A tale of two eyeliners

January 14, 2011

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Oops, sorry. Wrong tale.

Have you ever heard of the Christie Brinkley Syndrome? It happens to a lot of guys. These are the guys who have trouble making a commitment to the perfectly wonderful woman they’re dating because deep down inside they think that there might be a supermodel—the Christie Brinkleys of the world—waiting just around the corner for them.

That's right guys. She's out there just waiting for you....

As if.

I find this syndrome happens in other areas of life; and not just with guys. Consider eyeliner, for example. You might be enjoying a perfectly happy relationship with a lovely, smooth gliding pencil, but there’s always just a little niggling suspicion in the back of your mind that something better is out there. You’re not “actively” looking; but if a superliner crosses your path, who are you to deny it?

This happened to me.

I was prowling the cosmetics aisles at Target one day, just checking to see if there was anything new that might magically transform me into a fresh-faced, twenty-something goddess. Finding no genie in a bottle, I settled on looking at the eyeliners since my current liner was running out of steam (or color, as it were). I was going to simply buy the same liner I’d been using until I spied L’Oreal’s Voluminous Eyeliner. It was tall, lean, and had an applicator that looked like a highlighter pen. I’m pretty handy with a highlighter, so I figured this liner would be perfect and wouldn’t require the skill of a brain surgeon to apply. I was good to go. Goodbye old eyeliner, hello Christie Superliner.

And that’s when I spotted Maybelline’s Line Stiletto. Whoa! Where have you been all my life? You with your slender, felt tip, precision applicator and rich, chocolately brown color. Hubba hubba.

I had a dilemma. Which fabulous new superliner should I buy? Which one would help me achieve sublime line-y-ness on my lids? What’s a girl to do?

I’m an equal opportunity consumer, so I bought both.

And I like them both equally.

The L’Oreal liner is really easy to use and I don’t need to try to put it on in one continuous perfect line. I can apply it as a series of little connected lines which is really helpful on those early mornings when the cruel, masochistic alarm clock wakes me before I’ve gotten my required 95 hours of beauty sleep per night. Plus, it smudges pretty well for when you want to look all smokey-eyed mysterious.

L'Oreal Voluminous Eyeliner

The Maybelline liner requires perhaps a little more skill to apply, but can be used to achieve a heavy, dramatic look or a subtle, right-at-the-lash-line look. The color doesn’t glob on and there’s no need to blot it on a tissue before applying. It’s also a really good liner for when you feel like rocking out the 60’s cat’s eye look. I’ve never had occasion to need to look like a cat, but I like the idea that I have that option.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto


Chickaliciousness: 5 for both Christie Superliners

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Joyce January 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Hmmmmmm…..Thanks for the advice on this one! I am horrible at picking out makeup and definitely get stuck in a rutt. I was hoping to see it on you, though!! 🙂
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unhip chick January 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I thought I’d give everyone a break from seeing my smiling mug and share my gifted drawing skills instead, Joyce. Notice the nuances and depth of expression in those stick figure-like eyes?
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Allison January 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Last February during a trip to the mall to escape family members staying with me during Snowmageddon, I picked up some eyeliner from MAC. It comes in a little pot and is applied with a small brush. Excellent stuff and long lasting. I still am using my original purchase.


2girlsonabench January 18, 2011 at 3:59 am

We’ve been known to occasionally cheat on an eye-liner or even lip balm, but don’t tell our Mary Kay lady!


Unhip Chick January 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My lips are sealed!
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Eyeliners November 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

I haven’t tried the Stila yet but I want to. I stopped wearing liquids due to them drying up so fast!


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