Let’s quickly run through this. Even I have limits when it comes to discussing eyeliner.
A staple in my eyeliner life since forever (aka 2013), I think I will always have Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black on hand. This eyeliner has never done me dirty in four years, which is why I have a backup. (I keep expecting this one to run out because I bought it in June 2016, but somehow it has managed to surpass its usual lifespan of 10 months.) I also have the same product in Snow and Indigo.
I’ve come to realize that almost every NYX product I’ve tried has disappointed me and thus ended up being destashed, but the Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire is legit. I rarely find a liquid liner formula that my eyelids don’t swallow, and this is one of them. Plus, well, cobalt blue is my colour.
Finally, a third liquid liner formula that actually works for me: Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner in Cerulean and Fuchsia*. Sadly these two beautiful colours were limited edition in the winter, but I love them. They’re so much fun and wear beautifully. I wish Lancôme would come out with more fun colours in this line and make them permanent, because the formula of this liner is bomb.
L-R: Stila Intense Black, Stila Snow, Stila Indigo, NYX Sapphire, Lancôme Cerulean, Lancôme Fuchsia
I use black pencils exclusively to tightline. Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir is okay, but not the most transfer-proof. I got this as a gift from a friend and I’d never pay $27 for it! The Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer (last year’s Sephora birthday gift) lasts a lot better, though it’s also overpriced.
In terms of browns, I have two of these Stila Smudge Sticks, in Damsel (a matte dark brown) and Lionfish (a lighter, warmer brown with some shimmer). These Smudge Sticks seem to multiply of their own accord; I’ve never actually bought one, but somehow have four (and that’s after decluttering at least two). Two more: Halfmoon and Purple Tang, a matte grey and a sparkly purple, respectively.
Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Black Honey is a really nice warm brown that complements warmer eye looks very well. I probably don’t need it since I already have two brown liners, but I like it.
NYX Wonder Pencil in Light is a classic nude to pop in the waterline to brighten tired eyes. I like it! I’m usually a twist-up pencil kind of gal because I’m lazy, but it’s a soft, creamy pencil that sets nicely. I love that they make this in different shades of nude, too.
Finally, two blues: Lise Watier Waterproof Eyeliner in Marin, a navy, and Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Lapis, a beautiful cobalt. Lise Watier and Annabelle are both Canadian brands owned by another Canadian brand, Marcelle, and of the two I vastly prefer Lise Watier. The Annabelle eye pencils come in a really great array of colours, but they’re drier and stiffer. The Lise Watier liners are creamy to apply but budgeproof once they set. Of course, they’re also about twice as expensive.
L-R: Clarins Noir, Marc Jacobs Blacquer, Stila Damsel, Stila Lionfish, Stila Halfmoon, Stila Purple Tang, Clinique Black Honey, NYX Light, Lise Watier Marin, Annabelle Lapis
I don’t know why I decided to put these in this post instead of with the single eyeshadows, but what’s done is done. These live in the same cup as all my liners, so that’s probably why.
If you were involved in the Reddit makeup world in 2013, then you probably either bought a NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk or coveted this product mightily. This was back in the days of savagery when NYX was not available in Canada, so I had to get my mom to pick these pencils up in New York for me. This product does not work as an eyeshadow base for me whatsoever: it creases terribly, even over a primer. I also don’t like it in the waterline because it’s too stark. I used up quite a bit of one pencil on Halloween 2015 when I used it as makeshift face paint on three people. The other one is untouched.
Lise Watier 24 Hours Glam Cream Eyeshadow in Satin Glam is a beautiful, shimmery champagne shadow stick. I’m not big on eyeshadow sticks, but this has a great formula. I mostly use it in my inner corner for an intense highlight.
L-R: NYX Milk, Lise Watier Satin Glam
I also have a gel eyeliner by Essence which I neglected to photograph but which you can see in action here.
There we go – I breezed through that batch of products pretty quickly, huh?
Posted on January 24, 2017 under Reviews
This post features press samples. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.
I’ve been curious about the Lancôme Grandiôse eyeliner since it launched back in the summer, but as I already had a black liquid liner that I was faithful to I never bit the bullet. I did, however, swatch the liners on the back of my hand at work, and I was always really impressed with how well they lasted in that condition (which, admittedly, is very different from across the upper lashline). When Lancôme sent me two of the new Grandiôse eyeliner* shades and one of the new Grandiôse Extrême mascara* shades, I have to say I was pretty excited. Namely, I wanted to see if the liners were actually any good or mostly just gimmick-fuelled hype.
