NYX Cosmetics

Vinyl Liquid Liner

0.06 fl. oz. for $ 7.00
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Vinyl Liquid Liner is an accurate name for the inky, glossy black color that this eyeliner initially imparts, but unfortunately, we found it doesn't always stay that way. After testing this several times, we noticed that the color broke down and wore off throughout the day (especially on our testers with oily skin). Its long dry time also resulted in the product transferring occasionally. The unpredictable wear isn't this liner's only issue…

Vinyl Liquid Linder has a thin, flexible brush that allows the versatility of creating a precise or bold eyeliner design; the trick is you have to have an extremely steady hand! If you do, this kind of brush paired with the fluid formula allows for intricate detail. If you don't, you'll find this kind of liner difficult to control. On several attempts, we ended up building a thicker line than we wanted to in an attempt to even out the results because the brush "wibbled and wabbled" with imprecision—and we definitely know our way around liquid liners!

The texture of this thin, wet, liquid liner can also be problematic if you don't allow ample dry time. The fragrance-free formula takes a minute or so to set so you need to wait before curling your lashes and adding eyeshadow. If you don't, the product can end up rubbing off on to whatever it meets.

That sums it up for Vinyl Liquid Liner. Some may find the potential for intricacy appealing, but its tendency to break down and unpredictable brush control land it on the "proceed with caution" list. You'll find better alternatives without this one's drawbacks on our list of Best Eyeliners.

  • If you have a steady hand, the fluid formula and thin brush allow for intricate detail.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • The color can wear off, especially if you have oily skin.
  • Longer than average dry time required (during which time it may transfer to whatever it comes in contact with).
  • Not the most user-friendly (if you're a liquid eyeliner novice, don't try it).
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
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Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Black 2 [Nano].

Smashbox At-A-Glance

This small Los Angelesbased makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.

It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, and the line can also be found at Target and Nordstrom Rack, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products.The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.

NYX Cosmetics website is www.nyxcosmetics.com.

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