Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
In mastering the classic cat-eye look, it helps if you have an easy-to-use eyeliner—that's where Urban Decay's Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner comes in! Although not 100% goof-proof, this well-meaning eyeliner has a lot going for it; it just missed earning our highest rating.
This liner comes in a sleek tube that matches the color of the liner inside, with a brushed-metal top. Inside is a very, very thin paintbrush-like applicator. Depending on your skill level, or with a little practice, it can be pretty easy to apply a precise thin line along your upper lashes with the brush.
The good news is that the formula is forgiving: If you happen to slip, you have some time to clean up your work before it sets (which takes about a minute). Once dried, its smudge-proof, and we mean it's not going anywhere all day! Plus the colors are vibrant and can last all day.
Speaking of colors, the standard black and brown are there, along with some more "fun" colors, like blue and metallic gold.
When it comes to removal, you can take this off with a waterproof-makeup remover, though it comes off almost in strips (like paint), which might throw you off at first. Rest assured, though, it is coming off!
For its overall good performance, Urban Decay's Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner gets high marks from us.
- Easy to use, depending on your skill level.
- Wears well without smudging, flaking, or fading.
- Comes in a good range of standard and fun colors.
- There's a bit of a learning curve to application.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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