Physicians Formula Eyebrightener Brightening Liquid Eyeliner Reviews

Physicians Formula Eyebrightener Brightening Liquid Eyeliner

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If By Bright You Mean Raccoon

Jun 1, 2006
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Pros:You don't have to buy it.

Cons:Bad brush, thick liquid, not really the color it claims to be.

The Bottom Line: I hated this stuff and I'll bet you will too.


My husband likes when I wear eyeliner. He’s a big Bardot fan and she wore enough to float a battleship. I don’t go that far, but I have my days when I feel the need to put on a game face. Generally I use my trusty Maybelline wand, but I was feeling spendthrift one day in Walgreens waiting for a prescription and found myself perusing the make up display. The artistic Physician’s Formula containers caught my eye and I ended up walking out with my prescription and a bottle of Eyebrightener liquid eyeliner in Starry Night.

First of all, I want to know how you get a job naming these different colors of make up because I have to say that sounds like fun.

I got it home and immediately opened it up for a test drive. The bottle is tiny. It looks like a nail polish bottle with anorexia. The wand is about the size of a nail polish wand so it’s pretty comfortable to hold. The brush also looks like a nail polish brush, but one that has been snipped fine. Sadly, the brush isn’t any better quality than you would get in cheap nail polish. I figured since I was paying a small fortune for less than an eighth of an ounce of make up the brush would be decent quality. Nope. This is a crappy brush that has been hacked to a point. Even better, there’s a plastic tip in the center of the brush that is supposed to help it hold its shape. Just the thing you want to be getting right close to your eye with.

Bad design. Bad, bad.

I forged ahead anyway, this stuff was expensive and I wanted it to work. So I very carefully started lining over my eye. My hand is not the steadiest when doing this stuff because I don’t do it often. I am also not a professional artist, nor have I played one on TV. The stuff is thick. Nail polish thick. (Nail polish that you have to use 3 coats to get the color, but that’s still thicker than I like my eyeliner.) Of course I blob it and when I try to wipe it off I come up against another nail polish similarity. It smears across my face like paint.

So I wash my face and start over bracing my left hand with my right for steadiness because I know I only get one chance at this. I manage to get a decent line and smooth is out with the tip of my finger very, very carefully. After washing my hands thoroughly I repeat with the other eye.

Then I look in the mirror to survey the results. I picked dark blue because blue near your eyes makes the whites of your eyes look whiter. Plus, according to the packaging the slight sparkle in the color will bring out your eyes more. Only you can’t tell it’s blue. It looks black as sin. It’s also not the least bit sparkly. And because it’s so thick and it set up so fast I have these thick lines over my eyes. I vaguely resemble a raccoon (with red rimmed eyes because of the washing.) Oh it’s glamorous alright. I did not attempt to line under my eyes because I didn’t want to look like and Egyptian hieroglyphic. When I use my cheapo Maybelline pen I can get as thick or thin a line as I want, over or under my eyes because it doesn’t set up right away and I can edit with my fingertip.

I showed my husband and he thought I had been drinking too much coffee because I appeared to have shaky hands. Then I went to wash it off. Set? Set in stone. Eventually I had to let it wear off, because, while I could get most of it off without blinding myself, I couldn’t get it all off. It looked like I was wearing eyeliner for 2 days.

In the ensuing months, I tried it a few more times, sometimes with better results, but mostly with the same. Now, I've had it for at least 6 months and I really should toss it. It’s not going to be a sad day in Mudville because it was really just taking up space in my make up drawer. Don’t you hate it when you buy something awful?


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