Tarina Tarantino • Eye Dream Hyperliner - Cute Robot • Eyeliner
|Would buy this product again.||100%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I had never really taken this makeup line seriously when passing by the display in Sephora. Not sure why. But since I have felt stuck in a conservative makeup rut, I wanted to try something new to really play up my brown eyes. I read some reviews of this liner on the Sephora site and decided to go ahead and give it a try. The texture of the pencil is really smooth and easy to work with, but still has enough firmness to sharpen easily and not crumble or smudge too much. The color is a beautiful violet-y metallic navy, and isn't to OTT even if you usually stick to browns, greys, and blacks to line. It's quite a unique color, and pretty difficult to describe accurately. I have found that it really does make my brown eyes stand out, and blends beautifully. The lasting power is quite good, too. I have a really physical job where I tend to sweat a lot, and it lasted nicely throughout my work day. I definitely won't just walk by this brand of cosmetics. They seem to have at least gotten this product really right. I could really see myself using this up and wanting to repurchase, a rarity with me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This has beat out Urban Decay's Eyeliner Pencil (please see my past review) as the best eyeliner (lasts long, doesn't smudge) I have found in my 30 years of wearing eyeliner. $17 is not cheap but considering how long this pencil lasts on your eye, it's very reasonable.
The SA was wearing a beautiful blue "Cute Robot" and I tried it but didn't think it had a chance to last as long as Urban Decay. Wrong - it lasted longer and stayed even more in place than Urban Decay Pencil! This pencil lasts and lasts. The pencil glides smoothly and right after I apply this pencil on the upper lid, I use an eyeliner brush to perfect the line (as the "soft" texture does set into place).
- "Cute Robot" - most beautiful dark blue/slight violet tint with slight shimmer but still looks professional enough for day, makes brown eyes pop. On me, this color looks like a very deep blue (almost black) with only the most subtle shimmer - I can wear this to a corporate job and go out straight after and still feel glamerous. The only other beautiful dark blue I have found is a C. Dior Powder Eyeshadow from the 1980's! I am stocking up on this pencil in case the company goes out of business!
As I am Korean, Asian Eyes have a different shape (esp the upper lid which tends to be more "flat", with less of a hooded lid which encourages easy smudging).
Some tips to prevent smudging:
- I used a primer, Too Faced's "Shadow Insurance" which IMMEDIATELY worked (one eyeliner side didn't budge while the other side without the primer smudged a bit). I prefer Too Faced's over Urban Decay Primer Potion as UD's Primer makes my eye shadow cake.
- For a richer, "Sophia Loren", cat eye look (like liquid eyeliner), I put black or navy iridescent powder eyeshadow on top and seal it with Trish McEvoy's Finish Line.
Other brands and types of eyeliners I have tried (I am 43 and I have been wearing eyeliner (navy and black) since I was 14 years old):
- Sephora's Waterproof Eyeliner - 3rd place compared to Tarantino (Urban Decay is 2nd place).
- Make Up Forever's Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil: pretty good but less rich color and doesn't last as long and smudges more than Tarantino and Urban Decay.
- EVERY pencil out there (Almay, C. Dior, Chanel, E. Arden, Maybelline, Revlon, Stila etc.). None of these compare to Tarantino and Urban Decay. When I was a teen and sometimes even now, I'd light the tip of the Maybelline brow pencil with a lighter to "lightly" melt the eyeliner, and then when it was ALMOST hard/cool, I'd draw on my upper line and it would "cool" and set perfectly and not budge (this technique does require some skill and a makeup artist taught me this).
- Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner: this is the longest lasting liner in a pot/cake eyeliner (more smudge proof and doesn't dry out like Stila's Smudge Pot). BB's deep blue "Cobalt Ink" is a GORGEOUS however Tarantino's "Cute Robot" (Deep Blue/Violet is even MORE gorgeous). Fun and glamorous to use, but I find this gel eyeliner smudges more than the UD 24/7 Pencil or Tarantino Eye Pencil.
- Liquid liners (whether brush or pen style) simply do not work for me as when my eyes water, I have a horrible huge black smudge on my eye which unless I'm lucky enough to have a friend inform me, I have no idea I'm walking around with a partial black eye.