There are things that I never got obsessed until recently, like cupcakes or finding an eyeliner that will stay on my lower waterline. Up until recently I was happy that I have my upper and lower lash lines as well as my upper waterline under control, but then something happened… I started getting fixated on the idea of conquering my lower waterline as well! I collected a list of recommendations from some helpful tweeps (thanks again!), and decided I’d try bareMinerals Midnight Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner first.
Is this the end of my quest? The short story is no.
The long story however, will reveal that bareMinerals Midnight Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner is definitely one of the best black pencil liners I have tried!
Midnight is an incredibly rich black eyeliner. The formula is extremely creamy and soft, so it glides on like air while leaving a nicely opaque line behind (however, with a formula like this, you have to sharpen it quite often and be careful during the process so the tip doesn’t snap off. You know the drill). It stays creamy and smudgeable for a little while, so if you want to use it as a base for your smokey eye, you definitely can. However, once it sets it mostly does not move. I can even count on it to last on my upper lash line, which is quite an achievement!
Here is how it swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.
bareMinerals Midnight actually lasts reasonably well on my lower waterline. It starts disappearing around the outer corner within an hour (which is already above average), and at the end of the day I can see the part around my inner corners looks worn-off as well. However, the rest stays rather intact. It doesn’t systematically trigger an allergic reaction on my lower waterline either. Sometimes it does, but the irritation is mild. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to find an eyeliner that will last better on my lower waterline without any irritation, but among the ones I have tried (UD Zero won’t even go on, gel liners slide right off, and the Tarte one triggers a slightly alarming allergic reaction), Midnight has to be the best.
Bottom line: While bareMinerals Midnight Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner failed to be the holy grail eyeilner for my lower waterline, it is definitely an amazing pencil liner that I would recommend to people. If you are looking for a really creamy formula that glides on like air while leaving plenty of pigment in one go, do consider Midnight. It is not perfect for me, but for staying put on my upper lash line, lasting better on my lower waterline without too much of a side effect, it definitely deserves a gold star already!
In the meantime, my quest goes on! Some of the names that popped up during the epic Twitter conversation include Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner (not available here yet though I most probably will grab it when it is), Urban Decay Perversion (definitely a possibility, but how different is it from Zero? Zero refuses to go on my lower waterline, let alone staying there), and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Eye Pencil (I’d like to treat this as my last resort). Do you have other recommendations? Have you tried any bareMinerals Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliners?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx