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In the Public Eye — Bare Escentuals Buxom Lashliner and Lashliner Brush

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When you first open the round pot containing Bare Escentuals’ Buxom Lashliner, you won’t expect anything extraordinary — sure, BE has an excellent track record in terms of its beauty releases but, at first glance, the product will just look like another run-of-the-mill gel eyeliner. Judging by the packaging alone, the Sephora.com actually has a bit more flash then the Lashliner itself — it’s thin, sleek, and comes with its very own black patent leather case. But remember that adage about not judging a book solely by its cover? Well, there’s a reason why that adage has lived on throughout the ages. In other words: don’t go thinking the Buxom Lashliner is some humdrum, been-there-done-that throwaway. This is one of those products that might just make your jaw drop.

Why the vote of confidence? Well, this is anything but an ordinary liner. The Buxom Lashliner not only delivers a nice, deep bolt of color to your lids, but it actually works to strengthen and lengthen your eyelashes with its mineral-rich formula, which boasts ingredients like jojoba oil, biotin (vitamin B), soy protein, and vitamins A, C and E. Imagine combining a smooth, creamy liner with a lash conditioner (such as NeuLash or RevitaLash), and you’ll get an idea as to why this product is so genius.

Using the Buxom Lashliner Brush for extra precision, you can just glide the Buxom Lashliner across your upper or lower lash lines to create the desired look (whether it’s a thin, barely there line or a feline arch), while also naturally plumping up your lashes, filling them out at the base and making them appear fuller. Bare Escentuals recommends making a dot-like pattern along your upper lash line, close enough the the edge of the eyelid so that you actually touch the lashes themselves, then going back to fill in the space between these dots for a fluid and streamlined look. Personally, I think if you have the dexterity to apply the Buxom Lashliner with a single stroke, you should go for it — just make sure to get as close to the lash base as possible (you can draw however thick a line you desire but, for the product to truly work its magic, you want it to touch those lash hairs at some point).

Not only does it yield great results, but the application process is easy, convenient and pleasant —  the light consistency is so very light that you can barely feel it as it glides onto your lids (it’s almost uncanny how little you feel it!).

The Buxom Lashliner is available in Leatherette (a jet black hue), Sequins (a matte black with silver glitter bits), and Suede (a dark brown). I personally road tested the Sequins liner and thought it was a fantastic way to add some sparkle (literally and figuratively) to an evening look. Though there are glitter particles in the liner, the concentration isn’t so high as to make you look like you’re ready to rock Cher’s Bob Mackie-designed headdress at the 1986 Oscars, with its black ostrich feathers and silver glitter accents. My only reservation about the Sequins liner: like 90% of eye products containing glitter, completely removing any traces of these sparkling particles from your face can be quite the ordeal (they tend to linger even after you’ve washed your face few times). But hey, an extra dose of eye makeup remover is well worth the sparkling sassiness.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lashliner, $15, and Bare Escentuals Buxom Lashliner Brush, $15. Visit Sephora.com

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