I love this concealer and have been using it for a couple of months. I had been using a number of H/E concealers, some for undereye and others for blemishes, but none were doing much of anything. I tried this, and Iím very pleased. Iíll buy again. I would like it if they got a lighter color for us PPP girls, but thatís my only complaint. Itís a great concealer. Color: I am NW-10. Shades 110 and 115 are too dark for me and oxidize to a lovely orange. I put the concealer on and let it set before my applying my foundation, and itís been fine. Due to the color, I cannot use this to touch up unless I am also going to reapply foundation over it. I find I donít need to touch up very often; most days I donít at all. I carry another concealer with me for touch ups. Consistency: This is perfect, really. It goes on smoothly on my undereye area but it does set. It doesnít crease into wrinkles. It sets well enough for most of my blemishes; for the more severe blemishes, I might layer this with another concealer like Secret Camouflage. I also use for red areas around nose, chin, or cheeks. It works for pretty much anything. Coverage: I have blue undereye circles due to leaky capillaries and thin skin. This is my major problem area. I have been taking vitamin K supplements and seen good improvement, but even taking that into consideration, I find this concealer to have the best coverage for my circles. I have tried various combinations of color correctors, fluid concealers, and intense thick concealers, like Secret Camouflage, and not been able to cut the blue. This does in one little step. Itís magic. I need to blend it out fairly quickly, but I am able to work it from a sheer-medium to full coverage. For concealers that is; Iím not sure how they would define it as concealers are usually pretty opaque - why bother with a light coverage concealer? Letís just say I can use this in a range of coverage. Packaging: Itís a doe foot applicator. Normally I donít like that type, but I do for this. I think it allows for precise application. I scrape everything I can off, dab the applicator on my face, and the perfect amount is applied. Then I blend it with a brush (my undereye area strongly prefers a brush) or fingers (I can use fingers on the rest of my face).
Eyeliner -Tarte - Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Liner - All colors
Pinky137 4/23/2013 4:19:00 PM
I received four of these as a present; they were part of a box set sold by QVC. I have black, plum, charcoal, and brown. The colors are rich and deep. These have become my favorite eyeliners as they will smudge beautifully if you want them to but will otherwise stay in place all day. I use liquid liner exclusively to tightline (Milani Infinite is the best IMO). I wear contacts and any sort of thickness to the eyeliner manages to disturbs them. I have not used these on my upper line. I do use pencils for my lower line. These donít last that long toward the eye (1-2 hours max), but will last most, of the day closer to the lashline. They do not apply opaque on the waterline. I have yet to find a pencil that is truly great for tightlining, but these and a couple of Mac kohl pencils are my favorite. (UD 24/7 was a joke for me. I know many love them for tightlining, but I do not at all. These cashmere pencils are far better.) These are automatic gel pencils that do not retract. The diameter of the pencil is great because it is small enough for you to always get the pencil to a point but large enough to actually make a good mark. Some similar pencils I have arenít as accommodating. Also, these burrow their way in to places without leaving marks elsewhere. I like to line my outer lashline just barely. My eyelid kind of bunches up near the lashline even when my eyes are closed. Many pencils get color all over my eyelid. These are the best ones for lining in crevices. I donít really know where I can buy these outside of a box set. It seems Amazon and Ebay sell them through individual sellers. The prices differ, so I donít know how much they would retail for. I would like it if they were in Tarteís main line. Price would be a factor for repurchase because I can get good pencils for really cheap. I love these but they are not essential for my makeup supply. The majority of my eye looks are heavily dependent upon liquid liner rather than on pencils.
