Barry M vs. Makeup Forever Eyeliner

I guess this is the start of a series? I’ve been meaning to do this review since last year so here goes! :D

Oh and if any of you have any suggestions of other comparisons I could do feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

I’ve been using the Make Up For Ever eyeliner for around a year now and the Barry M one for a little bit less.

Here are the basics:

Make Up For Ever

  • In the UK the price varies between £12-13
  • I can’t find any solid information on whether they do or don’t test so just to be safe I’m going to class it as NOT cruelty free.

Barry M

  • £3.99
  • Cruelty Free
  • Smudge proof

The price gap on these two is HUGE so you can imaging how chuffed I was was when I tried out the Barry M eyeliner and found out it was much better than the MUFE eyeliner.

And now for my video review! :D I’ll be doing these more and more so I can actually demonstrate the points I’m trying to make rather than tell you what I think, plus that way people who prefer a short-and-to-the-point video format can watch those :)


Barry M wins hands down on this one for several reasons, (which is impressive because the Make Up For Ever eyeliner is by no means a bad eyeliner).

  • Barry M is certainly cruelty-free while MUFE is quite hazy on the subject
  • Affordable
  • Barry M is a rich black colour while MUFE is a grey black

You can buy the Barry M Bold Black eyeliner in Superdrug or at their official online store

BTW what do you think about the video review? Anything I could improve on/you want to see?

Uni Work: Harry Potter Poster

This is one of those projects that I’ve been dying to do!

Being a huge Drew Struzan fan I really wanted to attempt to do a imitation poster where I took his style and tried to replicate it in a poster.

Drew Struzan had already done the first Harry Potter poster but then for some insane reason the studio decided to go with the “standard” photography and photoshop route which I personally hate as Drew Struzan’s posters have a magic about them which modern posters just don’t have.

Anyway, enough babbling.

I started out by sketching out an A2 version of the small 45 sketch I’d drawn my idea, I just used a mechanical pencil and for the blending a paper pencil and a clay shaper.

Seeing as this was my first time using an airbrush I didn’t want to try and do the whole thing just using the airbrush.

Plus even though I’m trying to imitate drew Struzan there was no way in hell I was going to get it even remotely close to his standard so I just wanted the composition to look Struzan-ish but the painting style to be more mine but with his kind of colour choice.

I started by airbrushing the skin and then doing around 60% of the rest of the painting/drawing with colour soft pencils.

After that I used the airbrush again for shading, large areas of colour and reflections on the glass.

I finished off by applying a few finishing touches with a small brush.

Oh and I’m starting to get into the habit of having a camera on now when I’m working, a habit I’m hoping to keep up :)