Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eyeliner

Just another black eye liner?

I always reach my personal limit with black liners in subscription boxes. I’m one of those weirdos that cannot stand having more than one of the same kind of eyeliner in the same color open at the same time…Did that make sense? Basically, I cannot have multiple black eyeliners open at once, because I feel like they’re all going bad.

If I get a black liner in a subscription it has to have some sort of special property for me to try it out. This is one of those rare products that qualifies. Ipsy sent me the Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eye Pencil (USD $19.00, full size) in one of my glam bags. Though it’s been out there forever, tight lining has comeback into the spotlight as a makeup trend. Given the 90s makeup revival, this isn’t surprising.

Back in high school, eyeliner was my beloved makeup item. I wanted Princess Jasmine eyes and I wanted them know. Not only would I outline my entire eye into an almond shape, but I would also tight line. A bit overdramatic for a school day, but I loved the effect it gave.

As I’ve gotten older, my eyes have gotten more sensitive. I’ve been wearing contact lenses since I was 10, and almost two decades of lens wearing can take a toll on the eyes no matter how hygienic you are. I don’t tight line as much because of my eye sensitivity, but I’ll do it on occasion if a look calls for it.

Besides being sensitive eye friendly, I look for one thing in my waterline liners is staying power. I need these to be extremely waterproof, because if they end up a smudgy mess, what’s the point?

Before delving into performance, I want to discuss how much product you’re getting and the price. Being $19.00, this is automatically placed in the high end range. With the Vasanti pencil, you get 0.01 oz of product. Compare this to the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil, which costs $20 for 0.04 oz. It’s a difference in product amount, but honestly unless you tight line every day, it won’t really make a difference. Also, Vasanti’s eye pencil is a twist up, while Urban Decay’s is a pencil you have to sharpen, so you’ll inevitably lose some product.

I like the construction of Vasanti’s twist up pencil. Automatically, I like that it’s a mechanical twist up. Sharpening makeup pencils isn’t my favorite thing to do. So when I can avoid it, I do. It’s a fine tip liner, which is ideal for waterline application.

The intensity was ideal for my Hufflepuff Hogwarts Houses look.

What can I say? I love this eyeliner. From the picture, you can see that the intensity of the black is great. I didn’t have to work hard to build up the opaqueness of the liner, which is something to say considering this goes onto the waterline. The formula is also smooth enough to glide on without tugging at the eye. I also used it to outline the outer line of the eye and it went on smoothly. The finish is a matte black, which is what I prefer.

I’ve used this several times now and have not needed to set it with black shadow to keep the liner in place. I like this, because having shadow in my waterline can dry out and irritate my eyes. I’ll do it if I need a look to last all night, but not for daytime looks.

Final Thoughts: This is a phenomenal waterline eye pencil. It’s opaque, applies smoothly, and stays set in place for several hours-no raccoon eyes here! It is a little difficult to remove, but so are a lot of liners when used for tight lining. It also sits comfortably on the waterline without causing irritation. I’d say that this is a good investment.

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January 2016 Boxycharm Review #1 & 2: Starlooks Luxe Longwear Liner Pen & Blinc Mascara Amplified

Nothing worse than a bad pen liner.

The great thing about Boxycharm is that they send you full size items. The bad thing is that if something doesn’t work out, you have to throw away a full sized beauty product. Such was the case with not one, but two items in January’s box.

I really, really tried to make these two products work, but gave up after several tries. First, let’s start with the best of the worst.

I love a good eyeliner pen. It’s my favorite way to use liquid liner. A good pen is a great way to learn how to do cat eyes, wings, etc. Boxycharm sent us this Starlooks Luxe Longer Eye Liner Pen (USD $19.00). I haven’t heard of or tried anything from this brand, but I’m always down to explore brands outside of the main stream. Even though it’s a black eyeliner, I was excited to add another felt tip liner to my collection. $19.00 is mid-range for eyeliner prices, so I expect it to perform really well. My favorite felt tip liner is one I received in an Ipsy bag from Absolute New York, a drugstore brand that’s a fourth of the price.

The tip of the pen is a little thicker than I like for these types of liners. Still, I thought it would be good for filling in a wing. It’s actually a good build. It’s not so stiff that you can’t manipulate the tip, but it’s not so bendy that product gets all over the place. (There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.) The pen itself is your basic black plastic construction — there’s not anything too special about it (but then again, how fancy can you get with the packaging of eyeliner?). I’d say it’s well constructed.

Eesh, that bleeding wasn’t a good premonition.

When I initially swatched it, I was a little concerned to see the liquid bleed out from outside the line I drew. I’ve had this problem before with liquid liners and have found that liners that do this tend to be harder to work with and more prone to smudging. Unfortunately, this was true for the Starlooks liner.

Please excuse this terrible lining job. Also, my eyebrows that I clearly needed to tweeze.

I just had so much trouble with this formula! If you look at the picture, you’ll see all these ridges along the line. I just couldn’t get a smooth line! Every time I’d try, I’d end up with these ridges. It happened both with shadow and on a bare lid. I also tried different primers to see if that would help. Nope. It was ridiculously frustrating, especially when I could get a clean line in one sweep with my Absolute New York liner. On top of that, this liner would smudge throughout the day. If I’m going for liquid liner, it’s because I don’t want to deal with the smudging you can get from soft pencil liners.

