I used to get really grumpy back in school when kids would copy my style. It’s not that I thought of myself as a fashion visionary or anything, but I took pride in my penchant for offbeat things and fancied myself as different. So when Angela showed up to band one day wearing a baby poo green plaid vest eerily similar to the one I’d been rockin’ for most of that fall, carrying her sheet music in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles folder a lot like mine, I couldn’t help but feel a little annoyed.
I vented about it to my friend Cindy, expecting a sympathetic ear. “Just chill out and be flattered,” she said. It was only worth tripping about if things got creepy and Single White Female (which, thank goodness, they didn’t).
Cindy was right, of course. After all, I’d copied/borrowed a few ideas from other kids, too, and looking at it that way, I thought perhaps that old saying about imitation and flattery was true.
Which brings us to this: if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Urban Decay must feel REALLY flattered by the new NYX Slide-On Liners ($8 each).
Even the unwieldy name sounds familiar — Slide On, Glide On & Definitely a Turn On Water Proof Extreme Shine Eye Liner. Sounds a little like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($17), right?
Like the Glide-Ons, they’re smoother than Blackstreet in their heyday (remember Before I Let Go? That’s some baby-making music, ma!), with vibrant colors more intense than a triple rainbow deluxe.
I’ve got mad love for UD liners, especially Bourbon, but I’m always open to budget options. I couldn’t wait to give these a try.
They come in a wide range of colors, 18 of them, in a mix of matte and shimmery finishes, and I see several possible dupes here for classic UD shades…
16 of the 18 shades
This isn’t the first time NYX appears to have patterned new products on an existing line. Spring’s Nude on Nude Palette looks a lot like Urban Decay’s Naked Palette to me, and the Grinding Blushes remind me of things we’ve seen from Smashbox and Elizabeth Arden before.
When it comes to wear time along the lash lines, these can’t be beat. It’s just like the Glide-Ons. Since I didn’t feel like going all out with my makeup last weekend, I would just swipe the brown shade, Brown Perfection, along my upper and lower lash lines in the mornings. That was it. I tried it both with and without an eye primer, and in both cases the color latched onto my lids and wouldn’t let go…until I removed it at night with my standby PMS.
I left it on during my run to see how it would it would handle perspiration, and it cranked out four miles through a bucket of sweat, notably without stinging my eyes.
Swatches from the left to right: Pink Suede, Jewel, Glitzy Gold and Golden Bronze
Green Papaya, Esmeralda, Tropical Green and Golden Olive
Azure, Sunrise Blue, Purple Blaze and Pretty Violet
Brown Perfection, Jet Black, Platinum and Pure White
From the left to the right: Pink Suede, Jewel, Glitzy Gold, Golden Bronze, Green Papaya, Esmeralda, Tropical Green, Golden Olive, Azure, Sunrise Blue, Purple Blaze, Pretty Violet, Brown Perfection, Jet Black, Platinum and Pure White
The Slide Ons with a few similar UD 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils from the left to right: Glitzy Gold, UD El Dorado, Green Papaya, UD Graffiti, Golden Olive, UD Stash, Purple Blaze, UD Ransom, Azure, UD Electric, Brown Perfection, UD Corrupt, Jet Black and UD Zero
So other than price, do these differ from the Glide-Ons in any other ways? Well, I think they take longer to set. UD’s Glide-Ons dry within a minute or so, while the Slide-Ons take about five. The extra time isn’t necessarily a negative, though, if you use the extra time to blur out the edges. It may actually be great for smudged eye looks, or when I want to blend and layer powder shadows on top. They should make excellent bases for smokey eye looks.
Now, as for how they traverse the waterline, that’s one way in which The UD Glide-Ons clearly have the NYX Slide-Ons beat. I tried several of the shades along my upper and lower waterlines, and none of them lasted until the end of the day. I had my best luck with the black shade, Jet Black, which eeked out about four hours, but it looked pretty awful for most of that time. It started off as a thick, solid line, but quickly began to streak and looked patchy after about 30 minutes.
Poor staying power along the waterline is a huge miss for me, but if you’re strictly a lash lining gal looking for something pigmented, long-wearing (everywhere except the waterline) and relatively cheap, you might want to give these a try.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to select beauty stores, drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Speaking of NYX…
Did you take advantage of the brand’s big 12-hour online sale? It was to celebrate their 12th anniversary, but from the comments it seems like a lot of gals weren’t able to get through. I hopped onto the site earlier today, and it took forever and a day for the page to load. Maybe their servers couldn’t keep up with flood of makeup lovers trying to get in on the sale.
Were you able to get anything during the sale?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,