I received two colours of the Grandiôse eyeliner*: Fuchsia, which is matte, and Cerulean, which is metallic. Both of these are limited edition colours, though there are a few permanent additions to the line. I also received the Grandiôse Extrême mascara* in the LE shade Bleu Nuit.
The Grandiôse eyeliner* has a classic felt-tip applicator that comes to a point. It’s bigger than the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner brush tip, but smaller than a pen-tip like the Stila Stay All Day. I don’t have a lot of lid space so I appreciate a liner brush that makes it easy for me to get close to the lashline for a thin line, which this does. I found it really easy to use both to line my lashline and to created a winged liner effect, which can be tricky with my eye shape. I don’t know that the bendable wand is totally necessary – I found that it did help me make a wing and get close to my lashline a bit more easily, but I don’t think I’ll wish I could bend other liners when I use them.
I really like the formula of both Fuchsia, the matte shade, and Cerulean, which is metallic. Both of them were opaque and smooth without being too liquidy. (I really hate liquid liners that are too viscous and get everywhere!) I found that I’d have to dip the brush back into the pot to do my second eye, which I don’t have to do with a pen tip liner, but that doesn’t bother me. I’ve also found myself really impressed with the lasting power of the Grandiôse eyeliner*. I’ve tested both shades out several times and have never experienced any flaking, fading, or transfer, even with 12+ hours of wear time. My hooded eyes eat a lot of eyeliners and there are very few formulas that I can trust to take me through my day – you can definitely add the Grandiôse eyeliner* to that list.
As much as I was really impressed with the application and longevity of this liner, I can’t say that the $40 price tag is worth it for the black or brown shades. I’m willing to pay more for an eyeliner that stays put and does what it should, and I do – but the eyeliner I repurchase time and time again is $29, not $40. I’ll also shell out for good quality fun colours, and the fact that Lancôme has totally hit the mark with both matte and metallic colours makes me really happy. But a good black or brown liner is certainly easy to find for far less, and I don’t think that the bendable wand makes this liner worth $11 more than the Stila Stay All Day. That said, if you’re interested in any of the LE Grandiôse eyeliner colours, I think they’re a fun splurge that will perform really well. I’d rather pay more for a fun colour because I’m not going to be using it up at the same rate I would black, so it’s more of a one-time cost than a recurring purchase. That said, I know some people would rather pay less for a product they won’t use often, which is valid as well.
Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner* in Fuchsia and Cerulean
And, of course, you probably want to see these babies in action…
I did a thick, chunky wing with Cerulean and paired it with an orangey-red lip colour (which you’ll soon hear about!) and peach blush for contrast. I really like both the colour and the metallic finish of this one. I’m very drawn to blues, greens, and teals anyway, and I think this is a lot more exciting metallic than it would be matte. (Oh yeah, also, I dyed my hair red. It’s a work in progress. My hair always is.)
I didn’t want to do yet another winged bright eyeliner look with Fuchsia, so I used it to create a cut crease-type look. I am definitely not the best at makeup ever, and I’m especially not the best at eyeliner, but it was really easy to use the liner to create this look. Plus, I love this shade. I know pinks and reds for the eyes are really big right now, and I think this shade is so bold and awesome. (Lancôme done good with the colours they sent me!) I paired the liner with shades from the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette, because that seemed like an obvious choice – I used Vermeer all over my lid, Buon Fresco in the crease, and Love Letter to smudge the cut crease out. I also used hot pink on my cheeks and lips for maximum matchiness. I did this same look with a neutral lip colour, which also looked nice, but I kind of like the monochromatic thing.
In case you were wondering about the Grandiôse Extrême mascara*, it’s okay but not my favourite. I didn’t get on very well with the original Grandiôse mascara, which gave me virtually no length and not even enough volume to make up for it. The Grandiôse Extrême*, which has a thicker but similar brush, does give me more length and volume, but I still prefer the original Hypnôse if we’re talking Lancôme mascaras. I also found that the colour Bleu Nuit which I received didn’t show up too well on my lashes. I used it in my Cerulean look above, and I will now post one of those photos here so that you don’t have to scroll up because I’m kind like that:
If you know you’re looking for it, you can see that my lashes are navy blue and not black. I think that navy blue is a very nice, subtle alternative to black, and I do like the look. But I can’t help but think that if I’m going to wear a coloured mascara I want it to be a bit more obvious! This, I think, does have something to do with the fact that my lashes are naturally fairly dark, since I had the same problem with my blue YSL mascara. I will certainly keep using the Grandiôse Extrême mascara because there’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not my favourite!
