Sometimes I am slow with a review because, well, life and things. Or maybe it’s something difficult for me to photograph, or something that takes awhile to test. Other times I am slow with a review simply because a product wasn’t particularly memorable and I don’t really have the inspiration to talk about it. Sadly that is the case with The Body Shop Carbon Eye Definer in Plum*, an eyeliner that just didn’t quite meet the mark for me.
This specific pencil appears to have been limited edition for Christmas (which shows how ridiculously late my review is…) and on my packaging it says Smoky Plum Eye Definer, but a little research reveals that there are four permanent shades of The Body Shop Carbon Eye Definer, including purple which Laura at Beyond Beauty reviewed here. These pencils come with a smudger on one end and the pencil on the either.
My immediate issue with The Body Shop Carbon Eye Definer in Plum is how hard the pencil is. I will say as I continued to use it, it did get softer after I had used it for awhile but it was never soft and creamy or the kind of eyeliner that just glides on. If you want some decent pigmentation, you can get it, but you do have to press down which isn’t the kind of eyeliner I like. I also had a terrible time taking a picture of the swatches, because although there’s a very slight hint of purple in this eyeliner, it mainly came across as brown in the photo.
In terms of “smudgeability” The Body Shop Carbon Eye Definer in Plum definitely smudges and would definitely work for a smokey eye. However, it can smudge even when you don’t want it to, especially if you rub your eyes a lot like I do. If you don’t touch your eyes, it will stay put and is a long-lasting eyeliner, probably because of the dry formula.
Honestly, I don’t wear much eyeliner to begin with and I don’t see myself reaching for The Body Shop Carbon Eye Definer in Plum. I think the idea of a purple eyeliner instead of black is really cool, especially since I have hazel eyes, and I also think this kind of formula would be really good if you had oily eyelids. However, for me it just wasn’t anything special and I know The Body Shop has a lot of other, better, makeup so hopefully next time I’ll be able to share one of those products with you instead.
Who makes your favourite eyeliner? Do you prefer creamy and soft over hard and longlasting?