Reviewed by Kitri

I am a Janie-come-lately to make-up. I've worn cosmetics all of my adult life, but only about five minutes worth. That didn't change when I reached middle age because I believed in "less is more" when you are older. I started doubting this wisdom when I noticed that my face looked undefined and "blobby" in photographs. I looked around at the attractive, older women I knew, and they were all terrifically made-up. I also remembered reading (I think it was Vogue) years ago - maybe decades ago - that people don't care if a middle-aged woman looks natural; they just care if she looks great. It was one of those "sounds interesting but I don't really get it" statements. Now I get it.

I did some quick experimentation with eyeliner and realized that (1) black is too harsh (notwithstanding that I'm Asian), and (2) gel liners provide the best combination of longevity and pigment. My favorite is Tarte's clay eyeliners, but they contain propylene glycol. So I was really excited when TIA offered me a chance to try the Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner. The color is Midnight Sea, which is a blackish navy. It comes in a tiny pot, and can be applied with an eyeliner brush.

As much as I want to like the Youngblood liner, it just doesn't have the pigment density that I need. No matter how many times I swipe my brush across the pot, I never pick up enough gel to create a definite line on my lids. I'm not after Cleopatra eyes, just a narrow, smudgy outline above the lashes. The color density reminds me of the watercolor trays my kids used to play with when they were small. The color is more of a wash than a deep outline. It might be good for lining the lower lids of a person with larger eyes, but I'm not blessed with such peepers.

Ingredients - Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Methicone, Barium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, 77491, CI 77499), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).