Thursday, March 26, 2009

Waterproof? Maybe. Smudgeproof? I Think Not.

Ever since high school, I have been a liquid/gel eye liner addict. I switched on and off between products, and until recently, I've relied on MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. Here's what the MAC site says about this product:
Ultra-smooth, Fluidline’s gel formula provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. Goes on “foolproof” with a brush in an easy dip-and-stroke action. Long-wearing. Smudge-proof.
I have to tell you, that description is on the money. It goes on like a breeze, dries in a ziff and is very smudge resistant - even in the humidity. What it makes no promise of being, however, is waterproof. Browsing my local Sephora, I came across Make Up For Ever's Waterproof Eye Liner. Here's what Sephora says about it:
Swim, sweat, and tears are no match for MAKE UP FOR EVER's Waterproof Eyeliner. The durable formula lasts all day ....
Not bad right? So, while I had no complaints with my Fluidline, I thought I'd give this a shot. I did a little research at Sephora, and apparently it's the only waterproof liquid liner they sell. Ok, so as you know, I am no novice to liquid liner - I am, after all, a self-confessed liner junkie. So when I tried this out at home, my first observation was that the brush tends to come out over-saturated with product, which means you have to carefully brush excess off (and waste it in the process) before applying. I applied the liner and it sure did produce a rich, velvety, black line. So far so good. I made sure to let my lids dry before I left the house - no smudges in sight.

Oddly enough, however, about two hours later, while the line itself was as black and pigmented as ever, I now found to my shock, a second line near my brow bone. Now I have to tell you, in all my years of experimenting with high end and drug store liquid and gel liners, never have I had this happen! To be fair, I gave this product a couple more shots, but no dice. One thing I do not need to worry about is major liner smudge - hell, I'd rather the liner rub off and vanish than walk around with four lines instead of two. So, I'll be returning to my trusty matte friend Blacktrack, and its more day-time friendly sidekick, Blitz & Glitz.


Renu said...

Have you ever tried MAc..powder.mineralize skinfinish natural? I think their natural is different from ours.

desipolitan said...

Oh yes, Renu. I know what you mean. Unfortunately, I find with most cosmetics brands, the range of shades and what's "natural" is not totally applicable to desi complexions. Nars makes excellent foundations in a very wide range of colors...might be worth a look.

Anonymous said...

If you're after a waterproof/smudge/sweat proof liquid liner try Eyeliner Tattoo by kji&co. I bought mine at Sasa in Malaysia .. if anything this stuff is impossible to remove! Here's the website

desipolitan said...

Ooo. Thanks for the tip 'Anonymous'! I'm officially on a quest to find this stuff - it sounds perfect.