It's a Liner-Off!! {Part Two}

If I had to choose a favourite segment of this blog, it would definitely have to be my 'liner-off' series! :D
(If you missed my previous one, click here!)


AND TODAY,
IT 
IS
BACK!

GIFS. SWATCHES. TEARS (well, water test). FRICTION (smudging, basically...)
WHO WILL BE AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL LINER?


INTRODUCING OUR CONTESTANTS FOR TODAY: 

ESSENCE'S 'STAYS NO MATTER WHAT' EYEPENCIL
MAYBELLINE'S 'MASTER DRAMA' EYELINER
MILANI'S 'LIQUID EYE' EYELINER PENCIL
RIMMEL'S 'EXAGGERATE' WATERPROOF EYE DEFINER
AND
RIMMEL'S 'SCANDALEYES' WATERPROOF KOHL KAJAL

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOUR

LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

Yeah, sorry for the ~dramatic~ intro...I'VE BEEN WATCHING TOO MUCH X-FACTOR DON'T MIND ME.

THE WHOLE SHEBANG BEHIND THE CUT!


All these liners are all pencil or automatic liners. No liquids or gels here!
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First up, we have Essence's 'Stays No Matter What' waterproof eyepencil in the shade 'Midnight Black'! It is the cheapest liner in this batch, going for $2, but you have to sharpen it. Has a dry, waxy texture going on the skin, but it still goes on smooth.



And here is Maybelline's 'Master Drama'eyeliner in the shade 'Midnight Master'! I hear Emily Noel/emilynoel83 talk about this liner often, so I decided it was time to try it out! It glides on very smooth, but you will need to build it up (which is no problem because it's so smooth!). 



Next up, Milani's 'Liquid Eye' eyeliner pencil!


YOOOOOOOOOO I STARTED A LONG LINE OR SWEAR WORDS WHEN I SAW HOW RICHLY PIGMENTED AND CREAMY THIS LINER IS. LOOK AT IT!!! YOU DON'T EVEN NEED TO APPLY TOO MUCH PRESSURE AND I CAN'T DEAL WITH THIS SORCERY RIGHT NOW. 

BUT YEAH, this was another liner that Emily Noel raved about, and I'm so glad I gave it a try! Milani also claims this liner is waterproof.


I'm pretty sure every liner after Milani pales in comparison, but we can't forget about our Rimmel liners! Loads of people recommended me these two liners, so I thought it was about time I gave them a try!

Here is Rimmel's 'Exaggerate' waterproof eye definer.


Goes on smooth, but you will have to build it up quite a bit for an intense black! This comes with a sharpener and a smudger, which is quite convenient! Not a lot of automatic liners come with sharpeners, so it was a nice touch.

Finally, here is Rimmel's 'Scandaleyes' waterproof kohl kajal liner in the shade 'brown'!


This shade goes on very smooth and creamy, much like Milani's 'Liquid Eye', and you can build it up without too much tugging. There's a hint of sparkle in this liner (to my surprise!), but when built up, the sparkle gives a wonderful almost-coppery depth to the brown. I do quite like this shade! (but let's face it, my eyes ~sparkle~ enough as it is)
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ALRIGHT, so we've seen how they go on the skin, but will they last the ~perilous~ daily circumstances? Allergies, watery eyes, tears (from your otp, lets face it, it's tv season), and itchy eyes are all threats to even the most resistant liner.

Here is an overall view of all five liners, built to maximum opacity.


Among the black liners, Maybelline is the lightest, while Essence and Rimmel's 'Exaggerate' are the darkest.

Unless you're on the computer for extended hours and have developed an unnatural advantage in staring contests, then blinking and eye rubbing is a problem to be faced.
Here's a smudge test!

At some point I had to just stop rubbing Essence's liner because it was getting embarrassing. ._.'' 
I rub pretty hard though, and as you can see, most of the liners have rubbed off to various degrees. I think Milani held up well though, considering how creamy it goes on. 

But of course, with smudging comes excess tears

UHHHH....so I ran my hand under the tap with the 'smudged' results, and rubbed my hand simultaneously. Rimmel meant business when they said 'Scandaleyes' was a 'waterproof kohl kajal', but 'Exaggerate' on the other hand...yikes. 

I thought it was unfair to dry smudge the liners, then rub them with more water, so here's a water + smudging (simultaneously) + blot test. (i.e. a less rigorous test to recreate the process of eye rubbing, forming excess tears, and wiping these tears)

Here's an overall view, for comparison. 


And here are the results of the less rigorous water + smudging + blot test. (I have also realised I have tissue bits on the swatches, yikes/sorry!)

....RIMMEL 'EXAGGERATE', YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE A 'WATERPROOF EYE DEFINER' AND I GAVE YOU A SECOND CHANCE.


Rimmel 'Scandaleyes' on the other hand, as well as Maybelline and Milani, have held up well!

