Wednesday, November 25, 2009

AMW Reviews: Becca Eye liner Compact in Barbarella

If you ask me what eye makeup application is very important for me, definitely not mascara application!  I can live without mascara but I've found myself grabbing for an eyeliner each and every time before leaving the house!  No wonder I've had so many gel liners, pencil liners and liquid liners around!

I couldn't believe I missed something out!!!  Becca Cosmetics came out with an intriguing product!  The Becca Eye liner Compact that comes with an Eye Seal!  Yes darling, there is such product around!

Becca eye liner compact says ---

This amazingly versatile eyeliner can be applied wet or dry to create a range of looks, from elegant defined to intensely smoldering.  Packaged with a liquid sealer to maximize the formulation's long-lasting, smudge-proof and water resistant benefits, the dynamic duo is all you need for a flawless liner application.  Fragrance-free.

Perfect for creating a sharp sexy line along the top or bottom of lashes.
Can be used dry for soft, smoky definition or wet for a stronger line.
Waterproof sealant makes the line smudge-proof, budge-proof and water-proof.


1g/0.03oz compact & 4ml/0.14 fl oz vial

Eye Liner Compact: Talc, Kaolin, PVP, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Laneth-40, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Microcristallina Cera (Microcrystalline Wax), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Ultramarines CI 77007, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510]. Water Proof Sealer: Aqua (Water), Acrylates/ Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Diglycol/ CHDM/ Isophthalates/ SIP Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.
AMW says ---

  • seriously stayed put for the whole day, even when I cried, it stayed on!
  • no irritations occur
  • seriously lasts for whole day or until I remove the liner
  • you can control the "lightness" or "darkness" of your eyeliner which is quite hard to achieve on gel liners,liquid liners or even pencil liners!
  • very versatile, I can create a very simple naturally defined eyes or I can apply thickly to create a wilder look!
  • I find the packaging to be really good!  Made with good quality materials and it comes with a mirror and a "protector shield"

  • very tricky to apply
  • if you're a lazy bum, this will take a lot of effort just to line your eyes!
  • if you love the sealant that goes along with this, I have a feeling the sealant will be gone faster than the eyeliner powder! 
  • the sealant bottle has a huge opening, I prefer this to be housed in a dropper so I don't need to dip the whole brush inside the sealant which is quite unhygienic


    I thought I've already tried all forms of eyeliners!  But I guess I'm wrong!  This is the most intriguing eyeliner I've tried!  I like how versatile this product is, there are some days gel liners are just too strong for my taste, so I would just grab onto this and apply this dry near my lashes, which made my lashes fuller!

    I am very confident in the smudge-proof, budge-proof and water-proof quality of this product because I've tested this so many times!  It really lives up to its claim!


    From Becca
    • Keep eyes open and apply a flick of eye liner to the outer corners (to ensure the line flicks up with the shape of the eye rather than tilting downwards).
    • Draw a line as close to the lashes as possible, starting thin and increasing as desired.
    • Use Fine Eyeliner Brush #6 for fine, precise line or Eye Definer Brush #30 for a soft, smudgy effect.
    • Do not wet entire cake - allocate one half for wet use only, leaving the other half for dry use only 

      From AMW
      • need to test on different eyeliner brushes for different effects!
      • you can apply the eyeliner dry prior to the application of the sealant, I personally prefer to wet my brush with the sealant to grab more pigments.
      • if you have an empty "visine" bottle, transfer the sealant to this bottle so you'll have a dropper!
      • if you don't want to transfer the sealant, I suggest you turn over the sealant a bit and use the sealant left on the cap area and always wipe it with cotton or paper napkin to make it clean (OC-ness!)

      Will I repurchase?

      I don't know how long this will last me, I've used this for more than a month and it looks like I wasn't even touched!

      Where to purchase and how much?

      At Becca Counter located at Adora, Greenbelt 5 for Php1,750 (approx $38.00) <-- at first glance I felt this is pricey, but after using this for a month, it is worth it as this lasts longer than pencil liners and liquid liners!

      A closer look to the shade Barbarella on pan


      Check out the swatch with and without sealant
      Without - when applied, looks very natural, doesn't look like you've used eyeliner, lashes appear fuller
      With - a more dramatic lined look, effect came out the same as using a liquid liner.  Can thicken your eyeliner easily, no flaking

      Rubbing test:
      Without - can rub off easily but doesn't leave a dirty smudge
      With - have to rub many times to remove.   Doesn't leave any dirty smudge or marks too


      Quite small yet powerful!
      Perfect to tote around, what a great combination!

