When I started my transformation, one of the most exciting things for me was to perfect the 50s flicks on the eyes.
I had done this when I was about 16/17 and became quite the expert but make-up fashions and my style changed so I became very rusty!
So about 6 months ago i started the hunt for a great liquid eyeliner. It had to look great, not flake, crack or smudge within minutes of applying and top of the list, be easy to apply.
Budgets were tight so I didn’t want to start at the premium end of the market, at least I could live a bit easier wasting a few pounds as opposed to spending £30 and finding I hated the product! And so now follows my review of each product I tested.
Collection 2000 Waterproof Fast Stroke Eyeliner: Comes in a little pot with quite a nice pen like tip. However I found it a bit tricky to apply and the biggest downside was it flakes rather badly. Onto the next one…………
Max Factor Glide & Define Liquid Eyeliner: The best I found until last week. Again a pen like tip, lasted well, flicks could be tricky but that’s a bit of a personal thing. It was the easiest to apply but I still found myself nervous of making mistakes and sometimes I had to correct my flicks rather too much for my liking. I also found the tip dried out quite quickly and could be difficult to get refilled again mid application.
L’Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss: I just didn’t get on with the application of this one. The tip is sort of pen like but doesn’t have a pointed end and is a bit spongey, no good for doing flicks and I generally didn’t have much joy applying it.
Rimmel Flash Eyeliner: Again a pen tip so quite easy to apply but quite a long tip making flicks a bit challenging for me. Quite smudgy product too, wouldn’t last day to night.
Rimmel Glam’eyes Professional Liquid Liner: First off, putting “professional” on any product really gets my goat, may be this is irrational but that’s just how I feel! This is a very fine paint brush type applicator. You need a steady hand and bags of confidence. Now i’m pretty good at make-up application, not uncommon for me to be recruited to do make-up for friends on occasion but this for me is just too much of a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re good with a paint brush though, go nuts, I think this would be a winner for you.
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H: Now I have a confession, I may have given up on this one rather too quickly. It didn’t even make it to my eyes………….I had a little go with the supplied brush on the back of my hand and immediately thought “NO WAY”. I have been told a better brush makes this a great product but I have yet to try. It wasn’t dense enough and the brush just gathered too much product which would lead to a complete mess on the eyes if not very careful.
And now to reveal my hero product. I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping and thought I’d pick up another eyeliner to try. I’d been recommended a premium one but couldn’t remember which brand so thought I’d bite the bullet and try a mid range one again. Wandering round Boots, trying to find eyeliners I hadn’t yet dismissed I came across the Stila stand. Now this is a brand I have never used before, I don’t know why, it’s just not one I’ve got round to trying.
There was this eyeliner, just like a pen and waterproof. Tried it one the back of my hand, no bleeding, good start. Let it dry for a few seconds then gave it a rub, rubbed a bit harder. Oh brilliant, the product is amazing! So I shuffled off to purchase it and couldn’t wait to get home to try it.
Well hallelujah! Finally, an eyeliner I can apply in seconds, minimum fuss, flicks aplenty and it stays put!
I cannot recommend it enough, you know how it feels when you have a beauty product eureka moment? Well this was it for me. It has changed the order I do my eye make-up in, no longer do I hold off on finishing eyeshadow application as I now have little to no fear of eyeliner touch ups!
Go forth and buy people!