Final Thoughts

- Essence 'Stays On No Matter What', contrary to it's name, does not stay on no matter what. Minor rubbing for this very dark liner is alright, but if you've got itchy eyes, or rub your eyes often (ok well, no one plans on rubbing their eyes, but), this is not the liner for you.

- The Essence liner is $2 CDN, which is relatively cheap, but it's also difficult to sharpen because it is PVC/plastic, and although it's weird and fun to sharpen plastic, it is also a hassle because it is more resistant than traditional wood. 

- If you're going to buy Rimmel eyeliners, skip 'Exaggerate' (the attached sharpener and the smudger is a nice touch though), and head for the 'Scandaleyes'. The 'Scandaleyes' are a bit cheaper, and perform much better than the 'Soft Kohl' and 'Exaggerate' pencils. 

- Out of the three, Maybelline's 'Master Drama', Rimmel's 'Scandaleyes' and Milani's 'Liquid Eye' are all very, very good liners, and I honestly have trouble deciding which out of the three I like best. Ultimately, however, I would probably choose Milani over the other two, because GO LOOK AT THAT SWATCH GIF AGAIN. IT'S LIKE PORN, HONESTLY. It's incredibly creamy and pigmented, and goes on smoother than a unicorn being caressed with silk bloomers. I'm so dead serious. (Don't ask about the terrible simile)
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I hope you enjoyed this post! (...maybe?) If you have any other details you'd like to know, or if have any eyeliner suggestions, toss them into the comment box!


(Yeah, you guys are probably just like Dave/Brad/Jane in the gif right now...don't mind me, eyeliners call for an intense discussion)

44 comments

  1. Nice review, I really like Rimmel's Scandaleyes - it's been working really well for me :O) Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks! It's working pretty fantastic for other people too!

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  2. I think I'm going to have to start gifing my blog. What a fab idea. I really like all your testing, especially since I'm a compulsive rubber with watery eye syndrome!

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    1. Haha, making gifs is a lot easier than I anticipated!
      Thank you! Tried to be as comprehensive as I can c:

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  3. Oh how neat are those litte gifs, it is so helpful! I think I like the Milani liner best.

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    1. Haha, thank you! The Milani is also my favourite!

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  4. Omg ahahah I love this post! (YES GIFS) This is actually incredibly helpful - I was in Shoppers a few days ago and I really wanted to buy a non-asian drugstore eyeliner but had no idea where to start. T-T Thanks!~ <333 I absolutely LOVELOVE that Milani liner ARGUHGHG. That swatch gif! It really is like porn, hohoho. (Do they sell Milani in Shoppers? I think I've seen them in Walmart once but idk. D: )

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    1. GIFS 5EVA

      YEAH, IT REALLY IS. I highly recommend that liner--if you get it, swatch it and TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK @_@
      They don't sell Milani in Shoppers, but they do sell it at Walmart. I can barely find them in the Walmarts near me, but Square One's Walmart does have it, and the (Loblaws??)Supercentre at STC has them too!

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  5. This is officially one the the best posts I have ever read, extra points for the gifs, I really want to try the scandaleye liner, but I've forbidden myself from going to the drugstore because I always end up buying everything I see! X

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    1. HUZZAH! Thank you!
      Yeah, or at least go on a Project 10 challenge! Finish up some products and treat yo'self to new items!

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  6. having a gif for swatches IS A BRILLIANT IDEA!!! looks like the scandel eyes are the winners here. i have the nude and i really enjoy it for the lower lash line and inner corner. must pick up some more!
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. One of my best ideas ever, not even going to lie ;)

      I would actually pick the nude up, but I have an intense fear of lining the waterline ._.

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  7. Great Review!!! This was awesome and I love the way you presented it. Went back and read the first one too!! Good to see what is better than my current liners too. Thank you!

    Jenna ♥ ♥
    Northern Beauty 85

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    1. Thank you!! I'll flip through your posts and try to determine you favourite liners, haha!

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  8. I must get Milani one! :o
    Great post!! I tagged you in This or That tag!(:

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  9. Great post girl! I havent tried any of these. All for the wish list! Love Laura xx A Scottish Lass ❤

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  10. Hey there, loved your blog, just followed you on GFC (56), would you mind to follow back?

    mandyshareslife.blogspot.com

    MandySharesLife FACEBOOK PAGE

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  11. Hmm. Guess I gotta go out an buy me some Milani. I'm a sucker for creamy formulas.

    -Lillian at Mascaradise

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    1. Buy it eventually :)
      Milani has some ridiculously good stuff!

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  12. i saw that milani eye liner in blair fowler's vid, i immediately checked our online stores here if they have it and as always we are late on the good products grrr. i know i keep saying this over and over again, but i really like your experimental posts like this. will be attempting to review an eye liner soon and this post will be my peg haha <3

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    1. And I always love hearing you say you like my experimental posts ;) (LOLLLLL SHAMELESS EGOTISTICAL BEHAVIOUR JK)

      Yeah, + you live like halfway around the world! Look forward to seeing this eyeliner review soon! c:

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  13. OMG this post is amazing! Seriosly Vanessa ! the GIFs are crazy awesome! gosh i am just speachless!!

