tarte emphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner
Lately I have been enjoying tarte, and the emphasEYES Aqua Gel Eyeliner looked like a good natural alternative to the Xtreme Lashes Glideliner Eye Pencil and Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner I am fond of. Also, for some reason around this time of the year I really become a bigger advocate of eyeliner than eye shadow. Perhaps it’s my way of acknowledging the change of seasons… Anyway, let’s talk tarte.
The first thing that I noticed about these lovelies was the brilliant colors they came in. When I applied them to my hand, as I often do before trying new products, the colors that showed up were so incredibly intense. And they glided so easily across my skin! While I didn’t try all eight shades that this product is available in, I did pick up most and each color just was that much better than the last.
Unfortunately, as party-poopers often remind us: all good things must come to an end. While the goodness of these colors didn’t end for me, the fabulousness of the product did. The first two colors I tried (bronze and black) were phenomenal– like I said, they just glided across the skin like a dream. But when I got to the “funky” colors, like the plum, teal and green, each of them broke their tips when I lightly pressed them against my hand. See why I always try products on my hand before anywhere else? I could only imagine how annoyed I would have been had I done my whole face and had it be ruined by a chunk of gel liner hitting my cheek. Because who would expect something like that? I even tried each of those colors a few times each and every time, without fail, they continued to break despite the small amount I would bring up to the tip. Had I twisted up half an inch of product I would blame myself for breaking the tip off and being careless, but that was not at all the case. This told me I would have to be creative when applying these colors to my eyes.
That said, I started with the safer colors of the bunch– the bronze and the black, then tried working with the more saturated colors. I tried all of them both on my upper lid and on the lower water line and lower lash line to get a thorough understanding of the best ways to use these eyeliners.
The issue I often have with automatic eyeliners, the tarte emphasEYES being no exception, is it is much harder to control the thickness of the line delivered because you cannot sharpen it to get the point smaller. After the first use, you’re kind of stuck with this nub that you just have to keep bringing up more of. So, as you can imagine, on all of my trials the line on my eye lid was much thicker than I wanted. But, I must tell you about the cooling sensation I experienced with these pencils. It felt as if I had just taken the pencils out of the fridge and was applying them to my eyes, it was an interesting and rather refreshing feeling.
On the lower half, my water line and lower lash line, I also didn’t have the results I would have wanted. I started with coloring in my water line, which I absolutely love to do with colors other than black (although I definitely use black as well), because it brings a touch of color without overwhelming the eye, and the fact that it is right next to the color of your eye, using contrasting colors can really make your eyes pop. When I applied the Aqua-Gel Eyeliner the Aqua part of the formula came through and quickly got washed away from the natural moisture of my eye. By the time I applied it to my lower lash line, the color I put on my water line had already disappeared. Disappointing, to say the least. On the lower lash line, a bold dash of color was delivered which gave me the idea of having one color on the water line (but just not this product), and another on the lash line. Let me tell you, it was quite a look and something you have to try.
It delivers a thick line and doesn’t stay on the water line, but it delivers an incredible amount of color with a cooling sensation and therefore I will find a time and place to wear these.