I placed an emergency Sephora order within minutes, and dropped by my local store the very next day to see if they had anything left. Thankfully, they still had a fair amount of stock (not the case merely five days later) and I was able to pick up a few things I had been waffling on. To my mind, the eyeshadow palettes are the real superstars of the line, but the eyeliners are nothing to sniff at either.
These are the four Eye Dream Hyperliners that I picked up:
|Top to bottom: Puppeteer, Locket Book, Spark of Envy, Sparkling Ammunition|
These liners are so very creamy, a dream to apply. (Er, pun not intended.) Due to their ultra-soft texture they can be a bit of a pain to sharpen, and getting a fine point is tricky - but they are so rich and easy to apply that those minor issues are worth overlooking.
One thing I did find odd was how long they remained tacky to the touch. With Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners and the Tarte's SmolderEYES liners (reviewed here), I find that the pencil sets very quickly to a silky-dry finish, and I was expecting the same thing with these. Not so - there is a fair amount of play time where the liner is still smudgable. This is great if you want to keep working your eye makeup for a desired effect, less great if you need to be out the door immediately and are otherwise prone to smearing your liner. That said, once it sets, it stays put for most of the day. When tested, these did not smear on me at all, but they did start to fade towards the end of day, about 9-10 hours into wearing them. Not amazing, but quite good considering my oily eyelids.
The colors were all lovely, with Puppeteer being especially nice for an everyday, slightly plum-toned brown. The pigmentation on Spark of Envy was the best, while Sparkling Ammunition and Locket Book both went on a bit less even, possibly due to the glitter content. Compared to these swatches, there was no perceptible difference when applied to the eyelid, however.
|Natural light. Puppeteer, Locket Book, Spark of Envy, Sparkling Ammunition.|
|Artificial light. Puppeteer, Locket Book, Spark of Envy, Sparkling Ammunition.|
|Direct sun. Puppeteer, Locket Book, Spark of Envy, Sparkling Ammunition.|
Availability: Largely sold-out at Sephora, online and in stores, but word is that the brand will be releasing their collection under the auspices of their own website. Price was 18$ CAD (11$ on sale).
Pros: Super-creamy, delightfully easy application. Great range of colors, including creams, shimmers and glitters. Did not smudge or smear on me.
Cons: Longer "tackiness" period might increase the risk of initial smearing if you rub your eyes, pigmentation can vary across shades, though not in a noticeable way once applied.
(I purchased these items at Sephora.)