Makeup Forever Graphic Liner Review | From thick to thin and everything in-between

Red lips. Black liner. Mascara. Classic. Iconic. A good black eyeliner is something that every woman absolutely needs in her arsenal.

Liquid eyeliner in particular is my weapon of choice when it comes to makeup. While pencil is more forgiving and smokier, it doesn't have the definition, the boldness that a liquid eyeliner can achieve. You need a strong, unwavering hand that goes "take that world!" to swipe a perfectly straight line of inkiest black across your lids. No wallflowers here please. Black liquid eyeliner is not for pussies.

Just J: Makeup Forever Graphic Liner Review

The Product
As the makeup line for those who truly love makeup, Makeup Forever knows the allure of liquid black eyeliners well. Recently they launched a new line of liquid eyeliners that are, in their words, the "purest, deepest, most richest blacks." Be still my heart.

These liners are available in two versions: the Ink liner for those who love matte, and the Graphic liner for those who want a slicker, glossier finish. I opted to try the Graphic liner as I was intrigued by visions of vinyl black lines decorating my eyes.

The Guts
This liner is primarily made of:
  • Butylene glycol - provides slipperiness
  • CI 77266 - coloring
  • Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer - provides opacity 
  • PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor oil - usually included as an emollient, but likely here to help provide solubility

Just J: Makeup Forever Graphic Liner Review

Price & Packaging
The Graphic liner is a pretty standard slim pen shape with an extra thin felt tip. For a 0.03 oz tube you'll be paying $29 via Sephora, which is a little hard to swallow when you look at how skinny this tube is! Considering I'm used to purchasing my liners from the drugstore, this is what I would consider a "luxury item." 

Effectiveness
Sometimes though, you do pay for what you get. The quality of this eyeliner is awesome. The Graphic liner is super black and easy to work with. Normally I prefer brush tips for that extra thin line, but this one worked liked a dream, even allowing me to tight-line. Creating a thicker cat-eye was as easy as drawing an outline and then coloring it in - to do the same thing with a brush tip, would be pretty damn impossible for me, so this was a huge bonus.

Another fabulous thing about this liner is that it dries quickly, which is great as nobody likes having to sit there fanning your eyes while you wait for your eyeliner to dry! Once on, it lasted all day without fading or smudging. 

Sadly though, I didn't notice any "glossy plastic finish." This liner was just as matte as any other I've used. Also, I worry about the felt tip eventually drying out. I don't usually have the best of luck with felt tips and I noticed that when drawing in a thicker cat-eye, the color did get a little streakier near the end. I guess time will only tell, but that is one drawback of all felt tip applicators, not just this one. 

Final Verdict
Ditch - as much as I loved this liner, I don't think I'd repurchase it myself as that price is just too much to swallow. However, if you love black liner and feel like splurging, then this is a save bet to put your money on.

Just J: Makeup Forever Graphic Liner Review
Wearing the Graphic liner thick on the left, thin on the right

Just J: Makeup Forever Graphic Liner Review
Argh at my feeble attempt at Gary Pepper-esque eyes





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