This is going to sound weird, but I think this product may have seriously dried out my skin. I still have some of my bottle left and intend to do a test after my skin has recovered in order to absolutely confirm, but I thought I should post this now just in case my experience thus far can be of help to someone. I have been using this for about two months. The morning after I first applied this to my face, neck, chest, and arms, I was completely blown away. My skin felt moisturized but dry (as in the sense that there isnít any greasy lotion residue). I could touch my skin, feel just my skin, and it felt balanced. I have dry skin everywhere except my t-zone, so this was amazing. I had applied it, rubbed it in a little, and spritzed water over it. The bottle was disappearing fast (the dropper drops huge globs), so after three weeks, I cut back everywhere except my face, combining the serum with Cetaphil lotion for the other areas. A couple weeks later, I stopped applying the serum on those areas altogether and used just Cetaphil in order to conserve my serum supply. Those other areas have been fine. Meanwhile, my face started feeling dry despite am and pm applications and use of my lighter face lotion. After perhaps three weeks, I started using my heavy duty face lotion again in the mornings per usual, and that helped for a couple weeks. Then my skin really started drying out. I tried moisturizers and gentle manual exfoliation (I have rosacea) while using it, and my skin only got worse. My entire face eventually became covered in flakes. I was like a shag carpet made of skin. It is so gross. Strangely, my underchin area and the inner corners of my eyes were also completely flakey. That is what clued me in, because I never put face lotion there, only the serum. I discontinued use after I realized it could actually be the serum. I was in denial for a while. It was only after I discontinued the serum that my skin has shown improvement, and the improvement was fairly immediate. It has been a week and a half of moisturizing lotion layers, no makeup, gentle exfoliation, and I have banished the dry flakes from the center of my face. I still have huge patches on my cheeks and temples and under my chin. Itís improving, and I expect to be in the clear in about a week. It could be coincidence, so I do intend to do a test run to confirm my experience, but it really seems to me that this serum worked a number on my skin. As a note, I see people on the interweb refer to this product as pure hyaluronic acid. This isnít so. This is sodium hyaluronate, the salt of hyaluronic acid. The two offer related but different benefits, so keep that in mind when doing your research.
Initially I was extremely pleased with this primer, but my ardor has worn off considerably. I will continue to use my stash for very specific purposes, but my position right now is that I would not buy it again. My previous eye primer favorite is TFSI, but I discontinued dailly use of that due to very mild milia. I didn't want to risk the milia getting worse. I bought this five months ago because 1) it's not reputed to cause milia, 2) its consistency is good for dry eyelids, which mine definitely are, and 2) I got three full-sized tubes for $30. Initially, I thought it performed equal to TFSI. My shadows seemed bright, lasted all day, and didn't migrate or crease. Perhaps this was so because I started wearing this mid-December in a cold, dry area. The last couple of months I have noticed extensive creasing (more than any other primer I have ever used, including ELF $1 primer) and my shadows shift. I can't use this when applying heavier, darker, or more pigmented shadows that need a lot of blending because the primer base wears away completely. It performs best when I am using it for my daily look of minimal eyeshadow (along the lines of Mac Brulee + Wedge) and heavy lash. Even then I get creasing and shifting after a few hours, but it's okay enough. I have not had any milia, and I saw milia by the time I had used TFSI for five months. I've done the same looks with Lorac one day and TFSI the next, and the colors are brighter and more clear with TFSI. TFSI has no creasing or shifting. This holds true regardless of whether it's a minimal look or a more complicated look. TFSI is simply a better primer for me except for the fact that it causes milia. My compromise is that I use Lorac the majority of the time. I use it for my minimal daily look and slightly more complicated looks if I don't care that much how it looks or lasts (like I'm just going to work ). I use TFSI for times when I go out and for the truly complicated looks. One tip I do have is to let it dry for much longer than you think you need to. It may be dry to the touch at five minutes, but it performs much better if I let it sit for fifteen minutes. It's a total pain to wait that long because my makeup routine is long enough, but I suck it up because I'm vain. Also, I don't like the packaging that much. It's much better than the doe-foot primers, but I don't like this squeeze tube as much as TFSI's tube. TFSI has a snout and I amable to precisely measure out how much I needed. Lorac is a squeeze tube with a hole on a slant, like a lipgloss. For the life of me, I cannot get an accurate amount of product to come out. It's too much or too little, and then I squeeze more to get too much. I have to squeeze and push product out of it with a bit of force, which means my Lorac tube has cracked all along the side and is about to split. I still have 1/4 or 1/3 product left in there. I will be on the lookout for a different primer suitable for my lids that doesn't cause milia. When I used TFSI, I loved having one primer that is good for any time and occasion, and that is what I hope to get.
