I'm not normally a huge fan of pencil eyeliners, preferring gel instead. I never can seem to get pencils to go on with a straight, clean line. They always end up crooked or too thick, or I smudge them before they set. But once in awhile, I catch sight of one that's so lovely, even I can't resist it. Such was the case with the new Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eye Liner in #8, Luminescent Gold.
Luminescent Gold is an amazing, brilliant gold that's just a shade lighter than antique gold, yet darker than the typical bright metallic we're all used to. I think it was the antiqued quality that got me. It brings things down a notch, making it suitable for those of us who are no longer in our 20's. Ordinarily, I wouldn't wear such a color, but I knew I could make Luminescent Gold work for me.
As you can see above, Luminescent Gold is a breathtaking gold with a metallic finish, yet it stops just short of looking garish on the skin. The texture is truly remarkable. It's so incredibly soft, the slightest bit of pressure results in a full, opaque line of color. As a matter of fact, you need to be careful with this pencil. I pressed too hard the first time I used it and the tip broke off. So sad!! But the flip side of that is that there's absolutely no tugging needed whatsoever. Once applied, you have about 30 seconds to smudge if you desire, but move quickly because that's about all you'll get. Once it sets, it sticks like glue and doesn't budge. I've had none of that nonsense where the liner migrates away from my eyes due to moisture. Even after some rubbing, the line stays intact.
The SA recommended I draw a fine line of black liner on my upper lashes and then trace above that with the gold. Okay, so I didn't do that. First off, my hand isn't steady enough (or, frankly, my eyelids firm enough) to be able to pull that off. Plus, there's the issue of that being a little too much drama for daytime, and I don't go clubbing these days. So what do I do with this amazing color? I line my lower waterline and follow up into the inner corners. This hides any redness I might have on my inner rims, adds brightness, and makes my eyes look larger and more awake.
Bottom Line: This is a lovely gold that is truly unique. The texture and wear time of this pencil are unsurpassed, and when used judiciously, it's far from bling-y, adding a subtle radiance to the eye area. I can't wait to try more application techniques with this one. If you have any ideas on how else I could apply this one, let me know in the comments!!
Yves Saint Laurent Luminescent Gold can be found on the YSL website.