Sephora waterproof contour eye pencil review

I think most of you girls had this happen to you: you’ve applied your crayon eyeliner and go out, for example for a day of shopping with your friends. While you browse through the clothes you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see a panda staring back at you. The make-up you spend so much time on  has moved down from your waterline  to your eye-bag area and formed two nice black circles. Even worse when it goes into the fine lines around your eyes. I have had this happen to me all the time, but recently I discovered a product that I’m 100% amazed by: Sephora’s waterproof contour eye pencil 12 hour wear (around 9,- euro). Read how I put the waterproofness of  this crayon to the test by driving on my scooter with heavy rainfall pouring on my face. This is post is not sponsored in any way.

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Even though I have my driving license for cars I prefer traveling by scooter because the Netherlands is not the most car friendly country: gasoline is extremely expensive (1.75 euro a liter/more then 7 dollars a gallon), most towns have a car-free city centre and the parking fees everywhere are crazy. The downside to driving a scooter in this country is the never ending rainfall. During nighttime my vision through a helmet isn’t the best, causing me to open the screen. Whenever I do this with make-up on I usually end up looking like panda, rain or not (my eyes water from the wind). I thought that wearing the Sephora waterproof contour eye pencil while driving (50 km an hour) with an open screen through the rain would be the ultimate way to find out just how waterproof this crayon is. Well let me tell you: when I arrived at my destination my make-up looked no different from when I applied it! I knew that this pencil was good from just wearing it during the day but that it withstood all that just blew me away.

Waterproof doesn’t necessarily mean smudge proof. I tend to unconsciously rub my eyes a lot. I swatched the pencil on my wrist (yes that vampire white background is my skin..) and waited around 20 seconds, then used my finger to smudge out the line. As you can see from the picture above it only smudged a little. The longer you wait with smudging the harder it gets, so if you want your eyeliner to be a bit smokey you’ve got to smudge it out instantly after applying.

Another amazing feature of this pencil is the texture , it slides on like butter. The only thing is that it’s therefore not the easiest crayon to use for people that are totally new to eye pencils or for people with very shaky hands. You have to be very precise and apply little pressure onto the pencil to achieve a thin line. My mom had a bit of trouble at first but after a few tries she managed to do it perfectly.

I discovered that even some waterproof make-up removers have trouble removing this pencil. A cotton pad with a bit of extra virgin olive oil mixed with a few drops of water  works the best. If your skin is naturally very oily the pencil might smudge easier then it did on my dry skin. Using extra virgin olive will not cause you to break out if your skin is already oily by the way. It will just soften your skin and help to promote it’s elasticity. I might do an article on the benifits of extra virgin olive oil for the skin another time.

Most likely I’m gonna buy a dark brown version of this pencil (they come in many many colors) before going to South Korea (the grey one belongs to my mom but we use each others make-up, well it’s more like I use hers haha). Like this post if you want to see me putting the ’12 hour wear’ part of this crayon to the test.

With Love,



  1. veroni
    04/10/2013 / 04:24

    Hey! i just bought this pencil and was looking for someone whose used it already, can you sharpen it? I know that’s a strange question, but the area around it that would be wooden for most regular pencil eyeliners is black and looks like there’s plastic. Yes, it is exactly the same as yours also, so ?? Thank you sweetie!

    • 05/10/2013 / 10:25

      Not a strange question at all, don’t worry! It’s actually black colored wood and it’s very easy to sharpen it. Sephora recently came out with a retractible one if you don’t like using a sharpener! The lady at the counter did tell me that the formula is kind of different, I might do a comparing review on them!

  2. 23/02/2013 / 07:01

    THIS IS A GREAT REVIEW! I want this eye pencil!!!I am always wary of anything water proof because i dont want to tug on my eyes in order to remove it but i love your advice about the olive oil. Thanks so much!!!

  3. 21/02/2013 / 15:38

    Amazing review! Sounds like something I could use: I also unconsciously rub my eyes a lot. If it gets more difficult to smudge with the minute, this could be my go to eye pencil! I’ve never seen something quite like this before. Next time I’m in Sephora I’ll check this out. Thanks! ♥

    • 22/02/2013 / 12:11

      Let me know if you got one or what you thought about it when you saw them in real life :D! If you rub extremely hard it will smudge a little but not much, so for people like us who rub their eyes it great haha!

  4. 20/02/2013 / 21:25

    I love the sephora waterproof liner! I use the retractable one, but I think it’s pretty much the same as this. Love it!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  5. 20/02/2013 / 13:01

    Wow, that is one heck of a waterproofing test!

    A fair part of why I don’t wear make-up is that I feel paralysed re: not wanting to have a face full of smudges and smears without knowing.. if this were the norm I’d be a little more chill.

    • 22/02/2013 / 12:13

      Having a make-up free face definitely looks better then one with smudges! But luckily there is lot’s of smudge/waterproof make-up out there, it just costs a little bit more but it doesn’t have to be extremely expensive.

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