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Keep smudging at bay with the new Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner! Review and swatches of my picks.

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week! It’s a Friday today and I have a day off but managed to get another stupid cold, so I’m spending it in bed :(. Really annoying that, but at least I can write a post for you. I’ve been testing the newly launched Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner for about a month now and wanted to share my thoughts. I’ve got three out of the eight shades to show you today.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner Close up

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner

The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner comes in eight classic shades, from intense black and grey to purple and blue. My picks were Blackout, which is a black, Midnight Sky, a dark blue, and Black chocolate, a dark brown. These are the shades I’m most likely to use in my waterline which is what these Liners are good at, as they are waterproof and therefore can cope with watery eyes like mine.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner Swatches of black chocolate, blackout and midnight sky close up on hand

My picks from the new Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner From left to right: Black Chocolate, Blackout and Midnight Sky

The claims are fairly standard for a product like this and go as follows (taken from here):

“This transfer-proof Liner instantly forms a waterproof film that stands up to sweat, humidity, tears and more. For minimal smudging and intense definition, it’s formulated with the lowest possible level of oils and waxes—the result is pure, crisp color payoff that doesn’t fade or fall out. The pigment-rich formula glides on lids evenly for smooth, uniform application and the precise, swivel-up pencil lets you create a range of Liner looks. Can be used for tightlining along the waterline.”

You know how my eyes are tricky and very watery. I’m a contact lense wearer and nothing stays on my water line. To add to that, most Liners transfer on me. It’s not fun because I often end up with panda eyes and need to keep an eye on my liner during the day.

In my view, the claims for the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner can be true for people who don’t have as watery eyes as I do. So, I’m sure most of you will like the formula and will find it long-lasting. And don’t get me wrong, I find these pencils to be long-lasting enough. For me, it depends on the shade I go for though.

I find that Blackout is the most long-wearing option of the three shades I have. On my waterline, it lasts up to 6-7 hours which is very good! It still migrates outside my waterline after 4 hours but in a way that I like. When I use this to line my upper and lower lash lines it lasts up to 6 hours too and then starts transferring. If I use primer, it lasts a good eight hours.

As far as the other two shades are concerned, they don’t perform as well nor do they have the same colour pay off. Midnight Sky doesn’t last more than two to three hours in my waterline and Black Chocolate varies as it can last from 3-5 hours. They both transfer when used without a primer on my lashlines.

The colour payoff is generally good. I, however, find that because the pencil is quite thin and relatively hard, I need to warm it on my hand first and then apply. Sometimes I don’t get the payoff I expect though, especially with the lighter shades, and I suspect this is because this is a harder pencil than others.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner in Blackout close up on brown eyes

Me wearing The new Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner in Blackout

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner in Black Chocolate on lower waterline close up on brown eyes

Here I have Black Chocolate on my lower water line and lash line only

Uniformity of application is another claim which I find a little over-reaching at times, as Midnight Sky, for example, gives me uniformity of colour only after a number of swipes, not immediately. Blackout is easier to use and applies smoother.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner In Blackout, Midnight Sky and Black Chocolate Opened close up

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner In Blackout, Midnight Sky and Black Chocolate

I’ve seen many promotional videos where once these set on your hand, you can even put water on them and they won’t smudge. And it’s true the swatches are still there at the back of my hand from yesterday. Still, I find that my eyes are a different case and although I’m happy with Blackout, I don’t reach out much for the other two shades I have.

Will I repurchase? Even if I acknowledge that my eyes are more tricky than most (proof: Chanel Stylos don’t stand a chance on my waterline), I’d have expected that Bobbi Brown could provide us with a product that could be more consistent in quality across the range, even for the most difficult eyes, like mine. Seeing as I don’t use all shades as much, if I were to repurchase, I’d only get Blackout.

I also feel that the new Marc Jacobs Matte HighLiners are so amazing that after using those (reviewed here), my expectations are really high. These are almost as good as the MUFE waterproof Liners and last for hours on me. Their colour pay off is amazing and application is a dream! As such, the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner would be third in my list of preferred, smudge proof Liners. That’s not a bad place to be, but there are a couple of better options to invest in.

The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Waterproof Liner retails for 24GBP and can be purchased here or at your local Bobbi Brown counter. It’s worth bearing in mind that other reviews I’ve read on this product were even more positive. For example, if you’d like to get a second opinion, you could start from here.

Hope you all have a beautiful weekend and I’ll speak to you soon!


Eleni x





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  1. Shireen L. Platt March 31, 2017

    Thank you for the honest review and don’t think I’ll be getting these! I am impatiently waiting for Marc Jacobs Matte Highliners to come back in stock so I can get a couple. They are sold out for weeks now!

    • rougenapples April 2, 2017 — Post Author

      Are they in such demand? I personally love these Highliners. Let me know what you think when you get one, or two 😉

  2. miri April 1, 2017

    Hi Eleni,
    Thank you for the review. I love Bobbi Brown but from what you said, I would probably pass on this liner.

    • rougenapples April 2, 2017 — Post Author

      I’ m not as happy as I would have expected to be, but my eyes are not easy, so I recognise that. I love Bobbi Brown too though x

  3. Yiota April 1, 2017

    I also have sensitive eyes and it’s a nightmare when they get watery during the day, nothing stays on me for longer than 3-4 hours. Great honest review Eleni, I wish you a happy weekend and a lovely April 🙂


    • rougenapples April 2, 2017 — Post Author

      That’s the case with me too, as a contact lense wearer. No product stays in my waterline with the same colour intensity but at least Marc Jacobs and MUFE perform very well! Maybe have a look at the MUFE waterproof pencils? I find the darker, matte shades to be good. Καλό μήνα να έχουμε Γιώτα μου!

  4. Vanessa April 1, 2017

    The blue shade looks amazing!

    Vanessa x |
    Vanessa recently posted…My Monica Vinader obsession

  5. Samantha April 3, 2017

    I’m also a contact lens wearer, and I never put eyeliner in my waterline!

    Samantha Series

  6. Amy April 4, 2017

    Ah it’s such a shame that they didn’t live up to your expectations. I love the look of the blue shade so it’s disappointing it doesn’t last!

    Amy –

    • rougenapples April 4, 2017 — Post Author

      Yes, the brown shade is so pretty too, and I was hopeful about longevity but not really the case- at least in my experience x

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