Freakin’ epic! I can’t remember ever getting this fired up about a black eyeliner before (maybe MAC Feline? — aka one of the most purrrfect black pencils evah), because, c’mon, it’s black eyeliner. Are they useful? Absolutely, but sometimes it’s hard to get stoked about a staple when there are so many fun, distracting colors around.
That is, unless that staple is Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Liner in Diamond Multicolor Black ($23). When it reached out and grabbed my attention, it almost knocked me down! If you’re able to try just one thing from this new line of waterproof liquid eyeliners, please make it Multicolor Black. No kidding — this shade is the bidness in a glittery jet black.
So what are the Aqua Liners? They’re a new range recently added to the Make Up For Ever permanent line. Available in a mix of bright and neutral shades in matte, iridescent and diamond finishes, they’re a lot like the other pigmented, long-wearing, quick-drying waterproof liners that’ve been popping up over the past year. Like the MAC Superslick Liners and Stila Sparkle Waterproof Eyeliners, they sport long, skinny applicators with pointy tips, and they last a really long time, withstanding sweat, running water and occasional (hella weird) eyelid kisses from husky tabby cats (SIDE NOTE: Yes, it feels strange to have your eyelids licked by a cat).
MUFE’s Aqua Liners have a shorter, stiffer tip applicator (very precise) than those other liners and a formula that’s less determined to settle into my fine lines.
They come in 15 different colors, and while I like them all (and eagerly plan to try more of them), Diamond Multicolor Black is the only one making my heart pound in my chest.
From left to right: Diamond Multicolor Black, Iridescent Emerald Green and Diamond Gold
Swatches from the left to the right: Diamond Multicolor Black (SWOON!), Diamond Gold and Iridescent Emerald Green
Diamond Multicolor Black (see the little sparkles?)
Diamond Multicolor Black on eyes
It’s a jet black with bits of blue, pink, purple, green and gold glitter — like a basic black liquid liner with kick. SO CUTE! And despite the crazy glitter, it doesn’t look overdone or costumey on lids. It’s not the badabing! type glitter liner I’d wear to a drag queen karaoke bar (although that type of liner has a special place in my heart), but I bet it would make a clean makeup look (think cat eyeliner and matte lips) worn with a cocktail dress and high heels really sing.
The cheapie inside me doesn’t fancy the price, but I still love it in light of that.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores, the Make Up For Ever Boutique and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Love and Basketball, British-style
So, I can’t play ball worth a dayum, but I do love movies about star-crossed lovers who play hoops. I blame this on Love and Basketball, one of my favorite movies of all time.
Last night I rented a movie along those lines from Netflix called Freestyle. It’s a British Love and Basketball, except instead of college b-ball, it’s about something called freestyling, which is like hip-hop basketball dance.
Is it predictable? Yep. Is it gonna win any Academy Awards? Nope, but as with most teen films, who cares? I loved the story, the music and the characters. Considering the kind of movie it is, this next phrase isn’t much of a spoiler, but…
I’m also realizing as I get older that I appreciate happy endings more and more every day, since real life doesn’t always have them. It’s just nice to escape into a movie with characters that go off happily into the sunset. Totally cheesy, I know, but that’s the truth.
Oh, and this is kind of random, but if you decide to watch it, stick around for the credits at the end. There’s a shout-out to MAC because they did the makeup for the film.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,