Commercially Alternative: May 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Quest for Purple Eyeliner Part 2

Product
Wet N Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner



This week's purple eyeliner is Wet N Wild's Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner. It was so cheap I figured why not. I bought it for about $2-3 at Walgreens. Their purple color is called "Plum." This liquid liner uses a brush applicator instead of felt.




Application
The best way to describe it is, "meh." The brush is easier to use than I expected as I'm used to felt tip applicators for liquid liners. Also, the brush quite easily made thin precise lines. However, it only held about enough product for 1/3 of my eye. I had to re-dip the brush multiple times to complete the line. And then when it was on, I had to go over it many times for the color to show. I'm also not a fan that there was no little ball inside the pot to aid in mixing the product when shaking.

Wear
Again, "meh." By the end of an eight hour work day, it really starts to flake off. 

Color
It's actually a very nice purple once you put on enough layers. It's still not quite the pop of color I'm looking for, but it's still rather pretty with tiny flecks of copper. It really is more purple in real life than in the pictures.

Results
Well, as always, you get what you pay for. However, I'm really don't think this was even worth the couple of dollars I spent. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Quest for Purple Eyeliner

Hello again everyone. This post isn't sewing related or even exactly lolita related. However, I thought it would be a fun experience to share. I am currently searching for excellent purple eyeliners. My eyes are green so the color purple really makes them pop. However, it seems my search is going to be a bit of a challenge. My first trial was Maybelline's Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.

Product 
Maybelline's Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner





I decided to purchase this product after watching this review on Makeup Geek. It was about 8 dollars at Target.  This comes with a small brush and the pot of color. Their purple eyeliner is called "Eggplant" and the packaging shows a very inky dark purple as the finished product. I knew from the Makeup Geek swatches that this was not true to the product color, but I'm still disappointed that it wasn't.



Application
The product glides on very smoothly. However, I find that thin lines are nearly impossible. I have to go back over the line several times to get enough color to show. The product seems to be very forgiving of tiny mistakes and I'm able to wing it easily. The liner does seem to take a bit of time to dry and can smudge easily if you accidentally touch it too soon.

Wear
The product claims to have 24 hour wear. It does last for my whole work day looking great, even with my oily lids. (However, I do use a primer base to help control this) The eyeliner doesn't flake or transfer to my crease which is wonderful. I haven't worn it out for a late night yet, but I doubt it would make it. Though my look is intact when I get home from work, I've noticed that the corners are starting to fade and some has transferred to my lower lid.

The product also claims to be waterproof. It's more water-resistant in my opinion, which I actually prefer. Most "waterproof" items I've tried are a little too permanent for my taste. It takes a little more makeup remover and elbow grease to remove at the end of the day than others, but it's not so steadfast that if you make a mistake you're stuck with it for the rest of the day.

Color
I'm a little disappointed in the color. I'm really searching for a bold statement purple. This is more a muted grey-brown purple and a little less pigmented than I would prefer. I can't say that I don't like it though. It has turned out to be quite lovely for a subtle work look. It's now become a part of my everyday makeup routine.

Results
I believe I would recommend this product. It's not perfect, but, for the price, it is a great introduction to gel liners for those who are curious. It even comes with the brush so there's that added expense out the door. The purple isn't the bold pop of color I was hoping for, but it seems to be a great staple for a quick everyday look.