Roller Eyeliner

When I wear ‘proper’ eyeliner (not shadow-as-eyeliner), I use one of two formats: gel liner (my favorite) or a mechanical twist-up (the only one I’ve had luck with). There’s been a lot done with eyeliner in the past two decades but when I saw these new-fangled roller eyeliner releases, I got EXCITED.

Roller Eyeliner – What Is It?

The three roller eyeliner products on the market appear to use the same idea. A wand that has a small, foam disc on the end that rests in an ink-like liquid liner when the tube is closed. The disc is thin and has a small radius to facilitate easy application.

It isn’t the first time, after all, that I have been excited about the intersection of beauty and technology or beauty and engineering. What’s more amazing is that all three I’ve found consistently receive 4/5 star ratings on their respective sites.

Could it be that it isn’t just a gimmick!?

Roller Eyeliner - NUDESTIX Rock n' Roller


First, I saw NUDESTIX Rock n’ Roller Easy Eyeliner Ink. Samantha Ravndahl mentioned them in some format of hers and I was blown away. Then I saw them in an Instagram ad and…I was blown away again. I was so excited, in fact, that I made a point of showing this brilliant take on an eyeliner applicator with my could-not-be-more-disinterested-in-makeup husband. Even he thought it was neat; it reminded him of something used in metal fabrication.

There are three colors: ever practical black, Bronze Patina, and my favorite – Golden Rosé. I keep catching myself telling myself, “That’s totally wearable enough for work.” Honestly even writing that out gave me a twinge of temptation. And then I remind myself that not only does it run $24… I’m on a No Buy

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Revlon Highlighting Palette is a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Dupe

Doesn’t this

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Dupe - Revlon Highlighting Palette

look an awful lot like this?

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Dupe - Revlon Highlighting Palette

Cult of Shimmer

The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are something of a cult favorite. They’ve been out and loved for years. As someone who isn’t inclined to be drunk on highlighter, though, they do little for me in terms of the excitement department. On top of that, for $48 the cult can keep their kool-aid.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Dupe – Revlon Highlighting Palette

I was in Target and happened to see (as one does, ahem) this five-shade Revlon highlighter palette on sale for under $5 (regularly $6) and couldn’t help but think, “That looks awfully like a shimmer brick.” Lo and behold, down to the colors, it’s mighty similar.

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Revlon Lawsuit

Revlon Lawsuit

If you keep an eye on beauty industry news, you’ve probably already seen that Revlon is facing a lawsuit from a former employee, scientist Alan Meyers.

You can read the original article regarding the Revlon lawsuit from the New York Post here.

The situation came onto my radar this evening when Revlon tweeted the following:

Well okay. I bit.

The piece starts off with,

Alan Meyer’s lawsuit is a completely meritless attack by a former employee who is trying to distract from his own failed performance with false, sensational, and offensive allegations…

Whoa, damn. You can read the rest of the statement regarding the Revlon Lawsuit here, if you are so inclined.

Basically, the former employee cites not only mistreatment by the company’s CEO and shady behavior (Meyers was concerned about regulatory things with respect to a Spanish company they acquired; Delpani (CEO) said, “Shh, we want plausible deniability!”) but also alleges flatly racist, anti-American, and anti-Jewish sentiments from the same. Talk about a hostile work environment. The official response to the Revlon lawsuit is rubbing a lot of people, myself included, the wrong way – if you’re already publicly under fire for due to a very touchy matter, it is probably best to proceed with kid gloves. You know, instead of folding your arms, stomping your feet and going, “YEAH, well, that guy sucked at his job and that’s why he’s doing this. SO THERE.”

It is understandable that the brand is on the defensive after such allegations have been made – and granted, no brand is going to come out and say, “Oh yeah, I guess you’re right, our CEO is kind of a racist jerk…” but their published response is acrid and beyond unprofessional. They don’t need to be happy about it, but I can’t imagine that the scathing response issued regarding the Revlon Lawsuit is going to help their case.

What the hell, Revlon, don’t you have a legal and/or PR team? Didn’t they caution you against publishing that? If they didn’t, it isn’t just the CEO’s position who should be in question.

EDIT 11:00PM: Actually, no, it won’t just be a, “refrain until we learn more.” The more I’ve thought about this, the angrier it has made me. Without the statement, it was an ugly situation. With the statement, it is beyond clear that, well, Delpani and his lackeys suck. Most of the board sucks. Their PR and legal teams are fools for not strongly advising against this, and frankly, for not resigning when they went ahead anyway (assuming that’s the case). You know what looks really good on a resume, though? Having, “Revlon PR,” with dates inclusive of this Revlon Lawsuit statement.

I will not buy any more Revlon products until Delpani, at minimum, is ousted from his role. Yes, this includes my beloved Revlon Colorstay Lip Butter in Pink Truffle that I use almost daily, and the two Super Lustrous glosses that are regulars in my rotation.

Here’s the old paragraph from before the edit, before I went into full-anger mode. I was trying to be objective; I can’t.

I will repurchase one tube of Revlon Colorstay Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (ideally on sale & with a coupon) because I don’t have the time or money to waste on finding a new day-to-day, go-to lipcolor right this second (uh, yeah, it was just Christmas). After that, I will refrain from purchasing brands within Revlon’s umbrella until we learn more. I won’t threaten, “NEVER AGAIN,” because the reality is that we don’t have all the details at the moment…but right now I can tell you I’m not impressed with either the situation itself or its public handling.


How do you feel about the Revlon Lawsuit?

November 2014 Favorites

November 2014 FavoritesNovember 2014 Favorites
1. Innisfree Hand Cream, $? / 2. bareMinerals Concealer Brush, $20* /
3. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter, $5 / 4. Alpha Hydrox 10% AHA Moisturizing Lotion, $10 /
5. Too Faced Everything Nice Palette, $56

Blah blah, November went sooooo fast, etc. You know the drill. November 2014 Favorites!

But before the jump, have you entered the EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Giveaway? Open until December 16!

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January 2014 Favorites

January 2014 Favorites

1. Psssst! Dry Shampoo, $6 / 2. Orly Bonder Base Coat, $6 / 3. Swisspers Nail Care Double-Tipped Swabs, $2 /
4. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, $6/ 5. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss – Pink Pop, $6

Six dollars seems to be the magic amount for my January 2014 Favorites, huh? More on this after the jump.

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