Another Eyeliner, Another Review: Espoir Color Painting Waterproof Eye Pencil

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Current Eyeliner Collection

It is time again for yet another eyeliner review!  For the last few months, I have been testing out the Espoir Color Painting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Womanizer.  I decided to purchase this pencil based on the sole recommendation of one my favourite Youtubers, which is probably not the best idea.  She said that this pencil was smudgeproof all day, which sounded impossible to me, but I thought, well maybe, just maybe, she might be right.  You know what happened next, I immediately hit the “add to cart” button, and here I am with, you probably guessed it, with a slightly disappointed review.

Using Google Translate, here are list of claims from Espoir’s website:

  • “slippery texture,” which I assume means that the pencil draws with really good glide
  • waterproof and long-wearing
  • high pigmentation with a delicate pearl shimmer
  • 10 colours
  • you can smudge it out and use it as an eyeshadow
  • needs to be sharpened with a separate eye pencil sharpener
  • the sponge applicator on the end can be used two ways: on its side for a sharp line and on its wider side for a smooth gradation

Packaging

It comes in a sleek matte packaging.  The pencil has a spongy applicator on one end to smudge out the liner.  The pencil itself needs to be sharpened with a separate sharpener.

Application

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This is definitely one of those gel type eyeliners.  It is quite soft and is meant to be smudged out.  Therefore, it makes sense that it can get a little clumpy when applied on the lash line.  You can get a very sharp line when it is sharpened though.  However, I am not a big fan of having to sharpen these pencils all the time.  They are so soft that they get stuck in my pencil sharpener.  Sticking it in the fridge beforehand does make the sharpening easier.

Like most gel eyeliners, this pencil has very good glide.  You don’t have to worry about it tugging on your eyelids.  The sponge applicator is great for extending and sharpening your wing, which is usually more difficult with pencil eyeliners.  This is probably one of favourite aspects of this pencil.  Since my eyeliner is black, I never did try smudging it over my entire eyelid as an eye shadow.  However, I did notice that there is a few minutes of “play time” before it completely sets.

Longevity

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As a waterproof pencil, it does wonderfully.  I didn’t swim with it, but I applied it on my hand and ran it under the tap.  It didn’t budge at all even when I tried to smudge it with my finger.  However, it is not smudge-proof on me.  After a few hours, the liner will run a little into the fine lines in the corners of my eyes.  Not bad, and I usually don’t even fix it.  At the end of an 8 hour work day, I find that the smudging will be a little more apparent.  I will usually do a little touch-up.  I do find that most of the eyeliner is still there except for the wing portion.  However, it is not a liner that will continue to look good after 10+ hours. The smudging gets pretty apparent after that time.

VERDICT:  It is a solid gel eyeliner, except that I don’t consider it super long-wearing on me.  Might work for someone with less hooded eyes and a less oily eyelid area.  (Rating: 3.5/5)

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Eyeliner Face-Off: Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil vs. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Pencil XL Review

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Akin to foodies who are always on the hunt for the best brunch, I am always on the hunt for the best eyeliner.  I picked up these two pencil eyeliners as deluxe samples from Sephora a few months ago and thought it was the perfect opportunity to test them out without paying full price.  I love eyeliners from Asia, but I was super excited to try some other brands as well for this blog.  The liners in question are the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil (Noir Intense) and Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil (Matte Black).  I am going to start off by talking about the claims of each product (just summarized from their websites) then move onto a more in-depth review.

Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil (Noir Intense)

  • longwear khôl eyeliner

  • glides on smoothly and softly
  • maximum colour intensity
  • all day wear
  • liquid-like creamy texture blends beautifully
  • smudge-resistant colour
  • 16 shades

Makeup Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil (Matte Black)

  • extra long lasting waterproof pencil
  • ultra-pigmented colours
  • easy application, amazingly smooth glide
  • super precise and ultra-resistant
  • creamy texture blends easily with a brush
  • 20 shades
  • five finishes – matte, satiny, iridescent, metallic, diamond

As you can see, they are pretty similar in what they offer in comparison to other eyeliners, which is a long-wearing and pigmented eyeliner.  So lets go through my criteria for eyeliner and see how they each fared.

I’ll so just say right off the bat that I probably wouldn’t be buying either liner after trying the sample.  It is just that I have a very difficult eyelids, nothing stays on them all day.  So I am guessing these might work better on someone with less oily and watery hooded eyes.  Overall, I just felt that neither them worked well enough for me to consider buying the full size.

