Smashbox Limitless Liner Won’t Leave You in the Lurch

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smashbox limitless eye liner

When eyeliner disappears, where exactly does it go? Do mischievous makeup angels charm it away with magic erasers while I’m drooling over pics of Jake Gyllenhaal’s muscled bod and manscaping?


Seriously, I can’t be the only person plauged by the plight of the disappearing eyeliner.

Thank ye gods for long-wearing liner formulas like the new Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner ($19). Released for summer, these creamy, long-wearing liners apply with intense color and come with the promise of eight-hour wear time, which makes the hours I’ve whittled away watching people dancing solo to Ginuwine’s Pony a little easier to bear. πŸ™‚

Ready to rock you in shades of Black, Dark Brown, Teal, Deep Navy and Deep Purple, their creamy, easy-to-apply formula also resists water (more on that in a few) and helps protect the skin around those precious peepers with jojoba oil and vitamin E.

I’ve been playing with the Deep Navy and Teal pencils this week. Both of them glide on smooth, with rich, intense color that reminds me of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

Oh, and get this — no watery eyes! Yup, I’ve been able to use them along the lash and waterline comfortably. As far as waterproof-ness(?) goes, they stand their ground along my lash line but kinda struggle to stay put along the waterline (boo!).

smashbox limitless eye liner

smashbox limitless eye liner
Dontcha just love the built-in sharpener in the cap?

Swatches from left to right on NC35 skin: Peackock, Indigo Ink

smashbox limitless eye liner
On NW20 skin

Waterline disappearing act aside, I like these liners a lot. They combine great wear time with an easy-to-apply formula that should make them a fabulous base for powder shadows, too. πŸ™‚ Available now at Sephora stores and online at Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

You might like Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner ifÒ€¦

  • You’re desperately seeking a long-wearing liner to wear along your lash line
  • You don’t mind less-than-stellar wear time along the waterline
  • You like using liners as a powder shadow base
  • Yay for sharpeners!

Speaking of internet diversions…


I stayed up way too late last night perusing Before You Were Hot. SO FUN! People submit bad/goofy/embarrassing pictures of themselves from back in the day. I mean, why else does one keep photographic evidence of their most awkward years if not to share it with the world, right?

Choo choo! Gotta keep chugging along, ladies. We’re almost to Friday!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sara R. says:

    I really am not impressed with the Smashbox limitless liner, I find that the black one, (when smudged) fades to blue. I like the jet set cream liner and how it will stay on the waterline but these pencils aren’t worth the $$.

  2. Tracy says:

    Thanks Karen for swatching on NW20 skin!! It’s my skin tone and so helpful in deciding what I want to buy!!!

  3. Nancy says:

    do you think they do some make-up contouring on his manly chest to make it look so, you know, drool-worthy? πŸ™‚

  4. LuvJ says:

    At first, the colors of the liners grabbed me.. love those shades.. then I scrolled down and saw Jake yummy Gyllenhall, and almost forgot the brand you were talking about. Then scrolled down further more and — dang girl!! Totally forgot about what post I was reading and your pics took me back to elementary school! Hubs always make fun of my pre-GHD-aquanet-happy-hurr-do’s when he walks by my old pics! πŸ˜€

  5. Alison says:

    oooh wht a lovely pic of Jake! mmmmmmmm……………….
    I have been on a serious Jared Leto obsession since last weekend. Could you post a pic of him too please? Preferably with pink Marshawk!

    I haven’t tried this eyeliner, but I got Chanels waterproof eyeliner for the festival and it was fantastic, didn’t budge all day (it didn’t rain so I haven’t tested out how waterproof it really is). I was very impressed though.

  6. Pam says:

    You know how they had the Smashbox WISH eyeliners for XMAS last year?? are these similar to those liners??

  7. amy says:

    Oooh, the peacock color looks beautiful. WANTS!

    Seems to be less pigmented/metallic on pale skin though.. hmm. I’lll probably have to try it on next time i stop by Sephora =)

  8. snoopysteph says:

    Hey, who’s NW20 skin are you swatching on? πŸ™‚

  9. Nina says:

    I don’t like the pencils that much, my favorite pencils are Clinique’s Cream Shapers (both eye and lip) and Smashbox ones seem nothing like them. Have you seen the movie Prince of Persia? πŸ™‚ I loooooved their eye make up in the movie and I want to achieve that look, so so beautiful (men seem much more decent with eyeliner, ha). By the way, knowing the original prince in the game, I think Jake was smiling TOO much -.-

  10. Trisha says:

    Ooo, that peacock looks amazing, especially on your skintone.
    .-= Trisha’s last blog post… Giveaway: RAW Minerals Active Veil =-.

