Kiko Kohl Eyeliner

Kiko Kohl Eyeliner

Kiko Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner review swatch

How often do you buy pencil liners? Myself, well I don’t do it too often. It’s one of those products where it doesn’t make sense to just keep on buying them. I’ve also had some bad experiences with dry, tough liners that didn’t stay put. So, not only is this a product I don’t buy often, it is also one I am critical of. But then one day I spotted the Kiko Intense Colour Long Lasting eyeliners and they were on offer and so I decided to give them a whirl.

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Essence Liquid Ink eyeliner

Essence Liquid Ink eyeliner

essence liquid ink eyeliner review swatch applicator how to

My makeup nemesis? Eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner. I hate doing it, I feel it never feels right on me and I feel it always messes up my makeup look. So after trying it for years, I felt skeptical when a friend recommended I’d try the Essence Liquid Ink eyeliner. A liquid liner that has a classic brush tip that is easy to use? Of course I had to try!

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New in: Catrice eye shadow, blush & eyeliner

New in: Catrice eye shadow, blush & eyeliner

My favorite drugstore brand? Catrice for sure. Despite the fact that they change up their line every 6 months, I always seem to discover new things that I have not yet tried. And at the affordable prices Catrice comes in, it doesn’t break the bank to do so. I was at the store last week and saw a few items that I had never tried before and so I decided to take some home. This blog post features my first impressions on these items.

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 870 On the Taupe of the Matt Everest
Catrice Defining Blush 020 Rose Royce
Catrice Illuminating Blush 020 Coral Me Maybe
Catrice Longlasting Eye Pencil Waterproof 110 Rendez-Blue
Catrice Longlasting Eye Pencil Waterproof 090 Petrol and the Wolf

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Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner

Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner

Happy King’s Day to all my fellow Dutchies! Today is a national holiday in The Netherlands and instead of making  a novelty King’s Day look for the occasion (I’m not really celebrating), I decided to have a normal make up review up. This time I’m rounding up my series of different liquid liners. I tried out the Essence and L’Oreal ones so far. And today I’ll be telling you more about the Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner in black and forest brown.

Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner Black & Forest Brown

The Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner looks just like the competition. They are felt tip pen eyeliners that promise easy application of a bulletproof black eyeliner look. These are little bit cheaper than L’Oreal, yet quite a bit more expensive than the Essence one, as they retail for €8.99 each. It is available in two different colors: black and brown and I have both.

Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner in black and forest brown

A felt tip eyeliner doesn’t have the snazziest or fanciest packaging. It is simple and streamlined. It comes with a lid that closes easily and I find that these don’t dry out easily. Which is a plus because felt tip eyeliner are notorious for drying out quickly. And it’s a shame if a product costs nearly 10 euros for you to only be use it a few times.

The tip of these eyeliners is thin and reminds me of the shape of kajal eyeliners. The point is very fine and thus makes for easy application. The base is a bit wide and I find the tip to be very nicely saturated with product. I can use this easily to sort of  ‘stamp’ on the line first before drawing on a line. It is also easy to draw on a wing. I think of the three types I have tried so far, this eyeliner makes it easiest to make the perfect cat eye winged eyeliner.

Color no. one is black. Standard, basic, black. For a long time, felt tip eyeliners were only available in this color, but black is not really my favorite eyeliner color. It is stark and harsh looking to me and on me, I find it too much often times. When I were black eyeliner, I usually try to make the thinnest line possible and hardly ever wing it out.

Color no. two is forest brown. Brown felt tip eyeliners are rare. I believe Maybelline may be the only ones that do them that do not necessarily break the bank. However, brown is my favorite eyeliner shade as it is softer and suits me better. Also with other types of eyeliner such as gel or pencil ones, do I usually opt for brown over any other shade.

Swatched next to each other you can clearly see the difference. The brown is a lot more warm toned than the black and thus I am wearing the black with more cool toned looks and smokey eyes and for my warmer toned looks I grab the brown. As you can see, they are both opaque in one stroke and saturated with color. Where the L’Oreal one tends to bleed on me, these ones do not.

