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Reviews Revisited: Volume I

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Now that I’ve been blogging for about two years, I thought it would be interesting to go back and revisit some of the products I’ve given positive reviews over the years. At first, I thought I’d do new / full reviews, but I don’t think I have enough to say about everything – so I’m going to do short updates, three to five per post. I’ll answer the following questions:

Do I still love it?
How often do I use it?
Would I recommend it, given the quality and price?

I think it makes sense to start with NARS Cruella ($25, Sephora / Nordstrom), which I use as my icon. Original review here, re-swatched in this post. Continue reading

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner Swatches – Eight Shades

Eight Prestige Total Intensity eyeliners

Eight Prestige Total Intensity eyeliners – black one has been used quite a bit!

Prestige Total Intensity eyeliners are my absolute favorite eyeliners.  I’ve owned Deepest Black and Fierce Blue for a while, and recently bought Intense Olive.  Right now, Rite Aide has a good sale on Prestige products, so I decided to pick up the final three of the collection – Bold Brown, Daring Green, and Powerful Purple for about $4 each – a total steal.

Edited: Thanks to a commenter, I realized there were two more shades –  Strong Slate and Fearless Teal I didn’t know about.  Rite Aide doesn’t carry them, but some other stores do.  I bought them and added swatches below! Per the Prestige website, this is all of them, at last!

Edited again: Prestige has released two more shades, Outrageous Emerald and Totally Turquoise. I haven’t decided whether to buy and swatch them yet!

As I said in my Intense Olive review, there are two things I really love about the Total Intensity eyeliner range: the intense pigmentation and the amazing lasting power.  The three pencils I’ve owned for while don’t smudge or migrate on me and they last all day – I haven’t tested the three new ones, but the texture seems identical.

The pigmentation of all six eight is fantastic, and the texture is lovely.   As you can see, the black and brown are matte, while the green, blue, olive, and purple are shimmery.

In the swatches below, the thin line is one swipe so you can see the pigmentation, and the larger patch is to better show the color. Click to enlarge.

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliners - Deepest Black, Bold Brown, Daring Green, Fierce Blue, Intense Olive, Powerful Purple

Deepest Black, Bold Brown, Daring Green, Fierce Blue, Intense Olive, Powerful Purple

Prestige Total Intensity swatches - Deepest Black, Bold Brown, Daring Green, Intense Olive, Powerful Purple, Fierce Blue, Fearless Teal, Strong Slate

Deepest Black, Bold Brown, Daring Green, Intense Olive,
Powerful Purple, Fierce Blue, Fearless Teal, Strong Slate

Deepest Black, Bold Brown, Daring Green, Fierce Blue, Intense Olive swatches

Deepest Black, Bold Brown, Daring Green, Fierce Blue, Intense Olive

Fierce Blue, Powerful Purple, Fearless Teal, Strong Slate swatches

Fierce Blue, Powerful Purple, Fearless Teal, Strong Slate

The only downside to these liners is that they are very soft, and thus require frequent sharpening.  You do lose some product because of this, but at around $5.50, I don’t mind – they’re still cheaper than even most other drugstore eyeliners.  I find that both Urban Decay grindhouse or its Essence dupe do a great job sharpening them.

I also want to show you this picture again, from my black eyeliner comparison post.   If you want the blackest eyeliner, Prestige is it – it’s even darker than Urban Decay Perversion or its dupe Milani Liquif’eye.

I know I write about these pencils a lot – I just love them so! Have you tried them? What do you think of them?

Prestige Total Intensity Intense Olive Eyeliner Review & Swatches

I love Prestige’s Total Intensity eyeliners.  Deepest Black is a staple – it’s the darkest black pencil I own  – and I also love Fierce Blue.  I recently bought a third, Intense Olive – and I might love it even more than the first two.

There are two things I really love about the Total Intensity eyeliner range; the intense pigmentation and the amazing lasting power.  Intense Olive definitely does not disappoint in the pigmentation department; it’s crazy-pigmented in just one swipe.  I also found that Intense Olive lasted very well on  my eyes (I tested it on my lower lash line), but the swatch was much easier to remove from my arm than the other two shades of the Prestige Total Intensity pencils – perhaps because it doesn’t have a black base.

