Chanel Santal Stylo Yeux Waterproof/Long-Lasting Eyeliner Review

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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 Santal 100 waterproof liner

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!

Chanel Palissandre lip definer, Santal eyeliner

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.

Chanel Santal 100 waterproof liner closeup

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.

Chanel Santal eyeliner, Palissandre lip definer swatch

I have worn Santal in these two looks on my lower lash line:

Chanel Captivante FOTD

Chanel La Favorite

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

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I love their waterproof pencils. They really do stay put! This colour is nice!

    • Sunny

      Oh yay, I’m glad to hear these stay put for you as well! This color goes with everything!

  • http://www.myfashiontrendencies.com Chris El

    The Stylo Yeux waterproof pencils are my one of my favorite Chanel products because they last so long! Or Rose was the color that caught my eye.

    • Sunny

      Oh yay I’m glad to hear they last well for you too! I swatched Or Rose the other day. Took a lot of self-discipline to walk away!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    nice colours :)

    • Sunny

      It’s a shade that goes with everything!

  • Anne

    You already know how I feel about Chanel Le Stylo Yeux pencils (soft or buttery formulas fade away very quickly on me, especially on the waterline), but you’re so right about the colour. I swatched it a few days ago and it’s a really interesting take on brown- coppery indeed. I think it resembles the brown shade of the Chanel Sable Emouvant eyeshadow duo (a personal favourite of mine, I think it may be repromoted this spring) quite a lot, I would not be surprised if they were meant to be complementary.

    • Sunny

      Hey Anne, yes, Emouvant has been repromoted, and from what I can see it’s not limited edition anymore! I can see how this goes well with the Raffinement quad as well :)

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I haven’t tried their liners before, but I thought Urban Decay does very good liners for a much more affordable price. So, I haven’t really been tempted to try these… That said, I’m curious about Tarina Tarantino liners though. Tried them?

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah same here. Nope. I moved too slow during the major sale a while ago, so all the colors I wanted were already sold out!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    It’s an interesting color and looks very well ! I never tried one out before though.

    • Sunny

      I think as it is with any formula you need to try one for yourself to find out!

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay 24/7 pencils. I’ve never tried Chanel. The color looks great.

    • Sunny

      I have a bunch of mini UD liners that I got in a set. Still love them to bits! They smudge a tiny bit on me after 9 hours, but it’s still impressive!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    I really like the shade of brown but somehow I feel that this a bit dupeable, no? But great news about them being long lasting.

    • Sunny

      Hey Teri, I don’t own a brown with a copper sheen but I suppose there must be similar shades out there! It lasts really well that’s true :)

  • http://www.themakeupfile.com Jasmine @ themakeupfile

    I think I will stick with my UD and MUFE liners. But I honestly wouldn’t mind owning a Chanel one. It just seems so luxe!

    • Sunny

      Haha I haven’t tried MUFE (keep forgetting there is a mini one sitting in my drawer), but UD liners work well enough for me. They do smudge a tiny bit on the outer corners after about 9 hours, but still it’s rather impressive.

  • http://www.project-swatch.com Emi at Project Swatch

    This is a really lovely shade – I’m not a fan of brown eyeliner on myself, but I agree that this is something different & more complex.

    • Sunny

      Yeah Santal is interesting. I don’t wear copper too well, but the copper sheen/shimmer in Santal works just fine!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    I I love this shade on you. It adds great definition withough being harsh. I opt for brown and Greys on the lower lash line as well.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Taylor! I think brown also doesn’t stress the darker skin under the eyes as much as black, so it’s killing two birds with one stone :)

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com Ruby

    Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner is my HG eyeliner and I absolutely love it.

    • Sunny

      Great to know you love the formula so much, Ruby!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    i love this color! i considered it for a while! i bought beryl though… as i do enjoy the limited edition stylo yeux shades that chanel releases! :)

    • Sunny

      Oh yay glad to hear you got Beryl! It looks very interesting for sure, but nothing ever stays TOO well on my waterline so I probably won’t be getting that one.

  • autumn

    OMG! What is the name of that incredible color on the right?

    • Sunny

      Hey Autumn, that’s Chanel Palissandre Precision Lip Definer. Might be a bit surprising!

      • autumn

        I’m going to try it, such a beautiful color. Thank you ;)