The Sample: Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Sailor (Review, Swatches & Photos)

18 Feb

««Press Sample»»

It looks like blue is here to stay! But honestly, done right, when does a simple, dark navy-lined-eye not look good?! Now, I admittedly tend to fall into a kind of color-rut sometimes. Lately, I have been feeling a bit uninspired but after seeing different shades of navy/blue pop up at different shows for S/S ’12 and again for S/S ’13, I knew I needed something–anything–blue on my eyes, stat! I dug through my stash and as luck would have it, came up with a yet-to-be-tested eyeliner from Mally–the Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Sailor. Exactly what I needed!

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge


Sailor is a shimmering true-navy blue. It’s marketed as being a long-wearing, waterproof eyeliner. From Mally:

“They glide on easily without a shadow base, yet last all day. They are rich, full, and give a strong coverage. They can be used over, under, or in the inner rim of the eye.” 

As I’ve stated before, I do have quite small, oily lids and pretty watery eyes, so most eyeliners–no matter how waterproof or smudge-proof they claim to be–usually always end up underneath my eyes in varying degrees at some point during the day. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Mally’s liners but I still didn’t want to get my hopes up in case I was sorely disappointed.

Sailor has quite a soft, smooth consistency. Maybe not as soft as, say, Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk Waterproof Eye Pencils (which are softened-butter soft) but much softer (and less dry) than my Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liners, that’s for sure. Sailor glides across the lid without pulling or skipping. Pigmentation is so-so; one pass does not offer up much pigment but it definitely can be layered/built-up to a fuller opacity (I recommend applying one layer then waiting for it to set before adding another layer). Sailor did take longer to set than all my other long-wearing liners–about 3-4 minutes to set completely. On the plus side, it does leave plenty of time for smudging/blending.

Click image to enlarge and for more information


Above, you’ll find 2 of my favorite uses of navy during the S/S ’13 fashion shows. The looks are subtle and pretty–just the way I like it.

Below are swatches of Sailor. The thin swatch on the left was made with just one pass of Sailor. You can see that because it’s so soft, there is a bit of excess product that has kinda bunched up on both the top and bottom of the line. The heavy swatch on the right was made using several passes of the pencil so that you could see the rich blue color. 

 After 10 passes of my pointer finger through the middle of the swatches using medium pressure…

While I will say the Sailor lasted a lot longer than about 85% of the pencils I’ve tried, it doesn’t quite hold up to my expectations now that I’ve used liners like Armani’s and Make Up For Ever’s. On my upper lashline, it lasted about 5 hours before beginning to show signs of fading. On my lower lashline, it made it a little over an hour before smudging in the outer corner. I prefer to set it with Stila’s Azure eyeshadow. It intensifies the color and makes it last most of the day.

As you can also see from the rub-test above, it’s also not the most budge-proof formula (my drugstore Milani Liquif’Eye Liquid-Like Eye Liner Automatic Propel Pencil performed even better than that!), but honestly, unless you have very oily lids like me, you shouldn’t really have any problems with the wear. Overall, I think it’s a good pencil but definitely not the best I’ve tried. I like the feel and the formula and the color selection is great (there are 17 other shades to choose from) but the pigmentation could have been better, as well as the wear time. I like but I don’t love.

»»Pricing: $15/0.04 oz. (1.2 g.)


»»Recommended for: anyone looking to try the navy liner trend; those with dry or normal lids

»»Overall Rating: B


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

42 Responses to “The Sample: Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Sailor (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Sunny February 18, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Wow, Sailor is such a pretty shade! I only use pencil liners on my lower lash line, and I almost always sets with an eyeshadow too. It helps the pencil stay, and the line looks softer :) Blue totally is here to stay this year!

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Ooh really? Do you just stick with liquid/gel on your upper lashline, then? I love adding a pop of color on my lower lashline too–the effect is gorgeous! I am curious about Mally’s other liners–I wonder if they’ll more pigmented or different at all (since shades like purple and blue always seem to be less pigmented)?!

  2. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) February 18, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    You know, I don’t think I have a navy eyeliner. I haven’t tried Mally…the color of the liner is beauuutiful. Too bad it doesn’t quite live up to other liners though… I’d personally probably stick with the Milani (which I apparently missed your review of – wow it looks amazing!). Great review, Becca! :)

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks Catherine!! :D Milani’s pencils are really great for the price. I just wish they had a navy/more shades…and that the drustores near my house weren’t ALWAYS sold out of the pencil version :/

  3. JoanneP @ The Convenient Beauty February 18, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Gorgeous blue!! I always got recommended blue eyeliners for my brown eyes. Used to love everything blue on my eyes but not so much these days. I need some suggestions on how to rock the liners.

