We’ve always known that cotton swabs are handy for all sorts of grooming dilemmas, but cotton swabs filled with a soothing cucumber-aloe-green tea potion that saturates the tip with a snap of your fingers? Sign me up. In fact, I’ve been carting around a case of these for a month (they hit shelves sometime this week), never mind that there’s hardly room in my purse for a wallet, let alone much else. Because no matter what I do, no matter the mascara du jour, there will be a faint black smudge underneath the outer corners of my eyes within hours of application. And then I’m tugging at the skin with dry tissue, my fingers—whatever’s within arm’s reach. Forgive the dramatics, but these sticks are a godsend. You simply break off the marked end, which releases the fluid into the other end…preferably in front of at least one other person, just to see the perplexed look on their face. Errant eyeliner, running mascara, and eye shadow creases don’t stand a chance. I had to edit down the contents of an evening clutch recently, for a humid outdoor party, and guess what made the cut? A credit card, $20, my keys, lipstick, and three of these. The best news yet? They’re $5.50 a pop. Meet your new summer staple.
05.30.11 / The Review