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NARS Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner: Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Here’s a situation where the formula of a product is basically perfection, but the execution poses some problems. Promising 12 hours of wear, NARS’ new Larger Than Life Longwear eyeliner definitely lasts at least half that long, sans smearing, and that’s not half bad. Before it sets, you can smudge it to your heart’s content, or leave it as a precise line. It’s available in a wide range of nine shades, from iridescent turquoise to jet-black. It comes with a sharpener, built into the other end, so you can fine-tune your pencil on the go.

But here’s the but: the teeny-tiny sharpener is so damn hard to use, it’s almost impossible not to waste a portion of the pencil. Or at least make a cakey mess on your fingertips. You’re supposed to extend the liner point a little extra and then gently twirl the miniscule sharpener around it. Sounds easy – and looked easy when the NARS makeup artist did it for me – but in action, it’s not. Especially when you’re on the move. Maybe I just need to master the tiny tool. Either way, it might be worth it for wear this reliable. At Sephora for $23.



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  1. Totally agree about trying to sharpen these things. The girl at Sephora made it look so easy. But at home, I feel like I am wasting a lot of it. It’s hard to get it back to perfect point. Mine end up being a little rounded.

  2. I have it, and while I like it, I’m not in love with it. I tried bareminerals Round The Clock™ Waterproof Eyeliner, which is cheaper and stays put longer, although it doesn’t have the gorgeous colors of NARS.