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
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.
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.
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)