Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Buxom Door's Unlocked Hold the Line Eyeliner
Buxom Door’s Unlocked Hold the Line Eyeliner

Buxom Door’s Unlocked Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “metallic purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with fuchsia undertones and a satiny sheen. In a single pass, it had rather weak color payoff, and it was only buildable to about semi-opaque color (about 80%). The consistency was a bit drier compared to other shades, though it wore well for ten hours before starting to thin. Urban Decay Ransom is very similar. MAC Designer Purple is darker, less fuchsia-toned. See comparison swatches.

I’ll Be Waiting Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “sparkling gunmetal gray.” It’s a medium silver-shimmered gray with a pearly sheen. It’s a bit darker than most silvers, but it is more metallic than just a gray shade. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and it was slightly drier (but I wouldn’t describe it as dry, it was still quite creamy and glided across the skin easily) and only layered to semi-opaque color. It lasted nine and a half hours on my lower lash line and then started to thin. Bobbi Brown Chrome is lighter, more silver. Chanel Gris Scintillante is darker. See comparison swatches.

Pick Me Up Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “sparkling denim blue.” It’s a brightened navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one layer, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two to three layers. This shade wore well for ten and a half hours before fading. MAC Blue Stripe is a touch darker. MAC Petrol Blue is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ring My Bell Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “emerald green.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-tinged green with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to opaque color in two to three layers. It wore well for ten and a half hours and then began to fade. Revlon Emerald is a touch bluer. Sephora Good Mood is shimmery. Make Up For Ever #4K is similar. See comparison swatches.

Hold the Line Waterproof Eyelinersr ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) are supposed to “glide on like a gel” and wear for 14 hours. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof, transfer- and smudge-proof. I’ve been wearing these eyeliners on and off for the past few weeks, and while I like the formula a lot, a few of these shades could use more pigmentation, and of course, they don’t deliver on the 14 hours of wear as promised. They’re very long-wearing, relative to other eyeliners, at ten hours or so (on average), but it is significantly short of 14. The pencils had a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t skip or tug on the lash line.

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Friday, September 13th, 2013

Buxom Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner
Buxom Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner

Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a recently released formula that’s supposed to “glide on like a gel” and wear for 14 hours. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof, transfer- and smudge-proof. I’ve been wearing these eyeliners on and off for the past few weeks, and I really like the formula. I wouldn’t say it delivers fully on a full 14 hours of wear, but they are long-wearing (great wear for first ten hours, then there is fading–where the eyeliner appears thinner but not smudged). There is definitely visible color there 14 hours later, though, but it’s not at the same intensity or thickness as originally applied. The color payoff is good overall, but it does vary from shade to shade. The pencils had a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t skip or tug on the lash line.

There are eight shades in the formula, and this post features four of them, and I will be reviewing the other four soon! :)

Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “jet black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with a barely-there satin sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for ten hours on my lower lash line. By no means an original shade but I would expect most brands to include a rich black eyeliner in any formula’s range, so this is just one more high-quality option to choose from. Because there is not much to say about the differences, I’ve just pulled several deep blacks but they’re all quite similar: See comparison swatches.

Come Over Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “sparkling bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, bronze and copper-shimmered bronze brown with a sparkly finish. It had decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It didn’t tug or pull at the lash line, but it wasn’t as creamy as the more matte/satin shades. This shade lasted for ten and a half hours on my lower lash line. Make Up For Ever #25L is matte and darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is warmer, less sparkly. Urban Decay Hustle is less sparkly. MAC Lord It Up is darker. MAC Orpheus is much darker. Burberry Midnight Brown is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Here’s My Number Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark chocolate.” It’s a deep, dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was very creamy and easily applied. It wore nicely for a full ten and a half hours before starting to thin. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is slightly less matte. Urban Decay Demolition is similar. MAC Rich Experience is very comparable. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany is slightly less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Knock Twice Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep champagne.” It’s a soft, muted bronze with a champagne shimmer-sheen finish. It’s darker than champagne, but it’s not too dark–this shade gets completely lost against my skin tone, as a reference, and I would not recommend for anyone who has a similar skin tone (it just feels like it never shows up to the party) but it may work well on fairer and deeper complexions where there would be more contrast. I wish it was a champagne, though, as it would work well for brightening in particular! This shade was also sheer when applied in one layer, and it was buildable in three to four layers to about 80% opacity.  The consistency was very creamy, though, even if pigment was difficult to get out of it!  Knock Twice seemed to wear well for ten hours on me–I used a magnifying mirror and was able to at least see the shimmer and a slight darkening, but it wasn’t quite as easy to measure the wear compared to the other shades (on me). MAC Deliciously Rich is a gel eyeliner, and the color is darker and has more sparkle. Urban Decay Hustle is darker and warmer. See comparison swatches.