I used the black eyeliner in a rosy toned smokey eye. I only pressed the color against the roots of my lashes to create a fine, thin line. There is still a bit of a gap in the middle, but that is due to my eyeliner skills rather than the product. A line like this literally takes only a few seconds to make and like I said you can simply stamp on the line.

The brown version looks almost black in these pictures and also in another look in which I used it. The color difference between the two can only really be seen when you swatch them side by side. On the eye, the brown is so dark and full of color that it is almost indistinguishable from black. And yet, I love this one the most. I wear it most often, as I find it suits me better than the black.

As you can see in these pics it is easy to draw on a wing and make it subtle. Also if you want to create a full on cat eye, this eyeliner will serve your purposes as I find that these work well for that too. They do not run out of ink after doing one eye (my pet peeve about the Essence liner), they do not bleed or stain and with a matte eyeshadow underneath these will stay all day. Favorite eyeliner of them all? Most definitely!

What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?

L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim felt tip eyeliner pen

L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim felt tip eyeliner pen

When I posted my review of the Essence Superfine eyeliner earlier this month, I promised I would post reviews of other eyeliner pens if people were interested. In the comments, I found that people were, and so today I’m bringing you a review of the L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in black and blue. I hate how felt tip liners mostly come in black only. So I thought it wouldn’t hurt to review a colored one for good measure. Here’s how I feel about the L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black and Blue.

L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim felt tip eyeliner pen Intense Black & Blue

This felt tip eyeliner is a medium priced eyeliner. I used this in only the black version in the past and loved it. But since it retails for €13.99 a piece, I did not bother repurchasing it until I found these on sale. The black one I have had for some months now and the blue I’ve only had for a few weeks. So far, the black one has not yet dried out and it still works very well.

The packaging of the eyeliners is identical save for the different colored cap which indicates the color. This eyeliner is also available in a dark green shade which also looked interesting to me. However, since blue eyeliner is on trend for spring/ summer 2015, I decided to purchase that and try whether this on trend item would a) perform well and b) look good on me.

What L’Oreal says:

Easy application, Superliner Perfect Slim eyeliner is so precise and easy to use with its 0.4mm tip.
Create your precise feline eye look with this intensely black formula, that will last you all day.

One thing this eyeliner is famous for is how easy it makes for precise eyeliner application. It was one of the first felt tip eyeliner I ever tried and the first eyeliner I ever successfully used for drawing on a winged eyeliner shape. So if you’re a noob at winged liner I can recommend you checking out this eyeliner. Let’s see if this product holds up to some of its claims.

As you can see the tips on these eyeliners is very long and pointy. The tip is very fine and nicely saturated with color. What I do find difficult with these sometimes is that when I am drawing on a winged liner that the color is no longer saturated in the tip by the time I move on to eye no. 2. So the second round is always a tad more difficult than the first. When you first look at the tips you cannot really see a difference between the black and the blue color, but when you swatch these you definitely can.

Both of these swatches is one sweep and one sweep only. Like L’Oreal promised these liners go on opaque in one go. As you can see the formula of the black liner is quite wet and it runs into the finer lines of my skin. It is therefore highly recommended to use at least a primer and a matte skin toned eyeshadow underneath these to make sure they last longer. I find that these last long, unless I draw a wing. I have fairly greasy lids as it is and I found that it doesn’t last all day on me as they start to smudge after a few hours. The oils in my skin dissolve the eyeliner fairly easily and I am left with stains especially around my outer corner. However, I only have this problem when I draw on a wing, if I do not do that I have far fewer problems with the staying power of these eyeliners.

Of course I also tried these on my eyes. The black goes on smoothly and as you can see it is easy enough to draw a thin, fine line. I have fairly deep set eyes so I need to be able to draw the narrowest line possible if you want to see anything of my eye look. That is why I usually stick to very simple eye looks when applying any type of liquid eyeliner as I hate having put all that work into an eyeshadow look only to cover up 2/3 of it with eyeliner.

