Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Truly Waterproof Liquid Liners

On a pretty regular basis, I'm asked for a waterproof eyeliner recommendation. It's never an easy answer because I think people have different definitions for "waterproof". For me, waterproof means it won't break down at all if submerged in water. I can't think of hardly any products that can hold up to that. Don't get me wrong... I think a number of products are "water resistant", meaning they can stand up to watery eyes, or only become partially compromised if submerged in water. Well.... I think I've finally come up with some liners that are actually waterPROOF. Meaning... get them wet, even rub on them- and they won't budge or fade.

Left to Right: Everlast (black), Nonstop (navy), Unlimited (dark brown), Timeless (metallic charcoal)


I'm talking about the Milani Infinite Liquid Liners. As you can see, I have these in a range of shades... all of which seem to have equal staying power. There are 8 shades total, and they cost around $7.00 apiece, depending on where you get them. These are the type of makeup products that you might not like when you first use them... but at the end of your day, I think you'll realize you love them. Why? Because they're still there!


Let me further explain- when you first apply the liner, you'll notice that the texture isn't a thin ink-type feel like most liquid liners. I'd say this is more like chocolate syrup. It's shiny and kind of thick, and once you put it on, it will take one or two minutes to fully dry. When I first used it, I thought- "well, here's a product that just won't work for me! Too goopy! Won't dry fast enough!"
Liner right after it's applied...


You might even think this is supposed to be a "wet look" liner, but I assure you, it will dry matte. (Of course the metallic silver will still have a metallic finish). Here's my advice for dealing with this product's minor shortfalls...

  • Think it's goopy? Use the opening of the tube to get the brush tip thoroughly cleaned off so you can use it.
  • Think it takes a long time to dry? Just be patient. Put it on and then pluck your eyebrows or something.

Liner when it's dry


Why is this a product worth working with? It will last and last. It will actually be quite stubborn when it comes to taking it off. Not only can this liner conquer water (easily), but it also put up a good fight against several makeup removal techniques, including Almay Eye Makeup Remover, Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover, Olay Daily Facials Face Wash Cloths and Vaseline. For example, my Olay Daily Facials take off pretty much any other kind of eye makeup. With these liners, there are always some remnants. And it doesn't come off in a way that streams black down your face- it moreso comes off in flakes when you start removing it. My Mally Makeup Remover was the only removal product that seemed to take it off with some ease. Remember- with any stubborn eye makeup, hold the cotton pad or cotton ball over your eye to let the remover begin to break down the product before you carefully rub... it's important to be really gentle with the eye area.


In a nutshell, this liner is not coming off until you make a deliberate effort to take it off. It's not everyday that I need waterproof, but for the days I DO need waterproof, it's very important. Hopefully this answers the question once and for all... what's the best waterproof liner? :)

The reason this blog got posted today was because of those who voted on the Beauty Broadcast Facebook Page! I plan to do more of this in the future- letting you choose which blog or video gets posted on a particular day. Thanks for your votes! And yes, I'll still review the Sigma Dry & Shape in a future blog! :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • Cupcake found a lost toy under the bed & she has a totally renewed obsession with it now.
  • We had an especially great newscast today. Everything was fun & loose! Go Team!
  • I am LOVING the pictures that have been coming in to the Beauty Broadcast Facebook page of pets watching Beauty Broadcast! Click here to learn more about the Cupcake Club.
  • I went to CVS for cold medicine... left with face wash cloths, a nail polish, a lipstick...oh yeah, and cold medicine.
  • Tomorrow is Thursday! This week is flying!

31 comments:

  1. I may have to hunt these down the next time I'm in the USA :) I enjoy a good waterproof liquid eyeliner so thanks for the tip!

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  2. Those look like really good products, and inexpensive, too! I hope to try them out soon!

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  4. Great review, Emily! I have this product in Endless. It's a pretty purple. I love it's staying power! :+)

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  5. Great post Emily! I recommend these when someone wants a truly waterproof liner.

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  6. I found out how waterproof they are by accident! It was great that it stayed on and didn't budge, but it was such a pain to take off. I tried Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover which helped, but what really took it off was Ponds Cold Cream. Just FYI

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  7. These type of liners are called semi-permanent liners, which totally fits the name lol. I love these kinds of liners though, I use them as a base for other liners/shadows and they stay on forever. MAC has one called Liquidlast Liners but they discontinued a bunch of shades. :(

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  8. Could you do a video on how to use these? I just picked these up and whenever i try to use them, they create such a thick line, which is not what I want. Thanks! and i have this problem because of monolids, and whenever I blink the eyeliner smears because it takes forever to dry. Thanks!

