luck with other brands from my experience. It's a formula I do use and reach for on occasion.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “turquoise.” It’s a new and limited edition item from Estee Lauder Topaz for spring. The new formula is supposed to be creamy, richly pigmented (intense color in “one single stroke”), and blendable. Estee Lauder also says it can be used on the lower inner rim of the eye.

It’s so lovely! The color aside, which is gorgeous, but the formula is fantastic. It’s perfectly pigmented, and it’s nearly opaque in a single pass (and once you get past the initial tip, which is very fine-tipped, it’s easier to get that opaque line in one go). The consistency is very, very creamy, and it glides on the lash line effortlessly. I was expecting this to have some wear issues, but like the recent Kajal eyeliners, it didn’t budge. It wore for eight hours on my lower waterline, which is very impressive. On my lower lash line, it wore for twelve hours. No smudging, fading, migration, or any of that nonsense; just pure long-wearing color.

The color it is a dark blue-teal. It’s creamy with no shimmer, so it has more of a matte finish. It’s darker compared to Estee Lauder Electric Teal, though the difference isn’t extreme, so you may find you only need one.

These come sharpened, and the tip is extremely fine and long. It sharpens like other jumbo eye pencils, but because it has the consistency of your normal pencil eyeliner, there is a lot less waste than if this was a creamy jumbo eye pencil (think Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils). The waste is the same as an eyeliner (it wasn’t enough to make me concerned).

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Dramatic Teal

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Amazing pigmentation, wear, and feel! Estee Lauder's been stepping up their game, and their newest eye crayon has shown just how much. Don't sleep on this one; I expect this shade to be a sellout just like Electric Teal from holiday.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 13th, 2012

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a dark navy blue with a shimmery finish. I feel it necessary to do a full copy-and-paste from spring’s press release regarding this product, because too often I receive comments and emails saying I’m being unduly harsh and unfair, all because NARS “meant” for this product to crease; that this is supposed to have that “creased” look.  I’m harsh, but I don’t think unduly so; this is an atrocious product, and from a high-end brand that can and does put out quality products, it’s appalling. I don’t make excuses for brands, least of all when they create products that perform this poorly.

This is what the press release states: “The navy blue Soft Touch Shadow Pencil complements any warm-weather look. Use the creamy, long-wearing formula alone, as a base for layering with powder shadow, or to line and sculpt the eye.” This product is long-wearing by itself, can be used as a base beneath powder eyeshadow, as well as an eyeliner. There is nothing about this product creasing, migrating, moving, turning to sludge, or otherwise indicating it’s supposed to look like this on the lid.

Whenever I wear/experiment NARS’ Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, I notice my eyes are a bit irritated; there’s a burning sensation (not on the lid but of my eye), especially when I use these as eyeliners. I’ve tried Dark Rite in the three methods that NARS states: alone, as a base, and as an eyeliner. None of these methods was successful. The good news is this product creases so quickly that it takes very little time to go through all those tests!

Alone, it fades, smudges on the beneath the lower lash line (from the lid!), creases, and pools into creases. It isn’t dry to the touch after a half hour of wear, which is obviously going to be a problem–if it doesn’t dry, it doesn’t set, so it won’t stay in place. It applies somewhat evenly but does have problems; if you apply with a finger, it seems to just slide around but I wasn’t able to get a really even look with it using my fingers. I had the best luck doing one pass and doing my best not to layer.

As a base with powder eyeshadows on top, it’s both a pain to use (because it’s wet, the powder eyeshadow tends to clump and stick to it but not blend out well; the darker hue also has a tendency to “eat” the eyeshadow) and wear (because it creases after five minutes, just not as bad as it was alone). In the past, I have tried several of these pencils over/under various bases, with/without eyeshadow, and the results are dismal  (See Celebrate.).  I tried the same methods with this one as well with the same disappointing results, whether it’s used alone, underneath eyeshadow, or over a primer, it’s a one-way trip to Crease City.

Finally, as an eyeliner, it smudges and travels further and further away from the lash line. I don’t need any help making my under eye circles look any darker, but this product excelled at it.

The only reason it earns any points is that it is pigmented, but the pigmentation is patchy and uneven, which does impact the overall pigmentation score.  The texture is creamy enough that it glides on the lid without too much tugging or pulling, which accounts for some points.  But you’ll notice that when it comes to overall product score and longevity, there are none.  These continue to be one of the worst formulas I’ve come across.  At $24, it’s a slap in the eye.

If you want a shadow pencil that actually works, consider Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils, which not only wear all day long without trouble, they’re four bucks cheaper. Here are some navy blue eyeliners to consider as well.

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If you're been looking for a product to deliver a creased, glossy look, perhaps for an editorial, maybe this is up your alley. I suspect you could find a cheaper cream product to do something similar or else pat Vaseline or gloss over your favorite navy blue eyeshadow.
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Sunday, January 8th, 2012

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

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep navy blue with a hint of indigo. It has a matte finish, and it has a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass, but it builds up really easily and well. The texture is creamy without being slippery. It has a really dense feel and wears well on the lash line for ten hours or so (waterline is less, five to six hours). I couldn’t think of any dupes–a lot of my navy blue eyeliners are lighter or have shimmer, which tends to lighten the overall appearance.

Navy blue is an excellent alternative to black while still getting a really defined eye.  It can also add a pop of color without adding brightness to your favorite neutral look (which is my favorite way to wear it).  The matte base makes it more versatile, too, because you can smudge a shimmery eyeshadow to play with the finish and dimension of it.

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It has a matte finish, and it has a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass, but it builds up really easily and well. The texture is creamy without being slippery.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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