Hellooooo, freckles and dark circles! The bare-faced/no makeup action in some of the pics below was necessary to demonstrate the waterproof-ness of the new 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian by Hourglass ($45 for a pack of three).
Here’s from last weekend, before and after a 7-mile run. I’m wearing Obsidian on my lash and water lines.
Please ignore the haphazard lining, LOL! I wasn’t heavily invested in precision, although the skinny 1.5 MM twist-up tip definitely allows for it. I’ve really been loving it for getting between the roots of my lashes and for doing precision work in the inner corners (like in that pic at the top).
After seven miles, buckets of sweat, and one complete run through MJ’s Xscape album, Obsidian looked great. With the exception of some very minor transferring to my lower lash lines, I didn’t see any movement up into my crease, any creasing or smudging — basically, no malarky.
Then, I jumped into the shower while still wearing the liner and took this pic after.
There’s a smidgen more smudging on the right lower lash line…but considering that I was covered in sweat for 90 minutes, and then stood under a deluge of water, that’s pretty impressive.
Waterproof? Hells, yeah. No doubt about it.
A couple things I notice… For the best results and most potent waterproof power with this liner, first, before applying it, my skin has to be completely dry, not damp at all from primers or skin care products. Any moisture at all, and the liner smudges and/or smears.
Same goes for my water lines. I run a Q-tip gently along them to clean up any moisture beforehand.
Second, if you plan to apply multiple liner layers (which you may not feel you need because the gel formula is super dark and pigmented), wait a minute or so for each layer to completely dry and settle before going in for more.
The box comes with three inky black pencils for $45. Each one should give you 17-20 uses, and the soft gel formula doesn’t have any blue or green undertones.
“Two clicks will dispense enough gel formula to line the eye. Only dispense product as needed – mechanical pencil does not retract. Replace cap after each usage to prevent drying. Remove with a waterproof makeup remover.”
I highly recommend these for ultra-thin, precise tight lining along the lash and water lines or for small, precise flicks and wings in the inner and outer corners, but NOT for thick, fatty-bo-batty cat liner looks, because you’d blow through all three of them quickly.
PRICE: $45 for a pack of three pencils
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now at Hourglass counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,