Sunday, June 1, 2014

Black As Jewel-Light



When it comes to eyeliner, my favourite is good old-fashioned pencil liner. It's easy to apply, smudges well and achieves the natural effect I want on a day-to-day basis. I've experimented with gel liners from Maybelline and Essence, and liquid liners from Face of Australia, Essence and Bourjois, but I always find myself turning to pencil for no-nonsense definition without fussing over flicks or felt-tips.
A pencil liner that I've decided is this close to being an all-time favourite is the Holika Holika Jewel-light Waterproof Eyeliner in 01 Black. I mentioned it in a summer makeup edit post but haven't said much about it since. It's made in Korea and sold online or in specialty Asian stores e.g. MyCube shops or Asian cosmetics resellers. I don't think I paid more than $10 for it and I haven't found a pencil eyeliner that is easier to use or longer-lasting. This is truly waterproof, and for those with oily eyelids, you'll be happy to know it's smudge- and transfer-proof (in my experience, I must add). This also means it's harder to remove with mere micellar water makeup removers, so I use a bi-phase makeup remover (the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Make Up Remover) to take it off at the end of the day, because it's still there after a full 10 hours. It doesn't fade noticeably and I don't find primer greatly boosts the longevity of its wear; in fact I find it performs great on its own, and finished with an equally waterproof mascara (to hold curl and secure my self-confidence if I watch a tear-jerker of a movie, get caught in the rain, or read the reconciliation of Mr Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre because believe me, it got very emotional when I had read that), it comprises my eye makeup when I can be bothered. I'm lazy and have nobody to impress with eyeshadow on a day-to-day basis.

The packaging is clean and simple, just a plastic cap on a plastic-coated pencil. When new, it looks like it's made of plastic and therefore possibly difficult to sharpen but I've had no issues sharpening it with a regular eyeliner sharpener (mine is from Essence, it was about $2, nothing special about it). I've swatched the Holika Holika liner next to some others that I own. Prior to discovering this one, I had used the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black, which desperately needs primer to not transfer because it is really creamy and not very waterproof. The other two I've tried are the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes, namely the black and the brown. The kit also came with a purple liner, but I've since given that to a friend. The Physician's Formula liners are mechanical, which doesn't need sharpening, but they aren't very pigmented (and Priceline doesn't have testers) and they fade significantly without primer after a couple of hours.


Top to bottom: Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof, Holika Holika Jewel-Light Waterproof, Physician's Formula Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes in Black and Brown.

4 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to have to add this to my to-buy list too. I'm in need of a good pencil eyeliner. I have the Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB cream which I like so I'm interested in trying more of this brand. Would you recommend the Laura Mercier mineral powder for oily skin? I've been thinking of purchasing it as well. x

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    1. This is a good pencil liner. ^_^ pretty much the point I was trying to get across in that whole post haha. I heard really good things about the Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB Cream! The jar was adorable! Anything scallop-edged/fluted is. I love love the LM Mineral Powder for really easy high coverage and hiding large pores around the T-zone. Liquid foundation doesn't sit well on my t-zone, even upon application, but the LM mineral powder makes them disappear. It's a bit of a faff, as loose powder is, but it's my go-to. If you're not used to powder foundation it might take some getting used to, but I'd take it over liquid any day. Go for Natural Beige, I think. I have Real Sand and it's too light most months of the year. I have the mineral primer from LM as well, but it wears well even without primer. Let me know if you get it and how you fare! xx

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  2. CURSE OILY EYELIDS. I have the same problem too--no matter what I use, a lot of pencil liners (and waterproof mascaras) smudge on me (in varying degrees), so for the most part, I've given up and started using gel. (Granted, there are still some pencil liners in my stash I haven't tried yet, like UD and Stila)
    There's actually a Holika Holika store in my city (#BLESSED), so I'll definitely need to look into this.

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ

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    1. I find a lot of waterproof eye products smudge on me too! Smudge or transfer. Primer doesn't always help either. So I totally agree; hilariously curse oily eyelids.

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