It's not so much that I suck at liquid liner. It's that I suck at having the patience to properly execute liquid liner. Even on my best days, pre-caffeine shakiness, my cat eyes often mandate a bit of cleanup time spent with a Q-tip, and those are valuable minutes I'd rather spend sleeping in a little later. Then I tried Lancôme Grandiôse Bendable Liquid Eyeliner. (Well, first I watched Jen Atkin use it in a video with Lisa Eldridge. I'm apparently super susceptible to #influencer marketing.)
What at first appears to be an overly gimmicky (to the point of being difficult to use) gadget turns out to be surprisingly legit (and easy). Let me explain: This is no ordinary eyeliner. There's a hinge at the base of the long, slim brush handle that allows you to bend it at a 35 degree angle, which supposedly means you can get closer to your lash line for a more precise and steady line. I found that to be mostly true; my usually kind of wobbly line was a lot more uniform and hugged my lash line a little more tightly. While I was maybe 80 percent sold on the fun, bendy brush, the formula was what really won me over. Upon my first time using it, this eyeliner lasted — without the use of a primer or the need for one single touch up — for a solid 13 hours. I know that's the exact time frame because I applied it in the morning, went to a full day of work that included reporting from backstage at the Marc Jacobs spring 2017 show (harsh conditions, trust me) and then attended Fashionista's end-of-fashion-week party. By the time I got home, it was still intact. This is a truly impressive feat, especially considering that almost every other formula I've ever used (even the long-wear ones) tends to do that thing where it creates a half-moon shadow on my upper lids, like a rubber stamp replicating the shape upside-down.
It makes total sense that Lisa Eldridge is a fan, because in addition to being a spokesperson for Lancôme, she's also a cat-eye queen.
Lancôme Grandiôse Bendable Liquid Eyeliner, $32, available at Sephora.
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