Sunday, 19 February 2017

Collection Inventory: Eyeliners, 2017


When I first started wearing makeup regularly, eyeliner was something I skipped. I couldn't figure it out. It's likely 90% of my lack of skill was due to the fact that the one eyeliner I owned was a 99 cent black one from New York Color, which is not a stellar example of eyeliner, but also because I had only ever seen people apply eyeliner with their eyes closed, and I couldn't figure that out. Eventually, I decided to give eyeliner another go, using a fine brush and a dark purple cream shadow from some discount brand at the dollar store. Those shadows were actually amazing - I read about them in some Canadian teen fashion magazine that was published quarterly in the early 2000s that I cannot remember the name of, and neither can the internet, so they were legitimate enough for me to feel safe in forking over my $3.45 to buy them. After several months of this, I decided to try a real eyeliner. Armed with my allowance and some of my mother's Shoppers Optimum points, I marched across the main drag and into the Shoppers where I picked up a couple of different eyeliner pencils. Probably Maybelline and Rimmel, and I seem to remember a Covergirl one from back then too. I was determined to smudge some black eyeliner on my eyes. And after an afternoon of practice, I figured out how to line my eyes with my eyes open, as demonstrated in this post.

And that ushered in a love of eyeliner. This love was intensified once I found my very favourite eyeliner formula, which remains so to this day: the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liners. They're creamy, easy to work with, don't drag on my eyelid, and stay put on me. I don't line my waterline ever, so these opinions are strictly for the lashline. 

I have branched out a little recently: I got a sample of the Kat von D Tattoo liquid liner and fell in love. I tracked down the Physician's Formula dupe and have been using that almost every day since October. The Sephora Contour pencil liners have a formula very similar to the Urban Decay ones that I love and are half the price. I love my one pot of gel liner from Colourpop, but am much less enamoured with their pencil liners. 

I bounce back and forth from using one workhorse liner every day (like right now) and using a different colour every day. Since I've stopped wearing eyeshadow, I like to use a swipe of coloured liner to liven up my look but still keeping it simple. I've been fortunate in accumulating a lot of different colours: the bulk of my collection is Urban Decay liners, and they come from two sets. I picked up the Black Market set of liners for my birthday when they were out in 2013. They're a set of six deluxe size eyeliners in blackened colours. All of the arm swatches in this inventory make them look terrible, but I swear they aren't.

The other big win was scoring the Ocho Loco 2 set for $30. One solitary Urban Decay liner is $25 now, and I think they were $23 back then. Either way, I read about it on Reddit and then skipped over to Sephora and ordered. It's a set of 8 full sized liners, plus a sharpener. This probably remains the most amazing beauty deal I have ever scored. 

Because of these two sets, I haven't bought a lot of other liners. I've had a few find their way into my hands via Sephora perks and birthday gifts, and a few I've purchased on sale or to try a new formula.

I haven't really reviewed any liners on here, surprisingly, but I'll link to the couple of reviews I know I have kicking around.

Blacks/Greys


Browns/Coppers

  • Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Boosting Eyeliner  + Serum in Deep Brown
  • Colourpop Creme Gel Pencil in Show Me
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in West (mini)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Twice Baked
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Roach

Purples


  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Riot (mini)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Tornado

Greens/Turquoises


  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Snakeskin Dress
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mars
  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Summer Cruise
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End

Blues


  • Colourpop Creme Gel Pot in DTLA
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ultraviolet
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ink (mini)
  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in My Boyfriend's Jeans

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the state of my eyeliner collection. I do want to cut down the number of black liners I have, because really, how many do you need? The Marc Jacobs and the NARS aren't my preferred formula - both are a little too stiff and draggy - but are minis and should be easy enough to finish. I just cracked open a new tube of the Physician's Formula liner because my original ones was drying up/almost finished, so I think it's safe to say that's now a staple. I have bought more eyeliners than usual in the last year, but as long as I keep in mind that I have a really great selection of colours that I can work with, I should stay on this side of sane when it comes to liners. 

And only tangentially related: but eyeliners officially have the longest, most obnoxious names in all of makeup. 

9 comments:

  1. They DO have the longest, most obnoxious names! What's up with that?

    I've been looking for a good cobalt liner for a while. Which of the blues is your favorite?

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    1. Maybe it's because of the fact that they're second cousins to a pencil crayon and they have to pretend they're all advanced, when really, how much can you improve upon pencil liner at this point?

      I really like Ultraviolet. This picture isn't a good shot of it (ugh, I might retake these), but it's got this fine shimmer in it that makes it catch the light in the loveliest way. But My Boyfriend's Jeans has been in a code on Sephora (Canada at least) pretty consistently for over a year now, so I'd look for that first. The mini is a pretty decent size.

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    2. Thanks! I doubt I'd wear a cobalt liner often enough to justify the UD price, so I'll check out the Sephora one.

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  2. I used to wear eyeliner way more than eyeshadow, but in the last couple of years I reversed that for some reason. I need to get back into my eyeliner, because I have at least as many as you, and I always like how they look when I use them. I just bought that PF liquid liner for the first time last week, and it's so good!! I'm really impressed.

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    1. It's amazing! So fine and easy to use, sets well and doesn't budge. And half the price of the Kat von D. I'm pretty skeptical about the serum aspect, but it's still a great eyeliner.

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  3. Have you ever checked out the Ulta Gel ones? I find that they're even better than the Sephora or Urban Decay ones and the color selection is fantastic. I think it's one of the best/most little known drugstore dupe secrets!

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    1. No, I haven't - no Ultas in Canada. If I find myself south of the border, I'll look into them,

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  4. I'm totally the opposite with pencil liner: I only use it to tightline, never on my lashline. I've never found a single pencil liner formula that didn't transfer when I put it on my upper lashline! I'm pretty casual when it comes to pencil liner. I think every single one I have was either a gift or included in a palette. And I've been loyal to the same liquid liner for like 4 years now, so I'm pretty boring. You're kind of making me want a good turquoise liner, though!

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    1. A good turquoise liner is always a good purchase!

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