Longevity – Lancôme

On me, both these liners will start to flake off it in bits (Lancôme) or sink into fine lines (Make Up Forever) in the outer corner of the eye after a few hours.  After a full work day (8-10) hours, they both have completely smudged on the bottom outer corner of my eyes.  Plus, I don’t find the Make Up Forever pencil that waterproof because after getting teary from cutting onions, I feel like there was even more smudging under the eyes.

Pigmentation – Lancôme

They are both very black.  However, the Lancôme is “blacker.”  The Make Up For Ever one still has a hint of grey in comparison.

Application – Make Up For Ever

In some sense this might not be an entirely fair comparison because the Lancôme liner is a khôl eyeliner.  This type of eyeliner is usually a bit more soft.  However, I found the Lancôme liner to be way too mushy during application.  Chunks of the liner would also come off the liner when you applied it.  Even worst is that when it dried, you cannot apply over top of it again to fix mistakes because dried chunks of the liner will fall off leaving a blank area on your lid.

The Make Up For Ever fared much better.  I think it had pretty good glide, although I don’t feel it is amazing like they claim.  With this pencil, you are able to redraw over the line even when it is starting to dry.

VERDICT:  I don’t recommend either one if you want a totally smudgeproof day.  Out of the two, I would probably recommend the Make Up Forever Pencil more because the application was a little easier.  Plus, the Lancôme pencil was so hard to sharpen because it was so soft.  It is probably one of those that you need to put in the refrigerator before you sharpen it.  Overall, I am disappointed that they both didn’t work for me, but I’m glad I didn’t have to buy the full to size to find that out.

The Best Liquid Eyeliners I Have Ever Tried (all from Japan): D. U. P Silky Liquid Eyeliner, msh Love Liner, and Flow Fushi Moteliner Review

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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.

Background

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.

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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.

Best Packaging – msh Love Liner

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.

I have also done in-depth reviews of the msh Love Liner here and D. H. C. Silky Liquid Liner here if you are interested.

Will it Make the Podium?: CLIO Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner Review

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Another eyeliner and another possible disappointment.  I’m just joking.  This one, the CLIO Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner is not bad, but will it make it into my Top 3 pencil eyeliners?  Well, initial impressions say maybe.  Mostly, I decided to pick up this eyeliner at my local Asian supermarket because popular beauty Youtuber meejmuse often talks about how great CLIO eyeliners are.  Like her, I am Asian and have hooded lids, so I thought this eyeliner was worth a try.

One other thing I often notice is that just because something is labelled “waterproof,” it might still smudge on me.  It usually happens on the outer wing.  I do have pretty watery eyes on the outer corners, so I don’t know if the waterproofing is just not strong enough for me.  Anyone have any insights about this?

Here is just a quick rundown of my present Top 3 Pencil Eyeliners:

GoldClinique Quickliner for Eyes

SilverEtude House Play 101 Pencil

BronzeStila Smudgestick Waterproof Eye Liner

Will this eyeliner make it on the podium?

The main claims of this eyeliner are that it is super slim at 2mm, has good pigmentation, and is budge-proof against water, sweat, and oil.  It comes in black and brown.

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Packaging

I really like the packaging.  It is sleek and minimalist and has an awesome click when closed.  This is a twist-up pencil, so it doesn’t need sharpening.  The tip is so thin though (2 mm) that is not difficult to make a precise line.  The liner does twist all the way in so you don’t have to worry about it hitting the lid when closing.

Application

Glide – This pencil definitely glides well over the eyelid.  There is no pulling or tugging at all. Well, it is a gel eyeliner, so I guess that is to be expected.  However, for me, a pencil that has good glide can sometimes be a good and bad thing.  I feel that gel pencils usually glide well because gel pencils tips are a bit softer than regular pencil liners.  However, sometimes the tip can get kind of soft and mushy after a while.  This one holds its shape pretty well despite the fact that on their website, it says to “dispense small amounts” because “contents may break off.”

Precision – Since the tip is so fine, it is easy to create a thin line and a pretty nice wing.  You can create a thicker line as well, but it takes longer to built it up.  As I mentioned above, since the tip is softer, you just need to dab and the colour shows up on your lid.  For me, I found that this stressed my out a little because like applying liquid liner, there was very little room for error.

Longevity

This liner lasts pretty much all day.  However, it is always the outer corners that start disappearing on me and smearing under the eyes a little bit.  Unfortunately, with this liner, it did happen after 3 or 4 hours.

Price

This retails for $12 USD on their website.

