Most of the time I prefer to test something out thoroughly before I share my thoughts with you, but I literally had a mental explosion after swatching the Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette and the Quick-Thick Eyeliner that I feel obliged to show you as soon as I can! Besides the swatches (both wet and dry), I did a little comparison as well as mixing so that you can see the possibilities with this palette are endless!
I used to use only waterproof mascara because they tend to hold curls better, and I lived somewhere very hot and humid. My recent experience has convinced me that non-waterproof mascara could be just as good, but rest assured I’ll need some good waterproof mascara for my trip back home.
In the frenzy of summer waterproof mascara releases, MAC has jumped on the bandwagon with Zoom Waterfast Lash Mascara. For some extra definition, I’m also reviewing the Coffee Eye Pencil in the same post. Curious yet?
Tonight I was invited to the opening of the first temporary MAC store of Benelux in Brussels, and I got to see Hey, Sailor! which is coming out in Belgium tomorrow (5th of May) and apparently on the 24th in the US. This is the FIRST TIME EVER in my memory that Belgium is getting a collection before the US, and I really can’t wait to share with you all the swatches and the demonstration by the mega talented and VERY nice senior artist Elke!
Happy weekend! How is it for you so far? I am probably going to be really stuck with work (again), but I’ve got to show you the Dior Aurora Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette and Turquoise Diorshow Liner before I can start doing anything else. Seriously, they are that exciting!
How’s your Tuesday so far? I can hardly believe it’s already Tuesday! One thing I did notice about blogging is that everything seems to move forward at lightening speed, that if I don’t post on a daily basis I feel left behind! That’s why even though I’m still very much stuck with work (I bet my editor wishes she had a whip that could reach me in Belgium), but here I am with some new swatches and review for ya!
A while ago my bestie was looking for a liquid eyeliner. I remembered seeing good feedback about Eyeko ones in the blogosphere, so I thought we should try that (note how I sneakily included myself into the subject?). With an ambassador code (I used Jen’s), when our Skinny Liquid Eyeliners arrived, they took a color buddy with them (Skinny Eyeliner in Emerald Green. Oh Eyeko, you know my green obsession too well)! Let’s see how they perform, shall we?
According to Eyeko, the Skinny Liquid Eyeliner delivers precise lines, smudge-proof colour and easy application, and the easy-to-control pen delivers highly pigmented colour in a single stroke. It also promises a glossy finish that doesn’t flake or fade. The Skinny Eyeliner claims to give precise definition, intense, and long-lasting color.
The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is the first liquid eyeliner I tried. The first time I tried it on, I was a little surprised by the cooling sensation on my lash line, and my line ended up looking a little more jagged than I wanted it to be. A couple more times later however, I was comfortable enough to make cleaner lines and even extend the lines out the way I usually do my eyeliner. Just like the product claim, the finish of this eyeliner is very opaque and glossy. I appreciate the fact that I can take the cap off and line my eyes just like that, rather than taking my brush out and go the usual gel liner route. The wear is impressive. I tried it with nothing underneath, and it didn’t smudge all over the place like I suspected it would. However, by the end of the day, I can see the top of the extended part on my outer corners had disappeared a little. On top of a primer or a crease-free cream shadow however (Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow), the line stays perfect all day. It comes off easily with a bi-phase remover, but my Bioderma Sensibio doesn’t do the trick.
The Skinny Liquid Eyeliner comes in Olive Green and Turquoise as well, which are actually both colors I would like to try, but for some reason I am a little skittish about putting “color” on my upper lash line, so we’ll see!
The Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner is curiously long, and has a pretty elegant shape. The silver part is supposed to let you use the eyeliner in ease even when it has been sharpened to a stub. I personally don’t have any issues using tiny travel-sized eyeliners, but I know that some people find them very fiddly, so this is a pretty smart devise that allows you to finish an eyeliner with ease. The creaminess and pigmentation of this eyeliner aren’t as impressive as the Urban Decay ones. It’s not hard per se, but I do have to use short strokes to carefully line my lower lash line (whereas the Urban Decay ones glides on in one single pass). Without a primer, it doesn’t smudge. However, it does start to fade. With a primer however, it stays on better than the Urban Decay pencils for me. The Urban Decay ones usually smudge a tiny little on my outer corners after 10 hours. It doesn’t bother me so much, as I can easily wipe the bit off and it’s good for another couple of hours at least. This one however, even without setting it with some eyeshadow (like what I normally do. For testing purpose however, I wanted to see the minimal conditions for making it work), stays budge-free till the end of the day. In other words, what it lacks in stunning opacity and creaminess, it makes up in lasting power.
The Skinny Eyeliners come in 6 colors. I might try Powder Pink next time, because apparently it’s a great one to use on the waterline to brighten the eyes up without looking too stark (compared with a white pencil for example).
Here is the swatch so you can see how they look:
Bottom line: I like how long-lasting both products are, and I would recommend the Skinny Liquid Eyeliner especially. I don’t think I will give up on gel liner anytime soon, but for the glossiness and ease of use, I see myself reaching for this often. I wish the pigmentation could be stronger with the Skinny Eyeliner, but it is a fair trade-off for the lack of smudging!
What do you think? Do you regularly use a liquid eyeliner? Have you heard of/tried Eyeko? What are your favorite pencil liners?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
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