Remember when I created a poll to let you choose what you wanted to see first? Yeah, just kidding. We’re not doing that because apparently I had already scheduled this post for today on my calendar, and I have to do what the calendar says. Sorry! Lip products will come another day.
Senna Sketch-A-Brow Pencil in Mink and Velvet Eyeliner in Black Forest, from the Mod Muse collection.
I haven’t worn pencil liner in ages, not since I discovered those creamy-gel like pencils (Urban Decay’s version is very popular, and I also love Prestige and Sally Hansen). But Senna’s Velvet Liner is smudgy and soft, perfect for that just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-better look. And the ‘but better’ part is imperative, as the actual just-rolled-out-of-bed look is my default, and I promise you it’s not nearly as attractive. I tend to avoid pencil liners because they can be scratchy and hard, but this one glides softly, so softly that I have to be careful not to press too hard or the tip breaks right off.
As for the color, it falls in line with Mod Muse’s chic-and-wildly-wearable-concept. It’s far from pitch black, which normally bothers me to no end. If I buy a black liner, I want it to be the darkest black I can find, right? But I have to admit, smudged pitch black liner is probably not the best day look. If I am to wear dark black (and I can honestly say I never use that phrase outside of beauty blogging) liner during the day, it must be clean, crisp, and sharp as…Valyrian Steel.
Smudgy black liner, on the other hand, calls for a much softer black, bordering on a grey-ish emerald. I run this pencil along my lashline, mess it up a bit with the included sponge smudger, and have the most effortlessly defined eyes. I applied some this morning, came home 11 hours later, and was greeted by faded but not smudged makeup. The fading I don’t mind too much, since it serves to further soften the look. As long as I don’t look like a panda, I’ll take it.
Of course, it wouldn’t do to have made-up eyes without beautiful brows, and that’s where Senna’s Sketch-A-Brow comes in. It’s a waxy, twist-up pencil with an impossibly skinny tip, perfect for filling in the ‘tail’ of my brow. The color range leans neutral, which is earns an instant thumbs-up from me. As much as I love my Milani brow pencil, even the cooler of the two colors is still too warm for my black hair, and I have to be extremely careful not to overapply, or go outside my natural brows.
Wearing Sketch-A-Brow Pencil in Mink. Lash stamps via obsidian dawn.
Mink, a ‘rich deep brown’ and the darkest of the 4 shades, allows me to extend the shape of my brows, and the waxy texture helps keep everything in place throughout the day. The tip is firm enough to allow detail work without appearing too harsh. The pencil also comes with a little comb on one end, to brush brows and feather out the color. I still prefer to use a spoolie, but on days when I’m in a rush, a few strokes of this usually does the trick.
Both Velvet Eyeliner and Sketch-A-Brow retail at $18.
While both products are widely available makeup staples, it’s not always easy to find truly great ones. Black pencil liners tend to be overly harsh on me, while brow pencils are usually much too warm. If you’re looking for a wearable, smudgy black pencil liner or a precise yet soft brow pencil, give these a try!
What’s your favorite type of eyeliner? Are you a fan of the just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-better look?
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