Ah, yes! The Blush Vixen is back, this time, to rave about liners.
By this time, most of you know that Iâ€™m truly addicted to mineral blushes and currently sustaining another addiction to mineral eye colors. But wait, it just doesnâ€™t end there. Iâ€™ve also discovered a liking to eye liners. Not the pencil kind though, the ones I played with when I was younger used to smudge, giving me the infamous â€œpanda eyes.â€ I found them quite hard to apply, perhaps because I didnâ€™t really know how to use them in the first place. Haha.
Then thereâ€™s my auntâ€™s blue liquid liner, from an imported brand in Japan. I was fascinated by how she applies it. I myself would never dare to use hers. Blue was way too out of my league. Half-way through my enthusiasm with mineral makeup, I was almost giving up the thought of using liners and finding my HG.
It was all this talk about MACâ€™s fluidlines and their mineral makeup dupes or counterpart that gave me that nudge to see what it was all about. My first ever indelible gel liner was Magnetism, charcoal with flecks of gold. It was too pretty in its pot. And honestly, I was scared at first to use it since it appears to be really black. I had this aversion for black liner since it makes my eyes look really fierce. Besides, Iâ€™m not really that much into the goth look, unless I can make it work for me.
Magnetism, is not at all black. The gold bits in it give off a classy, subtle look. Itâ€™s just perfect for daytime wear. I found myself using it everyday, eventually making a large enough dent in it. Eventually, I got my second in Tanzanite. A rich plum, wine color with gold flecks too. Then came Chocolate Mousse, another favorite! And my not-so-latest haul came with four shades. Yes, four shades! Among them are Tidal Wave, Ivy League, Penny and Marcasite.
What I totally love with these is the smooth texture. They are dubbed as â€œgelâ€ liners,â€ but to me theyâ€™re almost cream-like. They glide easily upon application, such that a steady hand and a firm liner brush works wonders. Iâ€™ve proven that theyâ€™re indeed waterproof with some crying episodes back then. Haha. My only problem would have to be that they tend to smudge sometimes and they dry a bit too fast. Using a q-tip or cotton bud to even out the line is very helpful.
Before I forget, to some they may not be totally classified under mineral makeup because of the other ingredients:
Ingredients: Isododecane,polyethylene cyclopentasiloxane, trimethylsiloxysilicate, disteardimonium hectorite, hydrogenated polyisobutene, Phenyl trimethicone, methicone, propylene carbonate, lecithin, barium sulfate, phenoxyethanol, isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, BHT. May contain mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, carmine, chromium oxide green, chromium hydroxide green, ferric ferrocyanide
Then again, the pigments are basically from minerals, preservatives and chemicals were used to transform them into gel form. I do hope that mineral makeup companies would come up with something like this. I think Jane Iredale has them- and I would want more brands to start following, and make them as indelible as these babies.
Here they are all lined up:
In order of acquisition, from left to right: Magnetism, Tanzanite, Chocolate mousse, Ivy league, Tidal wave, Marcasite, & Penny.
Another view of my collection:
The colors as described online and with some matching EOTDs:
Tidal Wave: Shimmery blue steel
As used in rainbow eyes:
With purples and some pink, the blue blends in:
Nude pink e/s all over lids + blue liner =
Penny: Shimmery bronzed copper
Lookinâ€™ nice with neutrals:
Chocolate Mousse: Dark brown
I donâ€™t look like myself hereâ€¦
I think it’s because of the eyes.
Marcasite: Shimmery charcoal with a hint of steel blue tones
In the nude:
Tanzanite: Shimmery wine/mauve
Magnetism: Shimmery black with a hint of gold
One of my very first attempts at e/s application:
(Totally forgot what I used here, lol)
Ivy League: Shimmery olive green
Among the seven shades I have, which is my favorite? I canâ€™t tell! Every shade is unique on its own. My experimentation has led me to discover really good color combinations. Try not to stick with whatâ€™s conventional. Youâ€™ll be surprised that this shade goes with that.
Ingredient list and shade descriptions courtesy of MAD Minerals.
The Blush Vixen (and gel liner addict too)