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Revlon

ColorStay Exactify Wheel Tip Liquid Liner

0.03 fl. oz. for $ 11.99
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ColorStay Exactify Wheel Tip Liquid Liner is a dupe of M.A.C.'s Rollerwheel Liquid Liner, right down to sharing many of the same issues. In short, this isn't the "fool-proof" eyeliner Revlon makes it out to be.

The "rollerwheel" applicator (shaped like a mini pizza cutter) is supposed to act like "training wheels" for liquid lining. In reality, it's hard to control, even with practice, often resulting in rigid or oddly angled lines.

Note that the high amount of film forming agents and alcohol (listed as ethanol and alcohol denat.) in the formula create a slight tightening feel as they dry. The alcohol is likely to trigger immediate sensitivity for some, and is bad for skin overall; learn why in the More Info section.

Where ColorStay Exactify Wheel Tip Liquid Liner has an advantage over M.A.C.'s version is that it really does stay put as promised (no smudging or flaking). The colors also seem to be more richly pigmented (at least the Intense Black shade that we tested; leave us a comment if you've tried the others). And Revlon's version is about half the price.

Still, in the end, you're better off sticking to one of our top-rated eyeliners here.

Pros:
  • Stays put (no smudging or flaking).
  • Richly pigmented color.
Cons:
  • High amount of alcohol poses a risk to skin.
  • Applicator doesn't allow for flexible application, resulting in rigid lines.
More Info:

Research makes it clear that alcohol, as a main ingredient in any skincare or makeup product, especially one you use frequently and repeatedly, is a problem.

When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in skincare or makeup products, we're referring to denatured ethanol, which most often is listed as SD alcohol, alcohol denat., denatured alcohol, or (less often) isopropyl alcohol.

When you see these types of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, without question the product will irritate and cause other problems for skin. There's no way around it—these volatile alcohols are simply bad for all skin types.

The reason they're included in products is because they provide a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it's easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. If only those short-term benefits didn't lead to negative long-term outcomes!

Using products that contain these alcohols will cause dryness, erosion of skin's protective barrier, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from the alcohol can actually lead to an increase in breakouts and enlarged pores. As we said, the alcohol does have an immediate de-greasing effect on skin, but it causes irritation, which eventually will counteract the de-greasing effect and make your oily skin look even more shiny.

There are people who challenge us on the information we've presented about alcohol's effects. They often base their argument on a study in the British Journal of Dermatology (July 2007, pages 74–81) that concluded "alcohol-based hand rubs cause less irritation than hand washing…." But, the only thing this study showed was that alcohol was not as irritating as an even more irritating hand wash, which contained sodium lauryl sulfate. So, the study is actually just telling you that one irritant, sodium lauryl sulfate, is worse than another irritant, alcohol.

Not all alcohols are bad. For example, there are fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be beneficial for skin. Examples that you'll see on ingredient labels include cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol, all of which are good ingredients for skin. It's important to differentiate between these skin-friendly alcohols and the problematic alcohols.

References for this information:

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, November 2008, pages 1–16

Dermato-Endocrinology, January 2011, pages 41–49

Experimental Dermatology, June 2008, pages 542–551

Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366

Alcohol Journal, April 2002, pages 179–190

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Get fool-proof, thin, precise lines that wear up to 24 hours with our breakthrough ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner. Easy to use Exactify Wheel Tip and comfortable control handle delivers the ultimate no-skip exactitude for the ultimate smooth, thin, line every time.
Water, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ethanol, Silica, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, VP / VA Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Myristyl Lactate, Disodium Deceth-6 Sulfosuccinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-30, Hectorite, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide, Simethicone, Steareth-4, Phenoxyethanol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May contain: Black 2, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide.

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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