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Try doing a thick line on the upper lashline with a baby wing like they did at Altuzarra and nothing at the bottom (or a hint of inner corner highlight like at Just Cavalli) or do a little bit of black or dark brown liner on top and a line of blue on the lower lashline! This is how I’ve been playing with color lately and I love it! :D

  4. Procrastinator February 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I’m not a huge liner girl, but I love navy liner/lashes — I’m currently using the one from Annabelle (a Canadian drugstore brand), paired with TokiDoki’s blue mascara over my regular mascara.

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Oooh pretty! I really want a brilliant cobalt-blue mascara–I got really into blue mascara after seeing it at the Stella McCartney show and got a few drugstore versions to play with but I just don’t feel like they’re brilliant enough. Even over a white lash primer…:/ I would check out the TokiDoki one but the line has been discontinued, right?

      • Procrastinator February 20, 2013 at 11:15 am #

        Not sure if it’s been entirely discontinued or if it’s just pulled out of Sephora. Diorshow has a blue one and I love the colour that gives, but the brush is a little too big for my eye. YSL has one too I think, but I haven’t tried yet!

        • becca February 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

          Oooh I think I know which YSL one youre talking about. The blue and the turquoise both look absolutely stunning! I am not sure how long-lasting their pencil will be on my oily lids though :/ I have to go Google some reviews now :P

  5. Meryl @ Memoiselle February 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    It is a pretty shade! My lids are oily and only few brands work with me like Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof and MUFE Aqualiner. I rarely wear non black eyeliner but this surely is a beautiful color :)

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      I used to only wear black liner too but in recent years, I’ve started playing with olive (MUFE 5L) and dark brown (Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk #2–AMAZING formula. You MUST try it if you have very oily lids like me!). This is the first blue liner I’ve ever tried and I really like it! I do wish it were more pigmented and long-lasting though. But it has definitely inspired me to start playing with other liner shades. I really want a bright cobalt-blue now, as well as a rich purple and maybe a gold and taupe. I haven’t ever tried Chanel’s Waterproof liner because I wasn’t sure how it’d hold up on oily lids so it’s good to know that it really does! I will definitely give them a try now (and I think they have some really pretty LE ones available right now, right?! :D)

  6. Liz February 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I love a good blue eyeliner! Sadly I don’t think this will hold up on my eyes either, but I was checking out an almost black navy pencil by Bobbi Brown and it seemed promising. I bet you can rock the blue liners like nobody, wifey. :D

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Haha thanks, love of my life! I haven’t tried Bobbi Brown’s long-wearing pencils yet but I really, really want to–it seems like there are some truly gorgeous shades in the collection (REALLY want Hunter and Black Plum!). Mally’s liner is good as long as I set it with a shadow (I like using a brighter blue to intensify the color) but yeah, definitely not the best for us gals with very oily lids :/

  7. Gummy February 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I love the subtle, yet sweet surprise of the blue!! It’s making me want to experiment with other colors as well! Do you like a more neutral or bolder lip with it?

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      I prefer a neutral lip but I guess I don’t ever really wear a bold lip anyway so maybe my opinion doesn’t count :P A bold lip, for me, is a sheer lipstick like Burberry’s Lip Mist or Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine…or even a regular lipstick used as a stain and topped with gloss. Still, I prefer a neutral lip when using a bolder liner :)

  8. Larie February 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to try Mally eyeliners. They look so pretty! And They come in fun sets, haha.

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      I know the sets are sooo cute–I’m really tempted now! I also want to try some of the other colors and see how they fare against the navy…which can sometimes be a tough shade to formulate properly, it seems (like purple)

  9. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog February 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    This is such a gorgeous blue shade. Unfortunately, I doubt this will work for my lids.

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      Aw, do you have very oily lids too, Angela? Yeah, as long as you’re willing to go the extra step with primer and setting with a powder over top, the effect is really nice but used alone on my oily lids, I’m afraid the performance leaves a little something to be desired :/

  10. Sukie February 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    That’s a lovely shade! I’ve always been wary of wearing eyeliner due to my oily lids and a fear of poking my eye. I suppose it’s high time I gave eye liner a go again seeing there are so many pretty shades like this one out there! =)

    • becca February 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

      LOL you don’t use liner at all, Sukie? Yeah, I find that liner is an irreplaceable step for me just because my eyes are so small and my lashes so sparse–tightling and adder liner on the upper lashline really makes a difference for me!

  11. Toya February 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    This looks similar (sans glittery sparkle) to the blue MAC liner I wore the other day, Becca! It’s funny, I wore that because I’m trying to use it up – I’m actually not a fan of these more mid-tone blues on me, I need deep and bold or nothing at all LOL. But on you I can imagine it looking really wonderful :)

    • becca February 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Really? I thought Petrol Blue looked amazing on you, Toya!! haha that’s too bad but I do definitely wish Sailor was richer/more pigmented but I don’t know if I necessarily wish it were deeper…

  12. Shivani February 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    My lids are like super duper cranky and though they are dry they are too high maintenance for god knows what reason. don’t think its gonna hold up on mine.

