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Review | Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Sparks, Gunmetal & Neptune

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Back in August I wrote a review on Smashbox’s new Always Sharp Kôhl Liners, and those who remember that blog post or click to read the article know that I was veeeeeery enthusiastic about the self-sharpening eye pencils. In 2014 Smashbox is launching a second Always Sharp collection, and I already got to test three of the eight new colors, lucky me! The upcoming Always Sharp 3D Liner collection won’t be available until mid-January, but a true beauty addict always comes prepared, so let’s have a closer look at what to expect next month!

Preview (Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners) (1)

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The new Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners look very much like the Smashbox Always Sharp Kôhl Liners, and the formula and quality are pretty much identical as well. For the full details you can click here to read the review that I wrote back in August, but it basically comes down to this: the Smashbox Always Sharp eye pencils have an incredibly creamy formula that allows for a dream application, they are amazingly pigmented and they’re perfectly waterproof. And in the cap there’s a built-in sharpening mechanism that automatically sharpens the pencils every time you twist the cap. Pretty impressive, huh?

Preview (Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners) (2)

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But there is also a difference between the Always Sharp Kôhl Liners and the new Always Sharp 3D Liners, because the new 3D Liner collection has – unlike the Kôhl collection – a shimmery finish which creates a sparkly 3D effect. Hence the name 3D Liners.

Preview (Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners) (3)

from left to right: Gunmetal, Neptune & Sparks

In total there will be eight shades available of which I got to try three: Sparks, Gunmetal and Neptune. Sparks is a gorgeous dark khaki brown shade, Gunmetal is an edgy metallic silver and Neptune is a mesmerizing dark blue. I like dark eyeliner, so Gunmetal is not really my cup of tea, but Sparks and Neptune are right up my alley. Sparks is the perfect shimmery alternative to plain brown or black eyeliner, and Neptune adds a pop of color to your eye make-up without being over the top.

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner Gunmetal review swatches
Preview (Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners) (4)
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Yep, I rrreally like the new Always Sharp collection. Smashbox has been my absolute go-to brand for good eye pencils for a while now, and it looks like that won’t be changing any time soon!

The Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner eye pencils will be available mid-January in eight different colors. They will be sold exclusively at Marionnaud for 27 CHF.

Which of these three colors do you like best? What is your favorite brand for eye pencils?

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  1. Very great colour and good with a lot of pigment! ;-)

  2. Wauw Neptune is erg mooi zeg! :)

  3. this looks great on you!

  4. Die donkerblauwe is zo mooi! Handig van dat slijpmechanisme want ik zit altijd te sukkelen met oogpotloodjes die afgesleten zijn.. en dan is er nooit een slijper in de buurt te vinden :p

  5. Sparks is my favorite here! For some reason I don’t use pencil liners that much anymore, even though I have a small handful that I really like (love the Pixi formula, and the UD one ain’t bad)!

  6. Wow die Neptune is wel een eyecatcher (hihi)! Normaal ben ik meer voor de zwarte tinten, maar deze blauwe vind ik wel fantastisch!

  7. I like the three D eye liners, I love sparkle :)

  8. Oh wow love it! The colors look great!

  9. Waaw beautiful eye liners ! :)

  10. ooeh i love love gunmetal! heel speciale kleur

  11. oh, alle kleuren zijn erg mooi maar gunmetal is toch het mooist.donker, maar toch een subtiel kleurtje zo in je ooglook. love it! ik snap dat jij dat ook doet!

  12. Wauw, wat een supermooie kleuren! vooral die gunmetal.

  13. Neptune is sooooo purrrrty! I’d buy that!

  14. These look gorgeous on you must check them out when they’re over here!

  15. Wauw neptune is echt mooi!

  16. Wow Neptune is mooi en die staat je goed zeg! Daar ben ik echt fan van :D

  17. These looks great and really pigmented. I haven’t tried any eyeliners from Smashbox before. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Die tweede kleur vind ik echt prachtig!

  19. your eyes are really very pretty even with or without make up! seriously!

