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NYX Slide On Pencil Eyeliner – Slide On and (Sometimes) Slide Off

  • Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

“I think I would die without my eyeliner, but besides that I’m pretty basic.” ~ Avril Lavigne

 

NYX Collage

I love me some Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, but the price has had me on a dupes search for ages.  I recently watched a YouTube video that listed the NYX Slide On Pencils as the perfect inexpensive alternative to my Urban Decay favorites.  NYX Cosmetics has a dazzling range of colors for eyeliners, shadows, and blush; everything from basic neutrals (your white, cream, brown and black variations) to the extreme (neon craziness and bright, bold colors).  I decided to give the Slide On Pencils a try and picked up four of them  in Purple Blaze (a violet purple), Tropical Green (a rich, deep green), Golden Bronze (a vibrant, pure bronze), and Brown Perfection (a deep brown).

 

NYX Cosmetics Slide On Pencils – The Claims

  • Waterproof
  • Doesn’t smear
  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Delivers powerful, robust colors
  • Like a liquid eyeliner without the mess

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

I’m finding that within the same line of pencils you can have colors that truly live up to the claims, as well as those that do not.  It’s quite frustrating.  These NYX Slide On Pencils are a perfect example of that.  Let me take you through the swatches:

1 NYX Slide On Eyeliner On Wrist

1:  Here are the colors simply swatched onto my arm.  My only comment after I first swatched them was that I was slightly disappointed that the Purple Blaze wasn’t as “blazing” as the name implied.  It is still a pretty shade; it just appeared to be a bit washed out straight out of the gate.  I loved the Tropical Green, and that Golden Bronze is gorgeous!

2 NYX Slide On Eyeliner Rub Test

2:  The next thing I did was the dreaded smudge test.  Just to be clear, I waited several minutes before touching the liner, to really give it time to set.  Right away my excitement over the Tropical Green diminished some, as it slid all over the place.  The Blazing Purple basically faded to an almost lilac shade.  The Golden Bronze shocked the bajeezus out of me by not moving or fading at all.  When I originally saw how shiny it was I thought, “That will be the first to go.”  It proved me wrong.  Brown Perfection lost some of it’s dark pigmentation, but didn’t spread across my skin as much as the Tropical Green.

3 NYX Slide On Eyeliner Water Test

3: Bring on the water!  What I noticed is that the water didn’t change the swatches much after the smudge test.  And unfortunately, the water didn’t remove any of the smearing lines from that Tropical Green.

4 NYX Slide On Eyeliner Water Rub Test

4:  Just like with the other eyeliner tests I’ve done, after the swatches are wet I see how they handle being rubbed again.  This was the first time that I’ve had an eyeliner bead and pill up.  It looked like back in the day when I was a kid and would put a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue on my hand, let it dry, and then rub it off so it looked like my skin was sloughing off.  (Don’t ask why I found that so much fun to do haha).  The Tropical Green and Blazing Purple both had that same beading happening.

 

Water Line Wear:

Before I give the Bottom Line, I wanted to also let you know that I tried the Blazing Purple and the Golden Bronze in my water line (on separate days of course!) to see how they worked.  When I put on the Blazing Purple the color was sooo light, it was difficult to make out.  It faded to nothing after a few hours.  Golden Bronze initially went on like a pumpkin orange.  I thought I looked a little ill haha.  But after a few minutes it seemed to oxidize and darken a bit, which was a better look.  Unfortunately after a few hours it also disappeared from my water line.

 

Bottom Line:

I will be returning all of these liners.  I’m sure the people at Ulta will just LOVE me, but I really can’t justify keeping them.  I want to find something that will stay in my water line and also function  just as well as my regular eye liner.  I certainly didn’t find them to be “like a liquid liner” at all.  You aren’t going to get a precision line from these pencils.  As you can see in the pictures, some of them do smear and smudge quite easily.  I found that they basically held up in water, but not in my water line.  So unfortunately, my quest for a true Urban Decay 24/7 drugstore dupe will continue.

Let me know what you think about these liners.  What was your experience?  Have you found any eyeliners that work just as well as the Urban Decay 24/7s?  What is your favorite water line eyeliner?  Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.  :)

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

  • Posted on May 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

“I’m strong, I’m tough… I still wear my eyeliner.” ~ Lisa Leslie

I have been on a waterproof kick lately.  I want to find the best drugstore waterproof makeup out there, and this week I tested out Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in both Brown and Eggplant.

 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Brown and Eggplant

 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner: The Claims

  • Get the precision & intense color of a liquid liner
  • Smudgeproof
  • Waterproof
  • 24 hour wear

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

This comes with a liner brush that really does allow you to get a precision line, similar to a liquid liner.  As for the rest of the claims, I think the pictures tell the story best.

1: On the initial swatch I was impressed with the color pay off and the creaminess of the liner.  The Brown is a matte brown, absolutely no shimmer or glitter in it.  The Eggplant, however, has flecks of gold, red, and green throughout that may not show up adequately in the picture.

1: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Swatches in Brown and Eggplant

1: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Swatches in Brown and Eggplant

 

2:  After letting the liner set for a few minutes, I rubbed my fingers across each of the colors.  As you can see, the Eggplant smudged a LOT, while the Brown stayed put with very little smearing.

2: Swatch Rub Test

2: Swatch Rub Test

 

3:  I then let water run over the swatches for about 10-15 seconds.  The Brown shade continues to hang in there with almost no smearing or fading, while the Eggplant loses some of its color intensity and continues to spread.

3: Swatch Water Test

3: Swatch Water Test

 

4:  I admit it – at this point I wanted to know if anything was going to smudge that Brown!  So after letting the water run over the swatches I rubbed the water into them to see if that would disturb them more.  The Brown stuck it out like a champ, losing only a tiny bit of color.  That sad, sad Eggplant faded and spread even more.

4: Swatch Rub Test After Water

4: Swatch Rub Test After Water

 

5:  My last test – I took some hand soap and water and scrubbed the swatches like someone with OCD.  I went to town!  Finally the Brown broke down, and the Eggplant color turned into a patchy mess.

5: Swatches After Soap and Water

5: Swatches After Soap and Water

 

Bottom Line:  I returned the Eggplant shade; it just didn’t perform the way I need a waterproof liner to perform.  I kept the Brown, and have used it over several days since purchasing it.  I love the creaminess, the ease of application, and the fact that it won’t go anywhere until I want to remove it.  If you’re looking for a liner that has the precision, richness of color, and smooth application of a liquid liner, with the added benefit of being waterproof and affordable – check this one out!

 

Where To Find It

For quick online shopping, purchase this on Amazon: Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, Waterproof, Brown

or anywhere Maybelline is sold.