My trouble with standard cotton swabs is the lack of control I have over the products I'm using. I apply my pencil eyeliner, grab a cotton swab and start to smudge away. My problems occurred when I got to my inner corner...I felt like they smudged out the product way too much and created way too fat of a line. Same thing would happen when I would get to the outer corner...the cotton swap moved too much product around and I quickly ended up looking like I woke up under a coffee table at a frat party...major raccoon eyes.
I picked these up at CVS several weeks ago and they have been a daily use item ever since.
The pointed end gives me so much more control of my inner and outer corners. It keeps me from bringing too much product up onto my lid and making a "smudgy, smoky, sexy" eye look become more like a "I'm about to make the Walk of Shame" look. The shape of the swab also makes the prettiest wing shape on the outer corner.
Once I have smudged out my liner to the desired effect, I use the cotton swab to top the liner with a powder product. The opposite end is round and gives you more of that "conventional" smudge of a normal cotton swab, which I find useful for the lower lash line. If any mistakes are made along the way...dip the end of the swab in some makeup remover or moisturizer for precise, easy clean up.
Definite favorite and must-have for me
The Look...using only cotton swabs
For this look I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero on my upper lash line, lower lash line, tightline, and waterline. I topped that with Revlon Perle eyeshadow in Black Galaxy and finished up with several coats of Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes! mascara. Cotton swabs were the only tool I used to create this look.