Monday, August 29, 2011

Wet N Wild Megalast Retractable Eyeliner in Charcoal Review and Swatches

Rite Aid had 40% off all Wet N Wild last week, and I happened to be in the area and went in.  There wasn't anything in particular on my to-buy list from WNW, but my mother was grocery shopping and I figured it would be more fun to look at makeup than go with her.  I ended up picking up 3 things: two Wild Shine lip lacquers (reviews to come) and the Megalast eyeliner in charcoal, since grey is the one major color I didn't yet have in my collection.  Sadly, this eyeliner will not be filling that gap, and it's going back as soon as I can make my way back over there.

There are so many problems with this product, I'm not sure where to begin.  I have never encountered an eyeliner that so completely let me down (heck, I'm not even sure I've encountered any makeup product so bad).  First off, the size: it's 0.005 oz.  No, I did not accidentally add a zero.  Now, retractable eyeliners are usually 0.01+ oz, as compared to 0.04 oz average for pencil eyeliners, so 0.005 oz is half as large as should be expected.  If it were a fantabulous liner, though, I would be able to excuse that.  That is, unfortunately, not the case.

I tried applying it to the back of my hand, and was surprised and disappointed when the tip promptly broke off.  I figured there must have been some weakness at the end, so I screwed the liner up and tried again.  I got a small, uneven, faintly-pigmented line before it broke again.  After trying yet again, and having the same result, I realized it wasn't a fluke.  The liner is dry and crumbly, and the pressure from trying to draw with it makes it break off.  I don't know if the liner is actually unpigmented, or if the texture is just such that I can't get heavy enough pressure to get a nice line, but the effect is the same: a sheer, uneven, patchy mess, with just about no redeeming value.
Applied with a single swipe (bottom) and 7 or 8 swipes (top) in sunlight

$3.99 for 0.005 oz, available at drugstores/wherever Wet N Wild is sold

Quality: 2.5
Effectiveness: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Senses: 5 (I haven't actually worn it on my eyes, but I'm just going to assume it wouldn't irritate my eyes)
Pigmentation: 2
Duration: 3 (it was easily washed off from the back of my hand, so I'm extrapolating from that)
Consistency: 2
Price: 4.25
Value: 0.5
Grade: F-

This is absolute rubbish.  Don't waste your time or money on this.  Wet N Wild has many good products, but this is not one of them.

Have you tried any of the Megalast liners?  Did they work out better for you than me?
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