VERDICT:  I think I am going to give this eyeliner a Bronze medal!  For me, longevity always trumps and this lasted longer than than the Stila eyeliner.  However, as a gel eyeliner, the Silver place holder, Etude House eyeliner, is even more long-lasting.  Plus, the fine tip makes it an all-around more versatile liner.

Will it Make the Podium?: Wander Slide Liner Gel Eyeliner Review

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As the name of my blog suggests, I am always looking for that next eyeliner that will not smudge on me.  It ha been kind of a mission for me to find the best one for those with hooded, oily, and watery eyes.  You can check out my eyeliner testing history here, and the post also talks about how I came upon this eyeliner, Wander’s Slide Liner Gel Eyeliner in Smokey Black.  Here is a list of my current top 3 pencil eyeliners:

GoldClinique Quickliner for Eyes

SilverEtude House Play 101 Pencil

BronzeStila Smudgestick Waterproof Eye Liner

There are several things that I usually look for in a pencil eyeliner.  I chose to break down this review according these factors.  Just a little background first if you are unfamiliar with the Wander makeup line.  It was started by started by the supermodel Linda Ellingson and is brand that creates travel-inspired luxury beauty products.

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Packaging

Usually, I tend to favour pencil eyeliners that twist-up even though they are less precise (unless they come with that sharpener at the end of the pencil).   Therefore, I am not particularly fond of the fact that you have the sharpen this pencil even though it is nice to have a really sharp and precise point sometimes.  The maroon and gold packaging is beautiful and chic and it is nice to have a strip at the bottom which reflects the colour of the pencil.

Application

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Longevity

I think this is the category where this eyeliner may fall a little short.  It will stay on for most of the day.  However, it will start to smudge underneath my eyes in the outer corners where I wing out slightly after a few hours.  I need to touch up a little usually midday.  I mean, this happens to me with most eyeliners though.  Also, with removal, you will need something a little more hardcore than a micellar water.

VERDICT:  I don’t think it is going to make it in my top 3.  I think smudge-wise it is about equal to the Stila liner, but the Stila pencil just edges out the Wander liner because you don’t need sharpen it.

Will it Make the Podium?: D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner Review

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When I do top 3 or top 10 blog posts, it almost feels like an Olympic sport.  The next fastest speed or in this case, the next best preforming product will knock someone off the podium.  Today, I am going to talk about the D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner.  This eyeliner is made by a Japanese brand more known for their eyelash glue and eyeliners.  I only knew about this eyeliner’s existence when I saw it at my local Asian beauty store.  It had a “Cosme #1” (Japanese beauty rating site) sticker on it, so I had to give it a try.

It is a little hard to get hold of out of Asia.  I found a seller on Amazon.

So right now who is on the podium?

Goldmsh Love Liner Liquid

SilverKat Von D Tattoo Liner

BronzeKiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner

To decide whether the D. U. P. Silky Liquid Eyeliner deserves a medal,  I am going to put it through some rigorous testing.  Here are all the criteria that I look for in a liquid eyeliner:

Packaging

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The packaging of the D. U. P. liner is super simple, just a  black plastic tube.  It has the similar brush tip as many Asian liquid eyeliners.  Not that I am huge fan of fancy packaging, but compared to the other lines on the podium, it is definitely a little lacking in this area.  Furthermore, it doesn’t have the special mechanism in the cap like Love Liner and Kat Von D do to prevent the liner from drying out.

Pigmentation

It is super black with a tiny big of sheen.  Pigmentation is comparable to the other three on the podium.

Application

This is a category where it falls a little below Love Liner and Kat Von D Liners.  In the beginning, this eyeliner was too watery and too much came out of the tip so I found it really hard to control.  When it dried out, the application was a lot smoother.

However, I feel that a liquid eyeliner has to be consistent in its application for it be considered great in my books.  Sometimes, with the D. U. P. eyeliner, the liquid doesn’t also continuously flow or might not reach the tip.  Furthermore, sometimes it will be hard to reapply again on top of liner which has already been applied. Surprisingly though, sometimes, the application would be almost as great as my favourite Love Liner.

Longevity

This liner definitely lasts as long as the Love Liner and Kat Von D liners.  For me, the smudging usually happens on the outer wing after like a 8 hour work day.  By the end of the night, most of the liner was still there, except for a little on the bottom of the outer wing.  Pretty impressive.

VERDICT

So does it make it onto the podium?  I think it will!  I going to give it a bronze medal!  It definitely is lacking a bit in the packaging and application department.  However, it definitely beats out the Heroine Make eyeliner in terms of longevity and application, so I going to have to sadly dethrone the Heroine Make eyeliner to an honourable mention.

