Eye make-up was always my first make-up love. It wasn’t the red lipstick that I wanted to take away with me when I had my face done for ballet performances, it was the liquid liner and mascara (I wasn’t so fussed about the blue and green eyeshadows). That love has only continued to this day. I think the thing I love most about mascara, liner, and eyeshadow is the versatility — there’s so much you can do with it. That said, I like to have a few go-to looks up my sleeve, especially when I have somewhere to rush off to. Here are the products I’ve been using recently.
theBalm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner, £13
I’ll admit, £13 is way more than I would normally pay for a liquid liner, and I did question my sanity briefly when I bought this. However, all of this went away when I tried Schwing for the first time. I am in love. Finally I’ve found a liquid liner that is a proper matte black and stays put. My old liner used to crumble away throughout the day but this stuff lasts, and I can’t believe I ever had to live without it. The long applicator is perhaps not for everyone — you do need quite a steady hand — but I’d really recommend trying this if you’re an eyeliner fiend like me. Schwing has officially earned Can’t Live Without It status.
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette, £37.49
I managed to grab this when I had a Feel Unique voucher — I got a thrill out of ordering something I would never normally spend so much money on (I’m sensing a theme here), I was curious about theBalm’s eyeshadows, plus I kinda love the cheeky name. The Meet Matt(e) Nude shadows are buttery and easy to blend, but you do get a little bit of fall-out when they’re in the pan; thankfully, this doesn’t seem to happen when the shadows are applied to the skin. My favourite shades are Matt Abdul, a cool grey, and Matt Singh, a peachy nude (which isn’t normally a colour I’d use on my eyes, but it just works).
GOSH Rebel Eyes Mascara (v), £8.99
It was about time I bought a new mascara and, as usual, I found myself seeking out a different one. GOSH’s Rebel Eyes Mascara grabbed my attention and I bought it there and then. I had a good experience with the last mascara of theirs I tried, Grow Lash, so I was hoping for something similar here. In fact, I’d say that I like Rebel Eyes more. The wand is curved, which I love because it makes application that much smoother, and the bristles are plastic, separating and coating every lash. One coat creates pretty, spindly, daytime lashes, and adding more coats seriously plumps them up and gives you more of a false lash look. Yeah, I said it: false lashes. Obviously I’m talking the smaller falsies, not the enormous theatrical ones, but you can layer this mascara until you get the length and volume you’re aiming for. Make no mistake: Rebel Eyes is a multi-tasker, and one I’m happy to have in my make-up bag.
Have you tried any eye make-up from GOSH or theBalm? What’s your go-to daytime eye make-up look? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.