Another Eyeliner, Another Review: Espoir Color Painting Waterproof Eye Pencil

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Current Eyeliner Collection

It is time again for yet another eyeliner review!  For the last few months, I have been testing out the Espoir Color Painting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Womanizer.  I decided to purchase this pencil based on the sole recommendation of one my favourite Youtubers, which is probably not the best idea.  She said that this pencil was smudgeproof all day, which sounded impossible to me, but I thought, well maybe, just maybe, she might be right.  You know what happened next, I immediately hit the “add to cart” button, and here I am with, you probably guessed it, with a slightly disappointed review.

Using Google Translate, here are list of claims from Espoir’s website:

  • “slippery texture,” which I assume means that the pencil draws with really good glide
  • waterproof and long-wearing
  • high pigmentation with a delicate pearl shimmer
  • 10 colours
  • you can smudge it out and use it as an eyeshadow
  • needs to be sharpened with a separate eye pencil sharpener
  • the sponge applicator on the end can be used two ways: on its side for a sharp line and on its wider side for a smooth gradation

Packaging

It comes in a sleek matte packaging.  The pencil has a spongy applicator on one end to smudge out the liner.  The pencil itself needs to be sharpened with a separate sharpener.

Application

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This is definitely one of those gel type eyeliners.  It is quite soft and is meant to be smudged out.  Therefore, it makes sense that it can get a little clumpy when applied on the lash line.  You can get a very sharp line when it is sharpened though.  However, I am not a big fan of having to sharpen these pencils all the time.  They are so soft that they get stuck in my pencil sharpener.  Sticking it in the fridge beforehand does make the sharpening easier.

Like most gel eyeliners, this pencil has very good glide.  You don’t have to worry about it tugging on your eyelids.  The sponge applicator is great for extending and sharpening your wing, which is usually more difficult with pencil eyeliners.  This is probably one of favourite aspects of this pencil.  Since my eyeliner is black, I never did try smudging it over my entire eyelid as an eye shadow.  However, I did notice that there is a few minutes of “play time” before it completely sets.

Longevity

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As a waterproof pencil, it does wonderfully.  I didn’t swim with it, but I applied it on my hand and ran it under the tap.  It didn’t budge at all even when I tried to smudge it with my finger.  However, it is not smudge-proof on me.  After a few hours, the liner will run a little into the fine lines in the corners of my eyes.  Not bad, and I usually don’t even fix it.  At the end of an 8 hour work day, I find that the smudging will be a little more apparent.  I will usually do a little touch-up.  I do find that most of the eyeliner is still there except for the wing portion.  However, it is not a liner that will continue to look good after 10+ hours. The smudging gets pretty apparent after that time.

VERDICT:  It is a solid gel eyeliner, except that I don’t consider it super long-wearing on me.  Might work for someone with less hooded eyes and a less oily eyelid area.  (Rating: 3.5/5)

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My Current Under Eye Concealer Routine

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I am not sure a under eye concealer routine really warrants an entire blogpost.  However, I posted an Instagram photo of it and thought it would be a great way to do a quick-fire review of a few products I have been almost using daily the last few months.  I have a one out and one in policy for most of my beauty products, but when it comes to concealer I seem to have no self-control at all.  Mostly, because I still haven’t found my holy grail concealer yet.  Although, this routine lately, has come pretty close.  In this review, I talk about the products in the order in I use them.

Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in 2 Orange

I really wanted this product to be holy grail, and I do like it a lot.  Giorgio Armani is known for their beautiful face makeup, especially their foundation, and this corrector is a lovely face product as well.  It claims to hydrate the under eye area and give it a “seamless uniform application.”  Of course, it also colour corrects dark circles with its Micro-fil™ technology which also has light-reflecting pearls that illuminate the skin.  It comes in two colours, pink and orange.

I have purplish under eye circles and decided to get the orange shade.  Sometimes, after applying corrector and concealer, you feel the under eye can get very heavy.  I think this is where this corrector excels.  First of all, it has the tiniest brush, which is great for targeted correcting.  It seems kind of strange initially but I love how detailed you can get with it. Secondly, the formula is very light and fluid.  It absorbs into the skin beautifully and almost seems like it is not there.  I think my only qualm with this product is that it didn’t completely neutralize the purplish colour of my under eyes.  I felt like they were only 75% covered, but the product is so lightweight that I don’t mind.

BOTTOM LINE: A lovely light corrector that does a good job of targeting those purplish under eye circles.  Rating: 4/5

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Medium

So is this as good as it is hyped up to be?  I would have to say yes.  It is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite concealers.  This is touted as a full-coverage concealer which covers everything.  It also has skincare benefits, like improving the look of your wrinkles, and is supposed be long-wearing and not creases.  Overall, I feel that these concealer does fulfill all those claims, but I do feel it does crease on me within a few hours.  I usually have to powder and it will be crease-less for an entire 8-hour work day for me.

