Showing posts with label eyeliner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eyeliner. Show all posts

Friday, April 12, 2013


I can't believe I haven't written a post in nearly a month! Life just got incredibly busy and I haven't had the time... also, I have been on a "no buy" which has left me slightly uninspired -- Until today! I have been toying with different gel liners over the last couple years and I decided to do a comparison... I will be rating categories on a 1-5 scale, 5 being excellent.

MAC Blacktrack and Dipdown Fluidline

These two were my first gel liners and I must say that they were great in the beginning. Both are amazing for the first couple months -- creamy, smooth, apply with ease, and deeply pigmented Then a sad sad day comes -- the day you try to put on your eyeliner and then it flakes into your eye, becomes impossible to work with, and looks like total crap. My biggest complaint with MAC's Fluidlines is that they dry out WAY too fast or become troublesome at about the 5-6 month mark.

Pigmentation: 4
Smudge proof: 5
Wear: 4
Ease of Application: 3
Shelf Life: 2

Overall: C+

Clinique Cream Liner in True Black

I want to emphasize that this is a cream liner and not gel... although you apply them in a similar manner they are quite different to work with. To me this liner is a cross between a gel and a liquid. Because it is more viscous I find it a little more difficult to work with. It takes longer to set than other gel liners so I don't think it would work for ladies with hooded eyes.

Pigmentation: 4
Smudge proof: 4
Wear: 4
Ease of Application: 2
Shelf Life: 5

Overall: B+

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

This is my most recent purchase... I bought it because of all the hype on YouTube. As of right now, it is my favorite of the three. I've only had it for about 2 months, so I'm not sure how it will behave in the coming months. I will be sure to do an update. I love how black it is, and I really like the texture. It is very comparable to MAC's Fluidline (before it starts to dry out). I do notice very minor fading and minimal smudging when I do a dramatic flick. I have very oily lids, but still slightly disappointing.

Pigmentation: 5
Smudge proof: 3
Wear: 4
Ease of Application: 5
Shelf Life: unknown

Overall: A-

Recently I have been loving winged eyeliner on the outer half of the eye. It helps to make them appear more wideset! Sorry about the picture quality -- took it on my phone.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Comparison of MAC's Black Eyeliners

Which black is the blackest black? That is usually the oh-so important question that determines which liner we buy, and so in today's post I decided to compare MAC's Ebony, Engraved, and Smolder. Can one black be blacker than the other? Most definitely! With these swatches you can see the major differences in the way the liners appear, and later I will explain the differences in how these liners apply and wear. Ebony vs Engraved vs Smolder... I will be rating these on a scale of 1-10 describing how dark the shade of black is. LET THE SHOWDOWN BEGIN!!

From left to right: Ebony, Engraved, Smolder
EBONY: Ebony is called an "Eye Pencil" by MAC but it is drugstore quality disguised in MAC packaging... what a huge disappointment! The color is so light that it isn't even black. It also is a very dry liner so when used on the eye lots of pulling and tugging -- NOT cool! When you finally get it on, the wear isn't very good, and just forget about trying to get it on your waterline! Fail. Rating: 1
ENGRAVED: Engraved is called a "Powerpoint Eye Pencil" by MAC which basically means that it is waterproof and longwearing. It has medium darkness, but it is a total neutral black, not leaning cool or warm! What makes Engraved special is it's wear. I love that it won't smudge or budge, but that's also what I don't like about it. That may sound crazy, but hear me out... because it wears so long it applies sticky. When used on the waterlines, it feels especially so. I don't like for my eyelids to feel like they are sticking together everytime I blink. Some people love this liner, but personally the stickiness is a deal breaker. Rating: 6
SMOLDER: Smolder is called an "Eye Kohl" by MAC, which means that it is a soft-on liner that is very pigmented and great to smudge out. This is my favorite of the three and I highly recommend it to anyone! It's amazing on the waterline, and stays put most of the day. Ladies with oilier lids may need to set it with a black eyeshadow on the upper lashline. This one is definitely the deepest of the three, but has the slightest blue undertone. This liner smudges when I want it to, sets quickly, and stays where I put it. LOVE.  Rating: 9

MAC makes a couple other blacks and occasionally they'll even come out with limited editions. My next purchase will be Feline, which is considered to be the blackest of them all! I will be sure to do a review. I passed on Graphblack, their twist up black, because I'm not a fan of twist up liners. I hope this post was helpful! Don't forget to subscribe!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Oh winged eyeliner, how I love thee!!!

If you are new to winged eyeliner it can be quite intimidating, but it doesn't have to be difficult. There are a couple of different methods to create the perfect cat eye, but this is the one that works for me.

  1. Matte black eyeshadow
  2. Small angled brush (I use the MAC 208 pictured below)
  3. Liquid liner (or you can use gel liner, but I personally find it more difficult)

STEP ONE: Apply primer and eyeshadow. (I use Urban Decay Primer Potion, and the eyeshadows above are by MAC in the shades: Naked Lunch, Era, and Vanilla)

STEP TWO: With small angled brush and matte black eyeshadow, line the outer two thirds of your top lash line. Then line the very outer corner of your bottom last line -- extending the line up to make the wing. You can go much farther than I did, but I prefer a small wing.

The wing should appear to extend from your bottom lashes and point to the very end of your eyebrow. This doesn't have to be exact, but it is a good rule of thumb.


STEP THREE: Fill in the area between the end of the wing and the upper lash line with the matte black eyeshadow. You can stop at this step for a less dramatic cat eye, which I often do... Just curl your lashes and apply mascara, and you're all finished.

STEP FOUR: Apply liquid liner. I like to use Revlon ColorStay liquid liner, but use whichever you think is easiest. You want to make sure that it has a felt tip applicator because these allow for the smoothest application. Also, when you initially take out the applicator, be sure to wipe off a little of the extra product -- much like one would do with a mascara wand. The line should be thinner the farther you go towards the inner corner. Do not try to make this line in one swipe -- doing this takes away your precision --instead take small strokes. In the inner corner I dot the eyeliner along the lash line and then use small strokes to connect the dots and smooth the line.
STEP FIVE: Line your upper and lower waterlines, curl your lashes and apply mascara.
 Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to achieving a perfect cat eye!! I don't always use the eyeshadow in steps 1-3... you can always just go for it and use the liquid liner first. Using the eyeshadow helps a lot in the beginning when you are trying to visualize the correct angle for the wing. If you mess up, simply take a cotton swab with a little bit of make up remover on it and wipe away your mistake.  Another tip is to look at your mirror in a downward angle. This helps to smooth the eyelid and makes it easier to see how close you are getting the liner to your lashes.
I hope this was helpful! Do you use liquid or gel? Leave a comment below, and don't forget to subscribe!