Palettes -Tom Ford - Shade & Illuminate, Intensity One
Pinky137 3/5/2013 4:06:00 PM
I searched high and low for a cream contour product, and this is the happy result. It is actually the only cream contour product I was able to find. Others must exist, but Iím not sure where. The reason Iím emphasizing the cream contour is that: 1) I have dry skin and rarely powder my face. I want a cream product, not a powder, so that I donít have to powder all over to make the effect seamless 2) I want to contour, not bronze. Contour products sculpt the shape of your face through shadow effects while bronzers achieve a simulated tan. Many bronzer products enhance this tan through highlight as the sun hits the high points of your face. Contour and bronzer are applied in different places and have different finishes inherently; tans and highlights are not shadows! I donít tan in places the sun donít shineÖ. For those who want a cream contour, I recommend this product heartily. For those who want to appear bronzed, you will need a bronzing product. (Sorry about the rant, but it took over a year of talking to SA and makeup dorks and Google and YouTube to find this. I was constantly shown powders and bronzers.) Packaging: The packaging is beautiful and sleek. However, I think I would prefer the creams to be packed deeper and less wide. I donít use this frequently and close it as soon as Iím done, but dust migrates to this. A smaller surface area would decrease the amount of lint I have to carefully pick off. Contour: The contour is lovely. I was surprised when I opened it as it looked a lot more orange than I was expecting, but it appears like a shadow when applied. I donít have the Tom Ford brush. I use a Mac 190, a large paddle concealer brush (donít know make), or my finger. It builds up quite nicely. Iím not that skilled at blending, so I put a little on at a time until I feel itís enough. Iím quite pale (NW 10 or Chanel BR 12), so I donít need much. Highlight: I think this highlighter is absolutely lovely. However, I donít use it very often. I have a few others that I use regularly, particularly Becca Skin Perfector because I think itís easy to dispense, mix with other products, and apply. Also Iím very pale, and Iím not big into highlighting in general. I think itís more effective on darker skin. I reflect enough light; I need dark spots to give me depth! Effects on Skin: I have a terrible past with cream face cosmetics. I have gotten terrible acne from multiple cream foundations, but have been safe with cream blushes. I use this sparingly as I place it in problem areas. Itís a special occasion product. I have not had any problems thus far with blemishes. Price: I think the price is a bit excessive for me, and I would hesitate to buy it again at my current income level. If I could buy the contour and highlight separately, I would definitely buy the contour. Maybe I will lose weight before I run out, and then Iíll not feel the need to skinny my face up. I marked that I would repurchase as it is lovely and the only cream contour I know of. It certainly beats any powder contour I have regardless of the powder price point!
I am undecided about this product. I have been wearing it for two to three months, initially through many samples and then after purchase. The samples have worn much better than the actual bottle. I find that the bottled foundation has not worn as well over problem skin (such as blemishes or skin flakes) as the samples did. Perhaps my skin is more problematic now than it was before I purchased it, but there seems to be little change that I can detect. I have dry/combination skin, some oil through the t-zone, enlarged pores on my nose and blemishes on my chin now and then. I have slight-to-annoying surface redness on my nose and the cheeks surrounding my nose. My cheeks are quite dry. I can have dry flakes anywhere on my face. My skin is very pale and cool-toned. I wear BR-12. Color: Amazing! I chose Perfection Lumiere specifically for the color. It is an exact match for me. Itís amazing; it looks like my skin. I may repurchase for the color alone, thatís how great it is. My previous daily foundation was Vitalumiere Aqua, which I love, and BR-12 for Perfection Lumiere is a bit lighter than for Vitalumiere Aqua. These are the only two foundations Chanel offers in BR-12. Coverage: Iffy. Vitalumiere Aqua is light coverage, and with it, I was using too much concealer for the dark circles under my eyes and over blemishes. Switching to Perfection Lumiere dramatically cut down on my concealer use. My eyes look much better even though I still use concealer. This does not cover the surface redness on my cheeks around my nose and my nose as well as I had hoped. The samples provided immediate coverage that lasted throughout the day, but I have to layer the bottle foundation in order to cover the red and the coverage lasts for only a few hours. Pretty poor performance for a longwear formula. I find this does not layer very well, so I just have breakthrough redness with one layer. Finish: Iffy. Itís not as radiant as Vitalumiere Aqua, but that is to be expected for higher coverage. The radiance is still head and shoulders above other medium-coverage foundations I have tried from premiere houses **provided it binds well to my skin.** That said, it frequently sits on top of my skin, sink into pores simultaneously, and emphasizes dry skin. This isnít a foundation targeted for dry skin, so thatís to be expected. I make sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and prime thoroughly, but I have problems I have not encountered with other medium-coverage, normal skin foundations. I have tried brushing in one direction, buffing with flat-top and stipple brushes, and fingers. I also sometimes have a hard time blending concealer onto the foundation. Placing concealer before foundation seems to blend better. Even though I have predominantly dry skin and rarely powder over any foundation, I find this looks better powdered over the entire face. It is because of the finish that I have doubts about repurchasing. I do love Chanel foundations, and if they were to offer other foundations in BR-12, I would try them in a heartbeat. In the meantime, I am going to continue wearing this and Vitalumiere Aqua while sampling other medium-coverage foundations from other brands. I hope to switch. But for now, this foundation is better than the alternatives I have tried. When it takes well to my skin, it looks almost natural unlike other medium-coverage and longwear formulas I have tried; the others look like makeup. If I have a breakthrough in making this work consistently for me, I will update.
