Friday, July 8, 2011

An Eye for an Eyeliner : Swatches and Review !

Eyeliners have been the favourites with me for instant glam and that hint of colour even on your average-jane-days!


I knew I was an eyeliner person right from the day I started wearing makeup. I started with black.... liquid eyeliner first... then my love for colour eventually showed up! Even then back in the 90's  when makeup brands and choices were very limited in India - I managed to score a silver eyeliner from Elle18 and literally started a new trend in my college at least!


To cut a long story short - You can see how much I love eyeliners from the pics below...

Today i am going to review my growing collection of eyeliners.Most of these are in pencil form as they are the easiest to grab and apply on the go - esp for ms.-always-running-late like moi!

The eyeliners are reviewed as follows:
Left ot right - 1- 20 as listed below


  1. Maxfactor kohl pencil (Black)
  2. Maybelline colossal kajal (Black)
  3. Maybelline unstoppable (Black)
  4. Bourjois Khol &contour (02- Gris igenieux :-greyish black)
  5. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Grey)
  6. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Pink)
  7. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Green)
  8. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Gold)
  9. Lakme glide on eye colour (Turquoise Blue)
  10. Bourjois (36.Lagon ensoleille - turq. Blue)
  11. Clinique cream shaper for eyes (06- Starry plum)
  12. Oriflame hypnotic shimmer eye pencil (Silver Frost) - L.E.
  13. Oriflame hypnotic shimmer eye pencil (Emarald Ice)- L.E.
  14. Oriflame Visionseye-catching eyeliner (Brown eyed girl)
  15. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner ( Jekyll &Hyde)
  16. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner (Tom & Jerry)
  17. Oriflame Visions Dyliquid namic Duo eyeliner (Thelma & Louise)
  18. Oriflame Very Me (Liquid Liner) - green
  19. Oriflame Very Me (Lquid Liner ) - Black
  20. Maybelline Color mix - Jade
Now for the swatches: Swatches are in same order as the list above. All swatches in indoor light - no flash.
Swatches: 1-13,  Top row -
  1. Maxfactor kohl pencil (Black)
  2. Maybelline colossal kajal (Black)
  3. Maybelline unstoppable (Black)
  4. Bourjois Khol &contour (02- Gris igenieux ) 
 Middle Row
  1. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Grey)
  2. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Pink)
  3. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Green)
  4. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Gold)
Bottom Row-
  1. Lakme glide on eye colour (Turquoise Blue)
  2. Bourjois (36.Lagon ensoleille - turq. Blue)
  3. Clinique cream shaper for eyes (06- Starry plum)
  4. Oriflame hypnotic shimmer eye pencil (Silver Frost) - L.E.
  5. Oriflame hypnotic shimmer eye pencil (Emarald Ice)- L.E.


Left to right-
  1. Oriflame Visionseye-catching eyeliner (Brown eyed girl)
  2. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner ( Jekyll &Hyde) Top & Bottom
  3. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner (Tom & Jerry) Top & bottom
  4. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner (Thelma & Louise) Top & bottom
  5. Oriflame Very Me (Liquid Liner) - green
  6. Oriflame Very Me (Lquid Liner ) - Black
  7. Maybelline Color mix - Jade

