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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Dare to Compare: Black Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils (Urban Decay, Too Faced, Physicians Formula, Milani, Annabelle, Sleek, MAC)


Urban Decay, Too Faced, Physicians Formula, Milani, Annabelle, Sleek (missing from phtoto), & MAC
I'm starting this mini series of one of my favourite products ever. The gel based waterproof eyeliners pencils. As some one that does 16+ hour makeup looks I want the products I use to last with out any or minimal touch ups! The obsession started with cosplay makeup (or as I like to call it Extreme Bridal Makeup!) because the makeup has to look good in person, in photography, and on stage which is a tall order that many braids can attest to as well. As in the fact your probably wearing a number of heavy layer of fabric during the summer doesn't help in staying cool in a braids dress for a cosplay as well.

Also pretty much all the gel based pencils are made in Germany by the same manufactures for all these brands with minor formula tweaking.

Here is a cross section of different waterproof eyeliner in black shades from both drugstore and high end line for review.

This post covers:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $19US or $23CAN
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner $18US or $24CAN
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio is $12US or $15CAN
Milani Liquid Eye is $6.99US or $8.99CAN
Annabelle Smudgeliner $8.99CAN
Sleek Eau La La eyeliner $6.50US
MAC Pearlglide $16US and $19CAN.

Products & Colour:

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner are buttery and richly pigmented int he formula shade I've tried. This shade of Perfect Black is probably the inkiest shade of all the black here and texture wise is most like a gel pot liner. This formula come in either matte or pearl finish and Perfect Black is a matte shade. This formula really does glide on.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil again a soft gel based product, the shade Perversion is a richly pigment applies well smooth application the remains butter but firm. The shade Perversion i very deep intense black but not as deep as Perfect Black.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Nude Eyes(Black) and Smokey Eyes(Black). These two are twist up pencils that are smooth to apply but not as opaque colours wise then the rest. The also have larger shimmer particles throughout the formula but I found that their transfer onto the skin of those was rather sparse. I also noticed a touch more fading with this formula past the 12 hours mark.

Milani Liquid Eye in Black is actually a dead ringer for Urban Decay on all counts, I was kind of shocked, but ultimately please I found something I can by locally at a good price.

Annabelle Smudgeliner in OhMyGoth! reminded of Urban Decay Zero (when I had it once upon a time). It not as deep as the rest of the shade as it more of charcoal black shade. The formula is much drier but still blendable/smudable until it set.

Sleek Eau La La eyeliner (not in top picture) in Noir is an odd one out of the bunch, this is a  waterproof formula but the base is more of a wax then a gel formula. For this reason it never sets completely on it's own and can still be smudged if you rub it. The pigmentation is very rich so for those that have a sensitivity to silicons in your eye makeup might find this formula appealing. But I also though having oily lids are not that oily to effect my eyeliner but because it waxed base it will break down fast on oily lids.

Mac Pearlglide in BlackSwan has all the same features I see in the Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliners formula. The difference is all the shade are either loaded with shimmer or a pearl finish. BlackSwan is a matte black with silver shimmer. The shimmer is locked into the formula nicely so there is not fall out issue and the application of shimmer is consistent. This formula really does glide on.

I get the same wear with all these brands actually 16+ hours on the eyes it might see a touch of fading at the 12th hour but for the most part it's not noticeable as all.

The easiest to remove was the Sleeks, it take little effort with a makeup remover to remove. The rest need a waterproof oil based makeup remover (or mineral oil). 

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio has a twist up design.
The rest are simple pencils that need to be sharpened. 

Swatched with one stroke and a block of colour each. Click on the image to see these swatches larger. ;)

Daylight swatches: TooFaced Perfect Black, Urban Decay Perversion, Physicians Formula Nude Eyes(Black), 
Physicians Formula Smokey Eyes(black), Milani Black, Annabelle OhMyGoth!, Sleek Noir, & Mac BlackSwan.
Flash swatches: TooFaced Perfect Black, Urban Decay Perversion, Physicians Formula Nude Eyes(Black),
Physicians Formula Smokey Eyes(black), Milani Black, Annabelle OhMyGoth!, Sleek Noir, & Mac BlackSwan.


Too Faced and MAC for both no tug application & pigmentation, and Milani for it's pigmentation and price point.

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