Review: Etude House Play 101 Pencils #6 and #49

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The Etude House Play 101 Pencils have been reviewed quite a bit already.  However, I feel that since there are 50 pencils in the collection, I thought it would still be useful to review the performance of the different textures in the collection.  Plus, I have had these pencils for a while, and have been using them quite regularly, so I thought I could give a more detailed review.

On their website, it states that the pencils can be used on the “lips, eyes, and cheeks etc.”  They come in 5 different textures: creamy, matte, glossy, shimmering, and glitter.  Today, I am going to compare two pencils with different textures.  #6 is one from the “shimmering” category and #49 is in the “creamy” category.  These are twist-up pencils that come with a sharpener at the end of the pencil.

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I also have #50 which is like a very dark maroon.  However, I don’t own it anymore because it has dried out.  It was so dark that I pretty much used it in place of a black eyeliner.  I mentioned my thoughts on it briefly in my eyeliner history post.  In brief, it was a beautiful eyeliner that glided easily on the eyelid and lasted all day.  The only con was that it was so creamy that it became difficult to sharpen as it got all “mushy.”  It dried out towards the end as well.

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#49 Creamy

Since it is in the creamy range, this pencil is very similar in texture to the #50 I mentioned above.  It is a pigmented, dark matte brown perfect for everyday wear.  The pencil glides over the eyelid easily and stays put all day.  I even wore my swatches while showering and they stayed on.  Unlike #50, I found that this eyeliner was not as creamy as #50, and didn’t have the problem of it get really hard to sharpen.  An added bonus is that it hasn’t dried up like #50 on me.

#6 Shimmering

I am less a fan of this eye pencil.  It is a metallic champagne colour.  I guess, since it is not in the creamy line, it doesn’t glide as easily on the eyelid or underneath of the eye.  Initially, I thought this would be great liner for highlighting the inner corner of the eye or under the eye, Korean “aeygo” style.  However, this liner does not blend out well and can be patchy, which doesn’t make for a very beautiful highlight.  Lastly, like #49, this one also didn’t dry up on me either.

VERDICT:  These are great liners for the price.   I think I prefer ones from the creamy line more than the shimmering one, but just be aware of the creamy ones being “too creamy” and possibly drying out.

Choose Your Adventure: Pencil Eyeliners

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As you’ve probably guessed from the name of my blog, I love eyeliners!  I have definitely tried my fair share of eyeliners over the years.  However, I am always willing to try more until I find the perfect one.  Recently, I’ve had some bad luck with the last couple of eyeliners I have tried and am on the hunt for a new pencil eyeliner.  As I am writing this post, I have no idea what I am getting next, but I thought it would be fun to bring you along in the process “Choose Your Adventure” style.

Brief History of my Eyeliner Journey

Over the many years that I have been using eyeliner, the one eyeliner that has stuck with me through thick and thin is the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes.  No matter how I stray, I always go back this eyeliner.  For me, it has the best combination of glide, longevity, and packaging.  In my books, it has stood the test of time.

I must say though, I have definitely strayed over the years.  When I started to hear the hype around Urban 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner, I bought them both, but they both smudged pretty badly on me within a few hours.  The only one that kind of lived up to the hype for me is the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner.  This one still smudges on me, but it lasts longer than the other two I mentioned above.

Since I have hooded, oily, and watery eyelids, I started to think I needed some hardcore eyeliner. Since I am Asian, I started experimenting with some eyeliners from Korea and Japan because I figured that they must have similar problems I have.  I actually thought I had found my new holy grail eyeliner when I tried the Etude House Play 101 Pencil.  This is definitely more of gel-type eyeliner.  It glides easily over the eyelid and lasts pretty much all day.  However, because of its creaminess, it is kind of difficult getting it sharpened after a while.  Plus, it dries out completely within a few months.  I have also been trying out the THREE Shadow Lining Performance Eyeliner and the Visee Super Slim Gel Liner from Japan.  I am sorry to report that the tips have kept breaking off and they don’t glide easily over the eyelid.  Lastly, the msh Love Liner Pencil Eyeliner also didn’t work out for me.  You can check out the review here.

Finding my Next Pencil Eyeliner “Follow Your Adventure” Style

Should I get an pencil eyeliner from:

A – a Western Brand

B – an Asian Brand

I am going to pick “A” this time because my last three Asian pencil eyeliners did not work out for me.  I think it is time to give some non-Asian brand liners a try.

So I decide to go on Sephora to check out what they have, which turned out to be 100 pencil eyeliners.  How am I going to narrow this down?

