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Dolce & Gabbana

Glam Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner

for $ 34.50
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This inkwell-style liquid eyeliner offers impressively long wear … unless you have super oily skin. We noticed that any degree of emolliency breaks down the formula, so even if you don't have oily skin but normally apply a moisturizer in the eye area, it compromises the wear.

Another caveat is that it's a tad tricky to apply. The ultra-thin brush allows for precise attention to detail, but its flimsy hairs make smooth application challenging. Making matters more difficult, the wet formula can easily transfer to the upper lid with a mere flinch—ample dry time is a must!

In an ironic twist, based on our comments above, once Glam Liner dries down to its stay-put finish, you can count on long-lasting, waterproof wear. So much so, in fact, that you'll need an oil-based makeup remover to take it off.

As far as the shades go, Glam Liner comes in solid black as well as colorful metallic hues. Each goes on richly pigmented, although the formula can sheer out if you overdo it (i.e., sweeping the brush over the same area multiple times).

Our takeaway: This eyeliner's long-lasting wear comes with stipulations, but if you find the waterproof formula intriguing regardless, then by all means check it out; OR … pop over to our Best Waterproof Eyeliners list for options that outperform Glam Liner, many of which are available at a fraction of the price! In the end, for its price, this eyeliner should be perfect, but it's just a mixed bag.

Pros:
  • Long-lasting wear (with exceptions).
  • Thin brush for precise detail.
  • Fragrance-free, waterproof formula.
Cons:
  • Harder to create a smooth line than with your average liquid liner.
  • Can smear or transfer to the upper lid before it dries down.
  • Formula breaks down on oily skin or if emollient products are applied near the eyes.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Strengths: Luxuriously smooth powder textures; excellent bronzer and blush; an impressive foundation and concealer; outstanding cream eyeshadow and eyebrow-shaping pencil; a good volumizing mascara; excellent liquid concealer; most of the face makeup products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive in many cases; several mediocre products, including eyeliner, mascara, and foundation; nearly all of the lip products contain potentially irritating fragrance; a few old-school pencils that require inconvenient manual sharpening.

Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana is renowned for luxuriously crafted fashions, innovative designs, fragrances, and rich fabrics. The fashion brands foray into cosmetics follows suit, with opulent packaging adorned with golden accents and couture-like details. If thats not enough to lure you in, D&Gs stunning celebrity spokeswomen will. With gorgeous muses like Scarlett Johansson and Monica Belluci headlining campaigns for their makeup collections, its hard not to get caught up in the seductive poses and the promise of prestige.

Just like their clothing line, D&Gs makeup products come with a designer price tag. Thats not to say they dont have some great productsthey absolutely dobut most of what youre paying for is the upscale brand name, lavish packaging, and celebrity endorsements.

Most of D&Gs self-proclaimed advanced formulas tend to be quite basic in terms of any added benefit for your skin, though perhaps that will change now that the brand is owned by Shiseido.

Whether you find this brands prices acceptable or deplorable, D&Gs makeup line has its share of high points, texture being one of them. D&Gs powder makeup products offer a luxurious silky feel, velvety-smooth wear, and seamless application. There are several other standout products you may want to consider splurging on, too, including an impressive mascara, blush, foundation, liquid concealer, eyebrow pencil, and cream eyeshadow (see the individual reviews for details).

Of course, as with many brands, there are also instances where the products fall short in terms of performance, ingredients, and design. For those products, the high price point might seem unjustified and, well, it is! Nonetheless, D&G offers enough appealing makeup options to warrant a perusal. Just avoid the disappointments so you can be sure youre spending your beauty dollars wisely.

Although not widely distributed in the United States, D&G makeup has a presence at some department stores in major cities, as well as at select Sephora locations around the world and online at Sephora.com.

For more information about Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics, visit www.dolcegabbana.com/beauty/makeup.

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