My heart breaks every time I write this type of post. I feel like I’m writing about a failed relationship with an ex, which is something no one should be writing about. But since I know that Revlon won’t take it personally and because pencils don’t have feelings, let’s get moving.
I don’t do expert-level eyelining tricks. If you check my photo in this post, The Face of 30, you will see that my eyelids are heavily hooded. It doesn’t make sense for me to master doing snazzy eyeliner shapes. I don’t even do winged eyeliner.
I just deposit color into my lash bed (aka tightlining) and on special occasions, I line my waterline.
I also want to mention that my eyelids are oily and I have sported aegyo sal eyes since birth. Apparently, my mini-eyebags are on trend in Korea. I can’t believe people undergo to surgery just to get them. Here’s a video on it: Aegyo Sal Makeup Tutorial.
A lot of people like this eyeliner. Of the 1,498 people who reviewed it on Makeup Alley, 74% said they would purchase it again, with a rating of 4 out of 5 lippies.
I don’t get it.
I only like that it’s matte and that it doesn’t need to be sharpened. Other than that, here’s what I think about it:
Packaging and Application
The twist up packaging seems convenient in theory, but I don’t think it was well-executed. The ‘pencil’ wobbles a bit so I’m always careful not to twist out too much.
And since the product tugs the not-your-normal-friction tug on the lids, it doesn’t help that it’s wobbly. I experienced the pencil breaking on me when not even half a centimeter of product was out. Note that it was still new-ish when that happened and the pencil hasn’t dried out.
I went out of my way to ask Martha of The Beauty Junkee how she uses this. She suggested warming it up on the back of my hand first but I already did that. I even tried the hair blower technique to melt the pencil a little but it didn’t help
Wear and Longevity
ColorStay? Hmmm, more like ColorStray. Since oily-skinned netizens rave endlessly of the Revlon ColorStay foundation, I thought maybe the eyeliner from the line would do well for my oily lids. In an airconditioned environment where only my oiliness is at play, the eyeliner would already smudge before lunch even came. And because I have aegyo sal eyebags that are as oily as the rest of my face, the eyeliner would stamp itself on them. If I wear it on my waterline, it would always slide on to my bags. I can’t imagine how I would look like if I wore it in Philippine-heat and humidity sans airconditioning.
Below are swatches courtesy of my pet Minion. In about 5 minutes in, I smeared the left swatch (no sebum and water was involved).
For reference, I have it in black. It might perform differently on the other colors as some have mentioned. I also might have gotten a bad one. But it retails for around Php 500 and that’s too expensive for me to risk purchasing again.
If you have the same conditions as I have — Stay Away.
The photos in this post were taken by our friend Manzi. No Minion was harmed in the photo shoot.