If you’re ready for tiger eyes, or a way to make your eyes stand out without using eight different eyeshadows and eight different brushes to blend and shade, then read on for easy options that are high on impact without being outlandish and are user-friendly. Of the four items below, there’s surely one that you could use to bring your eyes front and centre. There’s an eyebrow pencil, a concealer, a liquid liner and naturally, a mascara. When my Diorshow Brow Pencil finished, along with my patience to deal with the brow powder palette hanging out under my sink for emergencies, time was nigh for something new. And so, of the four pieces, three are new launches, whilst the fourth has received praises from all corners of the beauty interwebs since it launched and continues to do so.
Chanel Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil
Chanel Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil was where I started in my head before I ended up with the additional eye makeup items in this post. By now we know the importance of polished eyebrows, the way it stabilises the appearance of the eyes and its ability to pull the face together. While Chanel’s eyebrow products tend to be outliers in contrast to other brands, I was willing to try it because the formula has been updated. Essentially, I wanted an angled pencil that was well designed, easy to use, with good, buildable pigment and smooth application. And so in this instance, Chanel delivered. The excellent formulation results in ease of use and is indeed buildable and matches the natural colour of my eyebrow hair, without making it look oddly brown or too black. Also, the angled design makes filling in my eyebrows a snap, as I’m able to do quick, precise strokes.
This twist-up eyebrow pencil is also dual ended with one end housing the pencil while the other end has a spooley. After filling in, I’m able to brush through the hairs to even out the pigment and ensure a clean look. Once on, the formula remains true, doesn’t fade or slip around and also doesn’t oxidise or change shade.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in O1 Deeper
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen 01 Deeper was released around 2013 to much adoration. Present on many best-of lists, this liquid liner pen is undoubtedly in a class by itself. Dual-ended, with a calligraphy tip on one end and a pro tip on the other, prepare to achieve the most matte, proper black liner of your eye makeup life. This liquid liner will never go grey, crack, flake or smudge on you. Long-lasting, easy to apply and budge-proof, this is for liquid liner lovers who seek surgical precision, especially when seeking to do a very graphic, dramatic eye. I’ve been able to get right into my lash line with this. You can also dot in between the roots of your eyelashes to create definition in lieu of actually drawing lines.
In the hand, Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen is satisfyingly weighty, while the packaging is sleek, chic and luxe. There’s sufficient time to draw your lines but once it sets, there’s no opportunity to erase and redo unless you use eye makeup remover. I can’t think of any downsides to this eye defining pen except the price. Otherwise, if cat-eye flicks in some form are your thing or if you prefer the dot-between-the-roots method, this is a superb way to pull it off.
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Eye Ink Mascara
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Eye Ink Mascara lured me in after watching Ms. Beckham herself talk about her reasons for creating it. According to her, she became fascinated with the way some makeup artists would ‘paint’ mascara onto her lashes. Thus, she wanted to offer consumers the opportunity to mimic that ‘paint-on’ method. In addition, it was also important to her to create a mascara that could be used on eyelash extensions, as that type of product is still fairly rare.
How did her vision translate into the Eye Ink Mascara? Firstly, for a mascara, the tube is exceptionally slim but sleek and unique in appearance. The wand is also the thinnest I’ve encountered in a mascara thus far. The formula is on the thinner side, and by virtue of the size of the wand, I was able to apply the formula to my eyelashes with an enhanced level of precision. Also, coating my bottom lashes with this mascara micro wand is immensely easier in comparison to using other standard size wands.
However, the Eye Ink Mascara loses points for me with the finish, in that it leaves my eyelashes looking a bit spikier than I prefer. Also, if you prefer a thickening mascara, this is not it. Yet, it delivers beautifully on lengthening eyelashes. The formula includes fibres that are meant to facilitate the enhanced lash effect. In my experience, there are few companies who do fibre formulas well enough to make it comfortable to wear and without making eyelashes look like a clumpy disaster. The best fibre formula mascara I’ve used so far and written about is from Orlane. Otherwise, after a few weeks of use, I’m still waiting for the Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Eye Ink Mascara formula to settle down and really impress me. Apart from that, it starts out as a nice glossy black and dries matte. My eyelashes don’t droop as the hours tick away, so it certainly holds the curl very well. The mascara comes off easily with standard eye makeup remover although warm water is recommended. It’s also sweat and humidity resistant. Regrettably, it doesn’t replace my ultimate favourite mascara which is from Chanel Le Volume de Chanel.
YSL All Hours Concealer
At this stage, a high-performance concealer is for me, non-negotiable. Photographs drive that point home, so this is a search that will likely become even more urgent as the years pass. YSL has recently launched a category of makeup called All Hours. It includes primer, foundation, concealer and powder compact. We’ll be seeing more of the technology underlying this series from YSL. The liquid formulas contain powder particles that are able to combat sebum (oil) production on the skin. The powder particles in the formula are also able to hold more than its weight in sebum, thereby making it ideal for effective longwear performance. The concealer is meant to last up to sixteen hours while the foundation is meant to hold up for twenty-four hours. I chose the YSL All Hours Concealer in 06 Mocha, the darkest shade out of six options.
In the tube, it looks almost too dark but when blended out, the finish and match are superb. Light, creamy, fast absorbing and easy to tap in, there’s time to work this into the skin before it dries. It smoothes out lines and covers imperfections or shadowy areas of the face in a realistic way. When used above the eyebrows and in the puppet lines (nasolabial folds at the side of the mouth) and at the sides of the nose, it pulls the face together beautifully. I’ve used this concealer without foundation and still managed to look polished in a short amount of time. Therefore, it’s good for those who only have a precious few minutes to look alive. True to its name, YSL All Hours Concealer lasts for many hours intact without fading or breaking down. I use a tiny bit of powder to set, plus it can be built up to the level of coverage you need without caking or clumping.
These four items are certainly worth a try, especially if you’re not into much makeup but still want to look pulled together. All of them are easy to use, well formulated and will perform sufficiently to help your efforts in achieving that.
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