I got to play with the coolest new product yesterday: Make Up For Ever’s new liquid eyeliners. They’re waterproof (really waterproof. Like synchronized swimming, water ballet, in the ocean waterproof), with a screwtop close and an ultra-fine conical sponge applicator — dead ringers for Lancome’s Artliners, actually. And they come in a dazzling array of colors.
If you want to go practical, they come in black and dark brown… but who wants to be practical when it’s summer and you could be wearing teal or pink eyeliner?
The formula is like magic. While wet, it behaves like a dry erase marker. You know how you can have a whole whiteboard full of dry erase marker, but as you erase it, it collapses down to nothing? A bit of dust on your finger or on the eraser? I am not a liquid-liner expert, so when I lined my eyes with number 12, I made my line a bit too thick on one side. Luckily, I had a dry q-tip handy, so I cleaned up my line. I looked at the q-tip and there was basically nothing on it — a bit of dust, maybe. But that dry q-tip (and acting quickly) was all I needed to fix my application.
Once the formula dries, it’s like thin liquid vinyl (I was especially aware of this with the wide stripes on my arm). As you remove it from your eyes, it will come off in slightly stretchy crumbs (similar to tubing mascaras).
13 is black pleather/black vinyl (not quite so shiny in the thinner line you’d actually wear on your lids). 15 is anthracite (a deep blued charcoal) shimmer. 14 is a soft black (a greyed black) with purple and gold sparkle (SO cool in real life). 6 is a dark navy/denim blue shimmer. 5 is a bright aqua sparkle. 16 is white sparkle (clear with white sparkles, actually). 3 is not-quite-olive, a mossy, yellowed green shimmer. I must have #4. It’s a doppelganger for Lancome’s limited summer Beach Gem; teal green with teal green sparkles. 1 is yellow gold sparkle. 12 is dark, cool brown vinyl (again, not too shiny in real application). 11 is a blackened red plum/burgundy with purple sparkles. 7 is sapphire blue sparkle (it’s a blue that might be thinking about purple, but it’s still blue). 8 is an electric royal purple/blue-purple with blue sparkles. 10 is rich winter red, or blood red (or cranberry red?) with pink/red and gold sparkles. 9 is Barbie-pink vinyl.
Remember how the Aqua Creams were missing a shade? Number 19, released in Europe but not here in the U.S.? There is no #2 in the Aqua Liners. If any Europeans have any insight on this, or have seen #2, please speak up.
Also, since Sephora is the only place to buy these, you might as well get some freebies with your purchase. Here are some codes I found (most are valid with $25 purchase):
ACAIBALM – Supergoop! SPF 30 lip balm sample
FACEPOLISH – Laura Mercier Face Polish sample (this would be my pick; I love this stuff)
MINISCENT – mini bottle of fragrance (you have a few choices)
NOURISH – travel size sample of Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals
PORESTRIPS – two Boscia pore strips to try
PRIMED – Too Faced primer sample
RENERGIE – Lancome Renergie eye sample
SHRINK – Clinique Pore Refining Serum sample
TOPSCENTS – 7 fragrance samples (little vials)
VINOSORBET – Caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet Creme sample
YOUTH – Lancome anti-aging serum sample