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  14. WOW!
    awesome blog dear and
    the way you included the gifs
    of the swatches are GENiUS.
    your blog is so unique and
    thumbs up for this review and face off.
    i also liked the banner that you have.
    very nice skills.
    :)

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    am following your lovely blog
    through GFC and Bloglovin.

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  15. You are freaking hysterical! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the GIFs... did I mention I LOVE the GIFs?!?! Your posts are seriously off the chizzain.

    I bought the Milani liner in Graphite a couple weeks ago and didn't like it much because it had a bunch of shimmer in it... but I decided to give the brown shade a try the other day and it is AMAZING. So pigmented, so soft... I definitely understand the porn reference. I must say that I found it sexually arousing at the very least. Anywho, loved this post and I am loving your blog more and more! Keep it up lady :)

    Sarah
    Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

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    1. THIS WILL FOREVER BE THE COMMENT I WILL READ WHEN I'M HAVING A LOUSY DAY :')
      Thankyou!!
      Yeah, I hate liners with shimmer in it, because even with makeup removers it doesn't go away :(
      YES FOR UNDERSTANDING THE PORN REFERENCE. It's ridiculously creamy, but it's so easy to accidentally smear on something else because it does goes on so fast!

      Thanks again! ʘ‿ʘ

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  16. THIS IS MY FAVOURITE BLOGPOST IN THE HISTORY OF BLOGPOSTS BECAUSE I COULDN'T STOP WATCHING THOSE GIFS AND MAKEUP GIFS ARE IN A WHOLE ANOTHER LEAGUE AND YOU'RE A GENIUS
    honest man this was SOOOO helpful :') the drugstore land has a bajillion eyeliners and they all claim so much so I really do adore your liner-offs they're sooooo useful!!
    thankyou so much for this post! I love the scandleyes range especially the nude colour! But now I shall be adding black and brown onto my list because gahhh it did pretty alright on your test X) unfortunately milani isn't as accessible here :( but yaaay for scandleyes! ^_^
    The Blushing Giraffe| The Blog Loving
    xxx

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    1. THANKYOUUUUUUUUUUUUU ;-;
      (You need to stop being so nice because you're feeding my ego beast BUT YOU'RE TOO NICE ;-;)

      Glad it was helpful! And I agree, there's so many liners available, all with fancy names and even fancier claims! -coughcoughEssence-
      Darn for not having Milani accessible, but yay for Scandaleyes! :D
      (Do watch out for the brown one though, it does have shimmer in it, which can be a bit hard to remove on the eye)

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  17. OMG *smacks face* I just wrote a post on the Milani eyeliner yesterday (because I've been putting it off for a week)... and I just saw this post! I feel like my review is so inadequate now lol

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  18. woah-- these gifs are taking reviews to a whole nother level. hahhahaha I've heard so much about scadaleyes really want to try it out!

    new follower!
    biffsquiggled.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, thank you! I like having fun with my reviews ;)

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  19. Haha! Awesome post! I love how you used those gifs and bits here and there to make this a bit more special than the average beauty post! I have the worst watery waterline and almost no black eyeliner stays except gel and gel pencils. I really want to get the milani and rimmel scandal eyes liners to try!

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    1. Thank you!! I like being a bit more interesting and interactive, haha c:

      Likewise! But I am slightly afraid of lining the waterline; it always looks painful to me!

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  20. Hahaha I like the humour in this review. Wow. I would really go out to buy a Milani pencil now but... my country doesn't carry this brand!!! I've been looking the longest time for a good pencil liner after my Koji automatic one changed formula and smudges big time on me. I've bought and tried a few other brands including Make Up Forever (that claims to be made for water ballerina... yeah the sports) which is one of the most expensive liner I bought and it still smudges.

    Have you tried drawing these on your waterline? Do they hold?

    And finally, thank you for the review and the double take on the smudging test. That must have taken some effort and you really treat your readers well.

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    1. Thank you! c;
      SHAME. Milani makes so many wonderful products! But I'm sure there's a brand equivalent in your country :D

      I think a lot of liners won't last the waterline, since it gets so watery there. (Or so I've heard!) I haven't tried any of these on the waterline yet, so not sure about these liners there.

      Haha, no problem! Just trying to be thorough here! c:
      (Thanks for stopping by!)

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  21. THANK YOU for this post! Now I know which eyeliners are good to invest in. :) Like how you gif-ed your post.

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    1. You're welcome, haha!
      I really enjoyed making gifs, they really show how they apply/texture/pigmentation! (and they're fun to watch!)
      Thankyou!

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  22. I dont usually read or like beauty blogs but I somehow stumbled across yours and really love this post!x

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    1. Ha, I'd like to know how you stumbled across mine ;) Nonetheless, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Thankyou! C:

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