I was downsizing my cream lipstick tubes to 50, and in doing so, I threw away ever so many lipsticks. (I'm appalled that I have even 50. Seriously, why?! I can't part with them. I'm addicted.) I now have maybe 10 high end, but the rest are drugstore. My Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks were literally the first to get tossed despite the fact that the colors are absolutely lovely. These are are so slick, they don't just bypass your toughest liner to feather and seep into lines, they outright smear around your mouth like you're a 5 year old in her mother's makeup drawer. A good moisturizer, whether it be a lotion or a lipstick, can only do its job if it actually stays in the place you need moisture! There are better creamy drugstore lipsticks, like ones offered by Cover Girl, L'Oreal, and Revlon, that feel moist but are solid enough to stay put. You can put lip balm beneath them if you have to. Also, the horrid slanted lid makes it impossible to store these things upright so you can see the product name. That isn't a dealbreaker, because the lid is the same on Rimmel's Lasting Finish lipsticks. I have several of those; I think they are fabulous. These remind me of NYX's round lipsticks in that they're too emollient but have a nice selection of colors. These are much worse than NYX, however. I actually kept one of my NYX lipsticks. If you don't like NYX's round lipsticks, then you won't like these.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer, Soft Green
Pinky137 11/10/2012 11:23:00 PM
I think this product is great! I have a lot of redness around my nose and mouth. I get 2-4 hours of wear from my foundation before the redness starts coming through. My foundation is thin, water-based, sheer, and luminous (Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua), and I love it. However, the Rudolph effect was making me feel I should change to a full coverage foundation. I tried this, and I'm happy again. I found it best to mix this with my moisturizer for my large red areas. 1 part green to 1-2 parts moisturizer. I use a very small squirt of the concealer to cover about half of my face. I apply with a brush and then use fingers to rub it in well. If I put it straight on by itself, it was hard to blend and made my foundation look a bit cakey. Blending it with moisturizer really helps with that, although my foundation doesn't look quite as "wow" as it does when applied on naked skin. I put enough on to where I don't see the red; I look a bit ghostly. Then I let it sink in and layer foundation over it. I use next-to-nothing flesh-toned concealer after putting on foundation. Before, I was layering concealer on in a lot of areas, and this diminished the finish of my foundation. For spots, I put it straight on and layer foundation and/or a flesh-toned concealer over it. I use a brush and fingers, depending on how it's applying. I have dark circles under my eyes that have a stripe of purple beneath and a stripe of red above. I use this on my under-eye area and it really cuts down the amount of yellow/flesh-toned concealer I have to use after foundation. The thing I love most is that this makes my makeup stash so much more versatile. I'm PPP, but with my nose area red, I had to wear really bright, dark, and pigmented blushes to make my cheeks not blend in to the blotches. With this, I can wear my paler blushes and my cheeks have flush and definition. With the red around my mouth gone, my natural lipline stands out more. I can wear lip products in a much more casual way, such as dabbing on a cream lipstick without using liner. This is the only green product I've tried, so I can't make comparisons. That said, I feel no need to try anything else. I'm very happy with it.
