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Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner
Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “deepest black.” I’d argue it’s a dark black, but it’s not the richest, darkest black eyeliner I’ve come across. It’s not soft, and it’s a bit darker than medium black. There is a whole host of other black eyeliners that are comparable; most notably MAC Black Black, MAC Smolder, and Bobbi Brown Black. I promise: updated eyeliner comparisons are on my to-do list!

Long-time readers will remember that Tarina Tarantino’s Hyperliners have been my new favorite since the brand revamped their packaging and product range. I’ve been missing one shade for awhile, and I finally bought it a few weeks ago–just prior to learning about the brand’s exit from Sephora–but it’s still available and at the sale price of $9.  I’m a fan of the formula first and foremost because of the stellar wear and color payoff, and the price point and color range has made it my go-to for several months now.  

Tommy Jet wears for eight hours without fading, smudging, or migrating.  The color payoff of this particular shade is decent to good; it’s not as rich in a single stroke as some of the other shades, but it is buildable.

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner Tommy Jet
Tommy Jet
Tommy Jet
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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MAC Fascinating + Smolder Eye Kohls

MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

Old Standbys Get a New Outfit

MAC Marilyn Monroe Eye Kohls ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) sees the promotion of two permanent shades: Fascinating (intense matte white) and Smolder (intense black). If you purchase from the collection, the pencils you’ll receive come in a glossy black box and are packaged in a glossy black pencil, compared to the matte black packaging of the permanent shades. They cost exactly the same, and while online is listing these as 0.05 oz. (or 1.45g), my pencils say 0.048 oz. (or 1.36g), making them the same size as the permanent ones as well.

  • Fascinating is a bright white with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in a single pass. Dolce & Gabbana white is similar but a bit brighter, not as cool-toned. MAC Pure White is also similar but more of a neutral white.
  • Smolder is a dark black with a near-matte finish. It had good color payoff in one stroke. It’s a basic black eyeliner, so it has many dupes available.

The Eye Kohl formula is supposed to be a soft pencil eyeliner that delivers rich color along with a smooth finish.  Smolder was really creamy and glided on easily, while Fascinating was a bit drier, but it still applied evenly and didn’t pull or tug on the lash line.  Smolder remains smudge-able for awhile and eventually sets, but I did see some additional smudging after wearing it for eight hours on my lower lash line.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

MAC Fascinating + Smolder Eye Kohls

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Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil

Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil
Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil

Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil

Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil ($35.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, blue-based teal with a pearly finish. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is similar, slightly greener. NARS Kaliste is a smidgen lighter. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is less blue, slightly lighter. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for an eyeliner that dupes Prescriptives’ Blue Grotto!  (NARS Kaliste wears terribly on me, unfortunately.)

It’s supposed to be richly pigmented, easy to glide on, and can be used outside and inside the lid.  The color is fantastic–it’s intensely pigmented and goes as as solid line in a single pass. The texture is soft, creamy, and applies easily; there’s no tugging or pulling, and it deposits evenly on both the lash line and waterline.  The pencil also comes with a sharpener, but as mine was a press sample, I only received the pencil itself, so I don’t have a photo of it to share with you but did want to mention it.

I wanted to love this pencil so, so much, but it does not wear as well as it should.  It migrates and smudges outwards past my lash line every time I wear it, without fail.  The color doesn’t disappear or fade away, but it just spreads out past the lash line. For me, it happens mostly on the outer third of the lash line, but a whole slew of eyeliners wear well on me.  A smudgy kohl liner isn’t a bad thing, but it does need to set at some point, because once you’ve smudged it to your liking, you don’t want to worry about it sliding to parts unknown!  It took about five hours before there was noticeable migration, and then after six, it needed clean-up.  If you press a similar-colored eyeshadow on top, it will stop the smudging. With so many long-wearing eyeliners on the market, it’s not a step you should have to take–and of course, at $35 a pop, not at this price point, either.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Defining Pencil Exotic Teal
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
4
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner


NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

It’s a Starry Night on 47th Street

NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “black with silver shimmer.” It’s a dark black with chunky silver sparkle–it’s definitely larger than what you’d expect of shimmer. I couldn’t think of anything similar to this (not to say that there aren’t dupes, just nothing I know of). The closest that I could come up with was MAC Black Swan, which is black with more of a blue shimmer-sheen. MAC Smooth Manoeuvre is also black with a couple of bits of silver shimmer but hardly any. Update: A few readers suggested Urban Decay Oil Slick, which is a silver-shimmered black, and it is a softer, lighter black (almost looks gray in comparison), and the sparkle is a lot subtler/smaller, so it’s not quite the same, but it is similar!

