Friday, May 28, 2010

Milani LIQUIF'EYE Metallic Eye Liner Pencils in Black, Silver, & Brown (Review & Swatches)

Repurchase: Yes
Price: $5.49 (make sure to buy during BOGO sales.)
Value: 9/10
Packaging: 7/10
Overall Grade: A (but D- for waterline purposes.)
I bought these Milani LIQUIF'EYE liners a few months ago and kept forgetting to review them so I decided it was time. Honestly, when I first used these, I was using them for waterline lining purposes and hated them. I didn't understand how all these beauty bloggers could love them so much. So to be fair, I went back and re-edited my cold, hateful review and found that these are pretty great eyeliners -and run at a decent price too!
(My apologies for not including a lot of pictures in this review. I gave Silver away after hating these but kept Black and Brown. Black and Brown have been sharpened too many times to look pretty for pictures. SOOOO.. I didn't want to take new pictures of the poor things! And P.S. The first pic is totally upside down! =P)

The Packaging: Packaging for these liners is average, which is reason for my "average" rating of the packaging. The liners look sleek dressed up in all black and metallic "bands" and font of whatever color they are for each liner. For instance, Silver is all black with silver band at the end of the pencil and font. Also, the caps are clear -I like black caps more. When I sharpen the pencils, so much product goes to waste and I've tried 3 different sharpeners but that happens with other pencils too -I wish there was one standard, universal sharpener for all pencils. Also, Milani's description says that these sharpen easily with Milani's duo sharpener but I haven't tried it!

The Product: Like I said, I hated these when I first tried them out. I have to make it loud and clear that these are not intended for the waterline. Milani's product description states, "Extremely smooth eye pencil with the application and feel of a liquid liner that delivers true color payoff, in a metallic finish with a long-lasting wear." It doesn't say anything about being waterproof, so I see that's where I went wrong.
On the waterline, these last for about 20 minutes tops. That's why I was so frustrated with them. No matter what color I tried, these staying power was ridiculously weak and would start to disappear in a matter of minutes. This happened on days where I had super watery eyes and on days when I had no allergies whatsoever.
Now for non-waterlining purposes, these are excellent. They're better than some more expensive liners out there and only cost about a quarter of the price. The liners glide on smoothly and evenly without any effort at all. Whenever I line my upper lashline, these will last for hours (about 8 give or take) and requires a good makeup remover to remove it. When I did a hand swatch, I washed my hands several times throughout the day and it still stayed on and required a makeup remover. Funny how it stays on through several hand washes but NOT for my waterline.

Swatches..
Above (last 3 on left): Silver, Brown, Black.

The Color: All the colors are extremely rich and pigmented.
1. Silver- Bright, metallic silver.
2. Brown- Matte brown that's dark enough to be an alternative for black but light enough to not look so much like black.
3. Black- Rich, deep black. Very gorgeous.

On the Eyes..

This is about after just 20 minutes of wearing it on my upper lashline and on my waterline. Notice that it's already almost gone.

Overall: These are great liners at a low price. These liners effortlessly deliver smooth lines and rich, pigmented color. They also last very long (over 8 hours) and require makeup remover for removal. I give this an overall "A" for that purpose but for waterlining, go with another product. This doesn't even make it an hour on my waterline.

On a sadder note, the Magic have been eliminated. =( Hopefully LA won't win this year.. but I'm not really rooting for Boston either. Anyways, off to watch Alice in Wonderland with my little brother and sister now!! I missed it in theaters.

5 comments:

  1. I want to give these a try, great review!

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  2. Thanks! =) I think they're great liners -just be weary of using them for the waterline.

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  3. In the last swatch photo where you have about 7 liners, what are the other products, like the blue and green swatches?

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  4. Those are the Milani Infinite Liquid Liners that I reviewed in this post:

    http://themakeupdrawer.blogspot.com/2010/03/milani-infinite-liquid-liners-review.html

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  5. wow...nice blog og your kali..
    keep it up..



    bestessays is what I am hoping for..


    regards,
    badloi

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