Finally the marathon Review :
  1. Maxfactor kohl pencil (Black) Rs.220/-- It gives very dark black line- creamy and non-tugging to apply. stays ok on upper lash line but smudges on lower lash line very soon.
  2. Maybelline colossal kajal (Black)Rs. 150/ - BEST value for money. Creamy, smooth, blackest-black, rich pigmentation, non-tugging and Only Rs.150/- and stays put from morning till evening. The inner rims of lower lash line (waterline) fade a little after sometime but magically no panda eyes at all! My current favorite black liner! I have noticed that if you don't remove it properly after wearing it for the day then the gradual build-up of the kajal will make the kajal smudge !!! SO always remove it properly with a makeup remove to keep it smudge-proof!!
  3. Maybelline unstoppable (Black)Rs. 220/- - It tugs the eyes when applied.kinda waxy. Multiple swipes give you a black liner but not the darkest-black as i like.If put on the upper eyelids- it stays good but not so much for waterline
  4. Bourjois Khol &contour  (02- Gris igenieux :-greyish black) Rs. 220/-approx. got it free with my bourjois shopping.... a dark grey matt colour- creamy to apply but smudges easily esp on waterline.
  5. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Grey) Rs.190-220/- All of them are creamy and easy to apply... I dont usethem inside my waterline ...as i only like shades of black/brown there... but on upper lash line - they work pretty good... They have medium to good pigmentation... my first forays into coloured liners after oriflame. Many colours to choose from.All are shimmery kinds. Last long on upper eyelids.
  6. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Pink) - On its own, makes my eyes look a little like i have the pink-eye. best used with black liner below. pearly-mauve-pink in colour.
  7. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Green) - fav of them... great everyday shade - but have to swipe at least 4-5 times to get the colour i want - henna green.
  8. Maybelline eyestudio- Vivid &smooth (Gold)- soft golden colour. best used on eyed with some mascara... gives your eyelids a lift.
  9. Lakme glide on eye colour (Turquoise Blue) Rs.250/- - Soft, creamy and  mainly awesome colour. avg colour pay-off. 2-3 swipes give me the desired turquoise blue colour. lasts long on upper eyelids.
  10. Bourjois (36.Lagon ensoleille - Turq. Blue) - another Freebie - Love it a lot!. a lovely turquoise blue with silver glitter. good pigmentation.
  11. Clinique cream shaper for eyes (06- Starry plum) - Surprisingly not very pigmented- 2-3 swipes required to get true plum colour. Its a dark purple kind of colour i got in a set from clinique -dunno the exact cost of this. Long-lasting and creamy enough to not tug eyelids.But i wish the colour was a bit more bright. Subtle shimmer only makes the colour less opaque for me.
  12. Oriflame hypnotic shimmer eye pencil (Silver Frost) - L.E. Dont remember the original price but i got them for Rs.120/-or something. Soft and creamy to apply. good pigmentation.nice metallic silver colour.
  13. Oriflame hypnotic shimmer eye pencil (Emarald Ice)- L.E. - very pretty colour. true to name - stays long on upper eyelids. wish it was a permanent liner in oriflame.soft like a dream.
  14. Oriflame Visionseye-catching eyeliner (Brown eyed girl) - Another L.E. item i got for 79/- glittery brown colour - creamy to apply. have to test it more for the longitivity.
  15. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner ( Jekyll &Hyde) 160/  -Shimmer sky blue and grey duo. These liners are phased out now with new shades of Very me liners. Pigmentation is average and they are a good deal for getting 2 liners at the cost of one ( since i never use up any liner fully other than black).
  16. Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner (Tom & Jerry) - Pearly light mauve/lavender and green colour - pretty colours.avg pigmentation. soft to apply.
  17.  Oriflame Visions Dynamic Duo eyeliner (Thelma & Louise)- Light pink and glitter black. - Light nude pink is good for nude look with mascara. the black applies good on hand but on eyes - na-da! unless you want to rub it in.
  18. Oriflame Very me liner (liquid) - Green - Rs.159/- - i got it for introductory price of 99/ only. Very pretty, summery green colour - quite like lakme shimmer pencil in new collection. Easy enough to apply and good staying power. stays put once dry. lovely glitter effect which is not chunky. CONS-The applicator is a bit tricky though-though it is a fine brush- it is made of some stiff fibers which poke you in the gentle eye skin sometimes while applying.so have to be a little careful.
  19. Oriflame Very Me liner (Liquid) black - Plain matte black liner.good staying power - but i dont think its waterproof or anything - just bought it coz it was 99/. :)
  20. Maybelline Colour Mix Pencil - Jade Green -One of my old favs. bought it long time back for 160/- i think. amazing jade colour with two-tone colour effect.only in this colour though.Soft with medium pigmentation. sadly i cant seem to find it in stores anymore.
All oriflame products can be availed at discounted prices depending on current catalog.
Also never forget to ask S.A. for current offers/freebies as most of them remain mum unless u want them to ! :p


11 comments:

  1. Thanks anamika :)

    I do enjoy reading your blog- very informative and addictive!

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  2. @divassence - Yeah girl I do love eyeliners!

    :)

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  3. You have a very nice blog! I can't believe staying in India you're so into make-up. :D Also, I used to look at the price in India as well since I had only some of allowance to spend on it. Wish I knew about the site. Now I'm not there. :(

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  4. @ anceeta- THANKS! it makes my day to see lovely comments such as yours. Yes unfortunately living in India has not deterred my makeup addiction....
    :P
    Well I hope you get better deals over there babe... the grass is always greener on the other side! :D

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  5. Hey :) trying to find a pencil (automatic) eyeliner that is:

    1. waterproof
    2. smudgeproof
    3. will not give me racoon eyes by the end of the day..

    i usually opt for revlon colorstay but im lookin for other alternatives.. any suggestions! thanks :) and oh lovely review :)

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  6. @ashwathi_ashok - I would recommend Maybelline colossal kajal...much cheaper than revlon and does the job!

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  7. can you compare the maybelline colossal kajal and the chambor tattoo pencil in black and let me know which one smudges more? great blog. will keep visiting you :)

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  8. I hav not tried Chambor tatto pencil BUT

    I would suggest maybelline as its much cheaper (Rs.150/- only) and stays put for a long time without smudging (just be careful not to let it build-up on the waterline!!) It's my HG kajal+eyeliner right now!

    However you can always buy chambor later if you dont like it! :)

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