Sunday, August 31, 2008

Make Up For Ever AQUA EYES - Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

ok, this has got to be one of the best waterproof pencil liners out there. as you may or may not have noticed, i've been on a quest to find the best smudge/water-proof eyeliners because i'm sick of looking @ my panda face @ the end of the night and realizing that i was frolicking around in public looking like this the whole day.

anyway, if you're a Sephora Beauty Insider, you might've gotten the e-mail introducing Make Up For Ever's AQUA EYES. i usually delete those e-mails but this one kind of interested me so i decided to check it out.

i did a eye-by-eye test w/ Make Up For Ever's AQUA EYES and Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, because a Sephora associate told me that the Urban Decay liner has been the best-selling waterproof pencil liner for a while, and that they just got the Make Up For Ever eyeliner in (since they don't carry the whole line of products for Make Up For Ever like the other products). after an hour, AQUA EYES and 24/7 were pretty much equal. application was also similar as well. by the end of the night, i think the AQUA EYES was only slightly better.

so for those of you who don't like the Elvira/Amy Winehouse liquid liner look, Make Up For Ever's AQUA EYES is worth a try. it comes in almost all the colors of the rainbow so you can have fun w/ it. i bought Star Black 1L (black sheen). this is like a greyish black. it isn't as stark as Matte Black (which is super black) so it might look better if you're using it to line underneath your eyes. it's also dark enough to put it on your top lids as well, but if you're like me (w/ oily top lids), you might end up with a widddddle bit of panda. either way, this liner performs better than others i've tried.

here are some basics:
Application: pretty smooth -- not waxy
Removal: needs more umph than non-waterproof liners but your regular makeup remover with a Q-tip will do the trick.
Price: $16.00 (well worth it!)
Where to Buy: or Sephora (both store & online but i think you can only get the crazy colors online)
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

**P.S.- if you can't find it, Urbay Decay's 24/7 is still a good alternative. same price, almost same quality.**

Friday, August 22, 2008

k-palette real lasting eyeliner 24hr waterproof *my HG liner*

the problem i have with eyeliner (all kinds: liquid, pencil, gel, etc.) is that, somehow, they all like to migrate down to my lower lids (even the Bobby Brown gel liner). if left unwiped, i basically end up looking like a panda by the end of the night midday. so, i decided to try the "1-Day Tattoo." i actually saw this eyeliner at the TOP 10 store when i was in Japan last winter. i was curious about it then but didn't end up buying it. at the time, i thought it would be just like putting Sharpie on your face because it didn't erase or smudge when i tested it on my hand. maybe it is like Sharpie but just non-toxic..? either way, i finally decided to quench my curiosity and try it out.

current status: 10 hours -- no panda face. WHOA! i don't think i can go 24 hours because that is just gross. overall, i can officially say that i am impressed. i've found my new HG eyeliner! i would post a pic but i look horrible right now.

** Edit Added: Responses to Comments **

Flake/No Flake?: no flake BUT if you rub later in the day (and have oily lids), it might rub off a little bit, but this is TOTALLY not like the typical waterproof cracking/flaking that happens with other waterproof liquid liners. this liner goes on so thin on application. you might even have to layer it on if you want that thick don't-f*ck-w/me look. hehe
Removal: surprisingly, it comes off pretty well w/ a little bit of face soap and water. so here's the recap. it doesn't run down your face even if you have oily lids (like i do). if you don't touch it, it doesn't smudge at all. but if you wanna take it off, just wash it off like you normally do. voila!
Where to Buy: i bought mine @ life plaza in hacienda but i've seen it at japanese goody shops. =) you might want to try marukai (not nijia), but only if it's a big one.
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars