We’re not big fans of doing what this pencil is made for, which is lining the inner rim of the eye—the portion that has direct contact with the eye itself. This makeup technique, which is typically reserved for theatrical makeup (so the actor’s eyes are visible from a greater distance) can work for a while, but it doesn’t take long for the eye to become a bit irritated and red, or at the very least your natural eye secretions serve to break the liner down, leaving your lower eye area looking unkempt rather than softly defined.
This automatic, retractable pencil wins points for gliding on super smooth, and setting to a soft satin finish that tends to resist smudging. The pale, fleshy peach color is imbued with a bit of brightening pigments to make eyes look more awake, but again, we caution against lining the inner rim, at least on a regular basis.
It’s good news that the main ingredients in this pencil’s fragrance-free formula cause it to stay in place better than most, though the risk of getting the pencil into the eye while applying or having the line migrate into eyes during wear should give you pause. Looking past those risks, this liner deserves a positive rating for performing well.
- Never needs sharpening and is retractable.
- Brightens the undereye or underbrow area without looking harsh or too shiny.
- Fragrance-free, gentle formula glides on and stays put surprisingly well.
- Lining the inner rim of the eye poses an eye health and hygiene risk, especially when done daily.
- If this migrates from the inner rim to the eye itself, you could end up with red, irritated eyes.
Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance
Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.
This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.
However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.
For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.
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