Saturday, May 22, 2010

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner in "02 Brown" (Review & Swatches)

I've been wanting a good felt tip liquid liner in brown for sometime now. I really want the Eyeko one actually (in all colors) but I don't want to pay for shipping!! Anyways, I got the Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner (I think it's $5.99) instead at CVS (ended up getting it free with coupons) so it couldn't hurt just trying it..
The Packaging: I like the packaging -it's simple and small. The material isn't the "mirrored" kind so it doesn't get fingerprints but it scratches really easily which bothers me. It's the same type of material on some art pens -I forget what it's called! The cap twists off to reveal the felt tip. It sort of looks like a fancy art pen. Be careful of ink spilling around the sides of the tip (on the black part) because it got all over my fingers -I always hold pens, pencils, and eyeliner very close to the tip.
The Product: The packaging tells the user that this liner is "easy to use, has a felt tip NIB applicator, has precise control, and is smudge-proof." I have no idea what a NIB applicator is but they're pretty correct with their description.
My initial reaction when twisting off the cap was that the liner was very wet. However, it doesn't drip or run while I'm lining my eyes so that's really good. It does take a while to dry though. The first time I used it, I let it dry for about 40 seconds and then went on to curl my lashes. The whole line (at my lashline) smudged. I'd say you need a good about minute and 30 seconds for it to fully dry. This definitely isn't waterproof (you can remove it with even baby wipes or water.) The liner wore fine for about 7 hours straight with no smudging but that was on a day where I didn't rub my eyes or have allergies (watery eyes.) On another day, I wore the liner for about 5 hours and then took a nap. When I woke up, the liner had completely disappeared. I've done this with other lines (Urban Decay Liquid Liner, MAC Fluidline, etc.) and usually if anything, only the wing rubs off and the liner at my lashline stays on perfectly. The liner is smudgeproof but will not last if you rub your eyes (a lot) or your eyes water. The liner did stay on when I (lightly) rubbed my eyes.

A major positive about the liner is that it's super easy to use (easier than my L'Oreal felt tip liner.) I actually tried to apply it while on the train with all the stops and bumps and to my surprise, I actually lined both my eyes evenly with no mistakes! This is probably the easiest liquid/cream/gel liner I've ever used.

The Color: The color is a dark, chocolate brown that's not so dark that it looks black but just right so that you can still tell that it's brown without it being too light.

Swatches..

 Eye Swatches..
Above (no flash): Milani Eye Tech in Brown 
Above (no flash): Milani Eye Tech in Brown
Above (with flash): Milani Eye Tech in Brown
See how the liner at the lashline is sort of rubbed off? That's because I needed to wait a little longer for it to dry.
Overall: I think this is a pretty decent liquid liner. I do really like the color and I love that it's super easy to use. My only gripe is that it rubs off so easily and takes so long to dry but with patience and my allergy medicine, the liner does stay on all day. I've just had better staying power with other liners but this still is overall a good liner and you can't beat the price. I give this an overall B+. The description that Milani gives the liner is correct but I guess when they say smudge-proof, I automatically think "waterproof" as well.. which it isn't. If these were completely budgeproof, they'd be an A in my book but for now, they're at a B+.

9 comments:

  1. I like the applicator. This was a great review. I think I'll stick with my MUFE cream liner though. I have bad alleriges and wear contacts. :)

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  2. Thanks! I haven't tried the MUFE cream liners yet but have you tried the new aqua creams?? I heard they can be used as liners and as a base, shadow, blush, lip color too!! I really want to try those.

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  3. Ooh! I've been wanting to try a new felt-tipped liner recently... perhaps I'll have to give this one a go. I wasn't happy with my L'Oreal one either :P Thanks for the review, doll!

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  4. You're welcome. =) I actually liked the ease of use of this liner but I liked the staying power of L'Oreal.. (it's better for my watery eyes.) Hopefully this one might work for you though!

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  5. Looks like a cute little chubby pencil. I've tried liquid eye liners and never again. They just don't seem to stay as well as cream. Nice wing Kali!

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  6. Aww.. sorry that you've had bad experience with liquid liners. Personally, I find them easier to use than creams! I agree that creams and gels last way longer though! And thanks. =) LOL looking at these pics reminded me that I really need to go take care of my brows. We girls have it so hard. =P

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  7. the applicator looks like it would be easy to apply. I prefer these liquid eyeliners over the pencils more cuz they stay on longer I think! Great review :)

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  8. Thanks. =) Yupp it's so easy to apply and I love that. I like liquid liners for my upper lashline but I definitely need a pencil for my lower lashline and waterline. I agree liquid lasts longer though!! (Well.. most)

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