The black goes on black and is easy to use. It is that the Essence one costs only a quarter of this one that I am more likely to repurchase that over this one. I find they do very similar things. I think the difference between those is that this has a slightly more glossy finish and the Essence one dries more matte. But that is not a difference worth 10 euros to me. The Essence one is very comparable and much more affordable than this. That doesn’t mean I don’t love this, I just wish it would cost less.

On the blue liner. This one is definitely more special and I would be willing to pay 13 going on 14 euros for an eyeliner that is as vibrant in color as the packaging promises it to be. And color wise this doesn’t disappoint. The liner is a swell royal blue color that I think is unique and different. This is an eyeliner that I would pair with an eye and make up look that really makes the blue liner pop, so that is what I tried to do when I created this make up look.

Where I love the blue color, the texture of it needed a bit more work to go on opaque. Since the first sweep gives you a nicely opaque line, the second time you run the liner over your lid to even out the line the liner sometimes drags across your skin and takes off some the color you applied earlier. This made the blue eyeliner trickier to apply. It is also why there seems to be a color difference: when you let the liner dry a bit first, and then go over it again, the color becomes darker and looks more navy than royal blue. In itself I don’t find that a problem, but this blue eyeliner definitely needs a bit more effort to make it look.

My final conclusion about these eyeliners is that they do an excellent job at creating eyeliner looks. It was one of the first slim felt tip eyeliners on the market and it really sets the mark when it comes to performance. For the black one I think you can easily find dupes that are much cheaper that work as well as this. For the blue one a dupe will be much harder to come by that is more affordable than this. That is why I would be more inclined to repurchase the blue one from L’Oreal and find the black one some place else. Regardless though, these eyeliners are a fail proof purchase so when you do find yourself able to buy these, they do come highly recommended.

What is your favorite type of liquid eyeliner?

Essence Superfine eyeliner pen

Essence Superfine eyeliner pen

I am not much of an eyeliner buff. I go through phases where I wear it from time to time and when I do I usually use gel liner. Liquid liner is definitely not my forte so when I found the felt tip pen liners I was hoping it would be a lot easier. And it is! But then the problem with most eyeliner pens is that they dry out suddenly. So even if it is easier to manage, you may have to replace the product every few months or so. Finding a good, budgetproof eyeliner pen is therefore very high on my wishlist.

So when my best friend told me about this eyeliner pen by Essence I was immediately intrigued. At only €2.99 it is by far the cheapest eyeliner pen that I have ever tried. I have tried other ones by Catrice, Maybelline and L’Oreal (reviews are still pending) but those are all more expensive than this.

The Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen comes in simple black packaging. The pen is slim and lightweight. It is easy to hold and handle. It is shaped like a pen, so in theory all you have to do is take off the cap and draw it on. I store these upside down so the ink flows into the nib at all times.

What Essence says:

The all-rounder amongst eyeliners! The super fine eyeliner pen is riding on the trend-waves straight out of the USA and Asia! This extremely long-lasting precision eyeliner has a particularly slim felt-tip applicator ideal for creating fine, subtle eyeliner looks as well as extravagant and dramatic styles.

Long-lasting and precise that should create a fine line and is smudge proof. Sounds promising!

The nib is indeed slim and creates a slim line. The line is intensely black. And goes on opaque in one stroke.

The only problem this liner has is that it runs into the lines before it dries. The formula is quite wet at first but it dries to a matte finish. So you need to make sure you put a base underneath to prevent it from smudging after immediate application. It does stay put all day once it dries. Even with a full wing the eyeliner doesn’t smudge and stays in place all day. At the end of the day the eyeliner has not budged.

To show you what this looks like I decided to go all out. However, a winged liner isn’t something I usually do and it also isn’t something that is easy with my eye shape. I have to draw on quite a thick line in order for anything to be visible eyeliner and wing wise. But as you can see I did manage to taper off the line in the inner corner to a thinnish line and also drawing on the wing was easy enough.

