Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner

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Category:
Makeup > Eyeliners > Waterproof Eyeliner
Last Updated:
5/3/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner holds up so well against water and hours of wear that you can literally rock it around the clock—just don't forget to take it off before bed because sleeping in your makeup can lead to puffy, irritated eyes in the morning!

Although this pencil does require sharpening—which is time consuming and wastes product—it performs so well we're making an exception to our general rule and rating this better than average. The smooth, creamy color glides on for bold definition around the eyes, and whether applied in a clean line or smudged for a smokey eye effect, the color won't travel or fade once it sets.

Pros:
  • Impressively long-wearing formula doesn't smudge or fade.
  • Bold, creamy color.
  • Smooth application doesn't skip.
  • Available in neutral and eye color–enhancing earth tones.
Cons:
  • Needs sharpening.

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. The self-proclaimed "healthiest, purest makeup in the world" was founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s, and is now run by Leslie Blodgett, who appears regularly on QVC and the company's own infomercials to support and demonstrate her products. Blodgett is largely credited with turning the line she began into a $150 million business—no small feat. The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skin-care products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

Supporting the company's portrayal as a leader in purity are the corresponding claims that the bareMinerals makeup does not contain fragrance, oil, binders, preservatives, emulsifiers, or any other harmful chemicals. Although this line does have its advantages for someone with sensitive skin, as it turns out, bismuth oxychloride, a major ingredient in the powder formulations, can cause skin irritation, while the other minerals can be drying (Source: www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Bismuth_oxychloride-9923103). Regarding bismuth oxychloride, it is interesting to note that bismuth (a metallic element) seldom occurs in nature. Instead, it is a by-product of copper and lead refining, or is manufactured synthetically. Chemically, it's similar to arsenic, a fact you won't see in any advertising for bareMinerals. However, just as cosmetic-grade mineral oil is not identical to the petroleum from which it originated, neither is bismuth oxychloride identical to bismuth. The bismuth oxychloride used in cosmetics is non-toxic, but this background offers a good example of how skewed a company's definition of "natural" can be.

Aside from the health and purity claims, loose powders are as messy as it gets in terms of your vanity (countertop, not ego) and your makeup bag. The powder just gets all over the place, and the very basic packaging does not do much to minimize the mess. Additionally, while there are softer neutral shades, and some fairly exotic shades as well, most are mildly to extremely shiny and make any amount of crepey skin look more so. The face powder does provide some amount of opaque coverage, but the shine and the thickness can be a bit much. The loose powder eyeshadows and blushes apply in a somewhat lighter way, though they still provide significant coverage. Many women ask me about mineral makeup and whether or not it really is better for skin. The answer to that question is "No."

Although most mineral makeup is innocuous, the texture, appearance, and application have difficulties that make it not comparable to today's best liquid or pressed-powder foundations. We agree with bareMinerals' stance that foundation shouldn't look or feel like a mask, nor should there be a line of demarcation where the application stops. However, their foundations are not the only ones able to achieve this, and there is no inherent benefit to this type of foundation over numerous other options.

There isn't much to say about the skin-care products, but what's worth paying attention to is noted in the At-a-Glance section.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    4 / 4 Best
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
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  1. Meredith R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love!
    • I adore this eyeliner. It goes on smoothly with barely any pressure, smudges nicely and stays in place. Although, in general, bareMinerals products can be a little expensive, I love the products and this is one of my all time favorites. I've been trying a couple of other brands (Smashbox has a new self sharpening one and a friend gave me a Mary Kay one) and neither can compare to this one.

  2. Erin G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 07, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Very long lasting.
    • Paula's right...the results are very good. Only negative is having to sharpen it (really should come with its own sharpener as it doesn't sharpen easily with a drugstore model which wastes a great product!). Will absolutely not budge, even with very watery eyes and does not transfer!

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