Review of Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner - Dark Brown by lucenaa
Bottom line: this is a really good eyeliner, until it dried out. The shade of brown was good for my tanned Filipino skin - dark enough to define well but not as overbearing as black.
I had no issues with the packaging - no nonsense glass jar with a screw cap. As for the size, I used it pretty much everyday as my daily eyeliner for the past six months, and I'm not even halfway through the container. So it may be small, but it goes a long way. Also, it's thick, and you can get too much on your brush if you're not careful, but once you start lining it's a piece of cake. Just get a good slanted liner brush and it's a breeze to apply. No tugging.
The absolute most impressive thing I found with this liner is the staying power. It stays put for an easy twelve hours on my oily lids. After 12 hours, it can smudge a bit, but only on my very oily top lids - but it's far from raccoon eyes. I also use it in the outer corners of my eyes, and no migration there whatsoever. Very impressive.
Biggest downside: texture. It's too thick. It dries on your lids very fast, and it's nearly impossible to smudge. Also, after a couple of months of having this, it becomes a nightmare, because it dries out more and more in the pot. Application becomes sharp, flaky chunks of liner getting into your eye.
The strange thing about this liner is when you have it on, it never flakes off; but during actual application, the liner can dry so fast on the brush, or on your lids, that it flakes off when you try to apply it or go over an already-applied line.
Anyway, even though this problem started off bearable, and even non-existent when I bought it, the dry-out flaking part put the nail in the coffin for this, for me. I can't stand having shrapnel-like pieces going into my eye anymore.
Even though I want to, it costs too much for something bearable for only about 5 months. Will not repurchase. :-(