Lately I've taken to wearing eye liner almost daily. It's fast becoming my most important beauty must-have after bb cream and face highlight!
I've always relied on circle lenses and falsies to make my small eyes look much bigger in the past - but it's impossible to wear circle lenses and falsies everyday. Extending the liner past the outer corner, or having a little wing really makes a difference! It might not be as enlarging as circle lenses, but it's a good start.
Anyway, there are different types of eye liners to choose from - pencils, felt tip pens, liquid liners, and gel liners. I've found that I prefer gel eye liners, and this Tony Moly liner is my current one.
|The brush can retract a little bit further, so it is a bit longer than pictured here|
It is a very sleek looking product - all smooth, shiny curves. And I give bonus points for it's compact design, which allows brush and gel pot to be stored together. The brush clicks into the 'lid' of the gel pot. Not only convenient, but it saves space too, as well as eliminating the risk of losing the brush.
|It should come with a seal to let you know it is a brand new, untampered product|
|There are 4 components - gel pot, pot cover, screw top lid, brush|
The total weight is 4 grams
It can be a bit fiddly as there are a few things that need to be unscrewed, removed, in order to use it. But I like that the pot comes with a mini cover - it'll keep the gel 'fresh'. 4 grams doesn't sound like a lot, but due to it's rich, creamy texture a little goes a long way, and I think it will last a good amount of time.
The brush is very soft, so it won't feel prickly on the eyes. It isn't an angled brush, but you can make thick or thinner lines by angling the position of the brush itself. But don't expect very thin lines, the brush probably won't cooperate since it's shape at the tip is a bit wider.
Personally I thought the brush handle was a little smaller, and thicker than I prefer. But I suppose I had just gotten used to my previous liner's brush.
|My old gel liner brush vs the Tony Moly brush|
Don't forget that eye liner brushes should be cleansed after every use to prevent hardening and damage
Performance-wise, the gel liner is indeed very creamy and velvety so it goes onto the skin smoothly - almost glides on, in fact! The colour is a satisfactory dark black from the first stroke.
The liner doesn't dry as quickly as other liners I've used, but I'm not saying that's a problem - it dries quick enough before any smudging from blinking can occur, just don't rub! It finishes with a matte-look result. I like that it doesn't look wet and shiny like some liquid liners do. And I didn't experience any dry, crumbly flakes either. It claims to be smudge-proof and waterproof.
It will smudge if you rub the gel shortly after you apply it. If you rub at it a few hours later it will stay in place so yes, I would agree that it is relatively smudge-proof.
Personally, on me I did find some amounts of smudging on the outer corner of my eye after a few hours of wear - but I don't use an eyelid primer, and I do have oily lids, so that may be why.
With regards to it's claims of being waterproof - I don't think it's completely waterproof. Rubbing at the eye liner with wet hands does make it start to flake and come off, so I think those with watery eyes might not like this. If you're just worried about getting caught in the rain, I don't think a few raindrops will cause it to run or come off.
It removes quite easily with a good make-up remover - well, the majority of it will come off with one wipe, but I still need to carefully remove the remaining residues. It won't cling to your eyes, so no harsh wiping or scrubbing necessary!
- long wearing and long lasting
- velvety formula, easy to create nice, thick lines
- a satisfactory black colour and matte-look result
- doesn't sting the sensitive skin on the eyelid when being applied
- removes very easily with make-up remover
- very thin lines are not possible with the brush (but you can always use your own)
- some slight smudging is expected if you often rub at watery eyes, don't use a primer, or have oily eyelids
I liked these so much I got an extra pair for my giveaway!
Overall, a really nice gel eye liner that I'm happy to add to my make-up collection. This was my first Tony Moly product and I'm really pleased with it, so I'm looking forward to trying more TM products in the future ^^
So, what kind of eye liners do you like to use?
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