I couldn't have been more excited when I heard Marc Jacobs was coming out with his own cosmetics line but it wasn't until recently (as in last week) that I actually had a chance to pick up some of his products. In this review, I'll be sharing with you my thoughts on his already widely-loved Highliner Gel Eye Crayons (aka pencil eyeliners).
I picked up 2 shades: one in black called Blacquer (#42) and the other one in deep purple called Th(ink) (#44) just to test the waters (meaning, at the end of this post you will know why I want to go back and get more!). They are packaged in a twist-up style pencil with a built-in sharpener at the opposite end.
These pencils have a gel-based formula. They literally are a hybrid of a typical gel eyeliner and a pencil. Think the combination of the creamy smoothness you'd expect from a gel eyeliner that comes in a pot and the convenience of a pencil eyeliner and you'll have Marc Jacobs eyeliner. They are smudge-proof and waterproof. I have worn them from early morning to late night without any signs of fading or transferring to the upper part of my lid. So if you have hooded lids like I do, you may want to check these out. They seriously stay so put and the only thing to take them off is an oil-based eye makeup remover.
They apply incredibly smoothly. They just glide on so easily and do not pull, tug, or drag at all and therefore allows you to create continuous lines with ease.
The pigment intensity is absolutely phenomenal. The black Blacquer is the richest black I've ever seen and it's fully opaque. The deep purple Th(ink) is just a tad bit less opaque but the color is easily buildable. Both have a subtle shiny finish which I prefer my eyeliner to be. I'm not too much into a gloss-like finish or complete matte liner look so this is just a perfect balance for me.
They are such good quality eyeliners but if there is one drawback, a very small drawback that might not even be a drawback to some, it has to be the fact that you can't get a precise winged look with these liners unless you follow with a small detail eyeliner brush. The attached sharpener is great but it doesn't really give you that pointed tip needed to create thin, crisp lines. It's a small detail but I just thought I'd toss this small piece of information in here, too, just in case.
Obviously, these pencils are a bit pricey but there is a reason why they have been receiving so many rave reviews. From my perspective, I think they are worth the high price tag since they deliver what I want and more. Marc Jacobs is a designer brand after all and one that actually has superb quality you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend these eyeliners!