Monday, October 21, 2013

Liners I'm loving! Featuring Maybelline, Lancome & Kiko

Ah, liners.  Sure where would you be without them?  I love sweeping a slick of black liner on to complete an eye look.  Don't you love how I used the word "sweeping"?  Like I'm a lady of leisure and barely need any effort to apply it, slicking it on in one swoop.  When in actual fact, I'm about two inches from a mirror, trying to stop my hand from shaking and cursing the fact that I can't get it even, then cursing the fact that I've messed it up and need to start my eye makeup from scratch and then I start fighting with myself wondering why I attempted to do a black cat eye when I was in a rush?!

But when you get it right lads, oh eyeliner is a beautiful thing.  Using a soft pencil liner can add smokiness to a look, adds definition to the eyes and just gives a little somethin' somethin'.  Here are some liners I've been playing with recently and had to show you.


Maybelline Master Duo liner.


This one immediately intrigued moi with it's interesting little tip.  Hopefully you can see in the photo above that there's a little flat disc at the end of the nib and depending on which way you hold it against your eyes, you'll get lines with different thickness.  Holding the disc flat will give a thick line and by turning it 90 degrees and holding the edge of the disc against your skin gives a thin line.  Formulation wise, it was opaque and easy to work with and I'm not great with liners at all at all.  For €7.99, it's a great black liner that gives a slightly glossy finish and you can see it in action below.

Lancome Artliner 24H in Sapphire.



An instant way to add drama to your eye is to apply a line of colour to your upper lashline, combined with copious amount of mascara and/or fake lashes.   Lancome's Artliner turns 20 this year and to celebrate, they're launching six new shades to add to the collection.  I got Sapphire to play with and hand on heart, it's the most pigmented coloured liner I've ever used.  The nib makes application a doddle and makes doing a cat eye easy peasy.  All I do is lay the side of the nib along the lashes and press down to deposit as much colour as possible and then use the point of the nib to tidy up and make the edges all nice and crisp.  It's one of those liners that you need to let dry before opening your eyes fully or it'll transfer to your upper eyelid.  It dries to a slightly shiny finish, almost like latex and I can't get enough of it.


Lancome Artliner 24HR Sapphire (L), Maybelline Master Duo (R)
Now, if you're a bit scared of colour as intense as this Art Liner from Lancome, you could apply a line of black liner and then apply a line of the blue on top of it, following the shape as a guide.  These launch on November 1st and are €28.  I'll definitely be checking out the other shades.


Kiko Twinkle Eye Pencils.  

Kiko, I love you long time.  And I wish I'd picked up more of these beauts when I was in Spain.  What's better than a creamy, pigmented liner?  A creamy, pigmented liner that has sparkle in it!


The Twinkle Eye Pencils are seriously gorgeous and are the first pencil liners that have made me sit up a la Frankenstein and take notice since the Avon SuperShock liners.  They have some serious staying power once they set and make a great base for shadows too.  They're twisty uppy pencils, but get this, there's a built in sharpener that just pares the core when you need a fine point.


I picked up Shade 03 Flexuous Burgundy and 05 Elastic Teal and we're very happy together.  The shimmer in these makes me happy.  It's not too in your face and I suppose it one was to feel one was too grown up for proper glitter, pencils like these might be what one would need.  These are £6.90 from the Kiko website and if you want to order from them, then you can use Parcel Motel to get them to deliver.  But come on Kiko, open a shop here and make the blogging world a happier place.


So those are the liners I've been loving lately.  What's been on your lids recently?  What do I need to try next?
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  1. The Lancome Artliner looks stunning!!

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  2. Dear Santa,
    Please will you bring me all the liners in this post? And also will you put Karen in my stocking so she can apply the liners too.
    Love
    Cindy

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    1. Dear Cindy,
      Karen would be only delighted to show you how to apply liners, but I can guarantee she wouldn't be able to do it under pressure ;P

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  3. And now I need a tutorial where u show me exactly how u do ur liner missus coz it is PERFECT

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  4. your eyes look charming. i also need a tutorial to do this job.

    Best Regards
    Alina
    clothing online

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  5. They are sure great liners. Great choices! Love to try out the Lancome Artliner 24HR Sapphire. Love the color for it looks classy.

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it? I must check out more shades x

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  6. I like those Kiko eyeliners ! That will be on my shopping list for when I go to the "big town" as we're lucky to have Kiko in most large cities here (but I have to travel 100 km or more for that :/ ).

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    1. I'm so jealous that you guys have Kiko there! I'd be broke if we had it here ;P

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  7. Love love kiko.
    That blue liner looks amazing on you, and so neatly done x
    Joannaloves

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    1. I need more Kiko everything in my life and on my face!

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  8. The Lancome blue lined above black looks stunning. Really lovely.
    Vanessa xxx

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    1. Thanks lady, it was easy peasy! Now, wait and see, I'll try and film it and will make a holy show of it ;)

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  9. That green one looks amazing on you. I recommend Rimmel Exaggerate in the plummy colour. It doesn't look plum coloured on, just a softer version of 'dark'. It is a soft texture but stays on all day, is easy to apply (more so than liquid liners) and is cheap! (Which is good 'cos I do tend to go through one pencil every month or six weeks).

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    1. I'll have to check those out, I've only tried the Rimmel ScandalEyes liners recently, fanks for the heads up!

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  10. The blue one from Lancome looks amazing, so vibrant!

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  11. The Lancome blue lined above black looks pretty. its looking very nice.
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