If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I love Japanese makeup. My ears especially perk up when I hear about the release of a new liquid eyeliner because my favourite liquid eyeliners are mostly from Japan. I have Asian hooded eyes, which makes eyeliner easily transfer and smudge onto the bottom of the eye. My eyes are also quite watery, so the outer wings of my eyeliner often disappear first.
Today, I am going to do a little comparison and review three of my favourites which have all won Japanese beauty awards: msh Love Liner Liquid, D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner, and Flow Fushi Moteliner. I would wholeheartedly recommend all three, but just for the sake of being nit-picky, I am going to talk about the pros and cons of each. I am also comparing them all in black to make it more fair.
I used mostly Google translate the details below. If there are any discrepancies, I would love to know.
msh Love Liner Liquid in Rich Black
With a 0.1 mm brush tip, this liquid eyeliner touts longevity and pigmentation. The aluminum packaging gives the liner a nice weight during application. Apparently, common resin containers weigh 6 g, but this liner weighs 12 g. The formula also contains moisturizing ingredients, which help to keep your makeup looking moist (not entirely sure what that means). I only found this out recently, but it is supposed to be removable with warm water. Initially, it came in 3 colours (rich black, noble brown, dark brown), but they have now since added 5 more colourful shades.
D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Like the Love Liner, the D. U. P. liner has a 0.1 mm brush tip and comes in 3 colours (black, brown black, and natural brown). It also claims to have great longevity (waterproof, sweatproof, and sebumproof) and dries down quickly. It also contains ingredients, like collagen, to nourish the skin. Furthermore, the liner does not dye the skin and breaks apart when washed off.
Flow Fushi Moteliner in Black
Like the other two liquid eyeliners, Flow Fushi also boasts extreme longevity (does not bleed and is water-resistant). The brush tip is similar in size to the other two liners. It is made by worldwide renowned Yamoto Kakao craftsmen combined with advanced technology using four types of brush hair. Made of aluminum, its octogan shape fits ergonomically in the hand and provides stability during application. It is another non-dye liner, which easily comes off with water. It comes in 4 colours (brown black, black, brown, and navy black). A new colour called Cherry Cheek has just been released.
As you see from the three descriptions, these three liquid eyeliners are quite similar and in some ways, they perform quite similarly. In the introduction, I mentioned that I would recommend all the three of them because they are all pigmented, long-lasting, and easy to apply. However, just to really put them them through a hardcore review, I am going to a “best of” list for fun. I hope this also helps you decide which one is right for you.
Best Longevity – Flow Fushi Moteliner
This ones goes to Flow Fushi! If I have a long day, I usually wear this one because it pretty much lasts all day. I am always amazed at night while removing makeup that the whole eyeliner is pretty still pretty intact. It does smear a little in the older corners if you have watery eyes that day because it removes the easiest with water. I think that if you cry, this one might come off. The other two last extremely well too, except the bottom outer wings will often start disappearing on me at the end of a 8 hour work day.
Best Application – msh Love Liner
The octagon packaging of the Flow Fushi seems like it would be the most ergonomic and best for application. However, if I don’t have much time, I always prefer the msh Love Liner because I usually don’t have to fix any mistakes. Something about the weight really keeps my hand steady. The formula is also the least watery, so I feel like I can take my time applying it before the ink just rushes out of the tip. Lastly, you can easily go over a line multiple times without it skipping or taking the liner off underneath (which the D. H. C. liner does sometimes).
Best Price for Value – D. H. C.
They are are around the same price though, with the msh being the most expensive at 1600 Yen and the D. H. C. being the cheapest, at 1300 Yen. Converted to Canadian Dollars, where I live, it would be around $15-$18 CAD. They all contain the same amount of product.
Best Pigmentation – tie between Flow Fushi and D. H. C.
I think all three liners are pretty black, but if I really had to be picky, the depth of the black from the msh Love Liner is a little intense than the other two.
Best Removal – Flow Fushi
It is so interesting to me that all three are considered water-resistant, but yet they remove with water. I decided to experiment with this idea by drawing all three liners on my hand, and putting them under the tap. None of them smudged when put directly under the tap, but when rubbed with a cotton ball under the tap and soaked with water, they all came off. The easiest one to remove is the Flow Fushi one. It usually comes off with one swipe with a dual phase eye makeup remover, while with the other two I usually soak a bit, before I swipe with a cotton pad. Only the Flow Fushi liner removes well with micellar water.
For me, the best packaging has always been the msh Love Liner. It is a shiny rose gold and I love the feel of the weighed applicator. Plus, it has a mechanism in the cap that prevents it from drying out.
VERDICT: So which one do I love the most? It really depends on what I am doing that day. Most days, I will use the msh Love Liner, because it has good longevity and the application is the least fussy. However, if I have a long day out, I will usually use the Flow Fushi one because it lasts the longest. The only con is that the brush hairs have splayed on me a bit when I put the cap back on, and I have had to cut a couple brush hairs off.