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I haven't been this excited about an eyeliner set for a while. Throughout the years I have accumulated quite a collection from so many different brands. I pretty much have all the colors I can ever think of (or almost) except for one brand that I have been wanting to collect more colors from but have been hesitant because of the $25 price tag — Marc Jacobs! If you feel the same, I have good news for you! The brand recently released a limited-edition set that includes 7 mini eyeliners for a price of less than 2 full-sized ones! Now this, is what I call a great holiday gift set!
Marc Jacobs Sky Liner 7-Piece Petites High Liner Collection features 7 Highliner Gel Eye Crayons — 5 are colors from the permanent line and 2 are exclusive to this set. The crayons are miniature and super slim in size but they are still comfortable to hold and offer good control during application. They feature the same twist-up style as the full-sized version but lack a sharpener at the bottom end. They are retractable but try to twist up just enough for what you need to reduce the risk of breaking the product.
Also worth mentioning, too, is that in my set there is one color that the pencil came loosen inside the barrel and the whole “pencil lead” slid out as soon as I popped open the cap. It is still working alright but I just have to be careful twisting it up from now on.
The pencils are housed in a lightweight, black lacquer box that unfortunately attracts fingerprints like a magnet! Inside you will find a beautiful display of all the colors in the set at once. The presentation is elegant and modern, just like you would expect from the line. The black insert is removable so you can reuse the box for storage. The top lid doesn't close tightly, though, so if you want to reuse the box for on-the-go purposes, you may need to secure it with a tape or rubber band to keep the lid from opening.
From left to right: O(vert), Brown(out), Sunset, Midnight in Paris, Th(ink), (Plum)age, and Blacquer.
Another reason I love this set so much: the colors are all jewel-toned (well, except the black shade)! I find myself gravitating towards this color family the most when I do my eye makeup. They are colorful but muted and wearable at the same time, and they enhance brown eyes really nicely. :D
- O(vert) – dark khaki green
- Brown(out) – dark bronze brown
- Sunset (exclusive) – golden bronze
- Midnight in Paris (exclusive) – inky indigo blue
- Th(ink) – deep navy
- (Plum)age – vivid purple
- Blacquer – black
All shades have shimmery and shiny finish except Blacquer which is a simple matte black. The shimmer in the formula does not feel gritty in any way. In fact, I don't feel anything at all during application on my lids. There is not a single shade in this set that I would not wear on a regular basis! Even Sunset, which adds a fun and playful twist to brighten up any eye look when lined along the center of the lower lash line.
Formula-wise, my thoughts still remain the same after I published my review on Blacquer and Th(ink) more than a year ago. These pencils glide on smoothly without dragging or pulling the skin. They are also richly pigmented and you do get a complete coverage in one pass. Except for (Plum)age where you may have to layer a couple of times due to its thinner consistency.
The creaminess and rich pigments make these pencils superior than most eyeliners. They are creamy but not too creamy so you can easily draw a smooth line along the shape of your eye in one long stroke. The rich pigments lay down and adhere to the skin almost immediately so if you wish to smudge, you may want to do so as quickly as you can.
But being creamy has its cons — these pencils become dull quickly. And the fact that you can't sharpen it to a pointed tip makes it almost impossible to create a sharp winged-liner look, unless you follow with a detail eyeliner brush. Not a deal-breaker to me by any means obviously, but it's something worth considering if winged liner is your signature look.
On me, none of the colors smudges or budges, even when I use them to tightline, yes, even the matte black Blacquer shade stays put! I'm so glad these pencils stay on so well on me as I have read some reviews where they report smudging problem with Blacquer. The formula is waterproof and quite difficult to remove so you will need a dual-phase eye makeup remover to completely take them off.
I think this set is such a good deal and will make a perfect gift for someone who loves doing eye makeup. It is also a good set for those who have not tried Marc Jacobs eyeliners before or those simply looking to collect and/or experiment with a variety of shades. I am so glad I was able to pick one up in time before it went out of stock on Sephora. You can sign up for an email alert when it comes back in stock on their website but if you can't wait, the set is still available on the brand's official website (link below).
Do you like jewel-toned eyeliners? What formula do you prefer when it comes to lining your lids?