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I've been wearing these eyeliners on and off for the past few weeks, and I really like the formula. I wouldn't say it delivers fully on a full 14 hours of wear, but they are long-wearing (great wear for first ten hours, then there is fading--where the eyeliner appears thinner but not smudged). There is definitely visible color there 14 hours later, though, but it's not at the same intensity or thickness as originally applied.

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By no means an original shade but I would expect most brands to include a rich black eyeliner in any formula's range, so this is just one more high-quality option to choose from.

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It had decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It didn't tug or pull at the lash line, but it wasn't as creamy as the more matte/satin shades.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage. With three or four passes, it was mostly opaque on the lash line. This shade lasted well for nine hours but looked substantially thinned out (but no smudging or migrating) after twelve hours. MAC Forever Green is more shimmery. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches. Even with all of these olive green eyeliners, the matte finish makes this one stand out.

Slate Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a neutral, medium-dark gray–or it would be if it had any color payoff whatsoever. It had a really waxy consistency, which I expect is part of the reason why this had such poor pigmentation. No matter how many times I tried to layer it, it was always sheer and uneven. It seemed to look as bad ten hours later as it did when I initially applied it; all that waxiness kept what little applied in place, I guess. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. Urban Decay Uzi has shimmer. bareMinerals 11PM is lighter. Bobbi Brown Smoke is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a matte finish. The consistency on this was slightly waxy with just so-so color payoff, but it was more buildable than Slate. For a purple, it wasn’t half bad. It wore well for eight and a half hours but was noticeably thinner after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Vice is warmer and shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom is more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS St. Marks Place is cooler-toned, more violet. Milani Perfect Purple is more shimmery. MAC Designer Purple is also more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Laura Mercier’s new Longwear Creme Eye Pencils are supposed to apply smoothly and evenly, be richly pigmented, last for 12 hours (yes, a full 12!), be “water-poof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and tear-resistant.” Each pencil comes with a pencil sharpener as well. They’re definitely water-resistant to water-proof overall, though I will say that it was difficult to determine the outcome of Slate when splashed with water, given it already looked faded from the get-go! I was disappointed in the texture of Slate and Violet, with Violet being salvageable, but Slate had no redeeming factors.

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It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage. With three or four passes, it was mostly opaque on the lash line. This shade lasted well for nine hours but looked substantially thinned out (but no smudging or migrating) after twelve hours.

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It had a really waxy consistency, which I expect is part of the reason why this had such poor pigmentation. No matter how many times I tried to layer it, it was always sheer and uneven.

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The consistency on this was slightly waxy with just so-so color payoff, but it was more buildable than Slate. For a purple, it wasn't half bad. It wore well for eight and a half hours but was noticeably thinner after ten hours of wear.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “gray.” It’s a dark gray with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in one layer, but it was very buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for ten hours, and then was somewhat faded (thinner) after eleven hours of wear–it was still visible after the full twelve hours, but it was definitely not exactly as it looked when initially applied. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. bareMInerals 11PM has a slightly satin finish. Bobbi Brown Smoke is less warm-toned–cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Diving in Malaysia (18) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black green.” It’s a deep, dark brown with flecks of olive sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to more opaque color. It wore well for ten hours on me without fading, migrating, or smudging; but after twelve hours, it was noticeably thinner. Urban Decay Demolition has no shimmer. MAC Rich Experience is more matte. MAC Lord It Up is lighter, warmer. MAC Orpheus is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I really love these eyeliners, even though they don’t wear the full twelve hours that Sephora claims (wish they claimed something more reasonable!), as they do wear quite well for eight to ten hours, have great consistencies that aren’t too creamy, not too waxy, and come in a variety of shades.  Plus, they’re priced just right!

