Sephora wasn't kidding with the "jumbo" part of this eyeliner's name! The wide-tipped pencil creates a thick, dramatic line that can be blended out to be used as an eyeshadow (assuming you want a stronger color for your eyeshadow design).
The richly pigmented, creamy texture goes on easily and evenly and blends well on initial application, but it quickly sets to a dry finish that is surprisingly resistant to creasing and water.
There are a variety of bold, metallic colors offered, as well as your typical brown, black, and gray. Overall, this eyeliner is best for those who prefer a thick line along with impressively long wear. However, it isn't any more waterproof than other pencils; pencils just don't wash off all that easily.
Although this pencil needs routine sharpening, its pros outweigh that issue, and as such it deserves a good rather than average rating. However, twist-up pencils that don't require sharpening are more convenient.
- Creamy pencil texture goes on easily and evenly.
- Quickly sets to a dry texture resistant to smudges, creasing, and water.
- Easy to apply a thick, bold line of color in one quick swipe.
- Can also be blended out for use as an eyeshadow.
- Richly pigmented colors in a variety of shades (some of which have a metallic finish).
- Not ideal for those who prefer more precision or a thin line.
- Needs routine sharpening.
Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-care products can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.
Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.
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Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold in their boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.
What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.
More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesn’t compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.