I found these Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity eyeliners by chance, nosing about in a shop that carries somewhat unusual brands in my town… I could not resist, even though they were more expensive there than online; still, for the 8€ I paid for each, I found the quality to be as good as any from pricier, fancier brands, if not better. Since I didn’t have to pay for delivery to my doorstep, this works for me.
Prestige Cosmetics doesn’t seem to be that well known or easily found in my area, though the brand has been making inroads among Spanish and European beauty aficionadas, and it can be found in several Spain- and EU-based e-shops, probably aided by the numerous positive reviews among pro MUAs and in the US beautyverse. Still, I was kind of surprised to find it on an actual B&M shop in my small, out-of-the-way town. They do seem to be popular in Germany, not surprising as they manufacture some of their products there, including this long-lasting eyeliner from Total Intensity line.
For those not familiar with the brand, from what I’ve seen in their website, Prestige Cosmetics positions itself as an affordable brand that also formulates its products with bio- and ethical concerns in mind, such as being cruelty-free and avoiding controversial ingredients such as GMO-sourced ones, mineral oil, palm oil from unsustainably managed sources and so on… hmm…
Personally, I tend to be kind of skeptical of the claims made by many manufacturers in this regard, because nowadays the in-thing is to label everything as being free of this and that for sale, but being that many of their products are made in the EU, and was catalogued by Suzi from CF Kitty’s in the latest list of cruelty-free beauty brands (my favorite trusted source for checking out this particular claim), that part appears to be true.
This particular product is paraben-free, however on the other hand, since I didn’t feel like doing anything productive at that moment, I decided to snoop the INCI lists for some of their other liners, shadows and mascaras in their website, and found parabens, paraffin, SLS and a few other of those antichrist ingredients of the kind they pledge not to use… so what is it, then?
For the record, I’m actually not anti-parabens and frankly, I’m not too troubled when I several of these ingredients used in cosmetic formulas, but this does make me side-eye the rest of their claims. To give them the benefit of the doubt, I’d venture to guess they may be reformulating or phasing out some of their products (one could only hope it is to comply with their claims), given the amount of comments on the website from customers requesting several products to be restocked, and complaining about difficulties trying to find some of them.
Despite these qualms, once I tried this product I could not find any significant cons, in fact it was Love at first line: the Long Lasting Intense Color eyeliner is very creamy and smooth, and the application is just lovely, leaving a deep color with no tugging or dragging along the lid. For all that, this liner stays steady like a champ from morning to evening; no nonsense like smudging, becoming faint, or giving me Alice Cooper eyes. Nor does it transfer to my crease or anywhere, like most eyeliners do on me. That alone deserves extra credit.
It also doesn’t smudge beneath my eyes over time. At the most, it sort of diffuses somewhat at the edges as the day goes, and I rather like this effect (besides, my lids are oily and I use sunscreen, so that can be expected). Given how creamy it is, if the aim is a very well-defined, 50s sharp cat’s eye, I’d opt for another product. Nevertheless, if you want to blend it for a softer-smokier effect, you have to be quick about it, since it sets fairly fast, and once it does, it’s difficult to work it with brush or fingers.
Oh, and the “deepest black” color the labeling claims? 100% true: as you can see in the image, this isn’t one of those weakling black liners with sub-par pigmentation. This is a deep, divine, velvety-matte black you could lose yourself in. I’m kind of a stickler for pigmentation thanks to my gothy leanings that weren’t just a juvenile phase, so I’m often disappointed by black liners and eyeshadows that are sort of greyish or faded on application. Not the case with this product.
The same could be said for the green liner, which I bought on a whim: I hardly ever use anything other than black pencil, but for some reason, this lovely “outrageous emerald” caught my eye… and in the end, I was glad it did. I don’t use it nearly as often as I use the black liner, but I’ve found myself reaching for it more often than I thought I would: just like the black liner it is very pigmented, a deep green color that stays put, and it looks very pretty with my brown eyes and dark hair, without looking excessive. Note that, unlike the matte-black liner, this one has a touch of metallic finish.
As I said before, these pencils don’t just hold their ground throughout the day, but also in the evening when its time to wash it all off… they are after all water-proof and party-proof, as per the maker… I myself am not party-proof and haven’t been for some time, but I can say this liner can take a gym session at the end of the day without smudging; pretty much the same could be said for its being waterproof… well, actually I’ve no idea how it would behave in a summer swim or during a crying jag, but it is a bit difficult to wash off at night.
It’s nothing that can’t be solved with a goodly application of cleansing oil and gentle toner, but I wouldn’t really recommend this eyeliner for very frequent use, at least not if you’re not into double cleansing in the evening like I am (i.e. very dry or sensitive skins that need a gentler cleansing routine); it won’t do much good to halfheartedly scrub your eyes with a cleansing wipe. (Actually, while we’re at it, death to those wipes… they are horrid and will cause facial sagging if you keep using them. You know that. Use them up to clean your makeup table or something).
In conclusion, my rating for the Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity eyeliners: 5/5 points, as they deliver everything I demand from this type of product – good texture, good pigmentation, and good duration. For the sake of being picky, I’m just going to add that I’d like it even better if the pencil was wood and not resin. Still, I liked this product enough that I plan to rebuy before it wears out.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container 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 don’t think 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.
Edited Jun 22, ’17 to add images.