Rating: 1/5. I really wish this had worked out. The construction of the pen itself was really promising, but unfortunately the formula just didn’t cut. This is just a bad product, or maybe I just got a dud. If they find a way to fix the formula, I would be very interested in trying it again.

This monster…

Oh, mascara. I was complaining a few months back on how my subscription services were bombarding me with it. But since then it’s died down and I’m happy to try new mascaras again (even though I still have a huge stash of samples). When Boxycharm mentioned they were going to add this mascara to the box, I was intrigued. Blinc Mascara Amplified (USD $26.00) is a volumizing mascara that forms tiny tubes around your lashes. Really cool concept, as the tubes are suppose to form around your lashes, giving them more body. It’s also suppose to be less messy than removing traditional mascara, because you can just use a warm wash cloth to wipe down your eyes and the little tubes will come off.

I’ve seen this mascara at Sephora and had been wanting to try it, but the almost $30 price tag scared me away. (Especially since my CoverGirl Clump Crusher got the job done just fine.) Boy, am I glad I did not pay full retail for this.

You may be wondering why there isn’t a picture of me wearing this mascara. Well, it’s because my eyes did not love what I put on. It went on well and smoothly, much like a traditional mascara. However, about half an hour later, my eyes started feeling really dry. Then, they started tearing up and itching so badly I had to go and immediately remove it.¬†For the record, the first time I tried this I wasn’t wearing any other eye makeup so the only culprit could be the mascara.

I have no clue what ingredient is in this, but my eyes said NO. I normally don’t have allergic reactions like this to eye makeup, so I’m discouraged by this.

Now, to its credit this mascara did come off easily in little tubes that weren’t messy. So it has that going for it.

As to its effectiveness, I can’t really speak for it. Before my eyes went crazy, it did look fairly nice, though it was nothing extraordinary. Just a nice mascara. But I can’t speak to longevity or anything else really because I had to remove it so quickly.

Rating: 1/5. I’m sorry, but any makeup product that gives me a bad reaction just isn’t worth it. It may work for others, but fair warning that this may give you itchy eyes. It really is too bad, because this is a mascara that comes off easily and without much mess.

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January 2016 Ipsy Review #5: theBalm Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner

Oh, theBalm. I enjoy your clever product names.

Eyeliners in makeup subscriptions can get really annoying, mainly because for a long time companies would only send out black. Don’t get me wrong. Everyone needs at least one good black eyeliner in their stash, but after the 6th or 7th it gets really old. Luckily, theBalm was generous enough to provide Ipsy subscribers two liner options that weren’t black!

I love colored liner, because it lets you define your eyes while getting more playful with the color. Subscribers got either a plum shade or a bronze shade of this new liner from theBalm. I got the shade Jack B. Bronze of the Mr. Write (Now) eyeliner (USD $17.00, full size). Damn, theBalm is super clever when it comes to product names. It also doesn’t hurt that they sent us a full size!

As you can guess from the name, I got the bronze shade. I was stoked, because I don’t have a bronze liner in my collection. I do have a plum purple, because that’s my go-to neutral. I definitely wouldn’t have minded a backup, but I was pleased to get a color I didn’t have. Bronze is a pretty great shade that works with all eye colors and most skin tones, so it’s a good color to choose if you’re just starting to venture into non-black liners.

Jack B. Bronze, indeed! Look at that pigmentation.

theBalm rarely misses with their products. They do a phenomenal job with the formula, and this eyeliner is no exception. When I initially swatched it, I immediately noticed that the pigmentation was great. The bronze came off very strong, which is preferable in your colored liner. Still, it’s a soft enough shade that you can do a low-key everyday look or use it to do statement makeup.

Texture is really nice! This is creamy enough that it applies smoothly in one swipe, but not so soft that it melts off of your lids. Still, if you have oily eyelids, best to use a primer with this liner. With my skin type, I was even able to wear this on a bare lid. It lasted most of the day, even through a sweaty workout. At a $17.00 price point, I expect no less from a liner.

Loved this eyeliner for tight-lining on my no makeup days. Seriously, here I’m just wearing brow gel and the liner.

The packaging is my preferred for eyeliners: twist-up pencil. When I don’t have to sharpen, I get very excited. There are some great traditional pencil liners out there, but it’s always such a pain in the butt to keep them nice and sharp. Of course, the tip does round as you use it, but luckily it’s fine enough that you can still get precise application use after use.

Here, paired with a warm peachy/bronze eye look. This liner was just what I needed to perfect it. (Mascara is CoverGirl Clump Crusher.)

Rating: 5/5. All in all, theBalm delivers yet again. This is a great department store priced eyeliner that’s beautifully formulated and works really well. Pigmentation is off the charts and the twist up packaging means you’ll never have to deal with a sharpener. This eyeliner comes in 8 different colors that you can work into every day looks. So if you’re looking to add some colored liner to your stash, this may be a great place to start.

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