These work well in creating a soft, contoured eye. If you want that look, then definitely look at these. There are tons of colors appropriate for the crease, a nice handful for the lid, and maybe a couple for the brow. I bought two, a crease color and a lid color, and I will buy more. I bought Blame it on Midnight (medium tone, peachy beige) and Leather & Lace (very light tone, soft peachy pink, seems a bit rose), and I like them both. This line doesn't apply like Nyx's single eyeshadows, which are much softer. Yet these are well-pigmented and seem to be on par with Mac's matte contemporaries in tone, such as Soft Brown and Orb. Leather & Lace is a bit dusty, but so Orb. I think these blend well. They last all day on me with TSFI and a good 8 hours if I use ELF's dollar primer. I don't think these would apply well without primer given that they aren't very soft. It would be difficult to load up a brush up enough for it to stick. I've worn and liked Leather and Lace with neutral browns and plums. I like Blame it on Midnight with neutral/peachy lids. Also, I love Cover Girl Mink for the color but hate the frosty finish. I'd be willing to pay $$$ on a pretty exact dupe that wasn't frosty. Blame it on Midnight pairs really well with Mink, and if I use it as a light base, Mink's frostiness is cut down. Perhaps this line of shadows can help downplay too-shimmery shadows in your stash without breaking the bank.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Tapestry Taupe
Pinky137 7/16/2012 12:40:00 PM
This is a beautiful shadow. The trick for me is I have to foil it. If I apply it dry, the shadow doesn't show up well and disappears quickly through the day. Foiled, this looks beautiful and lasts all day. I wear TFSI under all shadows. I foil it on my lids and crease, then dry-buff a layer of it on the crease to smooth the lines. It also helps the crease to look darker. I wear a matte shadow on the browbone and a smudged black or purple liner on upper lashes. I usually have only mascara on the bottom. I really wanted a low-effort, truly neutral eyeshadow to wear all over the eye, and this fits the bill. I have light skin, Chanel BR-10, red-auburn hair, and blue-green eyes. This shadow looks great with reds, berries, and pink lipsticks, although bright blue-pinks can seem too bright. Maybe a brighter eyeliner would help. I'm buying this again when I hit pan.
I have Coral Reef (the coral) and Flushed (the hot pink/fuscia). I love both. I apply by dotting the product onto my cheek with a q-tip and buffing in with a flat-top brush. I use Sonia Kashuk's highlighter brush, but I am not sure if that's still being sold. This blush gives *sheer* color. I like it for when I want bright color on my cheeks but ultimately want my lips or eyes to be the focal point. It just makes me look healthy and bright. If you overspread, it's easy to wipe off and then re-blend your edges. The formula is dryer than other cream blushes. I don't find longevity to be that great. I have very dry cheeks, and they tend to suck up all cream products I've tried. Powder blushes last longer on me, but they make me look dry. I just carry this for touch-ups every 4 hours or so. It takes 1-2 minutes at most to touch-up. The price is good considering it's the only cream blush worth buying in an *actual* drugstore (I love NYX cream blushes, but I have to order them online or go to a makeup store). It's cheaper than H/E and you get more product. As for color, I am pale, cool-toned, with surface redness around my nose. I love the Flushed because it has so much blue in it; it brightens my cheeks and makes me not feel like Rudolph. The Coral Reef is just bright and clear; it also overpowers my red nose but without as much punch as the Flushed.
I will probably buy this again in different colors, probably in the pink and the mauve. I currently have Refreshing Red. It applies dark and thick if you use the built-in wand, and it looks like a lip color. I prefer to use a lip brush to put a lighter layer on. The effect using a brush is more of a natural lip. With a brush, I can layer this over a chapstick that's been absorbed into my lips a bit and mitigate future dryness. The color is much more manageable for me with a brush; I'm pale and don't want to rock super dark lips all the time. The gloss eventually goes away and leaves more of a stain. I have to reapply as frequently as a cream lipstick, and that varies day by day. I am concerned about overall appearance rather than longevity, and I like it pretty well. D/S vs H/E: I am addicted to YSL Glossy Stains. I honestly can't afford $32/pop for the YSL, but keep buying them them. I bought this to see if it's comparable. The Maybelline is the closest thing I've tried, but it's not a dupe or satisfactory replacement. I would definitely buy one YSL over 5 Maybelline.
