It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these! But the last one I received got lost in the mail and arrived almost two weeks late… It was make-up related but it was for another company that I would not have written positively about because of all of the harmful ingredients in their cosmetics.
However, this is the first Anastasia Beverly Hills product I’ve received and I’m surprisingly pleased with the overall product! Back in high school, I was in love with Anastasia Beverly Hills… My absolute favorite eyeshadow palette was the Amrezy palette. I hadn’t tried much else from their line since, and this particular eyeliner came out earlier this year, so it’s an overall newish product.
Upon receiving the box, a few of the things that stuck out to me were that it was:
- Formulated without parabens, gluten, phthalates, alcohol or mineral oil
- Clinically tested and dermatologist tested
- Cruelty-free and vegan
My biggest concern was going to be the ingredients for sure, and I will share my thoughts on those… But I got a chance to try this out a few times before writing the review!
The pigment is bold and matte – which is my favorite part! I really like the felt tip. It almost reminded me of one of my old favorite eyeliners, the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner (I don’t know that I would still recommend this one, simply because I haven’t used it in a while and when I tried to check their ingredients, the site would crash).
When I use a liquid liner it is usually to line my top eyelashes so it helps mask my falsies or if I feel like going bolder with my make up that day, I will do a cat-eye wing! The felt tip is what really gives me control as to where the liner goes. The pressure you put on it will determine how thin or thick the line will be.
It is very simple and easy to use. However, I do think that the length of the applicator is a little awkward… The felt tip size is fine, but I am used to a much shorter applicator stick. This may have something to do with the size of my hands and the fact that the packaging is much more like a mascara wand rather than a pen.
Overall it wears nicely. It does claim that it’s waterproof but it’s actually pretty easy to take off. I didn’t experience any tears or anything, I simply used a wet q-tip to fix the edge of my liner a little bit.
To be completely honest, it’s a good option but nothing that truly impresses me… Especially since I’ve found cleaner alternatives. I’d like to commend ABH on their efforts for a cleaner product though… I ran all of the ingredients through the EWG build-your-own-report calculator and it came up a 4. BUT there were no concerns for cancer, developmental or reproductive toxicity and no concerns for allergies and immunotoxicity. The main concern was for the benzyl alcohol.
That being said, I’d like to say that it’s come to my attention that EWG is not a completely reliable source. It is good for somethings but you must always do additional research on the ingredients. You can look up blacklisted ingredients on their own and look at your products yourself. I strongly recommend looking at actual published studies, PubMed (for example) is a great resource.
This retails for $18.00 on the ABH website, and it is linked here. If you’re okay with paying a little more than average for a liner, it is a good option. For me personally, I’ll likely stick to my cleaner beauty products, but I’ll keep this on hand for traveling or whenever I’m in a pinch.
Have you tried this liner out before? Let me know in the comments!
I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. For more information please see my disclosure here.