The first official day of spring is still a good 2 1/2 weeks away but today, I really felt like we could have already been heading into summer–it was that warm (it even reached 80°F at one point)! I think it’s just going to a fluke couple of days and then go back to being somewhat chilly. Still, I really started to panic a little bit–especially after seeing some reviews for summer collections starting to pop up on a few blogs. Where has all the time gone?!! I swear it was just January a few days ago…despite the beauty (and fashion) world always being one (or two, as the case may be) seasons ahead, there are still a few spring collections that I’d like to focus on before everyone’s attention has shifted. Luckily, Youngblood’s new for spring Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon is perfect for spring or summer.
According to Youngblood: “Our intensely colored, long-wearing formula glides on smoothly like a liquid liner with the precision of an eye pencil. Very water-resistant for budge-proof glamour!” These liners are vegan, fragrance-free, paraben-free, oil-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and non-comedogenic.
The small pot that this liner comes in is almost identical to that of Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liners, the only difference being that Youngblood’s version is frosted. It also contains the same amount of product–0.10 oz. (3 g.).
Lagoon, part of Youngblood’s 4-piece In Bloom collection for spring 2013, is described as a “teal with an iridescent, golden sheen”. Strange that they should describe it as having a golden sheen when I only see a tiny bit of very fine light gold and multi-tonal micro-shimmer in the product that is not visible on the eyes at all, but either way it is quite pretty.
Also strange? The fact that they describe this as a gel formula. The consistency is much denser and creamier than other gel formulas I’ve tried. I would describe it as almost having a whipped, mousse-like cream texture. It is a bit lighter than a regular cream but a cream nonetheless. It is smooth and glides on the eyelid very nicely, though.
As for pigmentation, I’m afraid Lagoon leaves a little something to be desired. As you can see from the swatch photos, Lagoon tends to get a bit patchy–especially in the larger swatch. Even for the thinner swatch, I had to apply about 3 layers to get it looking like that. On the eyes it’s obviously not as noticeable, especially since you’re not applying it all over like a cream shadow. But when I was testing the wear, I applied a line all along my upper lashline and flicked it out at the end for a fun cat-eye; I did have to apply 2 layers to get a fairly even opacity all the way across.
The only gel liner I have at the moment is Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner in Violet Ink, so that’s the formula I used for comparison. In the photo below, you can see how much more pigmented and rich Violet Ink is compared to Lagoon. It was also much smoother. Lagoon dries down much more quickly than Violet Ink, so you have to move quickly when working with it. It also is not very smudgable, like Violet Ink is.
I will say, though, that Lagoon is incredibly long-wearing. I did a smudge test and rubbed my finger across both swatches of Lagoon and Violet Ink. There was a tiny bit of transfer from the Violet Ink side but Lagoon remained unfazed. I then focused my efforts on just Lagoon but to no avail–that stuff was not going anywhere! On my eyes, it lasted all day without budging–with or without a primer underneath. I even took a shower while wearing Lagoon and when I came out, it was still completely intact!!
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I also found Lagoon a little easier to work with because of the creamier texture. I find gels like Bobbi Brown’s sometimes hard to work with because the product is so light that when you dip your brush into it, it kind of clumps up on the ends and doesn’t apply as evenly as, say, a cream would (see comparison photo. Notice how in the thinner swatches on the left, Lagoon’s is much smoother and more even than Violet Ink’s?). Because a cream is denser, it’s easy to pick up the product and place it exactly where you want, creating an even line. Of course, this is just a matter of opinion.
Overall, I think Lagoon is a good liner and I like it. It’s not a gel like Youngblood says it is but for a mousse-y cream liner, it’s nice. The pigmentation is not the best I’ve seen but the color is bright and fun, the formula is fairly easy to work with, and it’s very smudge-proof and long-wearing. There is a problem with patchiness but in all honestly, it’s not very noticeable unless you apply to a large area of skin like I did in the swatch photos. With 2 layers of Lagoon on my eyes, it looked great and stayed on all day. These types of bright blue-based shades can sometimes be difficult to execute flawlessly, so I am curious as to whether the brand’s other 6 shades are about the same quality-wise or if they’re just a bit more in line with what I had hoped they would be. They do seem to get good reviews on other blogs though.
»»Pricing: $21/0.10 oz. (3 g.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a decent liner that is vegan, cruelty/fragrance/oil/gluten/paraben free
»»Overall Rating: B+
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