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!
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.
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
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