We’re all in search of the perfect eyeliner. The one that stays put, lasts the whole day, won’t run when you tear up and doesn’t make you look like a raccoon by the end of the day.
So many choices, so many claims to be “completely 100% waterproof”, smudge-proof, water-resistant etc.” Well, I’m a tough sell when it comes to the perfect eyeliner. And the makeup junkie in me just can’t pass up a cosmetics aisle to save my life. So when I went strolling through the aisles recently and spotted a few brands that made, what I thought might be ‘ridiculous’ claims, I had to put them to the test.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio
These guys caught my eyes with the words on the box 100% WATERPROOF. That was enough for me. Sold. Well, don’t run down to the local drugstore yet girls. They are NOT 100% waterproof, they aren’t even 50% waterproof. As a matter of fact, of all the eyeliner pencils I’ve tried, these were the biggest disappointment to me. Great concept. They come packaged in sets of 3, according to your eye-color. Fool proof selection, and they would be great IF they stayed on. They don’t even slightly stay on. After application, you can wait 5 minutes, 10 minutes, even 20 minutes, then wipe these right off. No scrubbing necessary, just wipe. Two hours after application, the color was completely gone from my eye-line, and it was now under my eyes in a big mess. Don’t waste your money. These were definitely a BIG MISS on the Buzz-o-meter. So far off the meter, they don’t even qualify for 1 star.
e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner
Now, in some cases you definitely get what you pay for, so what was I hoping for when I purchased a liquid eyeliner for $1. Yep, you read it right. Available at all Target stores, e.l.f. cosmetics offer beauty products at very cheap prices. Unfortunately many of the items don’t really deliver either. Their liquid eyeliner comes in a vast array of gorgeous shades, but you must have patience if you’re going to use it. First time, it was gone in an hour. Second time it barely stayed till Noon. Third time, and this was the only attempt that I could actually get it to last past lunch, was to layer almost 4-5 layers of it. Even then, it was gone by the end of my 8 hour day. However, if you have to apply 5 layers to each eye, are you really saving that much money? After all, with daily use this won’t last you beyond 2 weeks, not to mention you have to allow a lot of time to apply your liner every morning. Too much effort for me. 2 out of 5 on the BUZZ-O-METER.
Moving on to:
Maybelline Eye-Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil
This one caught my eye with the claim “smudge-proof and water-proof for 16 hours”. REALLY? SIXTEEN HOURS? That’s a pretty hefty claim to fame for an eye-pencil, so I was up for the challenge. A reasonable $8 price tag, I thought that was a deal if it was going to create a look like the one on the model in the display that lasted for 16 hours. Ultra creamy this pencil glides on. The draw-back, it just doesn’t stay put.
Here is the model. I’m guessing a little airbrush work on the picture because the liner on the bottom never looks quite that smooth for long. Now don’t get me wrong. It really does glide on with ease. No tugging or pulling, but it also never dries to completely be waterproof either. Just an hour later the bottom liner is sparse and patchy. ANNE’S TIP: Try ‘powdering’ over the pencil to give it longer staying power. Choose an eyeshadow color in a shade as close to the pencil color as possible. With a small angle brush dab along the line with the shadow. This will help ‘set’ the liner for longer wear. A little trick we learned in makeup school. 3 out of 5 on the BUZZ-O-METER
And last but not least:
N.Y.C. Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
This has got to be my favorite for the price! A bargain at $3.99, this pencil delivers smooth color every time. Doesn’t glide on quite as easy as the Maybelline pencil, but this is truly an old-fashioned kohl pencil made in Germany. They say it’s waterproof- I’m not sure if any pencil is really waterproof, but it is very water resistant! Once on, you have to use a little muscle to get it to move. Moody Blue is my favorite. A beautiful blend of royal and navy. The only drawback to these pencils- they’re hard to find. They say they’re available in most WalMart, Target and Rite Aid stores, but the pencils are almost always out of stock. At that price, when you do find them, stock up! 4.5 out of 5 on the BUZZ-O-METER
My lesson here. If the claim on the box sounds too good to be true, like Mom always said “it probably is”. More fabulous eyeliner reviews tomorrow….stay tuned!
Stay Gorgeous Girls~