By Lauren Valenti published
In today's edition of the multitasker-that-deserves-precious-handbag-real-estate, behold Clarin's 4-Color All-In-One Pen. The new, limited-edition launch is so good I want to stock up on, like, 50 of them...
While the pen had me at 4-in-1—with three eyeliner shades (black, brown, and indigo blue), as well as a universally-flattering beige lip liner—I was 1,000 times more impressed when it actually landed on my desk. For one, the pen itself is the adult equivalent of the rainbow shuttle pen we all had in the fourth grade. Except you not only click down for your desired shade, but like you would with a twist-up eyeliner, you can adjust just how much pigment you're working with. Each color is marked with either an eye or lip icon.
It's just so chic, compact, and gadgety, I can't wait for women to ask me about it during touch ups. But while it's an impressive little conversation piece, it's also ridiculously practical. Like, I wouldn't change a thing.
Firstly, a brown and black eyeliner are an important duo. Not because they're the two most classic, universal shades, but because like red wine and The Bachelor, they're better when they're together. Used on its own, black might be too harsh, while brown is too soft. But used together, they strike a perfect balance and create more dimension. Layer them on top of each other, or wear a slash of black on the upper lash line and brown tightlined into the lower lashes.
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Then there's the indigo blue, which is a liiittle more out there, but still totally wearable. Not to mention, makes the whites of your eyes look even whiter. "Blue is on the opposite side of the color wheel and balances a red eye," explains makeup artist and Gállány beauty founder Ida Gàl-Csiszar. Elizabeth Taylor, dame of our hearts, swore by indigo eye makeup to look perpetually sprightly. And while blue eyeliner is probably something you wouldn't tote around on its own, if it's in your bag anyway, you're going to wear it more. My only complaint is that eyeliner tips aren't tapered, which makes it tough for a picture-perfect cat eye...
Finally, having a lip liner on you at all times is just always a good idea—even if you're not a lip color person! By tracing the outside of your lips, you can define and contour your pout, as well as keep your lipstick from bleeding. Or you can just fill everything in for a long-lasting, pinky-beige nude lip.
At $30, its not exactly cheap, but considering that you're getting four Clarins offerings in one fell swoop, it's no different than picking up a few essentials at the drugstore. It's actually a bargain in that sense. So do yourself a favor and swipe one (or 10) up while you still can.
Clarins All-in-One Pen, $30; bloomingdales.com.
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