While I like to experiment more in terms of fashion, I’m all about a classic makeup look. If it’s any day between Sunday through Saturday, chances are, I’m wearing winged black eyeliner. It somehow embodies class, trend, and edginess all in one look, yet it maintains the appeal of a timeless beauty trend.
To achieve such a precise look, I’ve always stuck to liquid eyeliner. I’ve had less-than-ideal experiences with pencils: I can never get a precise tip, and they’re not as long-lasting as I’d like. Gel liners, on the other hand, have been easy to apply, but I’ve never found a pigment to match the intensity of liquid eyeliner. Combining the two into a hybrid lovechild didn’t exactly sit well with me.
Fortunately, this lovechild is a name I can trust: Marc Jacobs. After dipping his toes into the pool of the makeup world, it seems as though he’s struck gold with his Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon ($25, amazon.com). This is the first gel formula available as a self-sharpening pencil. After deliberating far too long at Sephora, where his makeup line is exclusively sold, I picked up the gel crayon in Blacquer to see just how beautiful this liner could be.
This is the best eyeliner pencil I have ever used in terms of pigmentation. Blacquer follows the cohesiveness of his line in that it is inspired by Marc Jacobs’ own coffee table: It’s sleek, chic, and shiny. The color is immediately intense (go big or go home, baby!) so you don’t need a lot of product for a dramatic look. Of course, you can always add more for a more nighttime-appropriate look.
Hold on to your seats, people, because this pencil has the soft, malleable texture of a gel eyeliner! It goes on oh-so-smoothly, allowing you to draw a straight, smooth line. You’re not going to have tugging with this one, I promise.
Since I wear contacts and have really bad allergies, I refuse to use eye products that aren’t long-lasting. Fortunately, this eyeliner is exactly what I’m looking for; even after wearing it a full day, the color is still intense and in place, despite my bad habit of rubbing my eyes. In case you need more proof, I’ve washed my hands three times now, and the test application I did on the back of my hand is still going pretty strong, despite my vigorous scrubbing. I’d definitely recommend a makeup remover for this one.
Ease of Use: 80%
When it comes to my needs, this wasn’t the easiest thing for me to use; even though the tip is self-sharpening, it doesn’t have a fine enough point for me to achieve a winged look without thinning out my lines with Q-tips. If you don’t need a fine tip, this won’t be an issue.
Overall Rating: 95%
Despite only getting an 80% in the user-friendly category, I would still fully recommend the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. It doesn’t sacrifice durability for pigmentation, as many other eyeliners do. And the gel formula makes it easy to apply, no matter your skill level. As the first of its kind, Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon sets the bar high for its competitors, and in the world of makeup, this isn’t such a bad thing.