This is by far one of the best eyeliners I have ever used. It is easy to use, stays put all day and it is one of the blackest black eyeliners I have ever tried. The best part? I have had this eyeliner for months. It’s been sitting in my make up collection for 6+ months and it has not yet dried out. I took these pictures last week and I had no problem using this product even after such a long time.

As cheap as this is, it is well worth a try. But of course the main question is: how does this compare to other eyeliners that are similar? I have some other reviews lined up and I am curious to hear which you’d like to see first. There’s Catrice, L’Oreal & Maybelline still waiting for you. So I’d like to know which review I should write first.

Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil

Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil

I love writing about my budget make up favorites. And today I’ll be reviewing my current favorite eyeliner pencil for you. Forget Urban Decay’s 24/7 glide-on eyeliner pencils! Make way for the Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencils, because they are some of the best drugstore finds in recent times.

Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil

I first spotted these pencils when Catrice installed a larger selection in select stores in September. The pencils retail for €3.99 a piece and as far as I know only available in stores with said larger selection of products. They are quite difficult to spot in the display, probably the reason why I haven’t seen much about these yet. I picked up two, a bronze brown and gold shade when I first spotted these. When I decided I liked them, I went back and picked up two more: a silver and khaki green.

Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 050 Hazel the Hoff
Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 030 You’re so Gold Fashioned
Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 040 Leaf the World Behind
Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 020 Blingo Starr

The pencils are available in 8 different shades. I picked up the more neutral ones, but there are also a black, a purple, a turqoise and blue color. Here’s what Catrice has to say about these pencils:

A soft, gel-like texture that lasts all day without smudging? That’s exactly what the Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil with a retractable mine offers, and it ensures spectacular metallic effects, too.

When I picked these up I didn’t kow what to expect, but a gel-like texture, no smudging and long lasting qualities are all promises that sound great to me. But will they hold up?

The packaging of these pencils is simple. They have a nip at the bottom that you use to twist up the pencil. You can’t sharpen these and at first I thought that might be a problem. But I find that these work great. Mine have started to wear down quite a bit by now and I can still use these to tightline my waterline and anywhere I deem fit.

Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 050 Hazel the Hoff
Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 030 You’re so Gold Fashioned

The first two shades are a bronze brown and a full on yellow toned gold. These are the first two shades I picked up and since I liked them, I went back for more. The bronze shade is the one I use the most out of these. I find it the most versatile color and I love smudging this along my upper lash line, as a tightline or on my bottom lash line.

Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 040 Leaf the World Behind
Catrice Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencil 020 Blingo Starr

When I went back in for round two I picked up two cooler toned shades: the silver and a khaki green. The green has subtle silver green flecks in it and the silver is almost glittery. I love the silver for brightening up my inner corner. All shades have a hint of shine to them and definitely fall in the metallic range.

And that metallic finish is clearly visible in the swatch. The texture of these pencils is amazing. They glide on effortlessly, pack a punch of color and settle and stay in place all day. These swatches are one swipe across my arm. They are quick and easy to use and you can blend them out, but you do have to work quickly. Of course I used these pencils in eye looks as well.

For this first look, I smudged some of the brown Hazel the Hoff along my upper lash line, as well as my waterline. I also wedged the pencil between my lids to make sure the effect was fully there. I used the gold in my inner corner. I then used my two NARS eyeshadow duos to create the rest of the look.

For the second look I used a slightly different approach. First I created the eyelook using shadows from a discontinued Catrice quad I have which is called Yellow Submagreen. I then smudged some of the green liner along my upper and lower lashline and smudged it out using a similar color of eyeshadow. I left my inner corner bare and used the silver liner to highlight.

There you have it: one of the best products Catrice has released in recent times. At least that’s my opinion. I find myself reaching for especially Hazel the Hoff on an almost daily basis and prefer it over my Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliner Pencils which I used to swear by.

What is your favorite eyeliner pencil?