Exhibitionist 24-Hour Kohl Eyeliner
CoverGirl’s Exhibitionist 24-Hour Kohl Eyeliner claims it can make it through a full day with bold color, but we found it doesn’t hold up that well for even half that time, unfortunately.
The design of this liner is pretty standard: it’s a pencil (which requires manual sharpening) with a cap on top. Though it looks like a typical “hard” pencil, it’s texture is actually closer to a gel, as CoverGirl claims, and it glides on fairly smoothly for the most part. We say “for the most part” because when angling this liner (say, to attempt a winged look), it drags a bit instead of moving in a fluid motion.
The color quality is bold as expected, with opaque coverage from a single swipe. It’s also waterproof as claimed; we tested this with a walk in the rain and it held up well; in fact, it took a few passes with waterproof makeup remover to fully eliminate.
Unfortunately, it didn’t stand the test of time in other ways. That initial bold color faded after about five hours (not anywhere close to the 24 hours claimed), and the finish cracked during that time as well, creating an uneven look.
While this is a relatively inexpensive option, you’ll find far better choices in all price ranges on our list of best eyeliners.
- Applies smoothly… for the most part.
- Bold color in a single swipe.
- Waterproof as claimed.
- Drags slightly upon application when doing angled work.
- Fades and cracks during its wear time.
Outline, underline, and define with COVERGIRL Exhibitionist 24-Hour Kohl Eyeliner. Whether you desire a classic cat eye or a dramatic smoky eye, there’s no look this smooth, creamy kohl eyeliner can’t handle. The gel eyeliner glides on easily for up to 24 hours of bold color that won't quit! Plus, its gel formula means this waterproof eyeliner won’t transfer or smudge. Choose from rich jewel tones and metallic shades for amazing color that lasts.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick;several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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