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Friday, January 7, 2011

New Wet n Wild Megalast Retractable Eyeliners

My boyfriend is the type of person who saves the best thing on his plate for last. He'll eat everything else, but those garlic mashed potatoes, which I will devour immediately, will be left on his plate to be eaten at the very end of the meal.

So that's kind of what happened with these new Megalast Retractable Eyeliners. I reviewed the Shimmer Pencils first, then the Coloricon Brow & Eyeliners, and these are the last of the new 2011 liners to receive a review. I think that, subconsciously, these were my garlic mashed potatoes.


From Wet n Wild:

MegaLast® Retractable Eyeliner - $1.99 SRP
Won’t fail the test of time! Up to 12 hours of smudge-proof wear! Longwearing formula glides on smooth for budge-resistant color. Soft, precise tip provides perfect application that won’t smudge, streak, or fade. Includes easy-blending smudger for desired look.

Available in Blackest Black, Black, Black Brown, Dark Brown, Charcoal, and Navy.


As many of you know, retractable, long-wear eyeliners are my VERY FAVORITE makeup product in the entire world. What's better than a liner that stays on all day, doesn't smudge or run, never needs sharpening and always has a nice precise point? My go-to retractable long-wear liner has always been Revlon ColorStay, but so far, these are giving ColorStay a run for their money.

So let me say right off the bat that if you are new to the world of long-wear retractable liners, they tend to fall somewhere on the drier side of the eyeliner spectrum. I have yet to come across a super-creamy long-wear retractable liner. I have a theory that for a liner to be truly long-wear on my eyes, it has to be a little bit on the drier side because my skin is just so oily it's ridiculous.

So if drier liners are not for you, these might not be a love match. But I do want to say that as far as long-wear retractable liners go, I don't think these Megalast liners are any drier than the rest, which is great.


Of the colors above, the only one I had a small issue with was Charcoal, which needed to be swiped multiple times in order to get the intensity you see in these pics. Also, I want to point out that I had the tips break off on two of the five liners above when I first used them. If you're new to retractable liners, this is a fairly normal occurance when you first use one, because the initial point is so fine. Once you wear the point down a bit, the tendency for them to break becomes less and less.

It's fairly uncommon to see these retractable liners come with a smudge-tip (usually they come with a little sharpener, which I never quite understood because isn't the whole point of a retractable liner to be one that you never need to sharpen??).

I LOVE the smudgers on these pencils because they're super tiny:


I put the Megalast smudger next to a CoverGirl Liquiline Blast smudger just for reference. The Wet n Wild smudger is so small, which is WONDERFUL to really get in there and smudge in between your lashes. It would be really wonderful for those of you with smaller eyes who find traditional smudgers bulky and hard to work with.

Because this is a long-wear liner, I had to do my rub-test, where I take my index finger and run it back and forth across the line for about ten seconds:


No smudging! Just fading! Wonderful! Also, I wanted to show you what my arm looked like after I tried to remove my swatches with regular soap and warm water. I had to scrub and scrub (you can see my skin is still red in the above pic!) and there were still traces of the liners left behind after the scrubbing process.This is a very good sign for a long-wear liner, so just know that you'll probably have to use eye make-up remover or a good cleanser that removes every last trace of your makeup to remove these.

Final Verdict: Even though these liners don't come in the snazzy colors that you find in the Coloricon collection, they are true workhorses when it comes to dependable eyeliners in basic, wearable, everyday shades. I've been wearing Dark Brown on my upper and lower lids a lot lately, and also on my waterline, and it's been a liner I can depend on from morning to night. The dryness of these pencils might deter those who prefer a more creamy eyeliner pencil, but if you're already a user of long-wear retractable liners, I think you'll find these a very lovely addition to your stash (especially since they're about $7 less than the Revlon version).

Are you a retractable long-wear eyeliner fan? Do these seem like they may be a good match for your needs? I'd love to hear from you!
Disclosure: The above image is published by request from Wet n Wild. NouveauCheap.blogspot.com has not received any form of compensation, monetary or otherwise, for writing this post or for accepting the title of "Wet n Wild Beauty Ambassador". NouveauCheap.blogspot.com has received editorial samples from Wet n Wild for this review. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

10 COMMENTS:

  1. The scrub test is impressive and a wee bit scary!

    I've given up on retractable liners because the quality is usually bad. But you're making me want to give this a try! :)

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  2. This looks like my cup of tea. The pigmentation looks great (with the exception of charcoal as you'd mentioned). I think I'll pick these up next! Thanks, G!

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  3. I love the garlic mashed potato story, it was ridiculously cute. I'm a sucker for anything with garlic :). Good thing my boyfriend is just as obsessed with it as I am because im not sure a garlic hater would be able to be with me! Hmm, now I'm worried he is only with me for my garlic breath...

    Anyway! I've been wanting to get a brown eyeliner but they usually end up looking too red. Black brown seems to be exactly what I'm looking for!

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  4. I think I'm the most excited for these so far. :) I wish they came in a dark olive green. I've been experimenting with wearing different colors lately.

    I hope these are better than the Rimmel Exaggerate retractable liners I've been using because I am definitely loving the price!

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  5. Wow, these look nice! Definitely keeping my eye out so I can snag one or two. :)

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  6. Do these have the sharpener under the smudger like the older version?

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  7. I'm excited to go searching for these! i saw the trio eye shadows and fast drying nail polishes yesterday at Walgreen's. I liked them but like you say in your review, they are for those who like BRIGHT colors. I'm more of a neutral gal. I'm going to hold off until I spy these liners and the eight pan palettes. thanks for the reviews this week. I heart WnW!

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  8. I'm eating up these Wet n Wild posts, they're awesome! I'm going to the US in September so I'm planning on buying some of these :)

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  9. Wet 'n Wild has really impressed me over the past year. It really gets people to realize that you don't have to spend a ton of money for great quality.

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    1. I know right!!!!!!!! I know people who don't buy unless it's Lancôme...

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