Comparisons: 3 Eye Liners

I’m not someone who wears makeup everyday (or even if I do, I don’t wear a lot at all most of the time) so I can’t justify trying out too many make-up items or spending too much money on them. When I do wear any make-up at all, eyeliner is definitely at the top of the list with some sort of face coverage (Concealer, BB-Cream, or Foundation) and I am a victim of the oily-eyelids-can’t-wear-a-lot-of-the-eye-make-up-stuff (lol) condition. So I would say that staying power is at the top of my list of criteria of what a good eyeliner should be for me.

So here are the three eyeliners I am comparing today:

IMG_6176The world famous Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion as well as Maybelline‘s Master Precise Liquid Liner and a Korean brand Nature Republic liquid liner.

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Urban Decay >> Maybelline >> Nature Republic

I’m not quite sure about Nature Republic as it was gifted to me by my cousin who went to Korea earlier this year and a lot of the markings have come off now. But It comes on the most sheer out of the tree so I have to normally layer 2 or 3 times. This doesn’t run down my face but rather disappear in patches on the lid – so although I don’t look like a raccoon, I still look somewhat strange. Not sure which look I’d prefer.

The Maybelline eyeliner is probably the best in terms of accessibility and price (well I can only compare the price with Urban Decay) at just under AUD $10. With this eyeliner, I can finish my eyeliner in one or two layers to get the intensity that I like. The brush tip allows for a lot of control, however, this stuff does run down my face after about 4 or 5 hours of wear.

I came across Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil from Ingrid Nielsen (Missglamorazzi) on Youtube. She seems to have a similar problem to me with the oily eyelids and she recommended this one as well as one from the Nars brand (I want to try this too someday!). I really love the creamy texture and how I can put this on my waterline quite easily and this stuff stays put better than any pencil liners I’ve tried. It ran down my face a little bit after about 8 hours of wear but the good news is it’s not patchy! The bad news is, the cheapest place I found to buy this particular liner was BeautyBay.com and that was for about AUD$23 – twice the price of the Maybelline. In my opinion though, it was worth it since it’s solved a lot of my problems. Another thing is that since this is very soft, the tip goes out of shape very fast and I have yet to figure out how to take out the rest of the eyeliner so I can use it (other than the tip).

Summary Score Cards:

Urban Decay 247

Maybeline Master Precise

Natures Republic Eyeliner

I realise that comparing these are like comparing oranges and apples to some people since they aren’t even the same type of eyeliner. But hey, I want a day where if I do wear eyeliner, I don’t want to look like a raccoon by the end of the day.

Overall, I would say that my favourite out of the three is the Urban Decay 24/7 just because it’s versatile and has great pigmentation and staying power. I would love to know the differences between this and the Nars Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner someday but hey I think I got my hands full with these eyeliners (and some gel liners) for now.

Have you tried any of the eyeliners mentioned above? Are there any that you think I should try?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

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Haul: Nail polishes + Swatches

Nail Polish Haul

Nail Polish Haul

So, I went a on a little white nail-polish hunt yesterday. I’ve actually been looking for a good white nail polish for a while and as you might know from my last post that included a white Sally Hansen, I was pretty disappointed due to its streaky-ness. I typically think that nail polish is a low-involvement product that is relatively cheap (the ones I buy anyway) so I never really research on what brand has the best stuff. However, I decided a few days ago that I would do my research before I went in stores. I found that most of the recommendations were to get OPI’s Alpine Snow and some suggest other brands like China Glaze, Sinful Colours as well as other brands that are not even easily accessible in Australia. Actually, from all the brands above, the only really accessible brand is OPI. But I refuse to pay more than $10 for a colour nail polish so OPI was definitely out of the question (unless there’s a crazy discount on them) as it retails for AU$19.95 here in Australia. The only accessible drugstore brand here in Australia that I saw people had suggested was Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal & White On, Models Prefer Make A Million.
Photograph taken under white LED light.

I don’t typically buy Sally Hansen’s colour nail polishes as the cheapest retails for between AU$6-7. However, Priceline had a promotion of buy 1 get 1 free! So I took a leap of faith and bought the white nail polish and got myself a gunmetal colour as my 2nd item. So that’s 2 nail polishes for $6.95 (or about $3.50 each).

I previously owned a Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Polish in Flirt (#38) which I used to use quite often (it’s not with me at the moment hence I can’t wear it right now) so the consistency didn’t really surprise me. It’s a little thicker than my Revlon polishes and the Models Prefer nail polish but I think it works quite well.

Sally Hansen “White On” is exactly what it is. A white creme polish. I don’t know what else to say about this other than it is white, shiny and I love it. I think the shine takes the “I-have-white-out-on-my-finger-nails” look away and I am actually considering painting all of my 10 fingers in white.

I applied a base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat. Photograph taken under yellow light indoor

Base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine top coat.
Photograph taken under yellow light.

Gunmetal” I picked up because it is almost winter here in Australia and I love me some good dark coloured nail polishes. It seems like winter is the more-appropriate season to wear dark polishes (but hey, I wear whatever colour I feel like whenever I feel like it). It’s got a slightly purple undertone and a slight shimer. The name fits the colour – it looks like a gunmetal colour.

As I was walking around Priceline after I’d picked out the two nail polishes, I saw that Models Prefer had a promotion going on too. It was a free blender sponge every time you purchase at least 1 product. I’ve never tried a beauty blender and I am a sucker for nail polish and VOILA! I got sucked into buying this really pretty light bronze/gold colour even though it costs $5.99 ($1 over my limit). However ended up being my favourite nail colour I’ve ever had so far. And the bonus blender sponge is probably worth more than $1.

To me this colour screams out luxury and expensiveness. It’s subtle enough to wear everyday but I’d imagine it would look fabulous with a champagne-coloured, shimery but elegant dress or to dress up a little black dress.

Models Prefer Make a Million + Bonus Blender Sponge

Models Prefer Make a Million + Blender Sponge

The formula is wonderful! It’s got a thin but opaque consistency and it’s got a really really big brush which I actually kind of like. It applied really well and it has a smooth finish.

I also bought a few other things which I might mention in another post but this was all the nail polishes! All in all I was really happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to wear these polishes again and again!

Let me know what you think of the colours and if you have any of them, do let me know what you think of them!

Lots of smiles,

Sita