      Have you tried similar eyeliner compact?
      How do you find using them?

      Easy? Messy?

      Keep smilin' 
      Stay happy!


      1. The pot is pretty cute...

        I don't know if it counts, some nars eyeshadow works pretty well as eyeshadow dry/wet...I do have a compact/baked eyeliner from Laura Mercier and the quality is actually not as good as nars.

      2. the concept is really cool! i wonder why most of the gel liners and sealant dont come in a kit too. they should sell this bundle right? :D it will rescue many lives from smudging panda yes!

      3. I saw this at Becca Counter! I didn't know how to use this, thanks for letting us know!

      4. Hmmm Interesting.. Looks nice but kinda pricey. Thanks for the awesome review. Im looking into purchasing another liner still dont know what type though hehe

      5. Intriguing but pricey! Thanks for the review!

      6. Hm, I did have a cake eyeliner from Laura Mercier, but it never seemed to last very long on me so I ended up swapping it away. Maybe I should have tried it with a sealant before I did!

      7. i love liners! and this one is set on burning my pocket. :) thanks for the review sis! see you soon! :)

      8. I have a MAC one and an I Nuovi one that needs to be wet. The becca one looks really good! :D

      9. You hit my heart with an arrow! i love this post! this is something similar to LM's and i have yet to try LM as I have been using MUFE Eye Seal with eye shadows to make liners. I think this post came the best time ever as it gives me an idea to check out Becca when I move to Sydney in Jan!

        Now I have something fun to look forward to.

        thank you!

      10. Woooow! Thats just amazing! Looks so nice!

      11. Oh wow, Ive never heard of this products (with seal) before :D it's very interesting. Same like you, I can so live without mascara hahaha...but eyeliner is a must :) well on most days hahaha

      12. hmmm interesting. I'll probably try this after I finish my MUFE eye seal. Thanks Nikki!

      13. Thanks for the review. The liner looks nice and the concept is intriguing. I just wish it was cheaper though.

      14. this beauty prod sure smells like a good heap of pesos!!! the packaging alone spells out I-M EXPENSIVE! :)

        but yea, it's worth it naman. it's not everyday that you get to put on a smudge-and-budge-proof eyeliner.

        Thanks for sharing!

      15. Citrine, ohhh yeah, NARS e/s are really pigmented and some would be great to be used as eyeliner, yes it counts! :) Thanks for sharing, I haven't tried any Laura Mercier one!

        Xin, I know, I think starting today, ALL Pencil Liners and Gel liners should come with a sealant! LOL Or maybe 2-in-1? Sealant part of the ingredients?

        Liza! Yes, they do have a lot of great stuffs

      16. Lisa, no worries, my pleasure!

        Caby, goodluck in your eyeliner hunting!

        Nikkiz, true, it is pricey but if it works, I don't mind :)

      17. Catherine, I never saw the one from Laura Mercier! Ackk, so true, you probably just need a sealant to make it work :)

        Shen, no worries, and I hope to see you soon too!

        Connie, Ohhh MAC has one? Hmm...*juggling down to my memory lane* I can't seem to remember, :) yes I think Inuovi has it :) And they do make great products eh?

      18. Jojoba, I know! You are one makeup sealant girl, thanks to you! I got to know about sealants!

        ☆Anastacia☆, thanks:)

        Acutelife, *high five* on being an eyeliner lover!

      19. Kim, you're welcome! I think it'll take time for you to finish the MUFE seal no? ehhehe see you again soon!

        Gio, so true, well who knows? When sale season comes, this is definitely a must "stock up"

        herroyalbleakness, and for a crybaby like I am, I think the investment is worth it :)thanks for commenting :)

      20. so this is like a cake liner right? i discovered them when i was in basement since this was ms. gina's choice of eyeliner because it's so versatile like you said. you can make it look soft or sharp. so in a wink of an eye, i bought a cake liner from graftobian and i use ELF studio liner sealer to seal it. it does disappear a tiny bit on the inner corner of my eye but everything else stayed put! so yes i'm now a convert. i still use my other liners though :)

      21. Crystal, yes it is! :) It's really nice to create soft and sharp eyeliner using this! :)


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