Today, I excitedly went to Ulta at first to get the Game Of Thrones collab with Makeup Revolution. I am still very excited to pick up the “Mother of Dragons Forever” and “Winter is Coming” eyeshadow palettes. However, it appears I have to wait until they get into the stores within a week. I am a Diamond member with Ulta so I like to get my points and rewards.
No problem, I went into the Makeup Revolution aisle to see what other goodies I can find since I know that there were some other new releases.
I decided to try the water activated graphic liners. There were 3 variations of palettes with 4 colors, priced at $8USD each. I have always loved how budget friendly this brand is.
When I got home, I got right to testing it out and color swatches. Here are my thoughts that I hope you will find helpful:
Initial impression when opening the box: I wish that the detail brush it came with more closely matched what was on the box. The brush that it came with did not have an actual pointed head which made it hard to do precise lines for a graphic liner. If you have a liner detail brush or something similar even if it is an art brush, I suggest using that.
I used tap water when initially testing these out because that is how most people will use them. However, there are other products you can use that can help with setting and application such as mixing medium and setting spray.
Hardest to apply: Yellow (that can be typical with many brands, so I do not hold this against them.)
Easiest to apply and smoothest application: Red and Green (Yay! That means they will be great for Christmas). Red and Green also has a great color payoff.
Hardest to pull color from: Blue and yellow.
Hardest to clean/remove: Green (photo below- look in the circled area.) Products used to try and clean off: first water, then witch hazel, and when that still didn’t work, I used M.A.C. cleanse off oil.
Suggestions to remedy that (depending on how much you plan to use): using products beforehand such as Mehron Barrier Spray.
I find that when I do highly pigmented, special effects type makeup, and body paints, that it does help either mitigate or greatly reduce the the pigments from setting in the skin. I used the barrier spray before applying my She Hulk makeup look and that was how I was able to clean it off easily and not have the green pigments set in my skin for the next few days.
Overall, I do feel that you are getting what you pay for when it comes to this product. It is a budget friendly product and good for wanting to try water activated liners as a beginner or if you are on the fence about using them. Water activated liners can be a lot of fun to use and be creative with. If you are learning about water activated liners, here is a good article that I found from Allure Magazine that gives good info on how to use them: www.allure.com/story/water-activated-cake-liner-makeup-artist-tips
I will be testing them out with mixing mediums and other products for different looks, be sure to follow on social media so that you don't miss out on photos and videos of the looks. We also have a color swatch video on our TikTok and YouTube. You can find all those links as well as discount codes in our Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/cursedd20beauty
Lyn Stahl has been working with makeup since 1992 when she also first started fashion modeling. Throughout the years, she received an education in makeup artistry and became a Master Makeup Artist w/ over 40 certifications.