Should I narrow it down by:

A – Best Selling

B – Top Rated

C – New

I have tried a few of the Best Selling liners, so it is either “B” or “C.”  I think it is going to be a combination of both, which means something newer but also has pretty good reviews.  After browsing through the top rated section with the new products in mind, I have narrowed it down to these two, Wander Beauty Slide Liner Gel Liner,  and the tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner.

Which one should I get?

A – Wander Beauty Slide Liner Gel Liner

B – tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

After checking some more reviews online, I think I am going to have to go with “A“, the Wander Beauty eyeliner.  I think the tarte one is interesting because it is double-ended.  There isn’t a lot reviews on this one yet, but just checking out reviews on tarte’s other eyeliners, they seem mixed. However, I might get this one next time.

If you have any eyeliner recommendations, I would love it!

Twins: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and msh Love Liner Liquid

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Almost nothing stays on my eyelids.  Can’t really blame the products when your eyelids have everything going against them.  Hooded.  Oily.  Watery.  And I have tried a lot liquid eyeliners.  From ones that say 24 hr. wear to long-lasting and smudgeproof, these two liquid liners , Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper  (sample size in photo) and msh Love Liner Liquid in Rich Black, are the best I have tried in terms of longevity and ease of use.  I thought it would be fun to compare them since they are shockingly similar, but one is from a Japanese brand and the other from an American brand.

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They both have the pretty standard liquid liner packaging.  The big difference is that one of the pen cylinders is matte and decorative and the other is shiny and elegant.  Other than that though, they are almost identical, down to the special mechanism in the cap that keeps the nib from drying out.  The Kat Von D liner is surprisingly made in Korea, so I wonder if they are made from a similar factory in Asia!

The brush tip applicators are exactly the same.  Very similar to most of the Japanese liquid liners, like Dolly Wink and Heroine Make.  If I were to be nick picky, the Kat Von D brush tip is a tiny bit stiffer.

You have to shake both of the pens before application and they sound exactly the same.

Application

Both liners apply super smooth and are very black.  The brush tip makes it easy to control the width of the line.  Removal is average, usually takes more than a swipe with a makeup remover.

Price

They both are about the same price in the $20 CAD range.  Depending on where you live, one might be easier to get than the other one.

VERDICT: If there was a secret blind test, I don’t think I could tell the difference between them.  It really depends which one is easier to access for you and whether you want a matter finish (Kat Von D).  Lastly, the only thing that might sway my vote one way or the other is that msh has just come out with a colour collection with 5 colours!  Drool.

Review: msh Love Liner Liquid and Pencil Extra Smooth

IMG_1591What if you missed out on meeting Prince Charming, but got the chance to meet his younger brother?  You might hope that the apple usually doesn’t fall far from the tree, right?  Well, in this case, the apple is nowhere near the tree.

msh Love Liner Liquid is like my Prince Charming.  To me, it is almost a perfect liquid eyeliner.  The rose gold coloured packaging is sturdy and beautiful.  Moreover, I have been using it for half a year, and it still has not dried out.  I think this is mostly due to a special mechanism in the cap.  Like many Japanese liquid eyeliners, it has a brush tip which is flexible and allows you to control the width of the line.

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What makes this liner even better than some popular liquid eyeliners from Herione Make and Dolly wink for me is how long it stays on my eyes.  Literally, very little stays on my eyes without smudging, hence the name of this blog.  However, this liner will stay put on my eyes for 12 hours. Even after 16 hours, 90% of the line is still on my eyes.  It is a miracle!

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Unfortunately, the msh Pencil Extra Smooth, is nothing like prince charming.  I still wonder if I got a defective pencil because other bloggers have had a better experience.  I just don’t have many positives to say about this pencil other than it has the twisting self sharpening mechanism that the recent Smashbox pencil has.  It seems like a great idea.  However, I feel like it makes the pencil less versatile because sometimes you might duller point or longer pencil lead to work with.

The packaging is not a major problem.  It is mostly the formula.  The pencil is very patchy when applied to the eye.  It is not very good at gripping on to the eye when you draw your line.  Lastly, the colour is also not very black compared to some other pencils on the market.  I tried really hard to like it, but I just didn’t reach for it much.  To make matters worse, while swatching it on my hand, the tip broke off, and I have been unable to get the lead to move up into the lid to sharpen again. Basically, I can’t use it anymore.  Unhappy face.

VERDICT:  Loved, loved, loved, the liquid liner.  Pencil liner?  Thumbs down.