Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons Reviews, Photos, Swatches in Intro(vert), Jazz(berry), Th(ink)

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

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Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) (46) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Th(ink) (44) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon on lower lash line

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About the Reviewer

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Gorgeous colors and pretty packaging, but I can’t see myself using them a ton. I might be able to get the same look of Th(ink) using L’Oreal’s blue Infallible eyeshadow (Midnight or something) layered over UD Perversion pencil.

Oh my goodness, Intro(vert) is possibly the prettiest color I’ve ever seen for an eyeliner. I’m a huge fan of greeny-sparkle colors on my lower lash line, and I’d wear this all the time! However, I don’t even spend $25 dollars for pants/shoes/shirts/anything, so I probably would never buy it. Sigh!

Did anyone have a problem with eye irritation after using these? I bought the Cocoa one Friday, used it Saturday and LOVED it. Washed it off Saturday night before bed. When I woke up Sunday my eyes were swollen. Could have been from something else but since this was my first time using this product I wanted to check.

Oh, no I have been waiting for Jazz(berry) to come in back online at SEphora.com, thought it would be great for my green (well hazel but with a color like this I think they would go green) No…….why is it really that bad….I am afraid I may have to buy to find out. I want a burgendy eyeliner and can’t find one….

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