“The eyes are the nipples of the face.”
Yes, truer words were never spoken.
Ha! OK, let me explain. I was watching My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding the other day (whatever, don’t judge!), and that’s what one of the girls (14 years old, wearing booty shorts with pink rhinestone hearts) said while she was doing her makeup for a matchmaking party her parents arranged to help her find a husband.
FUN FACT OF THE DAY: The quote is originally from The House Bunny, starring Anna Farris.
So that’s what I kept thinking this morning while I was applying my eyeliner, Bobbi Brown’s new Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Black Coffee.
Face nipples. I’m lining the nipples…OF MY FACE.
The liner’s new and comes in six colors, including the Black Coffee shade I’m wearing here. Their big selling point: that they’re super soft, smooth and won’t tug at your skin. They’re also very, very pigmented (also known as uber-pigmented) and easy to smudge. Better for messy rocker chick looks with soft diffused liner than looks with sharp lines.
The fancy formula stays creamy, so you can buff it out and play with it throughout the day, but it still lasts 5-7 hours along my lash lines.
Which is cool.
Of course, that wear time doesn’t extend to my water lines, where it gives up the ghost in 1-2 hours. If you’re looking for a long-wearing liner that will set and last there, Smokey Eye Crayon Kajal probably isn’t ideal.
Something like Bobbi’s Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner might be better. Twelve hours on lash and water lines. Jet, the basic black, used to be my jam. I wore it all the time until my water lines started acting up (no idea why). Now I use Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion.
Now, even with that limited water line wear time, Bobbi never billed these as long-wearing, so there’s that. They’re designed first and foremost for smokey eyes.
I love all of the shades except for Noir, the black, which I don’t hate, but it’s not my fave. I like the off-black colors more, like Black Coffee, a brownish black, and Black Amethyst, a plummy black, because I think they make my brown eyes look more chocolatey.
Sure, Noir, the black shade, looks rich and dark, but really, if I’m going to wear a basic black pencil liner, I want to be able to wear it along my water lines for more than two hours.
When I wear these, I usually apply Urban Decay’s 24/7 Perversion on my water lines, do a thick line along my lash lines with Bobbi’s pencil, and then smudge out the edges for a soft cat liner look.
I’ve also used these as bases for smokey eyes, but I dunno… I think they move a little too much for that, and my shadow starts to look patchy as the day wears on.
I think Bobbi had a specific person in mind for these, someone who has other plans for their water lines.
PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Six shades in the permanent line, all available now at Bobbi Brown counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,