One of the reasons why I love Birchbox*. is that I get to try a deluxe sample of a product so I have a few weeks to decide whether I like it or loathe it. That’s why I was so glad to see a sample of blinc Eyeliner in my April box.
Let me begin by listing the things I love about blinc Eyeliner (Birchbox, $24):
It is sooo black. I’m talking oil slick black, which is a huge improvement over most liners (including the Stila one I was using before) that fade to a greyish, less-than-black by the end of the day.
Ease of Removal. I hate removing eye makeup. Even when I use the best eye makeup remover money can buy, olive oil, I struggle to remove long wear eye makeup without rubbing my eyes raw. Those tissues are delicate, a fact that becomes ever more important as I plummet toward 30 with the speed of a falling Soyuz capsule.
blinc Eyeliner comes off without any rubbing and without any special tools. (I typically need two cotton balls, two Q-tips and a washcloth to scrub the eyeliner from my face.) It just flakes off the second my makeup removing towelette hits it. It’s incredible.
Now, the things I am not so crazy about:
The brush. Now, maybe this is just my unskilled, shaky hands talking, but I have some trouble getting a straight line. This is partially because I am forced to hold the handle at the end instead of near the top like on an eye pencil. And it is partially because the brush holds a lot of fluid, so some of it spreads around creating a thicker line than I was going for initially.
Frankly, I think that both of these problems can be remedied with more practice. At least, I hope they can, because I am in love with the jet black color and the ease of removal. Did I mention this stuff washes off like a dream?
*Yes, I know I say that I love Birchbox all the time, but it’s because I do. They don’t pay me for my many, many, many endorsements of their fine service. However, I am a member of their affiliate network, so I earn a small percentage if you purchase something from their store. Something like my signature nail polish shade, Belle by Zoya.
If you want to try Birchbox for a month or two to see if you fall in love with deluxe free samples delivered straight to your door, you can join here. They do put you on a wait list for a short while, but this is because they only order so many boxes per month.