Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl In Nude

I was so unimpressed with the performance of the other Smashbox Always Sharp pencil I tested that I put this one aside for weeks, not realizing that Nude is of a different formula, Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl, hence a completely different product.

I like nude/flesh tone eye pencils for the waterline because of the brightening yet non-weird effect they create (the opposite of a stark white liner). They reduce the potential for bunny eyes, and often photograph very well. While not a necessary step when one is in a hurry on a cold Monday morning that has already started with stepping into a wet hairball (or the equivalent for people with kids and/or dogs), this can be worth the few extra seconds lining the waterline takes.

A "waterproof kohl" sounds like somewhat of an oxymoron, considering (real) kohl's inherent smudginess, but it's true in this case: the pencil is soft and smooth to work with (important when we talk about sensitive areas of the eye), while it wears like iron for about six hours. I haven't tried the other colors in the range, but now I'm quite curious to see what they can do.

Bottom Line: that's more like it.

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl In Nude ($20) is available from smashbox.com. The product for this review was sent by PR.


  1. Permit me a rant, would you? WHEN will makeup companies and underwear companies and anyone else who does this STOP calling the color 'nude' when what they really mean is 'the approximate color of some Caucasian people's skin'? It drives me crazy!

    Signed -

    a Caucasian woman

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