A brief digression: my sainted mother is largely to blame for me growing into such a vain woman. She made a beauty addict of me from a tender age, having been raised with the same inclination by her mother, who in turn got it from her own mother, or at least that’s what I gather based on I’ve heard. (I never met my great-gran. My loss, if the stories about her are true, and I’m sure they are.)
So anyway, Mother Nessie likes to buy cosmetics, and when she does, she’ll often pick up a little something for me, because she’s an enabler. Last time, it was this eyeliner from French supermarket chain Alcampo (Auchan in France). It’s not something I’d have bought for myself, but I’m glad to have it on my makeup table.
I’m no believer in “expensive=better”, but I rarely buy house brands from the supermarket. Generally, I tend to choose from brands that come from known cosmetic firms (even though I know this is silly, since the products are made by cosmetic manufacturers for these chains), in all price points, so I was kind of surprised by how much I liked this product.
The liner comes in a twist-up container, which I typically avoid (I’ll tell you why in a moment), and the product is more creamy than hard, though it holds its shape well, and the texture and pigmentation are just lovely, the things I’ve liked best about this eyeliner.
I got this product in the middle of August, and summers are infernal and humid where I live. Despite of this, I find this liner holds up quite well in these conditions, as well as use with light creams (my skin is oily) and my sunscreen.
In fact, (and this is not to be taken as a recommendation, at all) I’ve actually found it to hold up rather well to a strength training session at the gym. Yes, I’m one of those ridiculous chicks who sport eyeliner at the gym, when going to buy milk, venturing into the Dothraki sea, and into hell. Not without my wings.
In these circumstances, I’ve found that the liner becomes a little fainter, but not noticeably smudgy. However, as a rule I don’t do much cardio and don’t sweat buckets, so that’s probably why I don’t end up with panda eyes; in any case, I repeat that this is not at all advisable. Do as I say, which is washing off your makeup, not as I do.
This liner can be a little stubborn to remove, by the way, for all its creaminess. I double cleanse when I get home in the evenings, and I still have to get the last few traces with a dab of oil and a mild tonic.
My main quibble with this product is the twist-up plastic container it comes in. I prefer to avoid plastic if other options are available, so normally use wood pencils. However, my understanding is that this type of container is also considered more hygienic by some, so that’s something you might want to keep in mind if you’re prone to eye issues.
As that isn’t the case with me, that’s really the only reason why I don’t plan to buy this particular liner once I use it up. Still, considering how much I liked using it, I’ll keep an eye on this brand’s other products from now on.
My rating: 4 points out of 5.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me. Not even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the trial period and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I doubt I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
Disclaimer: as I indicated at the beginning, I received this product as a gift from someone in my circle; there was no input or involvement from either the brand/manufacturer or its retailers.