I got the Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner as part of my Boots beauty advent calendar. The idea is that the eyeliner dries to a “non budge” finish so that you can wear it for up to 48 hours without taking it off. I was very skeptical. I have used it a couple of times to test it out, but I will tell you upfront that it’s not something I will be using now that this review is written.
The eyeliner is essentially a liquid eyeliner, but I found it to be surprisingly thick and gloopy which makes it difficult to apply in thin lines. It also seems to be quite tacky, making it even harder to work with precisely. The first time I applied it I got some in my eyelashes and it stuck them together like a lump. I had to spend a good few minutes combing them through to try and get it out, which was frustrating.
The liner is a standard brush style applicator, which I think is a bit outdated now. Most eyeliners these days tend to have a felt tip style applicator to dip into the liquid. A brush is just unneccessarily inprecise and awkward to use.
So I guess the most important thing for an eyeliner claiming to be “Semi Permanent” is staying power. I will admit I have not tested this to a full 48 hours (because that seems gross) but I have done several other tests.
- All day wear – No smudging or obvious wear and tear; it looked the same as when I put it on.
- Removing other make-up – I prepared to leave a full face of make-up on, so I used cleanser all over my face and a make-up wipe on my eyelashes to remove mascara. The eyeliner didn’t budge.
- Sleeping – It didn’t fare quite so well after a night’s sleep. There was a little smudging under my eyes. However, this could have been left over mascara from using just a wipe to take it off. The eyeliner didn’t look entirely intact, it was a bit patchy, so I ended up topping it up with a bit of normal eyeliner so as not to look riddiculous.
- Gym and shower – On the second day I went to the gym and did my usual weights and cardio workout. After my shower, the eyeliner was in a bad way, very patchy indeed, so I took it off.
So the verdict is that this eyeliner has much better staying power than a normal eyeliner, however, 48 hour wear is a bit of a stretch. I also don’t know why you would want 48 hour wear. I feel disgusting if I don’t take my make-up off each night. At a push, I can see why this might appeal for festivals and camping trips, but I think I’d still rather take it off with a make-up wipe each night and reapply the next morning. It would be good for a day by the pool or at the beach, where you might get a little wet and don’t want terrible panda eyes.
Finally, how do you remove this eyeliner? Well Seventeen recommends using an oil based make-up remover, however, I used my usual Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and it removed the product absolutely fine. Having said that, Cleanse & Polish is very good with stubborn, waterproof make-up. You might have more trouble with other cleansers.
The day has finally come: time for my last advent calendar update. I am going to include my brief thoughts on the calendar as a whole at the end too.
On the 21st I got a sample of Boots Botanics Heat Protection Shine Serum. I’m interested to try this as I don’t use a lot of hair products at the moment. For once I don’t mind it being a Boots own product as it’s a little out of the ordinary and the Botanics range is quite nice in general.
Behind door 22 was a sample of Nails Inc polish in the colour Porchester Road. It isn’t something I would pick in a shop but actually it’s really nice and I wore it on Christmas Day with silver glitter over the top and it looked great. My only disappointment is the size – I don’t think a full size bottle would have broken the bank.
I’m very intrigued by this gift: Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle. I hadn’t heard of this before but it sounds really cool, it is supposed to give you the volume and effect of back combing without having to wreck your hair by actually doing it. I’m looking forward to trying it!
And finally, on December 24th I got a 17 (Seventeen) mascara. I was a bit surprised by this as I expected the best gift to be last. I’m sure this is great, but I think there were better gifts in the calendar.
So what were my overall thoughts? The calendar was a bit of a mixed bag. The nail polishes were a high point, as were the two Soap and Glory products. The Vichy samples are probably great for the older lady, but anti-aging is not something I think about yet. The low points were the terrible scrunchy and the perfume samples. I was looking forward to perfume samples but I was expected more than a tiny tube you could be given free in a magazine on any occasion. Overall I am glad I gave it a try, but I don’t think I would repurchase it next year as it didn’t wow me. I might look at getting a Benefit calendar next year instead.
I can’t believe how quickly December is going. It’s literally flying by at a scary pace! So here’s another update on the goodies I have received in my advent calendar – doors 6-10.
First up is the product I am most excited about from this batch: Vichy Idealia Life Serum. This is designed to improve the overall appearance of your complexion by tightening your pores and making your skin look more even. I haven’t been using it long enough to see a difference really, but I like the smell!
My 7th gift was another perfume sample; again I am not too impressed by the fact it is a cheap free sample size. This perfume is Black Xs by Paco Rabanne, which is something I really didn’t expect to like, but I do! It has a nice floral scent but is still quite young and fruity at the same time, if that makes any sense…
The least said about this one the better. I mean seriously, I paid £30 for this calendar and you are giving me a cheap crappy hair bobble? This went straight in the bin and I am seriously unimpressed Boots!
Day 9 saw a bit of an improvement on day 8 as I opened the door to find a pretty hot pink nail polish from the Seventeen Supreme Shine collection. I haven’t used one of their nail polishes before, but a friend on Instagram tells me they are quite underrated, so I am looking forward to giving this a go.
Finally is another product I am excited about: the Orly Bonder base coat. The fact that it has a rubberised formula is supposed to help your nail polish to adhere to it and last longer. I shall let you know how I find it.
That’s it for now. Check back in a few days time to see what is behind doors 11-20!