Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Clinique Brush On Creamy Eyeliner

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3 stars

COST: $15

THE SKINNY: I was driven to purchase this after a bad experience with a Sephora liquid liner, which was the only time I have ever returned a Sephora purchase. The sales toddler told me I had to push the nib into the pen and wiggle the pen on my lid to get the liner out. I told her that the last thing a woman of my age wants is extra pushing and tugging on the eyelid area.  After much eye rolling, she authorized my return and led me to the Clinique Brush on Creamy Eyeliner. Clinique is a great line (allergy free — nothing to irritate my skin), so I thought I’d give it a shot.

The good news?  It is truly creamy and goes on smooth. The little wand that is included makes application extremely easy, which means if you’re feeling a cat eye-ish, you can go for it full throttle. It delivers great pigment and really makes a statement. Have at it! 

The bad news? The creamy formula tends to keep gliding smoothly. All over my eyelid. By the end of the day, what started as cat eye-ish has turned raccoon-ish. Granted, I have oily skin, but it smears even with primer and powder. My youngest loves to point out when it smears, which is usually only takes about 5 minutes after application. I am on constant liner smear patrol in the mirror. What’s the purpose of wearing something that makes me so self conscious that is supposed to give me more confidence? It’s like high school all over again, only with better hair and no braces.

KEEP OR TOSS: I have to admit that I am torn over this one. Yes, it smears and makes me look like I’ve been on an all night bender. Having said that, I will also confess that I am on my second little tub. I don’t love it as well as I liked Loreal’s High Intensity Pigment liner (which alas, is no more in the version I liked), which went on easily and remained where I put it, but I haven’t had the gumption to go back and find a decent replacement. I need to go back to Sephora and demand that the sales toddler stop rolling her eyes and help me find an eyeliner which will actually stay where I put it.

CHECK IT OUT:  To view the complete line of Clinique skin care is online. (And they have free shipping.)

-- Tested by Laura