The dress code recently changed here at work — mandatory cat eyes every Tuesday and Thursday — and the edict came straight from the top (in other words, per Tabs).
I’ve been doing my best to comply with the new policy, but there are only SO MANY TIMES I can wear a basic black cat liner before I start craving something new and different.
And I think I may have found it.
It’s a sassy new user-friendly liner with a finish more thrilling than a James Bond movie! It’s called Bobbi Brown’s new Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, and it sells for $22.
Remember L’OrÃ©al’s Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black? That glossy finish?
Well, Twilight Night’s finish just might have it beat.
A deep purplish black with microscopic glitter, it’s almost like looking up on a clear night at a sky filled with stars. Breathtaking, and better yet, the color should complement a galaxy of skin tones.
Whether you’re seeking soft, smudgy lines or crisper edges, Bobbi’s gel formula delivers, and it skates across my lids without skipping or dragging.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Twilight Night Shimmer Ink on the left (also from the Desert Twilight collection) and the Bronzer/Blush Duo in Bahama Brown and Pink Peony on the right
Applied on my lash line atop a good primer (I really like NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base), Twilight Night stays meow-worthy for at least 8-10 hours (yet it barely manages four hours on bare lids).
An angled brush like the MAC 266 takes most of the work out of creating cat eyes with Twilight Night and makes it really easy.
After loading the brush with liner, I start at the outer corner of a lash line (a side closer to my ear), positioning the shorter bristles closer to my lashes (the brush head at a 45-degree angle). Then, using short, gentle strokes, I draw the brush head along the lash line toward the inner corner of the eye (the side closer to my nose).
The angle of the brush, when you start at the outside of the eye, should create that eye-catching cat eye flick, and you can start closer to your ear to make the flick longer.
Since it does contain glitter, I don’t use Twilight Night along my water lines. Instead, for this particular look, I’ll wear Becca Cabrera, a dark and creamy bronzed purple pencil, that loves both water and lash lines.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bobbi Brown counters and online at bobbibrowncosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (without primer, it’s prone to creasing)
What’s on your reading list now?
You know what they say! — reading is fundamental. I’ve been trying to read more in an effort to offset the damage caused by VH1’s Hollywood Exes.
On my reading list this week…
From the left, that’s this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly (which is actually one of my favorite sources of graphic design inspiration), The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and the Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty by Ann Shoket.
How about you? What’s on your reading list now?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,