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Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner- Review and Swatches

Hello! I hope you all had a nice start to your week? Hubby is now in Greece too and, even if he’s still working, he’s helped me beautify the blog homepage a bit. Let me know if you like the changes? Today, I would like to speak to you about a brand new product which landed in my hands as a Valentine’s gift by hubby, together with Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Eye Prism that I reviewed here. The Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner is Marc Jacobs Beauty giving us their award-wining Highliners in matte formula. I was really excited by this release and for good reason!

Mark Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner packaging

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Earth)quake 41 and (Iron)y 45

my eyelids and eyeliner/pencil preferences

How an eyeliner/ eye pencil performs on you, will depend on a) weather conditions and b) your own eyelids. When I’m in Greece in the summer, in 35 °C, my eye make-up and especially my eye pencil lasts less than when I’m in London in 15 °C. However, if London weather is wet and Athens weather is dry, then I’m luckier in Athens. You can’t do anything about the weather, but you can help your make-up last longer by being aware of how your eyelids behave during the day. Are they oily, dry or normal? Mine start normal but get very oily during the day. They also have this tendency to “absorb” colour. Even if an eyeshadow doesn’t crease, a lot of the time I find that the colour impact is less a few hours into the day. I, therefore, always use a primer (love the Nars one).

A primer helps my eyeliner/ pencil stay put and not smudge. Tight lining in my upper and lower waterlines is a different story though. No eye pencil can stay put in my waterline. It’s rather annoying actually, as most eye pencils migrate in about one hour, including some that are reputed to be long-lasting. I was more than happy to discover the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye pencils last year, because they stay put for at least 6 hours on me. And that’s the only formula that I’ve trusted not to mess my eye make-up so far. Until I discovered the Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (aka Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner).

THE Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

The Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner claims that it’s:

  • Highly pigmented, giving intense colour pay-off
  • Long-lasting, up to 12 hours of wear
  • Gliding smoothly for precise application

I have shades (Earth)quake 41, which is a dark brown and (Iron)y 45, which is a dark grey. These are gorgeous, classic shades that can be used both as liners or as a base for a smokey eye. I tested both of them extensively and I can confirm that they are indeed very long-lasting and highly pigmented. They glide on the eyes beautifully, giving me an intense, matte line effect with no effort. I then have around 20 seconds to smudge, if I so wish. Once dry, they set and don’t move at all for around 8-9 hours on me. In my waterline, they last for 6-7 hours which is as long as the MUFE Aqua eye pencils last too. 

(Iron)y 45 - dark gray and (Earth)quake 41 Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner swatches on hand

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner Irony (right) and Earthquake (left)

Both Marc Jacobs Matte Highliners perform really well on me and I’m very happy about that! I love the matte effect and the colour pay off is so gorgeous! I, personally, prefer my eye pencils to be pigmented, as I sometimes rely on them to create an eye look. And, I have to admit, I’m much more of an eye pencil than an eyeshadow girl. When I’m in a rush (which is most days!), I just wear a bit of tinted moisturiser, eye pencil and mascara and am ready to go. If I can trust this eye pencil to stay put, then I won’t worry about my make-up all day long! That’s why I find these liners to be so amazing. Have a look at the photos below and you can see how well Irony lasted on me:

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony on brown eyes

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony (day light, freshly applied)

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony on brown eyes

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony (indoors, natural light, a little over two hours later – the same effect as I’ve seen after five hours on my first trial both for Irony and Earthquake!)

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony close up on closed eyes

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony smudged on my upper lid

This is one of the looks I created with this Matte Highliner:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony on brown eyes

Me wearing Irony

It literally took me five minutes to do my whole face and it looks like I paid more effort, doesn’t it? On my face, I’m wearing the Armani Power Fabric Foundation in Shade 7.5 (a bit dark, but I forgot to take my 6.5 with me) and the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach. I have a bit of lip balm on my lips. I should mention that in all of the photos above, I’m wearing the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, which I love. It’ s a fantastic mascara that doesn’t transfer and gives my lashes great volume.

For those of you that are glasses wearers, I tested this look with my darker pair of glasses and it worked just fine! If you’re interested, from time to time, I post make-up looks that are flattering for glasses wearers. I’ve experimented quite a bit with what looks good and what looks heavy, so would be happy to share my views and hear yours.

 Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Irony on brown eyes with glasses

The Marc Jacobs Matte Highliners are formulated without parabens. There are 27 shades, ranging from pastels to darker shades, like the ones I have. In the UK, you can swatch them in store or order online exclusivelty at John Lewis. They retail at £20.

Have you tried any Marc Jacobs Highliners? Are you interested in matte eye pencils or you prefer ones with glitter?

Thank you for reading and speak to you soon!


Eleni xx







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  1. Mira Aksoy February 20, 2017

    Great eyelook right there! Thank you for sharing the review. x

  2. Yiota February 21, 2017

    I changed my blog too recently and I love it, it gives me motivation to sit down and write my posts. Love the result, I love how you smudged it, I always do that!! Have a lovely day! Φιλιά!


    • rougenapples February 21, 2017 — Post Author

      Yes, I noticed when I dropped by last night. It looks great! I’m way more motivated to write now too. Smudging a liner can alter an eye look, love the result and with these ones you can’t go wrong as they’re so long lasting. Φιλιά πολλά Γιώτα μου, καλήμερα από Αθήνα στην όμορφη Κύπρο!

  3. Samantha February 21, 2017

    Wow you look awesome in eyeliner. I never tried anything from Marc Jacobs beauty before but it seems like good products. I have the same problem with eyeliners never staying in my waterline… and on top of that I wear contact lenses so sometime they get stuck on the lens and it’s just disaster lol. So I just avoid lining my waterline. Good to know about the MUFE pencils though, I hope those don’t stick to contact lenses…

    Samantha Series

    • rougenapples February 21, 2017 — Post Author

      I wear contact lenses too Samantha and I can appreciate how disturbing it is to have eye pencil on them! I tried these ones with my contacts and they were fine. I think both Marc Jacobs highliners and MUFE claim to be explicitly waterproof (rather than just long-lasting), hence they work better. As for MUFE pencils, I have the black and dark brown ones because it happened that the darker colours in the range lasted longer on me. They didn’t stick to my contact lenses at all and I was using them in the summer when the weather was warm, so my makeup wouldn’t stay on the same. They’d only transfer outside my waterline a little but in a way that actually looked smudgy and nice!

  4. Face to Curls February 22, 2017

    Love your eye looks. I love that you’re able to smudge the liner and they still look so good and bonus for me is that they’re so long lasting. Great review!

    Ann-Marie |
    Face to Curls recently posted…BITE BEAUTY THE LIP PENCIL

    • rougenapples February 22, 2017 — Post Author

      Thank you for your kind words Ann-Marie 😊. These last very well on me and I’m not the easiest with eye products. Have a beautiful day! X

  5. Mollie March 13, 2017

    Great makeup look, my love!

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx |

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