It applies well and evenly, with just enough glide to slide on smoothly without tugging, skipping, or pulling but not so much that it impairs the wear.  The black seems to stay put, even after eight hours–no budging or smudging or fading–but some of the silver glitter travels below the lash line where it was originally. It doesn’t appear to travel far and wide, but it does migrate somewhat.  47th Street had good color payoff in a single pass, and it provided a nice dark black line with silver sparkle–not a super intense black, but it’s darker than a soft black. I liked this shade more than some of the past shades I’ve tried in this formula.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner 47th Street

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set


Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

One Sweet Deal for Your Eyes

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes eight shades: Hustle (medium brown metallic), Junkie (teal with bright gold shimmer), LSD (navy with bright turquoise shimmer), Mushroom (taupe-pewter metallic), Perversion (blackest-black matte), Psychedelic Sister (bright purple shimmer), Rockstar (darkest eggplant), and Stash (dark green/gold).  It also includes Grindhouse, which is a sharpener.

  • Hustle is a medium-dark brown with subtly warm undertones and bronze sparkle and sheen. It has good pigmentation in a single pass. Chanel Brun-Cuivre is just a touch darker with a red undertone. Urban Decay Bourbon has less sparkle and a stronger red undertone. MAC Lord It Up is darker.
  • Junkie is a blue-based teal with gold and teal sparkle. It has decent color payoff in a single pass but needs to be layered to pop. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy is greener and has no sparkle. MAC Undercurrent is exactly the same.
  • LSD is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle. The color payoff was rather disappointing, and you definitely need to go back and forth to get decent opacity. MAC Petrol Blue is much, much richer and bluer. MAC Industrial is a bit lighter.
  • Mushroom is a gray-brown taupe with a shimmer-sheen. The pigmentation in a single go is decent. Urban Decay Underground was the only possible dupe I could think of, but it is much browner.
  • Perversion is a rich, deep black with a matte finish. It has good color payoff in a single pass. MAC Black Black, MAC Feline, Giorgio Armani #1 are all very similar.
  • Psychedelic Sister is a medium violet purple with subtle pink-red undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff was good, and for a purple, noteworthy. MAC Designer Purple is a smidgen darker and has sparkle. MAC Rich Purple is darker, less pink.
  • Rockstar is a dark eggplant purple with burgundy shimmer. It has good pigmentation in one pass. Chanel Cassis is matte. Urban Decay Crash is very comparable.
  • Stash is an olive-green with antique gold shimmer. The color payoff is really good in a single go. MAC Buried Treasure is slightly darker. Stila Moray is a bit greener.

If you’ve ever wanted to try Urban Decay’s eyeliners or you enjoy them and want more of them, grabbing this set is a brilliant way to go, because you’re getting $162 worth of product for $59.  Grindhouse is the only sharpener I actually use; it’s a dual-sharpener so you can sharpen both regular eyeliners as well as the jumbo-sized pencils.  I use it for Urban Decay’s eyeliners as well as any other eyeliner or jumbo-sized pencil I need sharpened. Each eyeliner is full-sized, and normally, full-sized eyeliners retail for $19.  Not all of these shades are available individually, so if you want shades like Hustle, LSD, Mushroom, Psychedelic Sister, or Junkie, you’re going to have to pick this up.

The formula is good overall, though pigmentation tends to be mostly opaque, some shades do fall short.  All shades in this set are buildable, so you can get opaque color if desired, just not necessarily in one pass.  The least pigmented shades from this set were Junkie and LSD.  The most pigmented shades were Perversion, Rockstar, and Stash.  I usually get around eight hours with no fading or smudging with Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula, and I’ve been wearing them for years. All eight shades felt creamy and glided across the skin easily without skipping.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

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Urban Decay Whiskey/Zero 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil


Urban Decay Whiskey/Zero 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Can’t Decide Between Brown and Black?

Urban Decay Whiskey/Zero 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($12.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “rich brown” and “zealous black.” It costs less than a full-sized eyeliner ($19), because it’s half the size–but you do get to try two shades. Unfortunately, Whiskey is not available individually, though Zero is, in case that’s the side you would use most often!

Whiskey is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a faint sheen. It has good color payoff in a snigle pass, and it’s a nice alternative to black, because it’s lighter and brighter. Urban Decay Bourbon has bronze sparkle and has less orange undertones. MAC Brownborder is darker.

Zero is a soft black. The pigmentation in one pass is decent but I recommend going back and forth at least once to get truly opaque color. MAC Engraved and MAC Graphblack are similar. Urban Decay Perversion is much darker.

I’m a fan of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula, because it’s long-wearing, pigmented, creamy, and easy to apply.  It was my very favorite formula for several years!  I still reach for shades from the range often.  Both shades wear just around eight hours on the lower lash line for me, with no fading or smudging.  Whiskey is creamier and more pigmented than Zero, which feels a smidgen dry in comparison, though I would not go so far as to describe it as such.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Duo Whiskey/Zero
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
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