(read: I hope you’re ready for more awkward eye shots.)
To properly show how the ZuZu performs on a given day for me, I present to you, dear reader, my daily cat-eyes. (Disclaimer: I am no makeup artist and this is just what I have found to work for me.)
|For undereye darkness and eyelids priming/evening out
I’ve mentioned my monolid before, and basically, my eyes have a built-in hood to shield from the rain. Yeah, just kidding, it’s not very effective against rain. But because of the hood, I can get away with (rather, I need to have) a thicker line of eyeliner on my top lid if I want it to make any difference for my eyes. I usually make it thick enough so it barely peeks out when my eyes are open, but the thickness depends on my mood for a given day (aka, it depends on how steady my hand is and how early I have woken up). To wing out the liner into an everyday cat-eye, I just finish off the end with a curve that is a small extension of the bottom curve of my eye. And then I walk around with my eyes almost closed for a couple minutes to let the eyeliner dry or else it’ll smudge into something crazy (fixable with jojoba oil on a Q-tip).
When my eyes are closed, you can see a bit of the sparkles that are present in this Black Pearl version. I actually didn’t mean to get sparkles; I was just looking for plain black (which is the Raven version) and accidentally grabbed this instead (This seems to becoming a daily theme because today I grabbed pudding but I was looking for yogurt instead..)–but I don’t mind the extra sparkle and it performs about the same as my previous Raven version.
The official description by ZuZu Luxe: “6 gentle and non irritating liners designed to create a dramatic finish to make eyes sparkle and shine day or night. .1oz/3ml
Enriched with vitamins and herbal extracts to gently smooth and protect the delicate eye area. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Our Liquid Eye Liner is Ophthalmologist Tested, Hypo Allergenic, Fragrance Free and Water Resistant.”
8 hours later…
So, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers? From a long-time hard contact lens wearer, yes. I don’t get any irritation from this at all in my eye or on my eyelid. Given, I haven’t intentionally put it in my eye, and I never put liquid eyeliner on my waterline, so I don’t know how that is (probably a bad idea and possibly painful, I would imagine).
Water resistant? Well…I turned into a panda the last time I cried with this (and I ate all the bamboo within a 1-mile radius. Okay, okay there was no bamboo). I was also wearing the 100% Pure mascara, but then another time I cried only wearing the mascara, and I had barely any black streaks down my cheeks, so I’m blaming the eyeliner for the panda eyes… (Do you like how I test water resistance with crying? I’m such a good scientist.)
For all the rubbing that goes on with the hood from my eyes opening and closing, the eyeliner wears pretty well. From more of a distance (aka if you’re not 5 inches from my face), it looks about the same as the morning (even those silly eyelashes that I accidentally coated with the eyeliner during application), and you can’t really tell that the middle of it has worn off a bit. There is a bit of smudging up on the eyelid from my funny folding and usually some of it ends up on my undereye area as well, but it’s nothing that I can’t fix with a quick swipe of a Q-tip. If you don’t have a hooded eyelid, I would probably guess that it would wear better on you since you don’t have that constant eyelid hood action eroding away at the eyeliner. Since my eyes are small enough, I don’t usually wear liner on my lower lashline, so I can’t comment on smudging on that front.
In my last post, I promised picture evidence of how the 100% Pure mascara wears throughout the day, and these pictures are a pretty good representation of an average day for me. When my eyes are closed, you can see the curl has worn off a bit but it’s still better than my naturally super straight lashes.
In conclusion, while I wish the eyeliner would stay in perfect shape all day, with my eyelid hooding, it still wears quite well. It’s a straightforward liquid formulation with a straightforward little brush, which I do appreciate, and it easily comes off with jojoba oil, which I also appreciate.
Ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Mica, Jojoba Oil, Bentonite, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Eyebright Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cellulose Gum, Hectorite, Grapeseed Extract.