EmphasEYES Eyeliner High Definition Inner Rim Eyeliner Pencil
Last Updated:08.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

These ultrafine–tipped pencils are great for getting liner close to and in between the lash line and lashes. The creamy formula makes it easy to precisely line the eye or smudge the color for a smokier look. Despite the creaminess that enhances application, the color wears well for hours, with minimal fading. These pencils are only made more attractive by the fact that they never need sharpening. Tarte recommends using EmphasEYES for lining the inner rim of the eyes, but just for the health of your eye, that’s not a good idea on a daily basis.

Brand Overview

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent foundations; great cheek stain and powder blushes; superior pressed powder and eyelining pencils; good mascaras; unique, innovative, beautiful packaging; complete ingredient lists on the company's Web site.

Weaknesses: Can be pricey.

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that “would prove that glamour can be good for you.” This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundations—noted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics call 855-968-2783 or visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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No matter what try black first I glow in dark & brown is too light

The product is a nice precision tip automatic inner rim-waterline eyeliner. I need to try it again however in black even though I am fair because the chocolate brown did not stay on even an hour. I had read on amazon that others also had this experience with this shade of chocolate brown. I wished I would’ve taken their advice & purchased the black. Besides the shade challenge the entire eyeliner part of the pen for no reason decided not long after purchase to come completely out of the applicator. I put it back in but now have to remember not to tip it down unless it’s on my skin or it will fall out. Not a sanitary situation so I pitched it. Note the color is going to fade a bit because it is applied on your inner rim-water line so I would recommend purchasing it in black first & if it doesn’t work for you then you know right away to move on. I have to another of Paula’s selections & have found two much better alternatives. 1st pick is Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof eye definer which received an Paula’s rating of BEST & comes with a built in sharpener even though this is an automatic pencil so you can obtain a precise tip. The other inner rim recommendation is Maybelline’s Unstoppable Smudgeproof Waterproof eyeliner in espresso, (not Cinnabar as it’s also too light for the inner rim-waterline & I am fair skinned). This product received an Paula’s rating of BEST. Both are retractable eyeliners that when applied to the inner rim-waterline didn’t burn but provided the desired effect for a more frugal price.

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