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These are two of things I was looking to buy during Sephora’s Spring’s Hottest Ticket event aka 15% off your order (see if you qualify and what code you should use here). I couldn’t find swatches of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Emerald and Olive (the colors I was interested in buying), and I also couldn’t find a decent swatch of Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Wiz in Granite.
So when my mom wanted to go to the mall, I took it upon myself to run over to Sephora and swatch these two products in various colors on my arm. Click on photos to enlarge them.
I swatched the black one to see how dark these green liners were. As much as I love moss, it’s just not as green as I liked and from far away, it would resemble brown eyeliner, which I already have. Emerald was a bit of a surprise. It’s a creamy (almost pastel/bright?) green and not the bold dark forest green I was wanting. I ended up buying the liner in olive (and to get the free cosmetic bag!)
About ten minutes after buying the liner, I was waiting for my mom to try stuff on so I decided to try it in case I happened to pick up a faulty one. All three of those lines were drawn using the same liner pen. Each line is three passes. The top right line was the first drawn, then the middle line was drawn then the bottom left one. I was weirded out when I drew the first line, thinking, “This isn’t quite right…” I hoped it was just because it was a brand new pen and that the color wasn’t evenly distributed so I mixed it again by shaking it even more (I looked like a crazy person outside the fitting room. Luckily no one saw me). It got darker after each shake. So if your liner happens to look really faint/light/watery the first time you use it, shake it up until the color is mixed well and try again.
I thought some people might be interested in the blue liners (I know I was). Periwinkle and indigo are by far the most pigmented. Cobalt was the most disappointing. I don’t know if it was the pen or what, but it was like tinted water. Turquoise is more of a bright almost mint green. My favorites are definitely indigo and teal (what a perfect blue-green shade).
You can definitely see how cobalt just doesn’t have the same opacity level as the other four. Something to think about if you’re planning on taking pictures while wearing the cobalt liner- it might not show up as well.
I’ve been wanting to try brow fillers/pencils for a while. Tammy got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil in brunette (which is what it was called when she got it but it’s not called dark brown). I like how it has a built in spoolie so I don’t have to buy a separate one (yay convenience and laziness) but I wasn’t sure a brown pencil would work for me. My eyebrow hair is black and looks gray, so I think filling them in with brown would look weird. So I was excited to see granite when it popped up on Sephora’s site.
To swatch, I first drew the granite line then randomly drew lines before and after it and totally forgot to write down the proper order of the colors. So I’m not entirely sure the what the third/middle line color is but it seems like I might have drawn soft brown twice (since looking at the Sephora page, I know I did not swatch taupe, caramel or ebony).
The pencils were definitely stiffer/harder to use than I expected! All of these lines were achieved by pressing and scribbling furiously on my arm lol. Like 5-10 passes for each swatch. Is that normal? Maybe they were just dried out or older? I have no idea. as you can tell from the photo, granite was the hardest to draw on but it was the best color match I was looking for. It’s a dark brown with definite gray undertones that could also lean black. Perfect. I think I’ll either order this online and test it out for a little bit before making a final decision.