Waterproof, 24 Hour Wear: Naris Up, Wink Up Maxigrade Black Eyeliner Pencil in Black Review

Although I carry a make up bag filled with wonder with me every day, the fact is I just don’t top up my make up during the day unless I am specifically going somewhere after work. But I carry it anyway, incase of the apocalypse.

So, long wearing make up is my godsend. Japanese brands, generally, have terrific lasting power – the mascara and eyeliner products especially. I find that my watery eyes can get rid of any eyeliner within a few hours so went a-hunting for a true black liner that would work on my waterline and lasted all day.

Naris Up’s Maxigrade Pencil Eyeliner (there is also a liquid version) caught my eye:

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I love how it looks like a timer! This baby’s USP is it’s long lasting capabilities!

They say:

Naris up Maxigrade Eyeliner (Pencil) is a natural black color and pencil type eye liner. It gives your eyes more impact and makes your eyes look wider. You can use it several ways as, a shade or to draw a clear line. Water and sweat resistant formula.

This pencil has a soft blender end and a, er, pencil end.

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The pencil side is good – it’s a very true black, a slightly hard formula (not creamy like say, Urban Decay 24/7 pencils) but nevertheless produces a good line that doesn’t transfer easily.

It’s also easy to apply, even though it’s a bit hard it doesn’t drag the skin.

I have a problem though, and that is that whilst it works a treat on the upper lid, it doesn’t transfer so well on the waterline. I have this problem with a lot of pencils and unfortunately, this was too much work around that area. So, it was also difficult to use to tightline.

The smudger side is really nice – I don’t normally use these things, but this one is a nice rubbery tip, firm but also a little bit bendy and not scratchy at all. I like!

I have to say though, the smudger takes up a fair bit of space so it feels like you don’t get that much pencil. It is definitely shorter than the likes of Chanel, MAC, Urban Decay, Shu Uemura pencils etc.

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Here is the smudger in action. You can see how much of a difference it makes to the line – how easily you can do this near your eyes is debatable, but overall I was happy with both the normal line and the smudgy one:

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Verdict:

This was an inexpensive pencil (about £7 from Adambeauty.com delivered). I think the colour is great, I think it lasts longer than you average pencil but I failed to make it work on my waterline – maybe I just have to accept that I need 2 pencils – one for the lash line and one for the waterline!

It’s worth a punt if you want a good long lasting pencil without spending a fortune but it’s not the ultimate eye pencil for me.

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  1. says

    There is one Japanese pencil that I really like on my waterline – Makemania’s “Dense Black Liner”. Of course I cannot promise that it will work for everyone, but since you like to try new stuff…