Where’s Waldo? – My (Fairly Robust!) Eyeliner Collection

Eyeliner Collection (6)

Continuing on with my dedication to filling the gaps in my collection, let’s turn now to my eyeliner stash.  This isn’t an area that I’m terribly concerned with, nor do I obsessed and stalk new eyeliners like I do blush, but it was a fairly easy task to swatch and photograph them, so I figured I’d get them out of the way.

Eyeliner Collection

In glancing at my stash, my first impression is that I’m not missing much of anything – however, that’s partially due to my semi-ambivalence toward eyeliner as a whole.  There are shades (and formulas – I tend to favor liquid) I own that I LOVE,  but overall I tend to wear eyeliner because I own it, not because I’m a fiend for it, and I purchase them infrequently (I wrote a previous post on my eyeliner collection, and since that time I’ve only accumulated …….though I literally just bought the Milani Gold eyeliner within the last hour, LOL! Hey, it was on sale!).  However, it seems I still have a fair number of shades somehow (26, in fact!), so maybe I don’t know what the eff I’m talking about.

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I seem to own at least two shades of most colors – grey, black, purple, etc.  I don’t really wear bold-colored liners much, though it appears I like to buy them!  I’m hoping to change that this year – maybe work ’em on the lower lash liner or blend with black to darken them.

Eyeliner Collection (9)(Left to right): MAC NW25/NC30 Chromographic, Chanel Khaki Platine Precision, MUFE #21L Aqua Eyes, MUFE #14 Aqua Liner, UD Oil Slick 24/7, Wet N Wild 861 (black) Mega Liner, Tarte Starry Night, MUFE #0L Aqua Eyes, Laura Mercier Black Violet Kohl, UD Crash 24/7, UD Ransom 24/7, Illamasqua Paddle

FYI: I forgot to add in the two aqua shades when I did my swatches, oops (since they usually only get pulled out in summer and were stashed away).

Eyeliner Collection (8)(Left to right): Illamasqua Paddle, MAC Blue Petrol Pearlglide, MUFE #4K Khol, UD Covet 24/7, Smashbox On Trend Cream, Clinique Egyptian Cream Shaper, Illamasqua Wisdom Precision, Milani Gold Liquif’eye, Lise Watier Gold Eye Shine, UD Eldorado 24/7, UD Lucky 24/7, NARS Via Appia Larger Than Life, Illamasqua Havoc Precision

Below (top to bottom): Milani Aqua Liquif’eye, MUFE #5 Aqua Liner

So, I’d say within this bunch, I LOVE 1/5 of them (both my Illamasqua Precision Liners, my MUFE #14 liquid liner and #21L pencil liner, and UD’s Lucky pencil), I like half of them (but they fall short of love either because of formula – for example, love LM’s Black Violet and MAC’s Blue Petrol as shades, but they smudge/run like CRAZY – or I just don’t tend to wear them much, like MAC’s Chromographic, MUFE’s #4K, UD’s Covet & Eldorado, Milani Aqua, and NARS Via Appia), and the last few shades just DO NOT do it for me at all (UD’s Deviant is a weird shade on me, Illamasqua Paddle is kind of crap to apply, and the Smashbox On Trend is better as a shadow than a liner).  Then there are about 5 pencils that are so close to being finished I can just TASTE it (UD Oil Slick, Tarte Starry Night, MUFE #0L, UD Crash, and Lise Watier Gold).

Check out what was left after I rubbed off the swatches with makeup remover:

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…That would be the MUFE Aqua Liners, and the Illamasqua Precision Liners – see why I love ’em??

Moving forward, I’m not really sure what gaps need to be filled, except the glaring one which is A BLACK LINER PENCIL.  Once my Tarte and UD liners are gone (–> very soon), I will not own a plain black pencil, just the Wet N Wild liquid one.  I’ve determined that I am going to see what all the fuss is about and buy Giorgio Armani’s Waterproof Eye Pencil in Granite, and I’m pretty stoked about it.  Otherwise, I don’t have any other liner purchases on the horizon just now – or should I?

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Can you see any glaring holes in my eyeliner collection?  What shades do you tend to wear most?

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  1. #1 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on January 23, 2013 - 11:20 pm

    I used to kind of hate eyeliners. But in the past year, I’ve really come to love them A LOT.
    You know what you need? Some eye brightening ones for the inner waterline! That’s what you need!

  2. #2 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on January 24, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    I think that’s a perfectly edited collection – for a makeup junkie. 😉

    My eyeliner stash is….obscene. >.<

  3. #3 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on January 24, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    LOL I was gonna say the same thing–for not being that interested in liners, you sure do own quite a few!! 😛 Now I, on the other hand, REALLY don’t own many. I only own probably 7 pencils and 6 cream or gel liners. I REALLY need to work on my collection! I’ve been wanting a purple liner for a while and another green (I LOVE olive green liners but only own MUFE’s 5L at the moment. I had MAC’s Rosemary & Thyme but the wear time was crap and I gave it away). From your swatches, I definitely NEED UD Crash and MUFE #14! I also need another navy blue–I have one but I want a brighter, more shimmery one!

  4. #4 by Liz (@Reductionista) on January 25, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    This is the one area you have me beat by a mile in – I can’t do eyeliners but you can rock any colour! I was on a mission to get the blackest black stay-put pencil liner in the summer and found that UD Perversion is the blackest but the ones with the most lasting power are Bobbi Brown (which is a light black) and Smashbox which offers the best value. I also checked out the Armani and found that it was super soft and I went all Hulk with it and it crumbled so I left it, but obviously people wouldn’t be raving about it if wasn’t all that. LET US KNOW ASAP, OK??? 😀

  5. #5 by makeupmorsels on January 26, 2013 - 3:37 am

    mmm nah I think you’re set hahaha. It’s like a rainbow but 100x better. I practically live in UD Smog/Illamasqua Wisdom these days and haven’t really been touching the rest of my collection, should probably give them a little more love. Let us know how that Giorgio Armani liner works out! Physician’s Formula makes a pretty good black liquid liner on the cheap, it’s got one of those super thin brush/pen applicators that Asian brands use a lot.

  6. #6 by makeupmorsels on January 26, 2013 - 3:38 am

    Dude my brain’s clearly not working right now. What I meant to say is that Milani and Prestige both make pretty good black pencil liners (Prestige’s waterproof one/whatever they call the creamier pencil line these days is the bomb).

  7. #7 by Amy on January 26, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Wowwww, this is such a lovely collection! I like how much variety you have––I only have a handful of liners (5 total, I think?), and they’re all darker shades. Now I’m just dying to try the MUFE and Illamasqua liners, because that kind of wear is ridiculous!

    • #8 by Latoya on January 28, 2013 - 8:09 am

      The wear is absolutely stellar, Amy. They are so worth it! I’d like to own all the Precision liners – except maybe the white one. Not my bag so much. But the liner itself is fan-friggin-tastic.

      Sent from my iPhone

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