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As you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram, I received my second ever Influenster VoxBox this week. I posted a selfie earlier this week where I tried out the Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ Gel Eye Crayons that I’d received from Influenster, so now is the time to review!
My previous VoxBox was also from Marc Jacobs (it was the ‘Velvet Noir’ mascara) and I’ve used it every day since receiving it, so I was very excited to try out more items from Marc Jacobs. You can check out that review here.
What is Influenster?
As I did in my last VoxBox review, I’ll give you a quick rundown of what Influenster is and how it works just in case you haven’t heard of them before! This will be copied and pasted from my last review:
Influenster is a website where you can review products, ask questions, create lists, post photos, read blog posts, and interact with a whole range of individuals. When you sign up, you need to complete your profile, upload a photo, and connect your socials (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, YouTube, any other social profile you have) and it will total up all of your followers to create an overall ‘Impact Score’. You will receive ‘snaps’ on your profile from time to time which will ask you questions (such as which brands of mascara have you bought), and gives you the opportunity to review the products that you’ve tried. After you’ve completed a certain number of ‘snaps’ and reviews in different areas, you will receive a ‘badge’ for that area (for example ‘Beauty Junkie’ or ‘Reviewer’). Doing the ‘snaps’ available to you, completing your profile entirely, and connecting all of your socials is very important in order for you to be considered for a VoxBox.
A VoxBox is a box that contains complimentary products that is delivered to your house. These boxes can contain multiple products, or just one, and can be full of all the same brand, or can be themed (for example I’ve seen themed lifestyle boxes that contain a range of brands). If Influenster deems you appropriate for one of these boxes, you will receive a pre-survey which will ask more questions about you in order to decide whether you’re a match for what they’re looking for (you won’t know what the box is at this point). If they decide that you would be a good fit based on your answers, you will then receive an email telling you that you’re in, and detailing the name of the campaign. At this point, the VoxBox will be shipped to you, and you will notice a campaign on your profile for the VoxBox. You will need to check the box in, then will see a number of tasks for you to complete in the campaign section (like reviewing the product(s), and sharing photos) in order for you to gain a badge. For my VoxBox, if you complete all of the tasks then you have the opportunity to win more items from Marc Jacobs. However, it’s important to complete all of these regardless if you want to be considered for a VoxBox in the future.
So that’s the explanation out of the way! I’m relatively new to Influenster, this is only my second VoxBox. However, if you have any questions then I’m more than happy to answer them the best I can, and share my experience! If you do want to contact me then feel free to drop a comment on this post, email me at email@example.com, or DM me on Instagram.
Here are the items I received in this VoxBox:
- Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ Gel Eye Crayon in ‘(Pop)ular’ – £20.00
- Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ Gel Eye Crayon in ‘Pink of me’ – £20.00
Although I’ve put the prices, it’s important to note that I received these products complimentary from Influenster to test. Therefore, I did not purchase these.
The Highliners come in a very similar box as the Marc Jacobs ‘Velvet Noir’ mascara. They both come in sleek black boxes with white lettering. The packaging of the actual eyeliners is silver with ‘Marc Jacobs’ printed on the tube in black. They also have a section where you can see the colour of the liner near the top.
I loved the packaging for the Marc Jacobs mascara, so I also love this packaging. Just with the mascara, the cardboard is very thick and glossy. The eyeliners are quite light but you wouldn’t want them to be too heavy as it would make it difficult to use.
On the John Lewis website, the claims for this product are:
‘Colour life with all the crayons in the box.
Inspired by Marc’s boldly bright resort 2017 collection, embracing the freewheeling ’80s and MTV kids, this new expression of Highliner delivers high-impact colour for exuberant new eye looks.
Now the intense pigment payoff and amazing glide of original bestselling Highliner comes in a new matte finish. The formula’s pure hues are glitter-free, intensified by super-rich pigment. The malleable formula glides on smoothly for precise application, then sets in place for all-day wear.’
Application and Final Look
‘Pink of me’ is a pink-toned white shade which I’ve used in the waterline a couple of times, and ‘(Pop)ular’ is a more vibrant pink shade.
These apply really smoothly and are extremely pigmented, you don’t need to go over the same spot at all and you hardly have to press on the skin to apply colour. I understand why it’s considered a ‘gel crayon’ as it does apply like a gel. However, once the colour is on and dry, it absolutely does not budge.
I definitely think that it lives up to the claims on the John Lewis website, they do glide on and deliver high-impact colour. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and create a more editorial eyeliner look using ‘(Pop)ular’. This is not a look that I’ve ever tried to do before and I honestly think that doing it with a Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ was a fantastic choice. Despite the liner being near to my crease, it didn’t smudge at all and it stayed all day. Plus the colour was easy to glide on and get in the right place. I do, however, wish that it was slightly more pointed. The end of the liner is quite dull, and because it’s a twist up (which, don’t get me wrong, I do like as it means I don’t have to sharpen it), the end is quite rounded and blunt.
Overall, despite these having a high price point, if you’re in the market for an eyeliner and are happy to pay the price then these are definitely worth it. The colour that they deliver is impressive, I’ve never had a pencil that glides on this easily. The fact that they don’t move, or fade, throughout the day makes them really worth the price and I’m definitely going to continue using these. If I had purchased them myself then I perhaps would have picked different colours, as the pinkish tone in ‘Pink of me’, I find, makes it difficult to know what to do with. Although I used it in my waterline, I found it looked a bit odd as it wasn’t white, but also wasn’t a beige nude. However, this could just be because of my skin tone as the shade is going to look different depending on your skin tone, under tones, eye colour, etc. The colour is really the only issue that I had with these pencils, everything else was 10/10. Of course, if you were to buy these yourself then you aren’t going to have an issue with the colour as you’d pick the one that you like. Additionally, if you’re unsure of how the colour will look, don’t hesitate to pop into your local John Lewis as they should have a display for these Highliners where you’ll be able to swatch the colours.
If you would like to purchase any of the Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ Gel Eye Crayons or find out more then you can do so on the John Lewis website here.
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