    • becca February 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Aw–super high-maintenance dry lids?! That’s not coo! :P Is it like that all the time or is it due to winter weather??

  13. Taylor February 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Your site looks great! I love the liner, the shimmer is especially lovely. I’m wanting to get into the navy trend myself.

    • becca February 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Aw thanks Taylor! I am trying to tweak it a bit more before entering the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards later tonight so I don’t plan on keeping the polka-dotted background (or maybe not even the whole theme!). After much discussion, it was decided that it’s a bit too busy and detracts from my photos. I am going to try either a white or light grey background but if that doesn’t work, back to the old theme I go! :P

      Oh, and you DEFINITELY need to try the navy trend. It would look SO gorgeous on you, Taylor!! :D

  14. Makeup Morsels February 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m glad it seems blue is here to stay because I have just discovered my love for the color! This is such a pretty liner, although at the moment I’m more drawn to sky blues (it’s spring, it’s affecting me!). So which is your favorite liner between Armani and MUFE?

    P.S. Site redesign!! I like. Although I do agree with Paris, and think a light grey background would show off your beautiful pictures even better.

    • becca February 20, 2013 at 2:08 am #

      Ooooh that’s a hard one…I would say that for lining the waterline, etc. I prefer MUFE’s because the drier texture allows it to really stay put–especially if you apply 2 layers. That stuff is really budgeproof! But on the upper/lower lashine, for some reason, I find that just one application (smudged out) of the GA liner stays better than the MUFE. I do like MUFE’s color selection though but I am desperate to try some of GA’s other shades to compare. It’s a tie! I love both for different reasons!! :D

      And thank you for your input, MM! I ended up just throwing on a white background for now until my bf can help me play around with it a bit more in a couple of days. I’m still not sure about this one though…I might just go back to my old one but with a few minor tweaks here and there. Ahhh so difficult!! :P

  15. Tracy@Beauty Reflections February 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    It’s pretty for sure! But it sounds like my oily lids would eat this up pretty fast. And we don’t get Mally up here which makes me sad. I used to love her a lot of her stuff like her mascara!

    • becca February 20, 2013 at 2:09 am #

      I haven’t tried too much else from Mally but i’ve heard a lot of good things–really curious about the mascara now! :D Yeah, the liner isn’t really the best for oily lids but it is soft and nice and would be great for those with normal lids, I imagine. *sigh* The curse of having oily lids–sheesh! :P

  16. Jenni@lifeandlensofbeauty February 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    sometimes the liners work for sometime on my lids and then a few weeks later it started to smudge! I found that layering an Es primer beneath helps to make it stay!

    • becca February 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      Applying them over primer and setting with a powder eyeshadow definitely helps it to stay on longer. I like using Sailor that way–plus if I use a blue eyeshadow over top, it intensifies the color. I think the color of Sailor is gorgeous, I just wish it were brighter and more pigmented, so bright blue eyeshadow is definitely ideal for setting! :)

  17. Teri February 21, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    I love the shade and yes I’m loving that blue eye liner trend going on, it’s hot!

    • becca February 21, 2013 at 5:46 am #

      Yay! I bet you look *stunning* in a navy smokey eye! Ahhhh Teri you MUST post a look!! :D

  18. BooBooNinja February 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    A big high five for “shopping your stash”, or whatever the kids :) call it these days. This is a pretty eyeliner. I’ve never seen Mally in stores before. Is it only sold online and/or on QVC?

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 12:12 am #

      Haha thank you, thank you. I was quite proud of myself too :P According to Mally’s site, the only in-store locations you can find the brand is at Henri Bendel NYC or Fred Segal in LA. :/ Are you anywhere near either location?

  19. svetlana February 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I love the way it looks other gals and I say I love the optimism of colored liners, but I feel like I can’t pull it off because I have no lids. :( but I suspect it mostly becuase I just don’t know how to pull it off. But I do agree this sailor shade is simply delightful on the eyes- of others.

    • becca February 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

      haha I swear you REALLY don’t have to have large upper lids to wear colored liner. I’ve been wearing it as a pop of color just on the lower lashline and it looks AWESOME that way! :D

  20. Joyce (bronzerbunny) February 27, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    i used to love wearing different colored liners, and this is such a nice blue! I’ve been using a “black plum” shade from bobbi brown and i quite like it…

    • becca February 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      How is the wear for the Bobbi Brown one, Joyce? I’ve been really curious about the green a lot but am not sure how it will wear on my very oily lids!

Leave a Reply