Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Product Review: Sephora Doe Eyed Liner in Blue

I was shopping for a navy-blue eyeliner a few months ago when I came across Sephora Collection Doe Eyed Felt Eyeliner.  Of course, I went straight for the blue, alas, it wasn't what I was looking for.  After drawing a swatch on the back of my hand, I found that the color was too bright...more like an electric teal shade than the subtle deep blue that I had my heart set on.

Fast forward to today.  I still can't get my mind off of that teal!  I mean, bright teal isn't exactly a practical color, but I figured since I can't stop thinking about it, I just had to cave and make it mine.  I'm sort of on financial lockdown right now because of a promise I made to my husband in regard to paying off my credit card debt.  Luckily, I had a Sephora gift card, a very thoughtful present from one of my nearest and dearest. (ah, my loved ones know me so well)  But, even without a gift card, Sephora's Doe Eyed won't set you back much.  The liners are $12 apiece, which is neither cheap nor terribly expensive, and come in black, brown, and green as well.

The pen is a nice diameter so you can really get a good grip and I especially like the felt tip, which is somewhat flexible and not too hard and pokey.   Since the color is so bold, I didn't find it necessary to supplement it with eyeshadow.  Rather, I simply drew a clean, sweeping wing across my (nearly) naked lash lash line.  My eyelid was, of course, primed along with a light dusting of pressed powder. (key word: light.  you'll find out why)

The actual color in real life is much brighter with a touch of green so it's more of a true teal.  My lighting wasn't the greatest so the camera didn't capture shade as I would have liked.  But I'm sure your imagination can fill in the blanks.  I love how a great color can really turn a simple look into an attention grabber.  This eyeliner is a great solution for on-the-go glam!

So, a couple of things you should know.  There have been complaints that this eyeliner goes on very light, dries out easily, or doesn't flow consistently.  It's all in the way that you use it.  Logistically, if you've got layers and layers of eyeshadow powder on, the liner isn't going to draw very fluidly.  It's essentially a felt-tip marker which will pick up powder on its surface as you're drawing.  The powder is going to build up on the felt, obstructing the product from flowing properly from the tip.  For best results, wear the eyeliner alone with little or no shadow.  With a color like this, you're not going to need it anyway.

Finally, I'd like to comment on the lasting power.  Boy, does this mofo last!  I know that I said that E.L.F's felt eyeliner was a tattoo.  Well, I shouldn't have because Sephora's Doe Eyed lasts like no other eyeliner I've ever used.  It just doesn't come off, even when I use my favorite L'Oreal Waterproof Eye Makeup remover.  It's long-lasting to a fault.  The swatch that I drew on the back of my hand didn't come off for a week. (and yes, I did wash my hands as well as bathe daily)  Be aware of that and if you're fine with it, I would consider this liner a pretty good buy.


  1. Omg, i la-la-lave that color! I learned something new as well about felt tip liners. :) But it's true, with this much pop of a color.. no need for too much eyeshadow. It'd be overdoing it!

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  3. Oh I also love bright pink colored liner.. I saw it on someone (on youtube) and it looked really good on her. Lol, but I suppose it's not a color for everyone. XP

  4. It's awesome! You should totally get some! You could also try mine if you like. :) Bright pink liner sounds amazing! I totally have to get some now, I never knew it existed!

  5. Haha, me neither!

    Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZmDucwyp4w

  6. nice..i realllyyy wanna get this. my elf one is pretty much dead at this point haha.

  7. @Chiri: ya know, I think I'm starting to run into some of the kinks other consumers have talked about. Seems like the tip is drying out a little, so application has been a little less than smooth. I seriously think it's product buildup, however, I need to find a way to clean it without bleeding out the ink. Will work on it and get back to you on the ASAP. In the meantime, plain ol' liquid liner seems to be a sure thing!