These last weeks, I have been testing out different eyeliners so that I can compare which ones are best. Most products are from affordable to mid-range brands. I need to save up more to be able to afford the more expensive products but I might be able to do that in the future.
For now, I tried the following:
1. Oh My Eye Line from Etude House
I usually hate liquid eyeliners because I am absolutely useless at applying them. This product from Etude House, however, made applying it very easy. The handle comes with a fine brush that allows you control the weight of your line and the product itself isn’t runny (as is the case with other liquid liners) and goes on smoothly and neatly. It also lasts all day.
The only drawback is it doesn’t dry quickly enough so you might have to wait a few seconds before opening your eye after applying. Otherwise, the product will transfer on your crease as it did when I applied it. But also, perhaps it also depends on the shape of your eyes. I have deep-set eyes so my lash line really touches my crease when my eyes are opened.
Moreover, if you want an opaque, solid black liner, then this product isn’t for you. It has glitter in it which makes the black a dark gray.
2. Lovely Me:ex Auto Eyeliner from the Faceshop
As opposed to the one from Etude House, this eyeliner is in “crayon” form. One one end, you twist the body to get the product up or down while on the other, you get a sponge tip for smudging. Personally, I’m not a fan of this product since it won’t allow you to get a thin line. Also, I find that it doesn’t glide on as smoothly though I might be unfair to say that because this isn’t liquid after all.
Also, in terms of longevity, it’s not the product to wear if you want it to last all day. I wore it in the morning and by lunch time, it was already starting to rub off. Probably because I have oily lids and knowing this, I should have worn a primer.
In terms of color, it’s obviously very black. But, it’s not solid when you apply it the first time. Because it doesn’t go on smoothly, you’d find really small gaps in between. You need to go over your first line to fill in the gaps.
3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon
This eye pencil is very pretty! The color is a shimmery brown that’s not too overwhelming even for day wear. Also, it lasts quite a while and wears well because it’s still nice-looking even when it fades/smudges.
Here’s a closer look at the color. I’m not sure if the shimmer is visible.
4. Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner in Black Brown
This product I was excited to try since I have been wanting to do so since I last visited the Revlon counter. It’s quite similar to the Face Shop product in terms of form and mechanism (goes up and down). The things I like about this product are as follows: 1) Easy, no-mess application 2) Built in sharpener, which allows you to get a finer pen tip for light weight lines.
What I don’t like about the product, however, is that it doesn’t last as long as you would expect it to. I expected it to last all day since it’s called Color Stay but for me, it lasted for half a day before it started smudging. Again, though, I blame my oily lids and my eye-rubbing habits. 🙂
5. Cezanne Ultra Fine Eyeliner
Cezanne is a Japanese cosmetics brand, which offers affordable yet good quality products. It’s quite popular in other Asian countries. At the moment, their products are not yet available in the Philippines but they already have stores in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Because of its fine elastic tip, it allows you to create thin lines which you can later on build if you want to go thicker. Since its liquid, it also glides on very well so you are able to get clean lines.
The only drawbacks are 1) among the products reviewed, this is the only one that’s not waterproof though it does last long as long as it doesn’t get wet 2) and again, it’s not available here yet.
Among the five, my favorites would have to be the Cezanne eyeliner because it’s easy to use and Oh My Eye Line because it lasts all day. My least favorite, on the other hand, would be the Lovely Me:ex Auto Eyeliner from the Faceshop because it’s difficult to control line weight with it and it doesn’t glide on well.
That’s it for now. Next time around I’ll try to get my hands on some Mac Kohl liners (which I hear are extremely good) and will also do a review on them. But that won’t be until much later! 🙂
P.S. Sorry the photos seem to be worse than usual. 😦 Got a new web cam because my old one got ruined. It seems like this one’s got super poor quality. 😦