I have heard nothing but glowing reviews of this liner – friends, beauty blogs and critics alike have raved about its ease of application, wide range of colours in both matte and shimmery shades, how it stays on without smudging for hours and hours (even in spite of heat/sweat/humidity), and just how darn good it looks. Whose curiosity wouldn’t be piqued? I knew I couldn’t resist.
It took me a little while to finally get around to testing it out for myself, so I headed to my local Bobbi Brown counter and asked the friendly makeup artist there to introduce me to the product. And now that I have tried it on and seen it on myself, I can certifiably say that I love it.
Read on for reasons I am shamelessly coveting this gorgeous eyeliner!
Before I start explaining myself, here’s photographic evidence of the liner on and at work:
As you can see in the first photo, I don’t have that much eyeliner on. It’s quite a thin stroke but is still dark and consistent. I also have on Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara (which you can find out more about by clicking here). I think the liner looks beautiful on – not at all smudgy or heavy, and it gives my eyes just enough definition (i.e. warm and bright eyes as opposed to fierce). Big bonus points too for making my brown eyes appear even browner!
The colour I have on is called Sepia Ink, which is the brown shade depicted here on the right:
The makeup artist who helped me told me that this is a matte shade, very natural and flattering to all skin colours, good for those who prefer a subtle, polished and fuss-free look. The eyeliner also comes in a variety of other shades, including the conventional black and brown, and more intriguing colours like Ivy Shimmer Ink (a very dark and mysterious, glimmering emerald green that I quite love), Black Plum Ink (dusty deep almost-black purple shade, I imagine it would be a hit for evenings out).
It retails in Malaysia for RM95 a pop, but sells for only 21USD in the States (join me as I grumble in exasperation at the price differential). Also, for best results, you should use the eyeliner with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush which has a tapered, quite firm (but not prickly, huzzah for well-made makeup brushes!) brush tip, perfect for controlling thickness or thinnes of the line you’re drawing. The brush costs a whopping RM100 (again, cheaper in the US but let’s not dwell). I hear that mastering the use of the brush takes a little practice, but whoever said looking good was easy?
Interested to check out the magic for yourself? Go to Bobbi Brown, smile at the makeup artist on duty and ask for a bit of help, and I reckon they will be more than delighted!
Finally, a note to you jetsetting girls out there, you can actually purchase a Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner duo gift set at most duty-free cosmetics counters at any international airport. I forget how much it cost, but it definitely saves you a few bucks buying duty-free. The set contains a mini ultra fine eyeliner brush (shorter handle than the normal brush, which could make it a bit more difficult to master using) and two pots of eyeliner in black and sepia. I am still kicking myself for not buying it the last time I flew, but hopefully this entry inspires one (or more) of you to give it a go!