Ah, flexibility… It’s good, no? GREAT, in fact, especially when you’re battling Channing Tatum on the dance floor, wrangling friends into last-minute dinner plans or, say, applying liquid eyeliner.
Honestly, without the flexible tip at the end of my far-and-away favorite LORAC Front of the Line Pro, my liquid liner cat eye looks would look like a hot mess. That flexible tip makes drawing straight, crisp lines much easier for me and my sometimes shaky hand.
But because I suffer from chronic makeup madness (I believe that’s the clinical term), I’m predisposed to seek out other options…
You know how it goes.
Which brings me to the four new colors in the NARS Eyeliner Stylo line ($27 each).
Even though their tips are a little too firm for me (ruh-roh!), I wanted to test them with an open mind.
The four new shades — black Carpates, brown Nuku Hiva, navy Atlantic and grey Koala — are en route to narscosmetics.com, ETA August 1 (not sure if they’re also going to be available in stores).
From top to bottom: Atlantic, Koala, Nuku Hiva and Carpates
Swatches from the left: Koala, Carpates, Nuku Hiva and Atlantic
Wearing Koala on my eyes
Additional makeup worn in this look…
- MAC Concrete Eyeshadow: Brows
- NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Lids
- MAC Haute & Naguth Too Black Lash: Lashes
- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Cuba and St. Moritz: Face
- Hourglass Oxygen Foundation Powder in No. 4: Forehead, nose and chin
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25 and Care Blends Essential Oils in Grapefruit + Chamomile: Under eyes
- Benefit Hoola: Back of my cheeks
- Tarte Amazon Escape Blushes in Free and Exposed: Apples of my cheeks
- Dolce & Gabbana Monica Collection Lipstick in Only Monica: Lips
Pigment? Check. Intensity? Check?
All four of these have both in spades, and I really wanted to love them, but for the life of me, I just can’t seem to make ‘em work.
It’s that firm tip! Sometimes it skips along my skin, doopdadoo, laying down pigment unevenly, and I spent a good 20 minutes today trying to coax a decent cat liner look out of it this afternoon.
I will say this about it, though — it knows a thing or two about wear time. NARS says Eyeliner Stylo will last 24 hours, and I believe it. Once set, it doesn’t smear, smudge or flake, and when it comes time to remove, I have to pull out the big guns, aka MAC Cleanse Off Oil.
I give Eyeliner Stylo big snaps for color and wear time, but the firm tip makes it a little tricky to apply (at least for me).
If you like long-wearing, pigmented liquid liners with firm tips, you might want to check it out.
PRICE: $27 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming to narscosmetics.com August 1
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Some food for thought…
I came across a blog post today that I really liked: 7 Viral Videos to Get You Motivated.
Some of the videos took my breath away, like this one about French highliners practicing their extreme sport between high-rise buildings in Paris…
This one here got me thinking…
…and this one made me want to go running all over the world!
T-minus four hours till Friday, friend. You’re doing great. We’re almost there.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,