06.02.2015
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Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner
0.03 fl. oz. for $24
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Expert Reviews
Last Updated:06.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Smashbox's Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner marries the consistency of a gel-cream eyeliner with the convenience of a twist-up, pen-style applicator. Its angled, flexible tip is intended to make the eye-lining process smoother and easier while offering the versatility of creating a thick or thin line—no brush needed. So does it deliver? That depends on your expectations. There's a bit of a learning curve, and some will still find their normal gel/cream eyeliner preferable to this; nevertheless, it offers an interesting method of eye-lining with its own pros and cons.

To apply Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner, you twist the bottom of the applicator to dispense the cream-gel. The flexibility of the rubber tip facilitates smooth coverage (no dragging or skipping), and the slanted, "angled design" is particularly helpful for creating a winged/cat-eye look.

The fragrance-free formula takes a minute to set, but once it does, you're left with waterproof, transfer-resistant color (to take it off, we recommend using an oil-based makeup remover for best results). Unfortunately, though this is waterproof, it isn't flake proof—we experienced a bit of flaking during wear, especially on the days we applied a heavier application.

The applicator takes some getting used to, particularly when trying to figure out how much product to dispense when creating an ultra-thin line, but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy to control and comes with the added convenience of not needing a separate brush to apply.

Interestingly, the shade range is a bit of hit or miss. While were checking this product out, a salesperson at Sephora tipped us off that the blue shade (Sapphire) doesn't go on as smoothly as the rest, and indeed we did experience the color skipping when we tested that shade. Apparently, the Smashbox rep had informed this particular Sephora team about the problem and admitted that because the ads featured the bright blue shade they didn't want to nix it from their inventory. Our advice? Just don't pick that one, as you likely won't get the application you were hoping for.

As for the other shades, the Jet Black, Smoke (grey), Lilac, and Cocoa (brown) offer rich, matte-finish pigmentation. The Plum shade has a metallic hint to it.

All in all, we suspect this will be a love it or hate it type of product, dependent on whether or not you find the applicator more difficult to use than your current eye-lining method. Other than the occasional flaking and problematic Sapphire shade, Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner performs well enough to earn our praise… just not quite our top rating.

Pros:
  • Convenient gel-cream eyeliner that doesn't require a separate brush.
  • Flexible, rubber tip applicator produces smooth line of color.
  • Angled design is particularly helpful for winged/cat-eye look.
  • Richly pigmented shades.
  • Waterproof and transfer-resistant as claimed.
Cons:
  • Can flake, particularly if layered on.
  • The Sapphire shade doesn't go on as smoothly.
  • This applicator takes some practice to master.
Community Reviews
Claims
A take-anywhere pen with a unique flexible tip that combines the intensity of a gel with the creativity of a marker for a smooth line every time.
Ingredients
Isododecane, Dextrin Palmitate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-15/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, Simethicone, Alumina, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake.
Brand Overview

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.