I feel so secret squirrel when I’m browsing beauty aisles at the drugstore, like I’m always just moments away from a huge discovery and the unearthing of some ancient treasure lost to womankind for centuries.
Case in point: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner ($7).
Because it’s from a big brand like CoverGirl, the logical part of me knows I’m totally late to the party. It’s been out for months. Millions of women are well aware of the product, but such is the power of the major budget beauty score!
I’ve been wearing Exact Eyelights all weekend long, and if you don’t throw one in your basket on your next trip to Walgreens, I may have to come over to wherever you are and shake you silly.
This. Stuff. Rawks.
Exact Eyelights Eyeliner twist-up pencils don’t require sharpening and come in four shades, each designed to complement a different eye color:
- Vibrant Pearl: a deep black for girls with brown eyes
- Radiant Sapphire: a dark navy for blue eyes
- Vivid Ruby: a dark reddish brown for green eyes
- Majestic Jade: a dark green for hazel eyes
Lasts and lasts
CoverGirl claims Exact Eyelights Eyeliner “brightens eyes by 4x.” I didn’t notice particularly brighter eyes, but I like it as a basic liner that stays put for a *very* long time.
I’ve been using the Vibrant Pearl pencil for the past few days, and this puppy stays put like nobody’s bidness.
When I’ve worn it along my lash and water lines, it hasn’t migrated, smudged or disappeared, even after 12 hours of wear. It’s not marketed as waterproof, but it might as well be.
But where’s the pearl?
Swatch of Vibrant Pearl
I admit the name is a little odd… I’m not sure how they came up with Vibrant Pearl, because I don’t see any shimmer or pearl in it at all, but I really dig the dark, true black (no hints of blue or green).
A few items of note
Exact Eyelights Eyeliner applies smoothly, but it’s not as buttery or slick as the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($16) or MAC Technakohl Liners ($15). I think it skips and tugs a little, but at $7 I can totes forgive that.
I appreciate that CoverGirl tried to make it easier for people to pick a shade to complement their eye color, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from trying any of the other shades, too.
CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner
Use: An affordable, long-wearing eyeliner available in a nice selection of colors
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
You might like CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner if …
- you want an eyeliner that lasts for hours;
- you don’t want to spend too much; and/or
- you have oily eyelids.
500 Days of Summer
I finally made it to the movies last night and I’m so glad I did. I won’t post any spoilers, but if you watch one movie this month, let it be 500 Days of Summer. I just loved it to death! — funny, touching, quirky and a killer soundtrack, to boot (not to mention that young Joseph Gordon-Levitt is smokin’ hot).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,