Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Duo - Beauty Addict

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Duo

This isn't such a great week for Avon & Me. First my hopes for the Lotus Shield were dashed, and now I'm disappointed by another product that sounded so good on paper and looked great in the tube.

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Duo is a GREAT idea -- it combines a shimmery liquid shadow on one end with a coordinating liquid liner on the other. I tried it in White with Jet Black eyeliner.

But, for starters, the "white" liquid shadow isn't white; it's a pinkish champagne with white shimmer -- which is definitely better than straight-up white shadow, but then why not just call it Champagne?

The shadow applies easily with a sponge doefoot applicator and dries quickly; however, it's not very pigmented and it's REALLY pale--if you have a darker skin tone you might want to go with one of the other three shades. I do like the iridescent quality of it, though, and I may reach for it in the future as a highlighter.

The other end, the black liquid liner, was what really disappointed me. The formula is thin and a little watery, so once the first stroke starts to drag out, the liner loses its intensity and opacity. You might need to go in for another dip to finish the job. Additionally, the brush is a little too soft. With liquid liners, a good brush is CRITICAL. If you're new to the medium, this isn't a great one to start with; the soft brush makes it too easy to make the line too thick or lose control of it. I'm a pretty experienced user of liquid liners and I was able to get a nice even line with this, but it's just not the best of the bunch. It also took upwards of 20 seconds to dry fully.

Overall, it was okay, but I'd never buy it and can't really recommend it. Another one I wanted to love but just couldn't. Bummer!