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I’ve always thought that Consumer Reports did a really great job at evaluating different products ranging from cars to colleges. So when a recent FutureDerm survey revealed that over half of our readers wanted more cosmetics reviews, I jumped at the chance to test different beauty products!
So here’s our first. For this review, I went to Sephora and compared nine different black eyeliners:
1 – Givenchy Magic Kahal ($22.50, Amazon.com)
2 – YSL Dessin Dugard Waterproof ($28.02, Amazon.com)
3 – NARS Larger than Life Eyeliner ($23.00, Amazon.com)
4 – Stila Smudge Stick Black Eyeliner ($15.52, Amazon.com)
5 – Urban Decay 24/7 Black Eyeliner ($19.86, Amazon.com)
6 – Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12.00, Sephora.com)
7 – Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Black Extreme ($19.00, Amazon.com)
8 – Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Mat ($18.45, Amazon.com)
9 – bare Minerals Round the Clock Eyeliner ($12.95, Amazon.com)
How We Did It
Our “research” was actually really simple: We applied a thin line of each liner across a clean hand. We tried our best to use the same pressure when applying each liner. It was actually the thickness that was a problem: some, like the Stila Smudge Stick Black Eyeliner, had an automatic sharpening system that made it impossible to refine the point. But, we did the best we could, starting with one liner:
Until we got to this:
We had two options:
One, we could have a number of subjects apply each eyeliner daily for a certain number of days. Take photos at the beginning and end of each day. Evaluate the longevity.
Or, two, we could just apply it on our hands and see which one rubbed off the easiest. And repeat with makeup remover.
Naturally, we went with the second option. Here are the results after rubbing our finger over the eyeliners in an up-and-down (vertical) stroke five times:
- 2 – YSL Dessin Dugard Waterproof ($28.02, Amazon.com)
- 7 – Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Black Extreme ($19.00, Amazon.com)
- 8 – Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Mat ($18.45, Amazon.com)
Overall, after we tried these three, we felt the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Mat lasted the longest and had the sharpest black color. For a slightly less pigmented black, Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Black Extreme had an easy-to-sharpen point and lasted almost as long.
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