Prestige Intense Olive – with flash

Prestige Intense Olive – natural light

I would describe the color as a true olive with a slightly metallic finish.  The color is quite similar to Laura Mercier Black Gold (recently reviewed), but more intense and pigmented.  Black Gold smudged and migrated on me (and I’m not alone!), but Prestige Intense Olive stays put.

I’ve also swatched all three of the Prestige Total Intensity pencils I own together:

Prestige Total Intensity eyeliners: Intense Olive, Fierce Blue, Deepest Black

Prestige Intense Olive, Fierce Blue, Deepest Black – natural light swatches

I absolutely recommend the Prestige Total Intensity eyeliner range. Fabulous, inexpensive eyeliners!

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Black Eyeliner Comparison Swatches – Liquid, Gel, Pencil

All my black eyeliners; gels, liquid, pen-style, pencils

All my black eyeliners; gels, liquid, pen-style, pencils

In looking for the best black eyeliner, I’ve acquired quite a few! So, today I bring you Project Swatch: Black Eyeliner – a mega-swatch-post of 4 gel, 4 pen style, one liquid non-pen-style, and 4 pencil black eyeliners.   I’ve written just a little bit about each eyeliner, but please let me know if you’d like a more in-depth review of any of them.

Black gel eyeliner comparison - Stila, L'oreal, Maybelline, Wet n Wild swatches

Black gel eyeliner comparison

This is a Stila Smudge pot, a L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Laquer liner (reviewed here), a Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel liner, and a Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Creme Liner.

The Stila Smudge pot is a couple years old and still creamy and very black. I love it, it’s one of the best black gel eyeliners I’ve tried.  The L’oreal is newer, so the fact that it is very creamy doesn’t mean as much. It’s thin and very black – I really like it as well.  Those two are my favorites.

The Maybelline is very black and lasts extremely well. It had a great texture when I initially bought it a little over a year ago, but is now quite dry and doesn’t apply very well – it’s hard to make a thin line.  The Wet n Wild was also good when I bought it (less than a year ago!), but as you can see, it’s so dry that it’s not even deep black anymore.

Black Liquid Liner Comparison - WnW, Milani, Jordana, Dolly Wink, PF

Black Liquid Liner Comparison

This is the Wet n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner; Milani’s LE Color Play eyeliner in Black Line; the Jordana Fabuliner, the Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Dolly Wink in Deep Black.

The Wet n Wild eyeliner is a mixed bag.  It’s very difficult to apply neatly, given the applicator (a not-very-flexible tip) –  perhaps a brush would work better, but I haven’t tried very hard.  It’s also very, very waterproof – I had a lot of difficulty removing it from my arm.  My makeup remover and cleansing oil both left traces, but I finally got it off with straight jojoba oil.

The Milani Color Play eyeliner is FANTASTIC. It’s very deep black (as you can see), and the shape of the tip makes it incredibly easy to use. I reviewed the blue shade here,  and I’ve been using both the blue and black frequently since I got them.  I’m very sad that this is limited edition!

The Jordana was the first pen-style eyeliner I ever bought, and I’m not a fan.  It’s not very black, and it barely shows up over eyeshadow.  It’s not waterproof, so it’s very easy to remove, and it’s very cheap – but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The Physician’s Formula eyeliner is fine; it works, it lasts well.  I just prefer the Milani, which is darker, and the Dolly Wink, which is more precise.

The Dolly Wink eyeliner is my newest acquisition, and it has the finest tip.  It can easily make lines even thinner than what you see here.  It’s perfect if I want to add definition to my eyes without the obvious “eyeliner” look.  And, this one is permanent.

Black pencil eyeliner comparison - UD Zero, Perversion, Prestige, Milani

Black pencil eyeliner comparison

Finally, the pencils. I have Urban Decay 24/7 liners in Zero and Perversion; Prestige Total Intensity eyeliner in Deepest Black, and Milani Liquif’eye in Black.

All four of these are fairly similar in terms of performance – they all last very well.  I find that the Prestige lasts the best, but really they are all fantastic.  The one downside of the Prestige is that it’s very soft, so needs to be sharpened frequently – however, since it’s only around $5, I don’t mind that it gets used up fastest!

Clearly, there are differences in color intensity; Zero is a soft black, Perversion and the Milani are very similar deep blackes, and the Prestige is the deepest black.

And this is what my arm looked like with 13 black eyeliners swatched on it:

black eyeliner comparison swatches

black eyeliner swatch-a-thon!

What’s your favorite black eyeliner?