I had planned to do a 'drugstore favourites' post this year to match my posts on lip loves last year and favourite red lipsticks the year before, but I'm still working through a recent Visée haul* which is playing havoc with my drugstore rankings (spoiler: it's AWESOME), and still re-evaluating some earlier forays into Korean high-street brands, and people, sheets don't spread themselves! I NEED TO PROCESS.
So instead, please take a look at some enduring loves, YSL's Effet Faux-Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliners! My absolute favourite potted liners ever, for their:
-- smooth creaminess (I know it sez it right thar in the name, but that's not always a guarantee)
-- impressive pigmentation and rich colours which stay true even as they dry and wear (no dulling)
-- workability (I get a good minute to place, blend, smudge and tweak, which means everyone else, with the capacity to produce sebum, will have even longer!)
--total bombproof indelibility once set (these are the first products I reach for when I do eye makeup on oily-lidded, crease-prone folk, and they inevitably come back to me raving and addicted; on dry lids like mine there is absolutely no flaking throughout the day) but still easily removed with cleansing oil, and non-staining.
-- longevity (in the pot as well as on the lids): these stay creamy for years longer than Bobbi Brown or MAC gel liners and mine don't clump / ball up at all even at three years old.
I own the four more vibrant shades: 3 Bronze Black, 4 Sea Black, 5 Cherry Black, 6 Jade Black; there's also a blackened gunmetal shimmer and glossy, inky black in the line.
Close-ups of my shades
3 Bronze Black: complex deep olive-patina-ed bronze with lighter topaz shimmer
4 Sea Black: a deep but vibrant navy, with lighter sapphire blue microshimmer (less visibly shimmery than Bronze Black)
5 Cherry Black: blackened plum with ultra-fine copper and ruby microshimmer (the least shimmery of my four shades)
6 Jade Black: the brightest of my four, and secondmost shimmery (behind only Bronze Black): a deepened emerald with tonal microshimmer.
Heavy swatches, in the same (should be obvious :P) order:
Light, one-stroke swatches: reveals how soft and un-blingy they can look worn more sheerly, without collapsing into that indeterminate murky grey as so many darker liners can:
These have been (positively) reviewed extensively throughout the blogosphere, and from my blogroll are beloved also of The Non-Blonde, The Unknown Beauty Blog and Mascara Magic!, so I highly recommend you have a play with these next time you're near a YSL counter, even if you've had poor experiences with potted liners in the past.
Want some liner inspiration? Watch this, the video for Spica's "You Don't Love Me," which is my totally over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek, silly-sexy, retro soul jam this Valentine's day! (link)
|Jiwon: liner extended out then sharply flicked up, curves added by eyeshadow shading|
|probably my favourite, on Narae: the smoky, open wing, broken along the lower lashline|
|Juhyun: the fat, curvy, inset-flick retro cat-eye. Plays really nicely with the angle of her lashes.|
Bonus Juhyun gif
|Bohyung rocks the sly, elongated version|
|Boa also has an elongated wing, but with a dropped topline and heavier outer corner (again, playing off her falsies really nicely)|
May your Fridays be likewise filled with the delicious, bouncy things of your dreams!
...wait, what was this post about again? I have become confused. Be off with ye and let me enjoy my gif.
*Ze aforementioned Visée haul, reviews forth...coming....soon...*mumblemumble*
Disclosure: everything in this post was either purchased by me, or a personal gift from a friend.