I am all about using products that make life easier. Let’s be honest here, with technology constantly knocking on our door… don’t we want something that will offer us ease of use? Would this be the case when it comes to makeup products? I think so and I certainly welcome what ever is offered up. Over the last few months I have been playing and having fun with the new Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners and I’m not exaggerating when I say I have been having fun. lmao I literally couldn’t figure out why they were called “Always Sharp” until doing my video review a month ago where everyone learned right along with me. lol So – without further adieu… on to my Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners Review.
Available in 8 different colors, these liners retail for $20 (.009oz/0.27g) and offer a reflective glittery type look without all the fall out of actual glitter. They are comfortable to wear on the eyes, apply smoothly like a kohl liner and offer great pigmentation. I am also surprised by the wear I got out of the product because it offers great longevity through the day. The metallic/shimmer finish stuck around for hours and the color lasted on my lower and upper lash line and waterline with minimal budging and no raccoon eyes. These stay put really well and I contribute the small smudges to the fact that I naturally have watery eyes. This is not your teeny-bopper eyeliner… while there is shimmer and sparkle, I like that it is more enhancing your eye look or your eyes than making you look like you are wearing a ton of glitter liner which is something I enjoyed the most.
So what makes these so unique? Well, inspired by Smashbox Pros that consistently sharpen their pencils prior to using them, this pencil was designed to be the first of its kind to have a sharpener built right into its cap. Ditch your sharpener because you will not need it for this pencil. Each time you remove your cap – you get a nice sharp tip to create your look with. I don’t have to twist up the bottom of the pencil or anything like that – I simply twist the cap off (make sure you twist, I almost broke the pencil several times by yanking) and you will expose a sharpened tip. It’s magic – I swear! lol
Check out my quick video review (embedded below) as well as a demo of the product. Looking for a laugh – tune in to the part where I figure out how the liners actually work, lol. Click here to watch directly on YouTube.
In the makeup look above (tutorial can be found here), I am using Smashbox’s Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Sparks on my lower lash line. What I enjoy about these liners is that they are not super shimmery, but offer just the right amount of sparkle to draw attention to the eyes and in my opinion even brightening the look of the eyes just a little so it offers a subtle but dramatic effect.
So – while I do enjoy using this product, there are a few cons to it. First of all – it is a habit for me to twist a cap back on to the pencil when I’m covering it and I noticed that I can twist too many times when putting my cap back on – which can cause the cap to crack. Second, there is no way for you to tell how much product you have left so it can be a disappointment when you reach the end of your liner and realize that nothing is left and you have to pick up a new one. And, third – one of my pencils broke because I pushed on it too hard and it was near to impossible to get my tip sharpened again or to twist it up so that it would meet up with the sharpener for me to use it. I don’t know what I did but I finally got the pencil to expose itself again and I was able to use my liner.
Overall – I’m still super impressed with these liners. They have great staying power, they can smudge but for the most part they stayed in place for hours and I love the sparkle. The concept of the pencil is great – I just wish that there was an option to be able to twist the pencil up should it break or if you need to see how much product you have left in it. If there is a way to do so – please let me know. I think the price point is okay, considering it is a Smashbox product.
Have you tried this eye liner? If you have – what are your thoughts? If you haven’t, would you consider it?