Friday, September 21, 2012

BECCA Line + Define Pencil in SANTORINI

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I have been completely hooked to the brand, BECCA. This started when I tried their beach tint in Raspberry. I constantly buy an item to test whenever I pass by their counter. :3

BECCA says: A combination liner and brightener in one, this convenient dual-ended pencil has a soft, smooth texture that glides on easily to line, define and brighten the eyes while blending easily. The dark side of BECCA's Line & Define Pencil lavishly lines while the light side helps brighten and awaken tired eyes for a vibrant and youthful effect.

BECCA also says that this is suitable for sensitive eyes - dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.

Artist's tips:
  • - Line the inner rims of the eyes or the inner corners of the eyes with the flesh toned side of the pencil to make eyes "pop"
  • - Highlight the brow bone by smudging the lighter shade beneath the brows, then blending, or apply to your upper lid to intensify eye shadow color
  • - Define the lash line and outer corners of the eyes with the darker side of the pencil
  • - Enhance eye color by blending the two shades together midway along the lash line
  • - Apply the light side of the pencil above your lip line to plump the appearance of lips.

You're probably thinking, why didn't she sharpen it before taking pictures? I actually like to keep the tip of this pencil short as it's too creamy and I find it breaks when the tip is long. 

Buff - a neutral/skin-toned shade.
I have long searched for a shade that would be a bit lighter than my skin tone without being too white and this is just the perfect colour as it brightens the eyes without being unnatural.

Navy - A deep Navy blue. 
True to its name, Navy is a dark blue and is great for lining and defining the eyes. I wanted a dark blue eyeliner for quite a while now, since Black tends to be a bit harsh sometimes.

Buff and Navy swatched

Notice how creamythe eyeliners are..? Both shades go on smoothly, do not tug nor drag when applied.  However, these can be a bit too creamy and take a while to dry. Which is not entirely a bad thing, if you want to blend or smoke out your eyeliner. Because, both shades are ever so creamy, it is not hard to break the tip of the pencil. 

Staying power
These stay for hours and hours when set with an eyeshadow. As these are creamy and take a while to dry, it may crease when not set with an eyeshadow and may even bleed.

Colour payoff
Both colours are very pigmented. As with most BECCA products the colour can be layered to achieve the desired opacity.

This can also be used as a base or worn alone as an eyeshadow. The lighter colour can be used to highlight certain areas of the face, like under the arch of the eyebrows, cupids bow, etc.. The formula as previously stated is creamy and blendable. Do note however that because these are very easy to blend, over blending is possible and you might end up erasing what you just applied.
Use a light hand when applying and a lighter hand if possible when blending. :p

Here's a video from Zuneta demonstrating how to use the line + define pencil. 

Overall, I do not regret buying this eyeliner. For the price however, I somewhat expect better performance. It's still a nice addition to my current stash of eyeliners as I have neither of the shades in the pencil. If you want to buy, I would suggest that you test it at a counter to see if you like it before you splurge. 

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