Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Review & Swatches: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

When I recently needed a waterproof, midnight blue eyeliner to match my bridesmaids dress for my best friend's wedding, I had a little bit of a panic.  Midnight blue, waterproof liquid or felt tip liners were relatively easy to find - but I wanted something more like a pencil, so I could blend it out a little for a softer look.  Luckily for me I happened across Chanel's Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Marine, which ticked all the boxes.

Let me start off by telling you how much I love automatic pencils.  I have a tendancy to lose things (which may or may not be connected to my hoarding of random stuff all over the house), and quite often find myself without a sharpener for my liners, then trying to apply them blunt.  Automatic liners solve that to some degree: the usable product tends to be quite fine, protected as it is inside the plastic casing, and more can be dispensed by twisting instead of hunting down a sharpener.  This little beauty also has a tiny sharpener concealed in the end, to hone the product into a fine point if desired.



Marine is an absolutely beautiful dark navy blue, made pretty with silver and blue micro-sparkles.  Whilst you can clearly see the sparkles in swatches, they turn into a sort of soft glow when applied to the eye - they give more dimension, and prevent the colour from looking flat, but they definitely aren't disco-ball material.

On the eye, the liner is blue enough to enhance my hazel eyes, without being noticeably, shoutily BLUE.  It's simply a gorgeous and flattering alternative to black.  Paired with a wash of silver or taupe eyeshadow, I've found that it offers plenty of definition and interest whilst still being low key.




As for the waterproof nature of the pencil... It did survive a couple of wedding-related tears, and it wore for about 15 hours before it smudged a tiny bit underneath my eye.  Which is pretty reasonable, in my mind, and definitely outperforms any other waterproof liner pencil I've ever tried.  In fact, it's probably the closest thing to hardcore unbudgeable liners such as MAC LiquidLast or GOSH Xtreme Artliner that's possible in a smudgable pencil form.

Available at Chanel counters in department stores, Boots stores, and online at Boots, it's available in eight colours from black to green to violet to blue, and will cost you around £18.  Not cheap, but if you want something reliably long lasting - well worth the cash.

4 comments:

  1. Great review! I hope they have this product in Australia because I don't think I've ever come across a pencil eyeliner that is as waterproof / smudgeproof as you've said so I'd be very eager to try it out! Thanks :)

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  2. Very very accomplished application - I am so envious, I too have hazel eyes but I think that the comparison ends there as I have neither the tautness of lid or steadiness of hand to even attempt this - I love the cleaness of the lines really really sleek look. Thankyou. Jan x

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  3. Wow! Your eye looks so perfect, that line is incredible. Is it just practise or is there a technique?

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  4. The application here really was just a case of stroking the pencil along the lashline - it's very smooth and glides on perfectly. Very little practice required!

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