About five years ago, I did some testing for The Beauty Bible. One of the colour products that I was provided with was a Daniel Sandler Water Colour Fluid blush. I don’t remember what the colour was called, but I do remember very very vividly that the colour was atrocious on my skin. I did contact the Beauty Bible at the time but was advised that they did not have a more appropriate colour and I should review what I had. It is really hard to constructively review a colour product when the colour is terrible on you and it further frustrated me that cosmetic companies have no interest catering for black women. As a result I stopped volunteering to review products for the Beauty Bible and I did not consider Daniel Sandler make up again.
Until now – Daniel Sandler’s Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner in Green Velvet was part of the goody bag at the Keziah Connections networking event last week. I was interested to see how the range had developed since it had last crossed my radar. I am really encouraged to see that specialist brands like Daniel Sandler are providing complexion shades for women of colour. There are brands launching in 2013 ( eg B from Superdrug) without any complexion products that me, my mum, my sisters, my step daughter or many of my friends can use. It is 2013 – we have money and we like make up too. It does not make sense to completely ignore us, but I will save that rant for another day.
Back to the eyeliner – well the colour is a GORGEOUS. A deep green that registers green and not just ‘dark’ on the skin. A colour that will compliment the skin tones of all of the beautiful women that attended the event. This product does what it says on the packaging. It is long-lasting and waterproof. The first time I wore it, I used it on my water line with lashings of mascara and a brown eye shadow. My eyes popped – even with my face furniture (specs). I applied at 7.30 in the morning and it was still there when I removed it thirteen hours later.
Day two – I decided to do a flick on the mobile lid, again with a neutral shadow. Again, it was on for thirteen hours and it stayed put. ALL DAY. The colour did not crack or tighten on the skin. I have to say, that for use on the mobile lid, it is not the softest pencil. It is not as hard as a kohl pencil and it is not painful to use but this is not an eyeshadow pencil.
Day three -I used the colour on the whole lid with some with J’ouvert Drama Lash – yes it was a work day. The colour did not crease and it is quite a good option if your lids are getting a bit crepey as mine are. I like the fact that this colour is green and not teal . It is highly pigmented, which means that it can be used in a variety of ways. If you are looking to smudge it out there is a window of about ten seconds once it has been applied. No sharpener is required, the nib screws up out of the pencil. I will stick to using it on my waterline but I appreciate the versatility. I’ve been looking at the range – it is great that sample sizes are available so I will be dipping into this range’s complexion products very soon.
Are you a fan of Daniel Sandler products? Do you have any product recommendations for me?