My quest for not-black liners continues. I got to test two MAXeye liners from Max Factor. One of them was a winner, the other-not so much. MAXeye is a self-sharpening pencil and it comes both in classic and metallic shades. The ones I tried on were Gilt Complex (metallic bronze) and Smoke Alarm (dark charcoal).
Gilt Complex was a dud as far as I'm concerned. The color was way too light for me and didn't glide on too well. I could barely see it on my lid, and what I did see wasn't impressive. It might work for someone with very fare skin and light lashes, who wouldn't need more than a light touch of the pencil to see results.
On the other hand, Smoke Alarm was great. It might be one of my favorite colors. It's a very dark charcoal, almost a light black. It's pigmented enough to show up nicely and not require heavy application, so even though it's less creamy than the L'Oreal equivalent it did glide on smoothly and did the work.
The line was easy to draw, looked precise and didn't smudge. It has a good staying power (less than Lancome, but still held on nicely for many hours) and was easy to remove with my regular Lancome Bi-Facil.
It might not be my Holy Grail when it comes to replace my beloved charcoal brown, but it's a good addition to my collection, nonetheless.