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on 5/26/2011 5:02:00 PM
More reviews by lovesmakeup525
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
My favorite eyeliner ever. My everyday is Espresso but I wanted to try Caviar too since they are similar. What the cosmeticians told me was that Caviar is between Espresso and Black, like a soft black.Regardless of what color you want, buy this eyeliner. I love it so much and if you don't break the pot it will last a long time. My old one lasted 7 months until I accidentally broke it but there was more than half the product left and it didn't seem to dry out, flake, or lose its color at all. Espresso and Caviar look very similar in the mirror and in the pot, but in pictures and certain lighting the Caviar looks darker and pretty much black while the Espresso looks deep brown. I wear Espresso for casual/everyday but sometimes I want a slightly more dramatic look yet I find black to be too harsh unless I'm going super glam, which I rarely do. Black also sometimes looks too cool or grayish, especially a soft black liner, but this is warm and the undertones are brownish, so you don't get the charcoal look but a true soft warm black, which is much prettier on most people in my opinion.All in all, Espresso is like a deep blackened shade of brown, while Caviar is like a slightly brownish shade of black.Caviar is a great universal color. If you are the type who doesn't look overdone in real black, this would be a good casual/everyday color for you as it is still black but warmer and softer. If you are the type who finds black harsh for everyday, I'd say get this for a fancy occasion and a brown shade like Espresso or a step lighter for everyday, as it still looks black but softer than the typical black.Also, It won't look washed out or reddish in pictures the way brownish eyeliner tends to do, and I found that Espresso is great but it tends to come out lighter and slightly reddish tinted in pictures than it looks in person.For some reason this shade seems to glide on more quickly and deeply than Espresso, but that's probably just because it's a darker shade.
14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
on 5/6/2011 2:09:00 AM
More reviews by edelweiss7579
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I think its ok. It stays on throughout the day but if I do a lot of activity or sweat a little, it doesn't stay on very well. I had really high expectations after reading all the reviews and paying all that money and I was kind of disappointed. Perhaps I should try I primer underneath it but I don't think it is worth $21. I recently bought the Maybelline gel liner and it seems to work just as well, if not better. I've had my BB for about 5 months and was using it everyday but now I've started using my Mayebelline. I will probably finish my BB though so I don't feel like I wasted $ but again, Maybelline is just as good for a much cheaper price!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 4/12/2011 12:09:00 PM
More reviews by sugamonkey
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
My HG almost black liner! I already have Espresso, which I LOVE and is my goes-w-all-eye-looks e/l. Got Caviar Ink cuz I wanted an almost black e/l for more oompf. Goes on smooth and lasts all day, even through a workout. This is good for a nude e/s cat eye look without being too harsh (sometimes black is too cool and harsh on me) . It makes my dk. brown eyes richer and brings out the gold. I'm lt-med asian with yellow undertones, dk. brown hair and eyes. EDIT: I caved and bought Black Ink for my winged cat eye days. Black Ink is richer and makes for a better cat eye. BUT, I still love Caviar Ink:)
on 4/2/2011 1:09:00 PM
More reviews by BeagleLab
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brown, Straight, Coarse
Thanks to the MUA reviews, I bought the BB gel liner again. This time in Caviar Ink. I love it, makes my brown eyes look so bright and dramatic. I absolutely love this stuff and would be again and again. Thank you to the reviewer who provided the information this only lasted 10 months. You may not use it up after that time period, but best to toss, no risk for bacteria. The TM liner was awful compared to this. Gel liners are the absolute best. Thanks BB.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 3/16/2011 4:10:00 PM
More reviews by susanwylie67
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse
I love Bobbi's gel liners, and this color is a perfect everyday for me...not as dramatic as black, but as I have very dark brown eyes, I need some depth, which regular browns fall short. As a makeup artist, I think it would be a fantastic color on any eye, though more dramatic for blues and greens.
