Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof
Facial contouring is all the rage right now, so it's not surprising that brands are using the term to describe other categories of makeup products. The contour label is not what makes this eyeliner unique— all good pencils have the ability to contour the eye area if used properly. Semantics aside, Sephora's Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Pencil is an excellent choice because it truly lives up to its waterproof claim, delivering a smudge-proof, defined, bold line on any part of the eye (and its fragrance free). There was one minor gaffe as well, which we'll detail shortly, but overall this pencil has far more going for it than against it, which earns it our highest rating.
The first thing Sephora got right with Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Pencil is that it's available in ten richly pigmented shades, ranging from colors typical of most collections (black, brown, and navy) to uncommon shades (like bright pink and lime green).
Unfortunately, we noticed some inconsistencies in performance among the shades when it came to initial application—the three that we purchased and tested extensively applied smoothly and were intensely pigmented. During visits to two different Sephora stores, we found that most of the shades applied with the same smoothness of those we purchased. However, when we retested the same shades at the second store, we found some of the shades were more difficult to apply and were a tad dry, which was likely indicative of the testers' age. We would not consider this a deal-breaker, as the issue seemed to self-correct with slight pressure, but it's worth noting as some may notice such a change with this liner over the long term. (If you do, be sure to let us know!)
We were also pleasantly surprised that this pencil was self-sharpening, as it's not advertised as such! The sharpener works well to replenish the amount of product used in a twist or two. This pencil also contains an innovative "tip sharpener", which is a tiny piece of plastic hidden at the bottom end of the pencil. If you tug gently, it will dislodge from the pencil and can be used to perfectly mold the product back into a pointed tip. (This portion of the review was edited after it was originally published. Thanks to reader Rachel V for pointing the "tip sharpener" out to us in a comment, as we missed it originally!)
Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Pencil imparted bold color regardless of its placement (outer eyelid, on the inner eyelid, or when used at the waterline) that lasted well beyond the standard workday. Despite this tenacity, the formula was easy to remove with waterproof eye makeup remover.
If you're seeking a bold, tenacious, smudge-proof eyeliner pencil that works well for lining any part of the eye, Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Pencil enthusiastically earns our highest honors!
- Incredibly long-wearing and waterproof.
- Smudge-proof on any part of the eye area.
- Wide range of highly pigmented, vibrant, truly matte shades.
- Self-sharpening, for convenience.
- Easy to remove with waterproof eye makeup remover.
- Includes an innovative tip sharpener to recreate a perfect point after each use.
Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-careproducts can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.
Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora 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 Research Team.
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Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold intheir boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.
What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.
More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesnt compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.
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