Monday, December 22, 2014

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner In 3D Neptune

I really like the blackened blue color of this Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Neptune, but the amount pearl/glitter is at an OMG level. The problem is less about the way it looks, since a thin, shimmery blue line is actually very nice and flattering, but more with what happens when you remove (or try to remove) your makeup. Getting rid of the shiny particles requires an oil-based cleanser, patience, and the understanding that you will still find blue sparkle on your face and pets for the next two days.

Smashbox Always Sharp is a mechanical pencil with a relatively thin point, which is really nice. You can press it on the side to get more width to the line where needed. It's not smudge-proof in any way, and I'd never use it on the lower lash line (and definitely never ever ever on the waterline with this amount of particles).To get the best use of this Smashbox pencil you need to start with a good primer that will keep it in place, draw a thin line and not pile on the product, and preferably set it with a powder eye shadow. Still, longevity is questionable, and if you have oily lids I'd stay far far away.

With the number of fabulous reliable eyeliner on the market (including at drugstore level), this is a sub-par option, no matter how pretty it looks when first applied. I expect my eyeliners to work harder, stay longer, and be more versatile (both for smudging/smoking and contouring) and perform a lot better.

Bottom Line: not the one.

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner In 3D Neptune ($20) is made in Germany and available from The product for this review was sent by PR.


  1. This is a pretty one. I like the idea that it has a thin point which I consider in a liner so it would be easy for me to use. I will check on this.....

  2. The colour is very pretty, but I think I would rather have it in cream format than in pencil ;)

  3. Off topic need - Help, please. My precious Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle got spilled in a move. Any suggestions for juices to mix to closely approximate this lovely? I''m so sad:(


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