Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CoverGirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner - Influenster Product Review

Hi!
**all items received free from Influenster for review/testing purposes

I've been thinking and thinking about how I feel about the 2 new CoverGirl products I received for testing from Influenster in a VoxBox a few weeks ago.  Clearly, if I've been thinking this long, then I've got some type of issue with one (or both) of the products.  Hopefully you can understand my thoughts on this liner since I feel like my review ended up being long-winded and perhaps a bit jumbled.

Today's review is of the Intensify Me! by LashBlast Liquid Liner in shade 300 Intense Black.  This liner is already in stores, if not on the wall then in the new release counter displays.
Product claims: 
  • Control of a pencil
  • Intensity of a liquid liner
  • "paddle-shaped tip gives you two looks in one - thick and dramatic or thin and elegant"
  • "Intense black formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly for instant drama"
  • Ophthalmologically tested
  • Suitable for contact lens wearers (can not test that personally)
  • Removes easily with soap and water

Swatches, single pass each.  Oh, how I wish the blackness of my initial swatches transferred to my eye lids...
It takes me a while each time I try to use the liner, but I can eventually end up with my traditional, go-to winged/cat-eye liner.  This liner is definitely not a one swipe and you're done liner - especially if there's already product on your lid.
In order for me to get the look above, I have to dab the liner using the side/length of the tip - using the end always ends up as a gray line.  I also have to frequently dab the liner on my hand to "reload" the pigment to get the line darker.  After I have the "outline" of my wing, I use the flat side of the tip to essentially color in the empty spot by dabbing.  I almost always end up dabbing along the main part of the line using the flat side as well to get the line darker - I have to be careful to not thicken the line too much doing that.  

I do think that if you put this on with absolutely no product on your lid already, you get a better result (which is what's above).  As soon as there's any concealer, powder, primer, eyeshadows...this liner turns into a fail for me.  The tip literally picks up existing color products and then I struggle to get any liner on.  I end up with a decent sized spot on my hand from constantly dabbing the tip to keep reloading it so that hopefully I can get a black line.  On the plus side, I can draw over the same line without it picking up any of the liner itself.

With enough time and patience (and doing my liner before any eyeshadow placement) I can eventually get a nice, fairly crisp line that goes from thin to thick and ends in a point.  In comparison to a pencil liner, it goes on smoothly and much more precise.  Intensity of a liquid liner is where I'm not sure I'd agree.  When I started placing the line of my wing today, it was literally gray until I laid the liner nearly parallel to my face so that I was not using the actual end of the tip.  For me, I feel like if I'm going to use a "liquid" liner, I prefer a brush tip that you dip into a pot (no wonder I prefer gel liners that you apply with a brush).

I do feel that if I lightly rub over the line, it fades away to gray - at least it doesn't smear.  Actually, I think I noticed some fading even if I didn't touch/rub the liner.  The packaging does claim that it "removes easily with soap and water" and I did attempt that the first time I wore it.  It actually did remove fairly well, but I felt like I needed to really take my time (but I also had the mascara on - review upcoming).

So ultimately, what's my decision about the CoverGirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner?  It's...(pause for a few minutes while I ponder)...it's not something I absolutely can't stand.  It's all right for when I'm doing very basic makeup (no eyeshadows - it's all about the lips for those days).  For wearing over eyeshadows and/or needing water resistant/proof liner, I still prefer my gel liner from other brands.  I guess that what I'm trying to say is that it has it's place/use but it's not the only liner I want in my collection.

Is the CoverGirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner something that interests you in trying?  What's your preferred type of liner?

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
**my opinions are my own

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