Sunday, February 26, 2012

Make up review: Liquid eyeliner (for goths)

I just stumbled across this LOVELY and thorough review on Liquid eyeliners.
Since it's so good I just publish it here as well.
Content borrowed from Front Row
Best Liquid Eyeliners
by Reika on July 12, 2011

Nothing defines my eyes better than the use of an intense black eyeliner – it is something I cannot live without since high school! I am always on the hunt for the best, blackest and smoothest black liquid eyeliner. I have tried tons of them from the most expensive brands to the most affordable. This post is going to be a comparison of some of the best liquid eyeliners that I have tried so far, and the good news is..most of them are drugstore brands and cost less $12 bucks!

All of these eyeliners are intensely black. They all have a fine tip which allows for easy application and gives a precise and clean line. They go on smoothly and fluidly without smudging and last all day.

From Left to Right:
1. Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black: felt tip
2. Majolica Perfect Automatic Liner in BK999: brush tip
3. Koji Linequeen in Strong Black: brush tip
4. MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in On The Hunt: felt tip
5. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h in 01 (best seller in one of the biggest Japanese drugstores): has a brush tip and claims that it wears like a tattoo for 24 hrs

Winner: Koji Linequeen has the most ultra fine tip of only 0.1mm – perfect for defining the winged look precisely. (shown in the far right)
Runner Up: K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h (shown 2nd from the right)
Battle 2: THE BLACKEST BLACK – tested with swatching each eyeliner with only 1 stroke at the same pressure

Winner: Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black
Runner Ups: MAC ties with Majolica
Battle 3: MOST SMUDGE PROOF – tested with rubbing my fingers over them several times

Winner: Majolica Perfect Automatic Liner - the opacity stays the same while the rest show signs of fading.
Worst Performance: MAC – the only one that starts to flake off.
Battle 4: MOST WATERPROOF – tested with spraying water over them

Winners: All good except for K-Palette
Worst Performance: K-Palette starts to come off as soon as it touches the water
Battle 5: BEST STAYING POWER – swiping them off using a cotton pad

Winner: Dolly Wink
Runner Up: K-Palette – although the color has faded you can still see the remnant (“the tattoo effect”) in a smooth line
Battle 6: EASIEST TO REMOVE -removed them using Bioderma Sensibio H2O Crealine Cleanser

Winners: All good except for K-Palette
Worst Performance: K-Palette: it definitely wears like a tattoo
MAC: >$30 in Australia (cannot remember the exact price)

The rest of the brands: <$15

I know we are all looking for different qualities from an eyeliner. I hope this post would help if you are interested in any of these brands. After years of experimenting I really think there is no point of spending more than $15 on a liquid eyeliner. The drugstore brands, especially the Japanese ones are just as good. As for me, hands down, I would repurchase Dolly Wink and Majolica over and over. They are the best!
Thank you Reika for this extraordinary review.

I also found this comparison between Dolly Wink and Kiss Me Heroine Make eyeliner:
By Miss Joyce.

"There's a HUGE problem with Dolly Wink...Due to exams, I have been taking naps whenever I can to catch up on sleep. I slept with my eyeliner on since it said its waterproof and sweat-proof. I always did this with my Heroine Make eyeliner and I look perfectly fine when I wake up. But Dolly Wink was smudged and faded and basically gone. So, it's not grease-proof like Heroine Make."
By Adora BatBrat: For perfect goth make up a liquid eyeliner is a must.
I might add that I have not used any of those liquid eyeliners before (since I have not seen them in Sweden yet) but the ones I use and is VERY pleased by is:

.: MAC Fluidline Blacktrack - I use it on my waterline and inner and outer sides of my eyes (every day) since it's waterproof, don't smudge and stays super black. Can't use it for delicate work though since it's too thick, like a paste more. BUT - you can use a blowdryer over it a couple of times to make it more liquid to perform delicate work.

.: Kryolan Cake eyeliner with Kryolan CEL sealer - I use this with an aquarelle brush (every day) to paint my swirls, painted on eyebrows and over and under my eyes. It's waterproof and does not rub off when cuddling or taking a powernap :) I have not used it on my waterline or close to the "wet areas" of my eyes, so I have no idea of how that will work. I just stuck with my MAC on those places since it works perfectly. Also -the Kryolan CEL Sealer can be used with most eyeshadows to make any color waterproof eyeliners.

.: IsaDora Glossy eyeliner Waterproof - This is my "lazy liner". I use it when ever in a hurry, but I should really use it more often since it is so black, and leave a glossy finish. I do use it on top of my other eyeliners sometimes, just to get that shiny effect. It is definately waterproof and pretty.
I would like to make a review myself, with the other IsaDora eyeliners:
IsaDora Fine Liner Eye stylo and
IsaDora Flex Tip eyeliner. Perhaps I will find myself a new favorite?

I hope this helped some of you out :)

Picture by Sam Peach