For whatever reason, it took me until now to realize that wearing black liquid liner without using a black liner on my upper inner lash line (am I making any sense!?) was a terribly un-cute idea. The pale skin spaces peeking through liquid liner and lashes was more obvious than I allowed myself to immediately discern but oh well… better late than never, right?
So I rushed out (well okay, I just made sure to look through the makeup isles the next time I found myself at Target) and nabbed the most hyped kohl liner from the drugstores that I knew of: the Rimmel SCANDALEYES Waterproof Kohl Kajal. And while I must say that this product has its pluses, the minuses far outweigh the aforementioned; one problem solved yet a new problem created? Not exactly a good tradeoff in my books.
First off, I've got to give this kohl pencil credit where it's very well deserved.
For starters, the price really can't be beat. At only $3.97-$4.49 depending on sale location you're getting a celebrity-status (at least in the internet beauty realm) pencil for mere pennies compared to its competitors. Also, this pencil lives up to the hype in terms of dreamy creaminess. It applies effortlessly without the need to warm it up before hand; just uncap and go without fear of tugging or hurting the delicate skin on/around your eyes. More importantly though, this kohl pencil is actually black like its name claims. It's quite sad that that needs to be confirmed nowadays but, with many pencils on the market boasting the name "black" only to appear charcoal grey at best when applied to the skin, this is definitely one aspect of the SCANDALEYES Waterproof Kohl Kajal that Rimmel can truly brag about.
As I'm sure you can tell by the photos above, this is where the review goes from good to bad. This eyeliner is absolutely not not NOT waterproof like it so proudly claims. I allowed those swatches on my hand to set for five minutes before lightly (I'm talking eyelash kisses light) running my dry finger across them. Yup… this smudging was without the addition of water. Curious to see what water does? Take a gander:
This is what happens every time I apply the Rimmel SCANDALEYES to my upper inner lash line. Within five or ten minutes you can already see a patchy transfer of it onto the waterline and within the first hour it will start to smudge down onto your lower lids (a scientific process that I'll never begin to understand; how does it get there!?). It's essentially just a big smudgy mess fest that takes you from crisp lined eyes to sad panda face in a matter of minutes. I'm not sure if this happens because of the ultra creamy formula or what but I can assure you it's not because I have oily lids like the above photo suggests; that's purely the elegant effect of flash photography in your dimly lit bathroom (gotta change that lightbulb…) because the sun has long since set for the day.
I'm not sure what I'm going to end up doing with my Rimmel SCANDALEYES Waterproof Kohl Kajal since I clearly can't use it on my inner lash/waterline and wouldn't even dream of putting it around my eyes as a liner because that'll likely go from lid to cheek in a matter of minutes. Oh well, like said it was a cheap buy so it wasn't too much money wasted but I'm still pretty upset that this kohl pencil didn't live up to the beauty blogosphere induced hype. I've got a feeling it's because I mainly only saw reviews of the nude version and thus people wouldn't notice it smudging… that's just a hypothesis though and I'm afraid I don't care enough about nude eyeliners to test it out.
Have you tried the Rimmel SCANDALEYES Waterproof Kohl Kajal?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your favorite black liner for the inner lash line that's actually waterproof?
xoxo - Cassie