I have very little patience for a lot of things. Life’s little foibles that increase my intolerance levels are varied and far-reaching… waiting to use the bathroom in the morning, picking up a freshly-boiled kettle only to discover that the person before you didn’t put enough water in for two cups… you know the kind of thing.
I’ve got another one for you. Reaching for your eyeliner only to discover that it’s so blunt, that were you to use it… you’d risk losing an eye.
So, it’s just as well that Smashbox have saved my sanity and devised an “always sharp” waterproof liner range and I’ve got two from the 3D (a.k.a sparkly) line-up to show you swatches of today.
Now, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill retractable eyeliners, they actually feature some kind of voodoo sharpener in the lid, meaning that everytime you twist the cap off… the tip appears neatly tapered and ready for some precision action. You don’t need to twist these up to expose more product, they’re just ready-to-wear time and time again.
My only complaint about them is that from what I can tell, there’s no way of discovering when they’re nearing the end of their lifespan. 3D Sparks is a golden olive shade, dark enough to pass for a softer black or grey with a bunch o’ gold glitter and 3D Neptune is a very pretty navy blue with brighter sparkles.
The formula is quite firm and stays put well, giving long-wear without transfer or running. I’ve even worn one along the lower waterline with great success and no eye-irritation from the shimmer particles.
The Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners are priced at £16-a-piece, so I’d like to point out that for those on a budget, it’d be worth checking out the Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner at £6-a-piece which also give a similar sparkle finish, albeit with more drag and none of the fancy self-sharpening!
* press samples
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