I had really high expectations for this due to the amount of people gushing over this eyeliner and the fact it was called "waterliner". I don't own it, but I used my cousin's one in black. I was so disappointed. I don't line my eyes much, but I do often line my waterline. When I first used it, I found that it wasn't "intense" as marketed and it took a while for me to get to look decent on my water liner. But I was like ehh. As long as it gave good result. But it didn't. Less than an hour later, It not only transferred to my bottom waterline, but it smudged under my eye! I was so sad. Maybe it is just for me, however, I will not be purchasing this.
I purchased the waterliner in: Ros Gold, Sunshine Yellow, Teal Tease, Royal Amethyst, Turquoise, Emerald, Bronze Kiss, and Black Night.
I was so excited to try this product. It seemed so different from what's out there on the market. However, after purchase, the product proved wrong -- there's nothing special about it, and there's products out there that has the same quality or even better.
First impression: Packing - standard; typical box; liner comes with smudge tip and a sharpener--surprise! Though you have to pull on it with some strength to get to the sharpener, it's a neat feature to have, but with little product in the liner, I'm hesitant to want to sharpen and lose even more product! The liner itself - overall: meh! One liner I opened thinking "where the heck is the product?!" Only to find that when I opened it, the liner product flew out on the floor somewhere. Good thing it's solid so and I saw it before stepping on it and smudging it all over the carpet! -Ugh- that would suck...$19 for a liner only to create a mess at home?!... no thanks.
While the waterliners gives off beautiful swatches; the lighter shades have no color pay off when applying on the waterline or as an eyeliner. The lighter shades are beautiful, but not worth it if you can't get the same color pay off as when swatching. However, the darker shades apply much better both on the waterline as well as an eyeliner. But for the amount of product, I wouldn't suggest getting this waterliner.
Girls, if you like to do your makeup on the go, DO NOT consider this product. Like I mentioned earlier, the liner product does seem to fall out of the applicator. So if you're doing your make-up on the bus (public transit) or something...bye-bye waterliner! $19 down the drain. It was $19 when I bought it, and now with the price decrease I still would not recommend this product... save your money for something else. Unless, you don't mind these product flaws, then I would suggest you go try the darker shades.
The texture is drier, which makes it slightly harder to apply than UD pencil liners. However, I loved it overall.
I have rather oilier eye lides that will cause a number of pencil liners to smudge, regardless of the price. This particular eyeliner, in chocolate dream, didn't smudge on my lids at all. The shade is very rich in color, yet has a very natural finish at the same time.
The price is a little high for a small pencil liner, but I got mine when there was a deal during thanks giving. I would recommend it anybody.
Surprisingly enough, I'm a major fan of this. I have it in gray and was skeptical at first but it holds very well on my oily skin. I use it with a primer. It takes a couple seconds to set after I smudge it and after I don't have to be worried. It is a little pricey but meh, nothing crazy. Use this every day now and it has become a staple in my makeup bag. I use it to grab a little gel liner and apply. I would buy it again... But only if it's on sale. :) Excited to try Ro's Gold!
Normally I'm not a fan of pencil or mechanical eyeliner. They always smudge for me. Michelle Phan has the first eyeliner that hasn't smudged in me. In fact it's a little difficult to smudge but for me that's fine! It's not difficult to apply. I bought one in black and one in ros gold. Not sure if it's because I'm tan but the ros gold is fairly light. The package is okay, kinda reminds me of urban decay but more feminine. Could definitely add more product in the utensil though.
I got it in the color black. It arrive broken. I took off the cap and the entire product, the core, fell out! I had to stick it back in, pressed it a little bit to make it stay. It is super creamy and black on my hand. Unfortunately it did not apply as smoothly on my eyes. It didn't fill in between the lashes. I had to do that with black eyeshadow. Even though I used a primer and set with black eye shadow, it smudged like crazy by the end of the day. Not worth all that $$. Not suitable for oily lids.
Really long staying power
worst waterline ever...don't waste your money
Another part of my gift collection I received from em cosmetics. I use eyeliner in my waterline almost daily so I need something long-lasting and non-irritating. This was nice and dark, is supposed to be "waterproof" but still puddled around the corners of my small, hooded eyes in 1-2 hours which I wasn't too happy with. It smudged badly throughout the day requiring 3-4 touch-ups during a day at work but does look nice when it's on and it helps to add powder liner/cake liner on top. I like the design and that it comes with the small sharpener to keep the liner tip pointed instead of getting smooshed as you use.
Still, I much prefer the Buxom Insider eyeliner, I use the black one- which is more intense and an "inkier" black which is $14 and is packaged nice, very smooth and what I have used exclusively for my waterline a total of about 3 years. Or the Milani Liqui'Eye Liner is also a great option that is more intense and less than 1/2 the price at $4 - plus this is the only one I have ever used in my life that can last several hours with no touch-ups. These are pretty much the only 2 that have kept me really happy and didn't smudge and smear all over my eyelid and goop up in my eyeball (gross I know, sorry!)
Although I like the well designed, easy to use retractable style - I can get the same or better look with the other pencils I have and use so I would not buy this with my own money.
I know nothing about Michelle Phan, never watched one of her instructional videos or read her blog so I have no preconceived notions about her. I simply Googled 'waterliner pencil' and up popped her product Waterliner, so off I went to em cosmetics. (em...a reflection of me! Get it? Ugh.) Despite being semi-insulted by the lame slogan, I bought it in Chocolate Dream, which is a dark dark brown. This product is absolutely amazing. I use it for my top waterline and it slips on in seconds. (I had used Revlon ColorStay for years, which works too...but it's drier and drags a bit.) Waterliner stays put all day and night (almost too well, in fact!). I immediately bought 2 more...a back-up and a back-up to the back-up. Waterliners are $20 and they come in 12 colors, from black to turq to nude to yellow. My only quibble is that the packaging could be better...the tip of the liner can slip back into the pencil when applying which is not a deal-breaker but pretty annoying. Overall this is the best waterliner I've ever used...it's simply phantastic! (Hey if she can use lame slogans so can I!)