I’ve Got the Blues… I’ve Got the Clarins Ultramarine Eye Pencil Blues

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Eons ago in chemistry lab, I learned the hard way (don’t touch fire!) that the hottest part of a flame burns blue.


Wouldn’t you know it? — the same holds true for the Clarins Ultramarine Eye Pencil ($23, new for spring 2009).

Ultramarine’s dark, shimmery sapphire blue put me into a trance. It applies with lots of pigment, gliding along the skin and depositing a rich blue line with barely any tugging at the skin.

It’s not waterproof, but it wears well along the lash line. On me it starts to smudge a little after six hours.

It even works great layered beneath powder eyeshadows. I tried pairing it with a mix of the violet, teal and pink shades from the Clarins Nature Temptations Palette for a psychedelic duo chrome effect that flashed from pink to green to teal to blue. 🙂

Clarins Ultramarine Eye Pencil Blues

Price: $23
Use: A shimmery sapphire blue eyeliner
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Ultramarine’s not inexpensive for a liner, but I think the color and durability make it worth the price.

Add this to your workout playlist

Remember how I was looking for new workout music last week? You guys left me some great suggestions.


Here’s one of the tunes I came across… What do you think? It starts off kinda slow but picks up after about a minute (LOL! It’s 10 minutes long!).

Speaking of dancing, I’ve got hip hop class tonight. What are you up to?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Arianne says:

    Gorge! But I can’t wear eyeliner that’s not waterproof. It’s too risky you know?

  2. Kailey says:

    Wow, that’s a gorgeous shade!
    I wish I could wear blue liners, but they make my stone grey-blue peepers look really odd.
    I’m stuck using browns and blacks.
    It looks great on you Karen!

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Arianne,

    I hear ya. This does pretty well for a non-waterproof eyeliner. In general I find Clarins liners to have pretty good staying power.

    Have you ever tried Lancome’s Le Stylo Waterproof? It’s really great!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Kailey,

    Thanks! 🙂

    Don’t despair — there are some really fantastic browns out there! Do you have MAC Fluidline in Graphic Brown? It’s this super gorge shimmery brown that would probably make your eyes *pop*.

  5. Fair says:

    This is BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL! I use my deep truth Mac shadow as a liner to achieve a similar look.

  6. Indian Girl says:

    $23 is expensive ! But yeah the color is SO PRETTY and 6 hours is very good !

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..LUSH Vanishing Cream : Review

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Fair,

    Thanks! Oh, I bet Deep Truth as liner looks so pretty! Do you apply it wet or dry?

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Yeah, the Clarins pencils are quite pricy. I like their colors and textures though… plus they last a long time. 🙂

  9. Kailey says:

    I don’t have that, actually, but I’ll certainly look into it!
    I use Bobbi Brown eyeliner pots in sepia ink at the moment, and also Lancome eyeshadow in Guest List as
    a shadow liner =]

  10. Renee says:

    OH this is perfect timing, I was just thinking I wanted to buy a blue eyeliner … I have brown eyes like you and I think blue would look hot! I’ll have to check this one out; was going to look at MAC first! 🙂

    Renee´s last blog post..Clinique Lash Power Curling Mascara Review

  11. Shefali says:

    HOLY HAWTNESS!!! Don’t know if I can stomach $23 for a pencil though…

  12. Karen B says:

    Looks great 🙂 I went to a gig of a local Swedish band last night (Twiggy Frostbite, they’re really cool) and tonight I’m going to the ballet, I got free tickets from the university’s international office 🙂

  13. tanya says:

    wow, i love this blue color. I’m really looking for one with shimmer and highly pigmented like this–do you happen to know of one that has really good staying power? I’d be even willing to go down a notch in terms of color if it stays put really well. I have horrible luck with things giving me the ol’ raccoon eyes, within a few hours of wearing!
    I probably should workout tonight also….we’ll see… 🙂

    tanya´s last blog post..colorful dreams

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Kailey,

    If you love brown liner it is a must. 🙂 Here’s a pic I took of it a long time ago:

    MAC Graphic Brown Fluidline

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Renee,

    I can’t get enough of blue. 🙂 What are your favorite blue liners?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    Yeah, it’s pricy, for sure. But the color and staying power … oh la la!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Fun! What show are you planning to watch? Swan Lake will be playing here in SF and I want to go.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Tanya,

    I don’t have a lot of blues, but Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils stay really well and apply with loads of super shimmer.

    Here’s a blue that’s slightly more teal that I like called Flipside.

    Hope this helps. 🙂

  19. Renee says:

    Hey Karen,

    Haven’t tried any til today – tried out some from MAC today (Blooz, was it?!) but instead I ended up buying a green eyeliner! Think it suited me more 😛

    Renee´s last blog post..Clinique Lash Power Curling Mascara Review

  20. lesley says:

    Hi Karen,

    I just got back from my Aerobics class! It’s great, on Thursdays we focus on muscle endurance and do weights–which is something I can never get myself to do on my own so yeah 😉

    This blue eyeliner is totally awesome! But alas, I’m too much of a neutrals kind of girl for it =/

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve fallen in love with Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara! It’s like a bigger, more volumized grown up sister of Lash Power, which I loooove! 😀

    Hope you’re doing well! Isn’t it great that we’re getting a break from all the dreary weather lately?

    <3 Lesley

  21. Amanda says:

    this is a gorgeous blue! love it. and that clarins palette is super pretty too-almost too pretty to use, I just want to look at it. 🙂 Clarins, huh-who knew? never, ever would have looked at them for “good” makeup.

  22. Karen B says:

    It was a modern production but I really liked it. It was by the Cullberg company, they’re really good. You can check out their website here:http://www.cullbergballet.se/EN/Home

  23. Karen B says:

    Ooh and I found rehearsal videos on youtube of the piece I saw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv7RDehtcc0

  24. Marisol says:

    That liner rocks. It’s perfect to give a neutral eye a pop.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Ramblings

  25. Rennah says:

    That’s cool, but I’d rather have my Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Deviant!
    Same awesome color, but it lasts all day and it’s less expensive!

  26. Holly 2 says:

    Please please do a full-face shot, I need to know if this is too crazy for work! x

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Renee,

    Green is good! If you like green Rimmel makes a great pencil called Jungle Green. It’s awesome!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Lesley,

    Your aerobics class sounds like fun. I don’t like doing weights by myself, either. It’s so much more fun when you’re in a class, right?

    Even if you’re a neutrals girl there’s always room for a lil’ blue. 😉 How about a really dark navy blue liner? It practically functions as black, but might be fun for days when you want to mix it up!

    I am glad you like that Clinique mascara. Isn’t it amazing how it keeps the curl lifted all day long?

    Anyway, I’m so happy the sun is finally out. It’s nice to a break from the rain. Now if we could just fast forward to spring already!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I know! For a long time I always thought of it as kinda stuffy, but they make some really sexy colors.

    Hmm, I wonder if they’re gonna bring the Teal Terror mascara back for summer… *crosses fingers*

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Thank you for sharing that! I loved that first sequence they did in that video. I’m not a modern kinda girl, but I can certainly appreciate the technical aspect to it. I’ve tried it before and my body just won’t do it, LOL. 🙂

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Yah! It’s fun for days when you just want a lil’ something-something.

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Rennah,

    I like the Urban Decay liners, too! The only blue from them I have is Flipside. Looks like I’m going to have to get Deviant, too.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Holly 2,

    Sure. I’ll try to do it this weekend. 🙂

  34. Karen B says:

    Neither am I. I like to watch it but I couldn’t do it to save my life… hehe

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