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Stila Waterproof Eyeliner – HG Liquid Liner

20 Aug

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THIS.

Of all the eyeliners I have owned, Stila is the one that has failed me the least. You’d think I’m an Olympic swimmer with really greasy skin from all the eyeliner fails on my beauty dance card. But alas, I’m pretty sedentary as far as humans go and, I don’t know, maybe my eyelids are secretly greasy, but I can’t see any of it.

Anyway, enough about me. This liquid eyeliner has a thicker brush tip. I know some people prefer the skinny minnie brush. If that’s you, move along, genius make up artists, this liner’s not for you. I find that this slighly thicker brush allows me more control over the line I’m drawing (and the liner can still do the little cat-eye flick really well – subtle or Adele. You decide). Most importantly, it lasts all day. And I mean, ALL day. I wear it every day and I can usually just follow yesterday’s line if I need to touch it up and go. The color I use is Jet Black, which makes for a rich, sexy line. I want to try them all!
Stila Waterproof Eyeliner, $20

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The Holy Grail: Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner

11 Jun

As my previous post might suggest, eyeliner has been a problem for me as of late. It slips and slides around my face and I end up looking like I dressed up as the Morse code for Halloween. I’ve tried a lot of drugstore brands and department store brands and had more or less given up and just started wearing whatever I could dig up first (the optimistically named Line ‘n’ Seal by Styli-Style being my latest mediocre go-to).

BUT, my compulsive shopping and aimless wandering has paid off! I wandered by the Chanel counter at my local Lord and Taylor (Chevy Chase) the other day and randomly asked Heather, the makeup specialist on duty at the time, to do my eyemakeup to replicate this look. Not the easiest task, when you think about it, because I am brown and my eyes are a pretty intense dark brown. BUT, she pulled it off! I left the store with some new eyeshadow (the Blue Tendre) duo, a new bottle of Aqua Lumiere foundation, and a concealer (reviews on those products coming up!). I felt like a movie star, even if my boyfriend thought I looked like a Mexican soap opera star (a real backhanded compliment if you’ve ever watched a Mexican soap opera). But whatever, I’ve learned a lesson or two from the Man Repeller. Sometimes? You gotta wear the shit that makes YOU happy. Amirite?  No, but really, the look above is not the least bit garish, it looked VERY expensive and demure. I think my boyfriend is unaccustomed to seeing me so made up (I’m of the school of thought that makeup should be essentially invisible). This particular look was perfect for an evening out ( a wedding, a cocktail party).

Bringing it back full circle to Chanel Eyeliners… Heather lined my eyes with a regular Chanel pencil in navy blue and it held up verrrry nicely for the rest of the day. However, given my history with eyeliners, I got a bit greedy and took home the WATERPROOF eyeliner instead. (I was all, “I never want to line my eyes AGAIN!”, etc).

I got my wish. I got the liner, like, three days ago and I had to practically scrub it off with my Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover pads. I mean, am I going to have to buy Chanel Makeup remover (which is SO good, btw, but so expensive) JUST to remove this eyeliner? … I’ll think about it.

Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner, $28

My Personal Greek Tragedy

31 May

is that I absolutely cannot wear eyeliner without looking like a prostitute that just fell into the Hudson River. Let’s just say that the product migrates all over my face and gives me serious raccoon eyes. For a while now, my mainstay has been L’Oreal Carbon Black Liquid Eyeliner (look for a review on that later!). This is a decent eyeliner, relatively easy to apply for a liquid liner (you basically have to be a Japanese calligraphist to use those crazy tiny brush ones that look like nail polish- this is more a of a marker). I tend to do a cat eye and my main complaint with this liner is that the artful little flick past my lash line usually either fades or descends under the corner of my eyes for a truly unbecoming sooty eye. So, like any self-respecting beauty junkie, I’ve kept looking. Enter Bobby Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.

 I’ve always coveted the soft gel/eyeshadow-lined look. I think it’s much less harsh and (needs to be a lot less exact) than what you get when you work with a liquid eyeliner. I was really excited to try this! And at $21 a pop, plus $25 for the matching eye brush, I had to put my money where my mouth was. This product is known as the best gel liner money can buy…. and it ended up all under my eyes by the end of the night.

The application process started out well. I dipped my newbrush into the eyeliner and it went on like a dream: creating a smooth, relatively clean line across my eyelid. I topped it off with mascara and completely forgot about it until a few hours later, when I looked in the mirror and saw this:

Okay, MAYBE sans the tears, but it’s hard to know. I might have watched a sad commercial.

Anyway, my point is that this eyeliner did NOT blow my socks off, and I find myself reaching for my regular pencils and trusty L’Oreal liner.

Lesson learned: try it before ya buy it. Have the makeup counter give you a sample or put the product on for you before you splurge your hard-earned cash on some product. I certainly am not one to be giving advice to compulsive beauty shoppers, but do yourself a solid and let people like me do the legwork and then try the product you like instore. Most places are pretty cool about applying the product on your face and/or letting you take home a sample. If they apply  it for you, you can go about your day and keep an eye on it to see how it holds up. It definitely won’t give you the same rush as flouncing out of Sephora with a shiny new bag, but it’s a recession and we need our money for the shit that works.

And that’s why I now ask you, my friends. Do you have a really great eyeliner (it can be pencil, gel, liquid, or even shadow) that really works for you? Please share the love in the comments below.