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  9. Awesome!! Thanks! I recently moved to NC from IL (woohoo, IL!!) And we spend soooo many hours at the pool and beach, so this is perfect! Vitazing Moisturizer, little liner, little mascara some Palladio chapstick and I'm good to go!

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  10. I wish we had Milani in Canada. I can never find it anywhere. These would be amazing for summer.

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  11. I so agree with you on the thickness, I thought I would hate it because it took forever to dry. But at the end, it was all worth it because this is the only liquid liner or any liner that will literally stay on my eyes.

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  12. I agree, it is so difficult to find waterproof liners which really are waterproof. Thank you for this post and I'll definitely be tracking these down when I come to the USA, hopefully sometime soon.

    Love your blog and videos!

    Keep up the great work!

    xoxo

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  13. Yay, I'm glad these are good. I just ordered the purple one on Cherry Culture last week, so it should be here soon. Have you tried the new NYX slide on glide on eyeliners? I bought a few of those with that order as well, but haven't heard too much about them. Supposedly they are dupes for Urban Decay 24/7 liners.

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  14. This liner looks a lot like the consistancy of the Gosh Extreme Art Liners. Have you tried them and do you find these better?

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  15. Well, I haven't tried this one, but I know another eyeliner that lasts forever - GOSH Extreme Art Waterproof. I bought it because it was on sale, and DAMN, I found a liner that lasts! It's difficult getting off, even with waterproof eye makeup remover. It's not very expensive, which is nice, and (apparently) it comes in 12 different colors :) It has an odd brush, though, so you have to be pretty precise, because it is, like I said, difficult to remove/correct. Just a tip :)
    - Sarah.

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  16. With tough make up like that, cleaning it with olive oil always does the trick (:

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  17. I've never tried anything by Milani but I only hear good things about it...these might be my first purchase!

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  18. I have this eyeliner in powerful which is a bronze metallic... I love it. I use boots eye makeup remover pads or Mac cleanse off oil... Both work perfect! Great review!

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  19. oh I am going to have to try those liquid eyeliners! Thanks for the heads up. I really love liquid eyeliner, but sometimes they make my eyes water which can make the whole thing not even worth messing with! I will try these with much anticipation that I will not end up with black liquid smeared around my eyes looking like a racoon.

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  20. I always get crazy watery eyes, they are so sensitive! I have to try these out :D I do like the Milani Liqifeye pencil but I never tried anything else by them.

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  21. Another nice review. I ran out to my local CVS and picked up the metallic green one called "Eternal". It is awesome! It has such a vibrant color perfect for summer. And man do they stay on tight. Even my makeup remover had a tough time removing it. I will definitely be buying more of these!

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  22. Does anyone know what the applicator is like? I'm really bad with anything but felt tip lol. I use Maybelline Line Stiletto but it only comes in black and brown and I want to try more colors!

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  23. This is the perfect kinda post because it covers pretty much every single question I had about these and even includes some rather nice pics! :)

    Because I cant actually get Milani stuff in the UK I rely on these kinda reviews to help me decide what is actually worth ordering... These are top of my shopping list for next month (splurged a tad too much already this month!!)

    As for the best waterproof liner; I like the long-wear gel by Bobbi Brown cos its so easy to apply. And the liquid liners by GOSH and No7 are incredimazing! Honestly even with Lancomes bi-facil eye makeup remover these do their best to cling on ♥

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  24. Love all of your reviews and videos on YouTube.
    Have you tried Kryolan Cake Eyeliner Sealer? It is great for turning powder eyeliner into water/smudge-proof liner. I have hooded eyelids and haven't been able to wear eyeliner without it transferring to the upper eyelid. I haven't had that problem since using the Kryolan. It makes a fantastic liquid eyeliner and it's very inexpensive, and a little goes a LONG way.

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  25. Thanks for the recommendation! I recently purchased this and you were absolutely right - it is truly waterproof. It does take some time to remove it but I'll take that over smudged eyeliner any day.

    Rose - the applicator is similar to a liquid paper white-out brush. I also use the Maybelline stiletto and it took some practice for me to get a thin line with the Milani eyeliner.

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  26. oh wow! these sound like awesome liners!

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  27. I really liked reading this review. I also think the Wet n' Wild H2O proof liners are REALLY great. Especially as far as waterproof goes.

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