What color do you usually opt for on your lower lash/waterline? While I pretty much stick to a black gel liner for my upper lash and waterline, I seldom go for black on the lower lash line (or even if I do, I go over the line with a non-black eyeshadow). It’s a personal preference, but I find brown much softer, and a dash of green or purple (or any color you want, really) is also a great way to play with colors without being very in-your-face. Chanel Santal Stylo Yeux Waterproof/Long-Lasting Eyeliner (100. RRP in Belgium: 23,50 euros) is the first Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof I have tried. Are you curious about how it works for me?
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof is a twist-up pencil that doesn’t require a lot of sharpening. However, like what you can reasonably expect from Chanel, there is a very cleverly-designed sharpener that can be detached from the bottom. I have tried to use it on the pencil, and I find that it can get the job done with minimal waste. It’s great news considering you will want this liner to last longer!
Santal is described as brown by Chanel. While it is not wrong, I do think Chanel underestimated the complexity of this shade. Santal is a warm medium-to-dark brown with tiny copper shimmer and a somehow copper sheen. The shimmer is very fine, and it doesn’t feel scratchy or drop down at all during or after application. It is not the softest or the most smudgy eyeliner I have tried, but it doesn’t tug either. I find it’s pretty easy to line my lower lash line with Santal, and up close the nuance of the shade actually shows.
Santal lasts well on my lower lash line. Even without going over it with an eyeshadow (which is what I usually do), it doesn’t end up smudgy on the outer corners at the end of the day. It doesn’t last as well on my waterline, but I really haven’t found anything that does while not irritating my eyes, so I am not going to hold it against it. All in all the formula performs decently, which is relieving because there are so many ways for an eyeliner to go wrong on me!
You can see Santal swatched on the left: one pass/built up.
I have worn Santal in these two looks on my lower lash line:
Bottom line: All in all Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof performs decently as an eyeliner. It might not be the softest pencil around, but it also smudges much less easily than those on me. I have no problem making it stay all day on top of a primer, and it doesn’t drag or tug during application. While I wouldn’t argue Santal is a must-have if you already own a brown pencil or two, the color is more complex than just a brown and the complexity doesn’t get lost on the eyes. This collection comes with two other limited edition liners (Or Rose and Beryl) which seem to be more unique and brightening in the inner corners/on the lower waterline. If your experience with the formula is good, I’d encourage you to check those out!
Have you tried any Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof? Do you like the formula or is it a no-no? I have read different reviews so I am interested in finding out!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx