Ah, flexibility… Itâ€™s good, no? GREAT, in fact, especially when youâ€™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,