Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner

July 30, 2010

I’m normally a gel-liner type of girl because I find it easier to get an even line along my upper lashes with a fine-tipped brush (Bobbi Brown’s Gel Liner brush is my favorite). However I also love the twist-up pencils that don’t require any sharpening. Chanel has one called Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($28) in a variety of shades. These replaced a formula called Aqua Crayon (can’t remember the exact year these were discontinued). I believe all the shades from the previous formula were discontinued except for the black and brown. The Chanel eyeliners (twist-up style) I own include:

Black Shimmer – dark cool grey (not really black)
Cassis – plum black-brown
Vert Bronze – complex, hard to describe, it has olive, bronze, gold tones
Marine – shimmering navy
Ébène – matte black
Tweed (Aqua Crayon formula) – warm golden taupe

The color strip on the end of the packaging gives you an accurate idea of what you will get on your eyes.

Swatched on bare skin in 3 different light settings. What I love about these is that they really stay put. I only line along the upper lash line though. I can’t do waterline or underneath the eyes. I am like Rachel Green from Friends: extremely challenged when trying to put anything near the eyeball (eye drops included). So I can’t say how well it lasts when applied those ways.

Note that Marine goes on the eyes a bit more subtle than when swatched on the arm. At least on me. If you want a brighter blue, check out Bobbi Brown’s Denim Ink (new from her Denim & Rose collection).

No flash, natural light:

I normally am able to simply line and go. Occasionally I will take a small smudge brush (Laura Mercier’s is my favorite) and smoke it out a bit and re-apply. They normally don’t require blending/smoothing but those who don’t have a super steady hand will find a brush will do the trick.

Although I don’t own all the shades, I have tried every single color. The bright teal green color included. One of the national artists applied it on me and it was so gorgeous. But knowing myself all too well, knew I would never be brave enough to use it on my own.

I’m waiting for a pretty brown shimmer color to be released or a black gold. Their Black Shimmer isn’t really black at all, it’s really more grey.

I cannot swatch compare these to other brands as it is extremely time consuming and tedious. I have already done an extensive smokey eye series that I highly recommend you check out if you want more eyeliner options other than your basic black or brown. There is a black/grey post that will show you how many different variations of black eyeliners there are. Click on the Smokey label on the side bar for those posts. I do ask that you please do not republish those photos even though they haven’t been watermarked. It can be extremely frustrating to put time and effort into something that gets stolen and put on other blogs and websites. All my work is copyrighted.

*Update* if you like these colors but want a gel formula instead I recommend checking out these options:

Black Shimmer – Bobbi Brown Granite or Graphite Shimmer Inks
Cassis – Bobbi Brown Black Plum
Vert Bronze – no dupe!
Marine – Bobbi Brown Denim Ink
Ébène – Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink
Tweed no dupe!

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  • I love these! I have black and navy. I used to use gel eyeliner all the time but now I usually reach for one of these – so much easier and I love that they don't need sharpening!

  • That was brilliant. Thanks. I am going to purchase the Marine and Vert Bronze now that I have seen the extensive review. Keep up the diligent work.

  • Cafe Bellini – I agree!

    Hikari – I'm so happy this helped you. I should note that on the eyes, Marine isn't quite as bright as it swatches on the arm. If you're looking for a brighter blue, check out Bobbi Brown's new Denim Ink Gel Liner. You'll need a brush, but it's stunning! Vert Bronze is soooo beautiful. If you like that shade, also check out Celadon.

  • Gosh those are such pretty colors!! Not TOO bright, and seem very wearable.
    Plus I really prefer twist pencil liners they're more precise.
    They're a BiT pricey though.

  • Jackie

    I love these. The Expresso color is my holy grail product!

    I also heard from my local Chanel SA that they are coming out with a dark gray color. I can't wait to see it!

  • WOW, Vert Bronze. I love grey for waterline — it's less harsh than brown or black. Thanks for introducing me to such a lovely color!

  • Eileen

    Like so many of you other ladies, I have these in several colors and they've all become staples in my make-up wardrobe. They're real workhorses and can be used to create a number of different looks. I also like the convenience of being able to toss them in my purse if I'm going to be taking a daytime look into night while out and about.

    Sabrina, I always line a bit under my lower lashes and sometimes I do my upper waterline. I've had no problem with them fading away under my eye, but the waterline does need refreshing after several hours of wear.

  • I have the Cassis and I love it!!!

  • so many gorgeous picks!!! I love the MAC wolf and Chanel Tweed xoox

  • Z'

    I just bought the Black Shimmer Stylo Yeux based on your recommendation and I love it! It's the best liner I've ever had for the upper lash line. Thank you!

  • Oh I adore the "Tweed" and "Vert Bronze – complex, hard to describe, it has olive, bronze, gold tones" eye pencil! (Of course there is no dupe for the ones I like, doh! haha) they're absolutely gorgeous.

  • I'm been combining a lot of different items to get this looks ….THANK FOR JUST ONE…I,m going to get this today