Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Crayon

One way or another, I rarely go a day without liner; usually it’s a khol, on both inner rims and upper outer (smudged) but I have been dabbling with some dark golds of late. Then along comes the new Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Crayon collection and I wonder why I haven’t been more experimental recently. Shy as I am to do a vivid red lip, a red eye liner is absolutely on my radar and I love the look.

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Crayon

No surprise then, that the oxblood shade, (fine)wine, from the new collection is the one for me. The beauty of a gel formula liner is the glide – you certainly get good glide with these, even though they’re matte, and good glide translates to a better chance of a decently consistent line. The downside, with a high pigment, waterproof liner however, is that if you go horribly wrong… let’s say the cat nudges you – there’s little to no chance of an easy correction.  The waterproofing of these crayons is better than any I’ve come across and you will need an oil eye make up remover to effectively get rid of it.

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Crayon

I’ve to to admit, I’m quite pleased with this swatch which only took one removal and start again. I’m notoriously wobbly where a straight line is needed. Shades from bottom to top are (grape)vine, (over)night, (whirl)pool, pink of me, (earth)quake, deja blue, (brown)ie, (pop)ular, out of the blue, fine(wine) and mist me?

If you’re going with the graphic line trend, these are absolutely perfect, and you can if you want line your inner rim. I’m currently wearing (brown)ie on my waterline and I’m impressed so far with the stay. If you want to smudge, be very quick, and also consider applying over the whole lid for a very strong mono look. Personally, I like a single shade line with just some waterproof mascara for holiday when your skin doesn’t want a lot of makeup on but you need something so you don’t feel completely bare faced.

The shades launched a couple of months ago for £20 each and John Lewis (HERE) seems to have all the shades in stock.

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