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners ($19.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) have relaunched in new packaging–but the formula is the same as before–and two new shades. The brand describes the formula as a “water-based, buildable liner [that] contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and really stays put … without any fall out.” Worth noting is the brand recommends removing the wiper (or the little black piece that fits in the opening of the tube) if you want more product on the brush.

ACDC is described as a “bright purple glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple glitter with reddish tones.

Amp is described as a “light blue with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of lighter blue, darker blue, green, and teal glitter.

Distortion is described as a “iridescent glitter.” It’s an iridescent mix of glitter, so it flashes greenish-gold, fuchsia, pink, and blue.

Glamrock is described as a “silver glitter.” It is silver glitter and nothing but!

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of fuchsia, dark pink, and a few bits of gold glitter.

Midnight Cowboy is described as a “beige glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, golden beige glitter.

Spandex is described as a “deep blue-black with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of black, fuchsia, bluish-teal, and navy blue sparkle and glitter (seems like multi-sized to me).

I haven’t reviewed that many glitter eyeliners, so I wasn’t able to come up with dupes, unfortunately!  The formula is very long-wearing and does dry down fairly quickly, but the time it takes to set really depends on how much product is applied–if you go for a fully opaque coat, it takes about thirty seconds.  Once it dries, though, it stays put.  If you scratch or rub at them, clumps will come off, but if you don’t fuss with your eyes, I only saw a few stray sparkles underneath my eye after eight hours for each shade when I wore them.

If you actually want a really bling-tastic glitter eyeliner, you absolutely have to remove the wiper. This results in the brush and wand getting totally loaded in glitter, and like you might apply nail polish, you’ll want to run the plastic wand (not the brush) along the inside of the opening so it’s not also coated in glitter. Sometimes you can get too much this way, though, but it is a lot more efficient and effective at applying more opaque color. It is most practical to pick your method: either live with a few sparkles and keep the wiper in, or remove it and have free access to it. You might use a separate eyeliner brush to apply a sheerer layer, as the brush itself does get completely loaded with product. The wiper takes me about a minute to remove (I just squeezed my nails underneath the wiper’s edge and the opening of the tube), because it fits tightly into the opening (as it should)–but it may not be practical to remove it each time. For reference, I used two pulls (and everything on each pull) to create a 1.5 inch line for the swatches.

If you keep the wiper in, it can be difficult to achieve a nice even line of glitter, because the glitter applies initially as you sweep the brush across the area, but it doesn’t pull all of the initial bits across, so you get uneven coverage. I would say you need five or so pulls of the product to get a semi-sheer to semi-opaque covergae for layering that is also even. Overall, I wish that the wiper had a larger opening so there could be more product on it but not quite as much as the brush gets when there is no wiper in place. I think this would enable the best of both worlds: the ability to layer, and then ability to build-up to more opaque coverage with two layers.

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Overall, I wish that the wiper had a larger opening so there could be more product on it but not quite as much as the brush gets when there is no wiper in place. I think this would enable the best of both worlds: the ability to layer, and then ability to build-up to more opaque coverage with two layers.

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9/10

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets ($59.00 for 8 x 0.04 oz.) contains eight, full-sized eyeliners. There are five new (and exclusive) shades as well as three from permanent range included. The set has a total value of $162, as there are eight, full-sized eyeliners, and Urban Decay’s full-sized eyeliners retail for $19 each, plus Grindhouse, which retails for $10 separately. Urban Decay’s Grindhouse is one of my favorite eyeliner sharpeners, and it’s one that I’ve been using for years (though this is my first of the newer designed one). You know what else is awesome? The set is actually the same price as last year’s Ocho Loco set–no price increase. The set is limited edition.

