Did Smashbox Put Their Limitless Liquid Liner Pen on a High-Sodium Diet?

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What’s the secret to the Smashbox Waterproof Limitless Liquid Liner Pen’s ($22) water repelling powers? Could it be the seasoning perhaps?


Unless I missed the makeup challenge on Top Chef this season, the inclusion of sea salt in the formula must have been a Smashbox idea. Does it help the product work? I’m not sure, but I do see that the company’s Limitless Eye Liner and their bestselling Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner are 100% sea salt-free.

Even if the spice is purely cosmetic (weird!), this bad boy repels water and sweat like a champ. The other day I drew the Black shade along my upper lash line before hopping on the treadmill, and roughly one bucket of perspiration later, it still looked good with nary a smudge.

smashbox limitless liquid liner pen

smashbox limitless liquid liner pen

smashbox limitless liquid liner pen

“Create looks from softly subtle to gorgeously glam with this long wearing liquid liner pen. Unlike other liners, the precision tip pen provides smooth and controlled application every time.”

smashbox limitless liquid liner pen

smashbox limitless liquid liner pen

Fans of MAC’s Penultimate Liner might like the firm felt tip, which is stiff to the touch, but I have a hard time drawing clean, crisp lines with it. I prefer the more flexible tip of liners like LORAC Front of the Liner Pro.


If you’re a fan of liquid liners with a stiff felt tip, and you need heavy duty waterproofing power, Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner might be your next eyeliner crush. Oh, I almost forgot — it’s also cruelty-free. πŸ™‚

PRICE: $22
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora stores and smashbox.com

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy almost Friday!


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  1. ooooh i have been on a smashbox kick lately so i might have to pick this up!
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  2. Nina says:

    i also like more flexible felt tips! ill have to check this out. πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve got this one, but dislike the tip- it was too firm and too hard on my lids :\ So the results weren’t that nice for me. I prefer Japanese-style pen liquid eyeliners πŸ™‚

  4. Cassy says:

    Looks great, but the word salt just made my eyes tear up like crazy. I’m not sure I could use this now, lol
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  5. Rae says:

    Ooh, this sounds lovely! Not a huge fan of a super-stiff tip either, but it’s something I could forgive for all-day wear πŸ˜›
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  6. Shannon says:

    There’s actually a boutque in Missoula that sells smashbox makeup! woo!! I might have to go check this one out.

  7. Jillian says:

    Have you tried the Stila one like this? I love that one but would love to know how it compares to this.

  8. Cassie says:

    Not very keen on the stiff tip at all – some give makes it much easier to line the eyes. Do need to invest in some good felt tip style waterproof liners now that summer’s creeping ever so slowly around. Not that you’d know judging by today’s weather!
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  9. Kim says:

    I think I’d prefer to have sea salt in my snacks, rather than my eyes. I’m also giving a thumbs down to anything with a hard or scratchy tip. My goodness – I’m just a bundle of joy this afternoon, aren’t I? πŸ™‚ I guess it’s a good thing that it’s almost Friday!

    • Karen says:

      LOL, yeah you are! πŸ™‚ I say pooh to scratchy tips too. They are the bane of my liquid liner existence.

      UM, is it Friday yet?!?!

      • Kim says:

        Oh, gosh, I wish! πŸ™‚ Thankfully, it is the end of my Thursday workday, so that’s something to be happy about!

        • Karen says:

          Lucky! What’s on the agenda for tonight? Sadly, I’m really looking forward to going to bed at 9. I’m officially old.

          • Kim says:

            I hear you! My evening consisted of a treadclimber and a Caps hockey game on TV. It’s slightly amusing because sometimes I get too interested in the game and accidentally step off the treads and have to fumble to recover. πŸ™‚

          • Karen says:

            GIRL, if I had a dollar for all the times I almost fell off a stair climber or treadmill because I wasn’t paying attention I’d be a rich woman!

  10. Jen says:

    there a black and brown duo available on qvc that i recently got. me a liquid liner aren’t the best of friends lol. but i like the look. i think it’s on waitlist now.


  11. gio says:

    It looks lovely but I prefer more flexible, softer tips so I’ll pass on it. πŸ™‚

  12. Rebecca says:

    There’s a Revlon Colorstay felt-tip eyeliner that has easier application and better staying power than the LORAC one, and the brown/black color is a perfect deep coffee brown. At about $9, it’s a winner over all the others!

  13. Fieran says:

    I’m too in love with pencil liners. I don’t know why but despite having a few Superslick Liquid liners I’m still reaching for pencils. The smudgy, soft texture is so much easier to work with.

  14. Vijaya says:

    Totally gonna try this!
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  15. Chris25 says:

    Sea salt in the eyeliner? Interesting. I own the Limitless pencil, and I totally love it!

  16. Bridget says:

    Yeah I’ve tried this liner fr Smashbox…it’s been one of my favorites for awhile. I’ve also tried Stila & Lorac’s, those are v nice as well. I think I like the Smashie liner a lil morecuz it has a slight “glossy” finish, if you like that kinda look. πŸ™‚

  17. Paris B says:

    I love this one! Absolutely perfect for me and as you said, lasts and lasts!
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  18. Sarah says:

    I haven’t tried a pen liner. I don’t think they would be as forgiving as pencils and gels, so I’ll stick to those. No time to remove eye makeup to fix messes in the morning. πŸ˜‰

  19. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    I think I’ll be passing on this one. I already am not the smoothest with Front of the Line Pro, which I can only use when I know I have serious time to spend on my eye makeup, lol. I have to apply it really slowly to avoid getting liquid liner all over me!

    Speaking of Top Chef, wasn’t the outcome of last night’s episode nice? I would’ve been so heartbroken if Carla had to go home!

  20. Sara says:

    Sea Salt is a great ingredient to use on Oily Skin, it helps to absorb oil, so I am assuming that is why it is in the eyeliner. That way, any sweat will be absorbed and not smudge? Maybe!? XO

  21. Emily says:

    My eyelids are really greasy, and I have Hungarian eyes so my crease is really undefined. Liquid liners ALWAYS transfer up past my crease no matter how hard I prime and powder. Do you think that would solve this problem or should I just give up?

  22. Siena says:

    I loved this thing until it dried out on me a couple weeks ago. ): It was amazingly jet black and stayed on even after an 8-mile run (with core too!!) I mean, I totally loved this. Anyone know why it could’ve dried up?

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