on 1/19/2011 2:41:00 PM
More reviews by roxypoxy75
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I've always been a fan of liquid eyeliner until I started using Bobbi Brown gel liner. I love caviar because it's a soft black which makes my eyes look defined without looking too intense. I use this with the ultra fine eyeliner brush and I love it! It's easy to apply and very long-lasting. I havent had any problems with it so far. Def my HG eyeliner! :D
on 1/13/2011 1:52:00 AM
More reviews by Brandjunkie
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I've been on the fence about this gel liner... While I love the color, which shows up as a warm black on me, I find that it doesn't seem to be as pigmented as the Espresso Ink. I have to go over my lash line a few times and in short strokes to fill in the color with this; however, once the color has dried it stays put for the entire day until I take it off at night. (This is even after a Spin class at the gym so that's saying a lot about the tenacity of these gel liners!) I'm considering trying a different eye liner brush instead of my beloved BB ultra fine brush to see if I get better results with the application. The reason I haven't tried it before is because I didn't have any problems with my other BB gel liners which include Cobalt Ink, Black Ink, Espresso Ink and Black Mauve Shimmer Ink.Tonight before taking off my makeup, I decided to play around and layer my Espresso powder eyeshadow (wet) over the Caviar gel liner and voila!-- the resulting color and intensity of the combination was gorgeous! A very deep, rich cool toned black brown. By doing this I get the best of both products.Something the SA at the Bobbi Brown counter said got me thinking when I mentioned how the gel liners always dry out before I get to the bottom. She said that they're only supposed last about 10 months anyway since the product starts to build up with bacteria from your brush repeatedly dipping into the pot. Since this made sense to me, I thought I could solve two problems by transferring a little of the liner to another old BB gel liner jar that I've recycled from the past. That way I can keep the product in the original pot fresh longer by not constantly exposing it to air as well as lessen the bacteria/contamination/drying out factor. I've been doing this for almost at year and I'm really pleased with the results. By using up a little at a time, the gel liner stays fresh and creamy everytime I open the lid now! For added insurance I always turn the jar upside down while I'm applying the liner- thanks to another MUAer for the tip. *******************************************************************************Update: 12/12/12--Just ordered my 3rd backup jar because of the current VIP bonus on Bobbi's website and added the final lippie to my rating. The gel liner lasted another 6 months from my first review. I actually finished it and it stayed fresh and creamy all that time so I definitely got my money's worth! I've got awhile to go before I finish my 2nd jar but transferring 1/4 of the the product at a time really worked out well. I also tried several different brushes including Laura Mercier, Hakuhodo and Shu Uemura and found that the brush made all the difference in the application and outcome of the look. Bobbi's ultra fine eyeliner brush is decent when it's new, but the other brushes I used were so much better in depositing the color and getting a beautiful uniform line. I especially love my Shu 4F brush for getting the color right between the lashes.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 12/27/2010 9:54:00 PM
More reviews by MackMimiMommy
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
I wore this years ago, and quit when I had some eye troubles. Last week, I went to the BB counter & the MUA did my MU. She used the Caviar Ink after I told her that I really didn't have much against the e/l. It was fun, but afterwards, my eyes were red, irritated, & itchy. They watered during the whole rest of the shopping trip. I was so happy to shower and be rid of the eye makeup when I got home! It was this eyeliner. It did look nice on, with a dark pigment and smooth application. Very dramatic as she used it it a tightline fashion. I will not buy it though since it made my eyes water.
on 10/29/2010 9:11:00 PM
More reviews by skwpt
Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool
I purchased Caviar based on MUA reviews. I already own a couple BB gel liners, so I had high expectations and high hopes. Shortly after Caviar arrived, I dipped my brush into the gel and tightlined the top lid; then I used what remained on the brush to tightline my bottom lids -- just at the lash line, keeping off the waterline and away from my tear ducts. My first impression was Yuck. What a boring and weird dark brown.I don't look great in brown liners (Mahogany Ink is an exception) because many of them contain too much warmth. Caviar seemed quite unexciting, similar to brewed French Roast coffee grounds or even like the black pine mulch in my gardens. But then I caught sight of myself in a mirror and thought how great my eyes looked. Not how great my makeup looked (which is what I think when I see my reflection wearing Indigo Ink), but how bright and alert and shiny and wide open my eyes appeared, and how perfect and dark and defined were my lashes, even when I wasn't wearing mascara.Looking at the color again, I see your basic brownish-black mascara, which is the color I wear on a daily basis. Caviar seems like it would be great on fair-skinned, cool-toned ladies, as it provides nice contouring without looking harsh, but I see no reason why it would not work on all skin and eye colors. Caviar is a definite keeper.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 9/1/2010 8:42:00 PM
More reviews by socalsuperstar
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I have used Bobbi's gel liners in the past and have been kind of blah about them. The formula is ok, but somewhat hard to spread correctly without looking to thick or obvious. I have blonde hair and blue eyes that are wide set with long lashes. I can get away with alot when it comes to eye makeup but really just tend to crave a defined look. Bobbi's black, I have found to be a bit much and honestly even though I haven't been a MAC fan since highschool, if Im preferring that smoky Bridgette Bardot look I still prefer blacktrack. I have found all brown liners to look strange on me. Im not sure if it's my coloring or what but not enough definition and the tone is off. Navy blues and dark greys are good but I was looking for something different. When I saw this color I loved it. It is a perfect mixture of black, grey and brown. Somehow going on it gives the perfect amount of definition to an otherwise neutral eye. It looks great in the waterline as well. The formula is still the same and Im contemplating buying a different brush to make it work and I will update if there is a change. In the meantime, Im glad I bought this. I find myself reaching for it often. Even if as a perfectionist I find myself having to spend more time on my eyes in the morning. But it's worth it for such a great color. If your coloring is like mine, give it a try.
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