Battle of the Blue Liners: Revlon Versus Wet n Wild

Earlier this summer I got stuck on the idea of colored liner, and even though I usually try to avoid trends, I feel like blue liner keeps coming in and out of vogue enough to make it worth the plunge. I picked up two liners to see which one I could see myself wearing through the rest of summer (and then some).

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Wet n Wild MegaLiner in Indigo Blue // This is the first one I grabbed because I’ve been a fan of some other Wet n Wild products and it’s hard to say no when it’s so cheap (only $2.99). The first thing I noticed was the brush tip which I’m not a fan of. It wasn’t too hard to get the liquid liner evenly on the brush, but I prefer fine felt tips. The color is a shimmery navy that needs a few strokes to come off opaque.

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Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric // The second liner I got my hands on was this newer one from Revlon because I’d heard good things about it and it was closer to the color I’d originally pictured. It was a bit more ($7.99) so I had much higher expectations. I love felt tip applicators so I had a very easy time applying it evenly. The color is pretty much exactly like the lid and it comes off opaque with one stroke, so it’s easier to not mess up a good line but having to go over it over and over.

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On the left is the Revlon and the right is the Wet n Wild. They both have good staying power and are smudge-proof, but they aren’t waterproof so don’t push your luck if you’re going to be swimming or sweating profusely.

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Oh lord the close up eye photos. This is the Wet n Wild liner. It looks a little brighter on the eyes in natural light. It’d be good for someone looking to ease into colored liner because it’s buildable so you can start sheer and work up to something bolder.

bluebattle4Of the two, the Revlon was my winner. Mostly it was the applicator and the color’s opaqueness and matte finish. Both were pretty but I wanted something that would really stand out on an otherwise bland makeup day. I’m just now reviewing it, but I’ve worn it a lot this summer and I can see it being worn for fall and winter as well.

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Notes

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Unless I’m carrying a tiny, itty bitty bag, it’s a given that I’ll have some kind of journal on me. I’ve always been a doodler, but I’m also an avid list maker. Whether it’s groceries, chores or blog post ideas, I get a great deal of satisfaction from crossing things off in any sort of to-do list.

I love Moleskines, but I’ll take any sort of plain or pretty journal. I’m currently working through the bee notebook right now, and I got it in the check-out line at Home Goods. I have so many empty standbys that I won’t need a new one for a long while, but I do fill them up quickly. Unfortunately I don’t paint at all anymore, but I still draw in my notebooks, and that keeps me going. They’re also good for bouncing around ideas for this here blog when it’s a little slow-going (kind of like it is now – sorry!). Sometimes I’m struck with a thought that I know I won’t be able to hang onto till I get home to my computer, and it’s just not as much fun to put notes on a smart phone. Notebooks win forever.

 

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Blue Eyes

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I’d been feeling very blah about my nails the past month or so. I’d let them chip and fall into disrepair, go days and days with naked nails where before I was switching colors every few days and just generally didn’t care, but then I remembered this slideshow on Refinery29 awhile back and I suddenly needed to not just paint them, but freehand little circles and dots as well. This was my end result.

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Zoya in Kristen // Chanel in Quartz // Zoya in Raven

I don’t know what colors they used for the mood ring spread, so I used what I had that was similar.

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blueeyesnails3I didn’t photography my right hand because it didn’t turn out as nice and because I had to hold the camera, but it actually didn’t come out half bad. They just look like little spooky blue irises to me. From a distance Mark thinks it looks like I have little holes in my fingernails which is terrifying to imagine, but I like creepy stuff so I’m also kind of okay with it.

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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

I was lucky enough to be chosen for an Allure survey to try out L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color (what a mouthful). They sent me a tube in Coral Encore, and I’m really pleased with it. The packaging is really nice and makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am. The doefoot applicator makes putting it on easy, and the formula is opaque and glossy without being sticky and gloopy. It also has a faint fruity smell, no if you don’t have an aversion/sensitivity to scents it’s a plus!

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The pros are that the color selection is very broad, the formula is saturated so it only takes a swipe or so, and it lasts a couple of hours (if you don’t eat a lot with it on – that’s a downside). The cons are that it does have very fine bits of glitter that are more apparent once it’s worn off and it doesn’t leave much of a stain. There’s no dreaded ring of color around the lip line, but if you don’t have a chance to reapply you’ll be without gloss after an hour or two.

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I got so tired of trying to take serious photos of the color, so have a smoldering outtake with my unfilled brows for your trouble.

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Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat

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Ahhh don’t look at my cuticles. They are in a constant stay of crustiness and I can’t get my act together.

Colors used: Revlon’s Marmalade & Ruffian’s Fox Hunt on accent nail

I’ve been looking for a cheaper top coat that can hold its own against Seche Vite because even though I love it, Seche Vite is $$$ and it tends to get thick before I use it all up, and that’s saying something because I paint my nails constantly so it’s not like these bottles are old!

My first tries were the super cheapies like Wet N Wild and Essence top coats, and no matter how fast they claimed to dry or how shiny they’d make my nails, they all fell short. A lot of them were dull after a day or would get sheet marks even if I painted my nails 4-5 hours before going to bed. A lot of them got bubbles, and I was getting frustrated because I felt like I’d paid as much or more to try these cheaper brands as I would have for one bottle of Seche Vite.

Finally I picked up this Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat (I’ve also seen it called 30 Second Top Coat) and I’m sold. It’s only $5-6 bucks at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, etc. (without a coupon) and it’s performed wonderfully. The photos above are a full five days after I painted them, and I haven’t even reapplied the top coat. They are still shining like the first day and I haven’t had a SINGLE chip. Maybe that’s just luck, but I type all day at work and I’m a notoriously bad nail polish picker, so no cracks means I have nothing to pick at!

And it did dry fast! I’m always too nervous to touch it right away, but it was dry at least a minute after. I didn’t do much with my hands for a good while after out of an abundance of caution. I waited till the nail color was completely dry before I applied the top coat (which is hard because I am not patient when it comes to nail polish) and ta-dah!

I’m won over for sure, so if you’re in the market for a new fast-drying top coat, this is my first choice for a cheaper alternative to Seche Vite.

P.S. I use the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser & Balm for my cuticles right now, but I’m just not seeing the results I want. Any suggestions?

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