So, basically, I think that the coloured Grandiôse eyeliners* are awesome (if a little gimmicky and very pricy) and that the Grandiôse Extrême mascara* is alright but nothing special. Isn’t the packaging gorgeous, though?! I lusted after the original Grandiôse for a year and a half because I thought the packaging was so beautiful, and though I really didn’t like that mascara I’m still 100% on board with all the packaging in the Grandiôse line. Sometimes moreso than the actual products!
The Lancôme Grandiôse eyeliner* retails for $40CAD for 0.047 fl oz, or $851.06 per fl oz.
The Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême mascara* retails for $36 CAD for 0.35 fl oz, or $102.86 per fl oz. Both products can be purchased at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Lancôme counters, and online.
Posted on December 10, 2016 under Reviews
Long-time readers of my blog will know that the words “cobalt”, “sapphire”, and “electric blue” always induce a certain excitement in me. I’ve been drawn to anything in that colour range for my whole life, my interest gaining speed with the purchase of the original Sally Hansen Pacific Blue in the summer of 2014 and peaking during my early 2015 trip to the Jardin Majorelle of Marrakech, Morocco, a botanical oasis in the middle of the bustling city which positively dripped with the most beautiful colour:
Picture of Jardin Majorelle taken by me in January 2015.
Since Sally Hansen tragically discontinued Pacific Blue, to my eye the most beautiful electric blue as well as the most faithful reproduction of the bleu Majorelle of Marrakech, I’ve been on a quest to find a suitable replacement. (So far, I haven’t managed to find an exact dupe, though I’ve come close enough for most people.) But I’ve also been on the hunt for anything of this hue to add to my life. I refer to anything in the cobalt/sapphire family as “my colour”. (Look, I wore my colour to graduation.)
So when a customer walked in one day wearing the most pefect cobalt liquid eyeliner, of course I had to ask her what it was. Imagine my joy when I found out it was NYX, rather than something expensive! (Would I have purchased it in a heartbeat if it were expensive? Of course. But the pricetag being a mere $8.49 made the decision that much easier.)
The NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire is a classic dip-style liquid liner with a little brush tip. I’ve been a devotee of a pen-style liner for over three years, but this brush has an incredibly fine tip that makes it easy for even those of us who have been wearing eyeliner since age seventeen but still can’t do it in our sleep to create a thin, fine line.
NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire brush tip.
It also makes it easy to create a wing, something which I’m definitely not an expert at. (I rarely do winged liner, since I have hooded eyes and it’s more trouble than it’s worth to me, but I feel that a colour like this sort of demands it.)
The box for this product has two suggestions for how to use it, one being a classic wing in the Sapphire colour with an orange accent above and one being a very complicated series of lines and dots:
Of course, I did neither, opting instead for a regular (albeit large) wing:
To complement the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire, I pulled in my YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Bleu Majorelle and my trusty Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Lapis which I’ve had since the beginning of time.
Here’s how my “full face” looked when I did this look:
I put “full face” in quotes because all I’m actually wearing besides my eye makeup (which also included a tiny bit of a medium-brown eyeshadow in the crease) is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly under the eyes, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe through the brows, and MAC matte lipstick in Please Me. As with my NARS Audacious Lipsticks (which I photographed on the same day, clearly), this entire look would be a bit more pulled together with some blush at the very least.
I’m really happy with the colour of the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire. It’s a true vibrant sapphire; sometimes I find shades labelled “sapphire” or “cobalt” are a bit dark (as was the case with the YSL nail polish in Bleu Majorelle), but this one is light and electric enough that it satisfies me. So, no disappointments with the colour at all.
The formula is also impressive to me. I have a long-documented issue with eyeliners of all sorts transferring on my hooded eyelids, which is why I’ve been so loyal to my Stila Stay All Day liner for years. Regardless of the beautiful colour, this liner would be useless to me if it didn’t stay put. Luckily, I found that the NYX liner dried down quickly and to a pleasing matte finish and didn’t transfer whatsoever. By the end of about a ten-hour wear period, my wings had flaked off a bit, but I’m not sure if that’s because I had rubbed my eyes somewhere in there. All the liner along my lashline was completely intact.
NYX has a few other colours in the Vivid Brights line which look really nice, so even if Sapphire in particular doesn’t appeal to you I’d certainly recommend the line if you’re looking to try out a fun colour in a solid formula on the cheap.
NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire swatch.
NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire retails for $10.99 CAD (though it frequently goes on sale for less) for 0.06oz, or $183.17 CAD per oz. Canadians can pick it up at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations or at standalone NYX stores, of which there are two in Toronto.