Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in "Midnight in Paris", "Top Sea-cret" & "Violet Femme": Review and Swatches

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New from Marc Jacobs comes a line of gorgeous and sleek eyeliners with a waterproof formulation and an intense color payoff. Available in over twenty shades, the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($30 CAD each) features an easy-to-use twist-up mechanism and it even comes with a mini sharpener to help sharpen the tip for precise application. To see some swatches, click.......
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
The Highliners come in a super reflective silver pencil with the shade indicated as a stripe of color along the body of the pencil. The crayon is dispensed via a twist-up mechanism and the tail-end of the pencil features a tiny plastic sharpener that can be detached by pulling from the base.
Small plastic sharpener on the bottom of the crayons
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Midnight in Paris is a dark grayish blue-black with micro blue and silver sparkles. Top Sea-cret is a bright blue shimmer and Violet Femme is an orchid shimmer with silver sparkles.
All three shades swatch wonderfully on my arm. They are pigmented and they feel super creamy. The formulation sets very quickly and once it's set, it is pretty much bullet-proof!
However, when I tried these liners on my lids, it's a totally different story. For some reason, these pencils, although so smooth and creamy on the back of the hand, becomes super patchy and chunky on the lid. The product was tugging so much that one of the tips actually broke off! I had a lot of trouble making Midnight in Paris and Top Sea-cret look presentable. Violet Femme was slightly smoother, but I've certainly tried creamier liners.
I've never used liners that swatched so wonderfully on the hands but tugged and pulled so badly on the lid. Something about the formulation just doesn't work well with slightly wrinkled skin.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
These liners swatched wonderfully on my arm and the back of my hand, but when I tried them on my eyes, I struggled a lot with tugging and pulling. Additionally, the product was patchy and dry on my lids. This experience is with brand new liners so I don't think the application problem is caused by "dried out" products. However, the formulation of these is indeed very waterproof and smudge-proof.

Marc Jacobs is available in stores and online at Sephora.