Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliners: Review & Swatches

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If you like long lasting eyeliners in rich, sultry colours, which apply smoothly and last all day, then you’ll love these.  Anastasia Beverley Hills is a cult US brand making big waves in the UK right now, primarily for its brow products (of which there were 26 at my last count!). 

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Covet Waterproof Eyeliners come in 5 shades:

Steel - dark matt cool grey with a slight lavender undertone, which works well with blue eyes.

Noir -  matt black, can be applied softly or built up to a charcoal black. Difficult to describe but this somehow retains a certain softness and isn’t as harsh or cold as some.

Astral - metallic blue-green pewter, which I think would work with all eye colours.

Vert - metallic gold tinged khaki, very light reflective & shimmery on the eye

Azure - matt indigo based navy blue.

Application & Texture

All apply with ease and are buttery soft in texture, so zero dragging. All work on the waterline and at a push I’d say the two metallics: Vert & Astral are my favourites, though I’ve loved using Azure and Steel for a smoky eye. You get a little bit of time to smudge them before they set, but not a lot.  I rarely wear black liner as I normally find it too harsh for my colouring; Noir was surprisingly wearable but I wouldn’t wear it every day.  I’m a fan of the twist up action and colour coded bases on the pencils make the correct shade easy to find, as well as containing built in sharpeners (the pencils are SO soft I’d recommend chilling them in the fridge before sharpening to avoid breakage).  As you can see above, a tapered rubber grip really helps with precise hold and application.  As always, Anastasia really has thought of everything.

Wear time

I found these lasted longer on my eyes than Urban Decay 24/7; perhaps not quite as long as NARS Larger than Life Longwear liners, though I’m splitting hairs and there’s really very little in it. Plus I’ve only tried two of the NARS (one matt & one metallic).  The Pixiwoos have been raving about these pencils, the wear time and how exceptionally well they work on the waterline - I know a lot of you trust their judgement.  Oh any for other hooded eye peeps, these don’t transfer for me at all. Win!

Swatches

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Above in natural light; below in direct sunlight. The wriggly line is a single pass and the heavier line, a double pass (more for the Azure).

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I’ve been wearing these constantly since I was sent them and will continue to do so - all other eyeliners have been abandoned for now! 

If you haven’t tried Anastasia before, it’s seriously worth investigating. The only stockist I’ve found is Cult Beauty… I wish others would hurry up and get in on the act!  Do check out another favourite from the brand, Brow Wiz, which I reviewed here.

What’s your favourite eyeliner?

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