Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes Review & Swatches
Today I am comparing 3 black mini eyeliners from 3 different brands. All of them have been receiving positive reviews across the blogosphere, however, I find one of them to be a complete flop! Can you guess which one it is? It may be the one you least expect!
All three pencils come in a pencil form, sharpening-required. I normally prefer eyeliners that I can sharpen to a pointy tip so these fit the bill in that respect. They also claim to be “smudge-proof, waterproof, long-wearing, with the richest, blackest color payoff”.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
0L (matte black)
○ Black intensity
Soft black/dark gray
○ Color payoff
○ Budge proof/ long-wearing
Mostly matte (although the description says “matte black”, there is visible shimmer in the formula)
No, due to shimmer content
○ Formula, glide, and overall experience
Creamy. Goes on fairly smooth without skipping or tugging and leaves a smooth and even finish with minimal effort. I like that it's not too creamy so there is not much wastage during sharpening. The formula allows for easier control whether you are drawing a thick or thin line. It dries down quickly, though, so you won't have a lot of play time. Use a speedy hand and smudge quickly if desired. I feel that this one is a happy medium between the other two liners in terms of ease of application and color payoff.
Creamiest. Goes on incredibly smooth, almost liquid-like. Best application on the lid without tugging, pulling, or skipping and leaves a super smooth and intense finish. However, being too creamy, the tip is prone to becoming dull and you may find yourself sharpening the pencil every time after use. It is also quite difficult to create a thin line with this liner due to the formula being extra creamy. It also tends to be smudgy in the beginning so be mindful not to blink too much before it sets especially if you have hooded eyes.
Dry. Glide? What glide?! I seriously cannot get this pencil to create a decent line on my lid without tugging and pulling the skin! Together with the poor color payoff, the line always looks less than ideal with dry, jagged and patchy finishes. I have such a hard time using this liner. It is frustrating that I have to press the pencil so hard on my lash line in order to see anything that resembles a black liner. I just do not understand the hype over this liner at all. Is it possible that I have got myself a bad batch? It seems to be the only logical explanation!
The smiley faces above pretty much sum up how I feel about each liner. :D See the Too Faced one (middle)? The black is so intense but the line it creates is so thick and therefore may not be the best option for minimal makeup or office wear. It comes in handy for party looks or when you want to create some serious grungy/dramatic smokey eyes, though! The Make Up For Ever one (right) is quite a disappointment as you can see how dry and faded it looks. As I said, it is possible that the mini version that I have may have been from a bad batch and may not represent the true performance of a full-size. The Bobbi Brown one (left) is a happy medium between the two with the right amount of pigmentation and glide. It is an all-round good quality eyeliner for any occasion.