  20. Neptune vind ik prachtig zeg!

  21. Alluring shades :) .. Beautiful eye swatches :)

  22. Coucou ma belle
    J’aime beaucoup le gris/argenté ^^

  23. Wauw ze zijn heel erg mooi! Neptune is mijn favoriet!

  24. Wow! I love these!! They are all equally beautiful colors that I can’t even pick my favorite one. xox

  25. Wauw wat een prachtige kleuren zijn dit! Mooie look draag je ook. :)

  26. Beautiful beautiful eyes!

  27. Wauw! Ik vind ze alle drie echt prachtig!

  28. Prachtige kleuren, vooral neptune is gorgeous!

  29. the color neptune looks amazing on you! I love how pigmented these liners are!

  30. I need new eye liner, and I think this one looks perfect! Thanks for the review :)

  31. I love Gunmetal and Urban Decay makes my favorite liners.

  32. Zien er heel mooi uit, vooral Neptune vind ik prachtig!

  33. I really have to try these out! I love the blue one :)

  34. Bij jou staan die allemaal supermooi en voor mij de sparks!

  35. Neptune is geweldig! Echt zo mooi!

  36. Neptune looks amazing! Must try that one!

  37. They look great! I love the shades-really pigmented!

  38. ohhh I’m crazy for those things! I’m wearing green this days! but I always go back to classic black!

  39. Gorgeous! I think Neptune is my favourite.

  40. My hubby was sitting next to me while I read your post. He said you have pretty eyes. I rrreeeaaalllyyy like the gunmetal and I am going to give it a try.

  41. uhhh..I love that!!!! Great

  42. mademoiselle mode

    December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

    lovely color sweety :)


  43. nou! ‘t ziet er goed uit hoor. Mooie kleuren en mooi bij je look.



  44. Ze zien er heel goed uit. Ik ben echt benieuwd naar dit merk. Heb zelf geen favoriete eyeliner merk, ben nog steeds op zoek.

  45. When I see your rad makeups, I think you should definitely do some tutorials for your badly made up readers:)
    Mafalda ❤

  46. Wow, dat ziet er echt mooi uit! Mooie ooglooks heb je gemaakt :)!

  47. Neptune is echt prachtig, wauw!

  48. iliveformydreams

    December 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    De 2de vind ik erg mooi!

  49. Mooi, ik hou ook van glitterpotloden.
    Hopelijk kom ik in Londen een smashbox counter tegen.

  50. wauw heel erg mooi! ik zou zelf het snelst kiezen voor zwart (lekker neutraal) maar de andere kleuren zijn ook prachtig
    en wat een pigmentatie!

  51. I always wear black, so maybe if I give the fist or second one a try I will like it! I wish they were available now :(


  52. I read on other blogs that they seem to be amazing! Unfortunately out of my budget :(

  53. Die neptune is echt zalig, supermooie kleur!!

  54. Ik ga dit weekend ook eens een voorraadje Smashbox inslaan in Parijs!

  55. I love that these liners are always sharp and that Neptune color is so fantastic on you!


  56. Oh my God! Neptune and Sparks look so amazing!

  57. Wauw heel erg mooi effect!

  58. Waaauw wat een supermooie foto’s dat ten eerste. Ik vind ze alledrie erg mooi, maar die licbtblauwe is toch het meest apart dus dan zou ik daarvoor gaan. Oh wauw ben echt dol op je foto’s haha

  59. Hele mooie oogpotloden! Vooral de kleur Neptune is toch wel mijn favoriet. Ik heb zelf eigenlijk geen favoriet merk voor oogpotloden, want ik gebruik het zelf nooit.

  60. I’m mostly a liquid liner girl, but these do look super pretty! Maybe I will have to give on a shot.

  61. Ooooo gunmetal is a lovely colour!

  62. Wow…. great colours!
    Gunmetal and sparks are such pretty colours!

    I wish you a merry x-mas and a happy new year with very nice posts on your blog!

  63. So pretty! Your eyes look gorgeous, those colors are amazing and I am having major brow envy too!

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