  11. Nina says:

    The blue is so pretty … tempting tempting!

    Its almost Friday yay! Had lunch w/ the bestie and we looked around for party favor ideas. I ended up buying a really cute pink blouse at Target. Surprising really because im not really a pink person!

    • Karen says:

      Did you find any cute party favors?

      As for the color pink, I never really wore it until 2000… then it was all downhill from there, ha ha! It’s a surprisingly flattering color on many people. What shade is your top?

  12. Michelle says:

    Love the Peacock shade! So gorgeous. LOL — love the old pics — I must say, I had similar bangs (high and big!!)

  13. Cassandra says:

    I may have to try those eyeliners. And Jake Gyllenhaal *swoon*

    Haha Karen you were still adorable when you were younger!

  14. Alex says:

    Hm those looks A LOT like the 24/7 glide ons by UD. And did you see Prince of Persia? It’s one of my all time favorites!

  15. Madelynn says:

    I want these so badly!

  16. Yanick says:

    Interesting…can’t say i’ll be looking for them, but its infomation to keep in my back pocket.

  17. gio says:

    That Peacock shade is really tempting me, it’s stunning!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: What do you think of celebrity perfumes? =-.

  18. Trinidad says:

    Manscaping is a must! You want me visit the forest? Blaze me a path!
    .-= Trinidad’s last blog post… Hump Day Hooray: The Free Events Edition =-.

  19. Ashley says:

    I was reading something about a Smashbox liner & then there was this gorgeous photo of a gorgeous Jake Gyllenhaal.. But then there was this old photo of you, Karen!
    Wait so what were you talking about? Oh right the liner! It seems interesting but I’m more interested in Jake πŸ˜‰

  20. Lindsay says:

    Ooo tempting liners! Love the colors. Nice pic btw lol πŸ™‚
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Growing Hair =-.

  21. Alexandra says:

    I may have to check them out next time im in debenhams πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alexandra,

      I hope you do! Are you a fan of Smashbox?

      • Alexandra says:

        Hi Karen yes i love smashbox. They only recently got a counter at my local debenhams πŸ™‚
        I love there supermodel blush and highlight. And there heartbreaker collection. I got the pink one and the blush skinlights.
        Does this halo powder help with large pores ? Im the same age as you and my pores are horrible πŸ™

  22. Suji says:

    LOL, manscaping! The Prince of Persia looks like it will be an entertaining movie.. but Jake Gyllenhaal? I mean, really, they couldn’t find another guy that was more exotic looking? Haha.. Jake just doesn’t seem convincing. I guess I’ll have to wait and see the movie.

    Also thanks for showing swatches on different skin tones! It helps to decide whether something will be right for me. Just a guess, but is El Hub the NW20? hehehe… next you’ll have to show swatches on a furry tabby πŸ™‚

  23. Morgan says:

    Not only am I lusting after these eyeliners, but I love that you put my BF on your blog!
    .-= Morgan’s last blog post… I am a victim! =-.

  24. AtelierGal says:

    The teal eyeliner is GORGEOUS!!! Gosh, I’ve been going teal-crazy lately!
    .-= AtelierGal’s last blog post… Bronze-Burst this Summer! =-.

  25. Vonvon says:

    Love colored liners and they have it in teal!!! One of my fav colors! Gotta check this out.
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… EOTDs/FOTDs: Neutral Smoky & Neutral Brown (Almost Nude) From theBalm Shady Lady Palette =-.

  26. Sarah says:

    I have nothing to say about the eyeliners because I am cursing you for referring me to that striptease video, which now has the eyeliner I am currently wearing running down my cheeks in rivers because I am laughing so hard! ROFLMAO!
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… meditation for music appreciation sunday =-.

  27. Jordan says:

    I was thinking about buying these and I love mostly everything about them but I have one question that I’m hoping you can answer for me. I know you said they weren’t waterproof on the lower lashline but did they atleast stay on when you weren’t wet on the lower lashline? Thanks!

  28. Thanks for these up close pics of the colors – my favorite is the teal. It’s so bright and fun!

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