I will say that this is one of those products that if you don’t get the application down, you might like it, but not love it.  I feel it is important to only use a sesame size amount for both my under eyes.  Use more than that and it can feel quite thick and will crease easier. This is not to say that the product isn’t super creamy though.  It actually blends out really well.  I find that heating it up between your fingers will make the application even smoother.

RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder in 2-3

If you have oilier areas on certain parts of your face, you know that you have to powder if you use RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover Up foundation/concealer.  The tint is their superfine powder is great for keeping oil at bay, but also providing a little more coverage.  Therefore, it became the perfect powder to use with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye.  Using this with over the It Cosmetics concealer prevented it from creasing as fast in my under eye area.  It also makes the area smoother and as their website claims, “create a silky skin.”

VERDICT:  This combination of products has been one of the favourites in the last year.  I would recommend them all individually as well.

Bite Beauty Bits

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It just happened.  I don’t know how.  I somehow amassed 5 Bite Beauty bits in the last few months.  Not all full size of course, or I would be broke.  A few of them are travel sizes and deluxe samples.  So what is the draw of Bite Beauty for me?

The ingredients are edible

Of course, this is a huge marketing strategy of Bite Beauty.  I am not a chemist, so I cannot totally validate this claim.  However, for a brand to make this claim, it does take some guts. If you check the ingredients, they are mostly natural and some are organic.  I do tend to favour green beauty products, so this seemed like a good choice for me.

All the coloured lip products are really pigmented

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Fig (left) and Meringue (right)
So far, I have tried the Amuse Bouche lipsticks, the Matte Cream Lip Crayons, and the Lip Pencil.  I have quite pigmented lips and all the colours I own show up on my lips.  On the other hand, I don’t feel that this is a line for someone who loves a sheer wash of colour on their lips.

The packaging is matte, but doesn’t get super dirty, like another famous brand with matte packaging

I have had these running around in my handbag for a few months and they look great. They don’t attract dust and dirt, like the Nars packaging does.

So now for the products!

Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbena, Meringue, and Fig (34 shades)

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Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbana
I feel like these lipsticks are the bread and butter of Bite Beauty.  They are pigmented, moisturizing, have good longevity, and leave lovely satin finish. If there is one gripe, for me personally, is that I don’t really enjoy the citrus-minty scent, but I can see others loving it though.

I’ve already talked about the great pigmentation of Bite Beauty products, so let’s talk about how moisturizing they are.  The lipsticks contain 12 edible oils that help to moisturize, smooth, and soften the lips.  Even without a lip balm, they are very moisturizing. Although, I do find that a lip balm underneath makes them glide on a little bit easier.  I’m most amazed at how well they glide over dry and flaky patches on your lips.  Even if you forget to use a lip scrub, you’ll be fine.  However, I don’t find it totally smoothes out your lip lines, like some other lipsticks, which I don’t mind.

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From top to bottom: Meringue, Fig, and Verbana
Apparently, luxurious ingredients like pearl, silk, and red wine resveratrol help to prolong wear.  I can’t really picture how something you wear on your body works on your lips, but this lipstick lasts really well.  Within a few hours, the pigmentation does fade a little, but most of the lipstick is still there.  It lasts pretty good through casual snacking (50% of the colour is there), but of course, after a full meal and wiping with a napkin, most of it is gone.

Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Pastille (18 shades)

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Pastille (left) and 034 Lip Liner (right)
I feel like these crayons are very similar to the Amuse Bouche formula except they are more matte (obviously) and like many matte lipsticks, a little bit more drying.  I feel like when I press my lips together, my lips feel a little bit more dry.  Therefore, they work better with a lip balm underneath.  Don’t get me wrong though, these are still great for a matte formula.

Lip Pencil in 034 (50 shades)

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I am a totally lip pencil newbie.  Previously, getting me to wear lipstick was rare, let alone using lip pencil.  So my review, is just purely based on this one lip liner.  The lipstick and lip crayons don’t bleed or anything like that.  Therefore, do you really need this lip crayon?  I would still say yes because it just gives the lips even more definition if you are craving that look on a certain day.  Super moisturizing shea butter and great glide during application makes these a great first purchase for a lipliner beginner.  The only qualm, for some, is that you do have the sharpen them.

All in all, I love all my Bite Beauty purchases.  So much, in fact, that I couldn’t help picking up the deluxe sample of another Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot using my Sephora points.  Can’t wait to wear it!