Thursday, August 16, 2012

theBalm Schwing Liquid Liner

Swatches & Review
I recently won theBalm's Schwing Liquid Liner from their daily giveaway. Their giveaway is basically you leaving a comment on their wall on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter with an item you want and they randomly choose one person per day at 5:00PM PST. I was picked to be one of the winners two weeks ago and the item I asked for was their Schwing Black Liquid Liner.
theBalm's Schwing liner comes with a a soft felt-tip applicator. It is not a thick felt-tip so it is easy to get a thin line on your eyes, if you want it thin. It dries very quickly and matte. It is a nice eyeliner, but it is not waterproof. I decided to compare this with Urban Decay's 24/7 liquid eyeliner.
Left is UD. Right is theBalm. As you can see, Urban Decay's liquid liner dries into a semi-glossy finish, while Schwing dries into a matte finish.
After running it through water: As you can see, theBalm's Schwing liner is starting to bleed out and Urban Decay's 24/7 liner is still in its place.
I swiped both of them with my finger while it was wet. Schwing was basically rubbing off while the 24/7 is still staying in its place.
After washing it with soap and rubbing it: Schwing is basically washed off, and some of 24/7 was chipping off, but still enough of it stayed around.

So for the comparison, it is clear that Urban Decay's staying power is stronger. However, Urban Decay labeled theirs waterproof, which makes sense that it would stay around and theBalm's did not label theirs waterproof. I like the matte finish of Schwing, but since I have very watery eyes, and my eyes get watery throughout the day, I think Schwing would not last long on me. This is my second Urban Decay liner because the first one I had, it stung my eyes when I had it on. Maybe the first one I had was a bad batch because the second one I got a tried did not burn my eyes like the first one I got. I would recommend theBalm's Schwing liner for someone who does not have watery eyes. Both of these liquid liners contain 1.7mL of product. theBalm's Schwing liner retails for $17 and Urban Decay's 24/7 liner retails for $19. What do you think of Schwing? Own it? Like it? Let me know! :)

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