Lips -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain (All Shades)
Pinky137 5/21/2012 4:28:00 PM
I am addicted to these! I have 3 Ė light dusty purple 7 Ė medium coral 10 Ė dark, bright red 15 Ė medium pink, bright and blue 19 Ė light, peach-pink-beige nude I buy these even though I balk at spending $32 on a lipstick. Iíll spend the moon on a foundation and powder but think that there are good inexpensive lip products to be found. That was before I tried these. I have little use for anything else. No need for lipliner, the finish looks lovely, no need for a topcoat, oh, I love. Most importantly, I think you should buy these in a color depth that matches your lip pigmentation. I am PPP with pigmented lips, but by no means are they deeply pigmented. I look best in light and medium colors: 7 is my absolute favorite, 19 is a great nude lip, 3 would be great if I was into purples at the moment, and 15 is new to me but it applies as well as 7. 10 is too dark for me; I wear dark and bright cream lipsticks without a problem, but 10 requires many coats for the finish to look even and I think it destroys the look for me. These go on sheer and can be built up Ė I think they look best at one or two thin coats where the liquid just hovers over your lips. I generally wear 10 by wiping it into my lip as a stain, not a gloss. It looks good that way, too, but doesnít have the same longevity. You can mix shades; I sometimes put 19 on top to pale things down. The gloss lasts for 2-3 hours and then you are left with a slight stain. I may go 5-6 hours without a touch-up. The gloss can last through meals. It reapplies extremely well, and the color looks more intense with more coats throughout the day. Wipe the first coat off if you donít want the increased intensity. The lip applicator works fine unless you want a really precise line, then use a lip brush to apply. I use a lip brush with 10 if I keep it glossy. Iíve had no problems with the container. I look forward to cheap dupes in the future, but until then, I will buy these. I would like more of a selection of light and medium colors; it seems like most of the colors are too dark for my lips.
Treatments (Eye) -Peter Thomas Roth - Lashes To Die For
Pinky137 5/14/2012 1:23:00 PM
My apologies, but this review is for the Platinum version of this product. I can't add products yet. I used it for 2.5 weeks and felt like it was doing a good job. I didn't have remarkably longer lashes or a fuller lash line, but my lashes looked pretty damn good. That could be attributed to a different mascara and a new lash comb, but I'll give this product credit because my lashes looked good naked, too. I would continue to use it, but it changed my eye color. I went from a light, slightly greenish-blue with brown around the pupil to a darker bluish-green with more brown around the pupil. I actually like my new color even though I miss my old one. To me, it was a subtle change, and I wasn't sure if I was just being paranoid. However, 4 people spontaneously made comments on my new green eye color. I've stopped just a couple days ago, and hopefully my eyes won't continue to change. I'll update, probably with anger toward myself, if they do. Obviously product got into my eye at some point. I think it could be that it dripped into my eye when I slept; that seems the likely explanation to me because one eye darkened more than the other, and I'm a side sleeper. Avoiding that was my reason for choosing this lash product as itís supposed to be thicker than the others and less drippy. Or I got it into my eye during application. I was really careful when applying this as I did not want to get any product in my eye. I think the brush is too long; it would be easier to get this right along and into the roots of the lashline (I have multiple layers of lashes and a pretty full natural line) if the brush was shorter or a felt-tip. As it was, the bristles would split apart and some would look like they were heading to my eye. Maybe they did. I would recommend this for anyone who isnít concerned about changing your eye color. It might really work, and I think the tube would last for a few months. For people who want to try and are worried about changing their eye color, maybe use your own eyeliner brush? I will stick with mascara, a good lash comb, and falsies when I want some oomph.
Eyeliner -Jordana - Fabu Liner Liquid Eyeliner Pen
Pinky137 4/30/2012 3:51:00 PM
I have this in black, and I have found it to be quite useful. I wear it for only a specific purpose, though. I put it at the actual roots of my lashes, not above the lashline or below in the waterline. If I put it above my lashes, it fades to gray and disappears. If I put it on my waterline, it simply doesnít stay. I usually wear Milani liquid eye liner (the brush, not felt-tip) for those purposes. Thatís an awesome liner, but can be a pain the paint at the roots because it coats my lashes. I was quite pleased to discover this cheap gem for low-key liner days. When applied to the root of my lashes, it holds a true black color well all day and stays put. I do get a bit of smudging at the outer lower corner of my eyes, but everything is smudging there these days Ė mascara, liners, shadows, etc. However, since this is not waterproof, itís really easy to wipe away with my finger when it does smudge. I haven't had any reactions to it, and I can have problems with liners and mascaras. For $2, I am in love and I will repurchase. I did give it only 3 stars because I would like for it to have more staying power and not fade when applied above the lashes. It is nice to draw kitten flicks with a pen instead of painting with a brush. I wore Maybelline's felt-tip that is around $8, and it wore a lot better above the lashline; it couldn't do the waterline, either. I abandoned Maybelline because it couldn't compete with Milani's brush liquid liner. I will buy this one over the Maybelline just because it's cheaper and performs well enough for my purposes.