Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner

Product: Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner

Review: I have an obsession with eyeliner. I won't go a day without it, because I love how it looks on me. For a long time, I only used liquid. Then, I switched to pencils because it's easier to apply in the morning. Swipe, smudge and go, yo. Mistakes? Smudge it out and make your eye more smokey. Then add more to get a more defined line. So fast, so easy. Especially now that I live with my man and his bathroom doesn't have a nice place where I can rest my elbow and see into a mirror at the same time. It's amazing how much easier it is to get identical cat eye application when you have a place to rest your elbow, I swear. 

Anyways, you'd think that I would have tried out more gel liners by now, but this is only my second. I guess, in my head, they were just a lot more fussy than they are in reality. Because in reality, I think they're even faster to apply than pencil. I just use a stiff, angled liner brush, get some liner on there, and make a soft cat eye. DONE. Love love love. 

What I like about this particular liner is that the color is rich, highly pigmented, not shiny but not 100% matte. It's a great in-between liner. More intense than pencil, but less of a crisp line than liquid. No waiting for it to dry, either. The consistency is nice, and it's easy to apply with an angled brush without tugging or great amounts of effort. You do have to apply it fast before it sets, though, because if you putz, it won't blend and will start flaking as you fuss with it. Apply it fast, and then leave it alone. I would suggest not using a stereotypical liner brush unless the bristles are very stiff, because you might find the formula too thick or waxy. With a good angled brush, it's great. I use this one from MAC. 

Another thing I like is that it really is long-wearing. Looks great the next morning after a night of marathoning Bones on Netflix. Yes, that happened. Because I am awesome like that. 

As for the things I don't like: sometimes, when I'm applying it, it flakes off my brush a little bit. Also, there is a little fall-out through the work day, of which I am not a fan. I want to have what I have with liquids and never have to worry about having the "raccoon" effect, you know? And I also don't like that it's not compatible with my normal liner brushes. They're just too weak to handle this stuff and give me a precise line. But none of these things are enough to keep me from using it all the time, so it works. Not sure I'd buy it again, because there are so many other ones to try that I think could perform a bit better. 

Grade: B-

Price: $22

Where to buy: Sephora

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