02 December 2011

My Favourite Autumn Winter Trend


Beauty trends are seasonal and one trend I’m always delighted to welcome back each Autumn/Winter is the return of heavy eyeliner. Liquid, pencil, gel or cream, I love them all -- although for ease of use, my absolute favourite has to be the felt tip pen. For years I was never without a trademark flick and though I’ve toned it down these days, especially for work, winged liner is still pretty much my favourite look (as evidenced in these pictures here).

Here’s most of my collection spilled out in all its well-loved, erm, glory. Those two little stumps of pencils are L’oreal and Lancome, and both have served me well. There’s also a chubby little Karen Millen glitter liner that was a much appreciated gift, and one or two Rimmel kohl liners, about which I have only good things to say.



Sadly, the same can’t be said for Essence -- I’ve got some coloured pencils and a black mania eyeliner pen, and I’m sorry to report that I’m not impressed with any of them -- they’re the only items that have let me down from the brand so far. Happily, big sister Catrice has delivered and I like all three of their products in my collection: a gel liner, liquid liner and felt tip pen. Other misses include the Max Factor High Definition felt tip liner, which I found gave me quite a patchy line of colour, and unfortunately the eye definers from The Body Shop didn’t do it for me either -- they’re too hard for my liking, but I did get them free with a magazine…

Luckily for every miss there are about 20 hits out there on the market with some high performing products at every price range. I mentioned Rimmel, L’Oreal and Catrice earlier and I’ve also been impressed by NYC’s cheap-as-chips glitter liners, which I got my hands on after I’d taken these pictures.  




And here are my 5 current favourites: YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils in Bronze Black; Bourjois Liner Feutre Felt Tip Eyeliner in Ultra Black; YSL Dessin Du Regard Long Lasting Eyeliner in Shimmering Burgundy; Chanel Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant and Avon Mega Impact Gel Eyeliner in Black Flash. The Chanel one is a really smudgy shimmery grey, the YSL ones wear brilliantly and are amazing colours but still dark enough to properly define the eyes, the Bourjois one not only performs well but is fantastic value for money, and the Avon one gives the most intense colour I’ve found in a pencil.

So those are my favourites -- I’d love to know yours! Tell me in the comments…
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