Overall, the set is well worth the price of admission if you like Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula.  If it doesn’t work for you, then obviously this isn’t the right kit for you.  Otherwise, it’s an excellent value, comes in a variety of colors, and I didn’t have any wear issues with any of the shades.  Tornado was the weakest in pigment, but it was buildable with a few passes to more opaque color.  I noticed that these shades, while five are new, are not necessarily brand spankin’ new–you’ll see some similarities to past and/or existing shades.

Roach is described as a “deep copper brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine gold and copper shimmer. The overall finish was more pearly than frosted. It had decent color payoff in a single pass and was buildable to opaque color with two to three passes along the lash line. It wore without migrating or smudging for eight hours, and it had started to fade slightly after that (where it thins out). Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar. Urban Decay Hustle is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

Twice Baked is described as a “rich brown satin with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a neutral-warm undertone and fine champagne shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff in a single pass and was buildable to opaque color in two passes. It lasted eight and a half hours on my lash line, and after just over nine hours, it had thinned slightly but did not migrate or smudge. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Urban Decay Stray Dog is grayer. Urban Decay Underground is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Corrupt is darker. MAC Orpheus is slightly darker. Burberry Midnight Brown is similar. See comparison swatches.

Crave is described as a “deepest, darkest brown-black matte.” It’s a dark brown with neutral-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a slightly creamier consistency, so it took a bit longer to set. It had decent to good color payoff in one go, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two to three layers. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Urban Decay Demolition is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa is more matte, darker. Make Up For Ever Gypsy is lighter, redder. Bobbi Brown Mahogany is similar. See comparison swatches.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range, and if you tend to buy Urban Decay products, you probably have this already. It wears long and well for at least eight hours and then starts to thin out for me after nine to ten hours of wear, but it doesn’t migrate or smudge. See comparison swatches.

Deep End is described as a “bright metallic peacock shimmer.” It’s a bold, bright medium aqua-blue with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation in one stroke, and it was very buildable and was opaque in two layers on the lash line. It wore well for just over eight hours, and then by nine, it looked slightly thinner but did not migrate or smudge. Lancome Dress-Up Teal is less shimmery. MAC Float on By is slightly greener. Make Up For Ever #7L, Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi, and Urban Decay Electric are all a brighter blue. See comparison swatches.

Mars is described as a “bright metallic green shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned green with bluish undertones and an emerald green micro-shimmer. It had pretty good color payoff in one pass, and it was definitely buildable to rich, opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and after nine and a half hours, I noticed it was thinner but had not smudged or migrated. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is very similar. MAC Blue Noon is less shimmery. Urban Decay Covet is slightly darker, less green, but similar. MAC Minted is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ultraviolet is described as a “bright blue-violet shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, bluish-purple (almost royal blue but not quite) with a pearly sheen. In a single stroke, it was so-so in color, and it was somewhat buildable but takes three to four layers to get an opaque line. The consistency was slightly waxier than others in the formula. It wore without smudging or migrating for eight hours. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Marc Jacobs Th(ink) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Tornado is described as a “bark eggplant pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with violet and eggplant micro-shimmer. It had a more pearly/satiny finish, rather than full-on frost or metallic. It had poor payoff in a single pass, but it layers and builds well to opaque color with three to four passes. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Marc Jacobs Th(ink) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Empire is a touch lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Riot is also similar. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the set is well worth the price of admission if you like Urban Decay's eyeliner formula. If it doesn't work for you, then obviously this isn't the right kit for you. Otherwise, it's an excellent value, comes in a variety of colors, and I didn't have any wear issues with any of the shades. Tornado was the weakest in pigment, but it was buildable with a few passes to more opaque color. I noticed that these shades, while five are new, are not necessarily brand spankin' new--you'll see some similarities to past and/or existing shades.

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