Milani Ultrafine Liquid Liners
As you've seen in my recent lipstick posts, I'm testing out new products sent to me by Milani (I still have a couple more categories of lipsticks to show you), but for now I wanted to talk about eyeliner. Last June I reviewed some liquid liners from Milani called Infinite (click here for the post). They are seriously long wearing, truly waterproof liquid eyeliners. The only pain with those was that they were slightly thick in texture and took longer to dry. The brand still makes them, but has recently come out with a new kind of liquid liner called Ultrafine ($7)- it claims to also be waterproof, and has a fine felt tip. It's not necessarily finer than similar liners from other brands like Revlon Colorstay... but it's still going to give you a nice slim line. The consistency is much more like a traditional liquid liner (shake before using)- not thick like Infinite- and they dry faster. So when I got these I thought... if they are TRULY waterproof like the brand says, I'm gonna love these!
This is kind of a tricky review for me to give because I don't feel the same way about every liner in this bunch. First off, only one of the liners is totally matte-- that's the one shown above called "Black Vinyl". All of the other liners have shimmer in them.
From left to right: Black Vinyl, Black Gems, Prismatic Purple, Emerald Glisten, and Sparkling Turquoise.
Here you can see- Black Vinyl is your typical black liner, Black Gems really is more of a charcoal shimmer, Prismatic Purple has a blue-toned shimmer, Emerald Glisten is a metallic light green, and Sparkling Turquoise has a very similar sparkle level to the green.
Whether or not you would wear these is really a matter of personal preference. I've been wearing Black Vinyl a LOT because I love a nice dark line on my upper lashline and I find it to be quick and easy to apply. It also lasts like crazy (more on staying power in a minute). I'm not a big fan of shimmery charcoal liners because they just don't define the eye like a dark matte liner would. As for the colorful shades, a couple times I actually layered them with Black Vinyl... putting a thicker line of the colorful shade down first, then a fine line of black right next to the lashline. It was a pretty effect since these liners do give off very intense, opaque color. The only one that seemed the slightest bit watery or like you'd need to overlap with an extra coat was Black Gems.
So the question remains... are these REALLY waterproof? It's an important question, especially when people are doing makeup for an important, potentially tearful event like a wedding or funeral.
The answer to the waterproof question is yes and no for these products. In the picture below, I misted my liner swatches with water. The blue and green immediately started to run before I even touched them. Once I started rubbing on the moistened swatches, the blue and green continued to fade- not disappearing completely. The black, charcoal, and purple did not run or lose intensity. I should also note that these did not fade when I rubbed across them WITHOUT water, and when I wore them and did not come in contact with water, the shades seemed to all keep their intensity and did not peel.
What do you expect out of a "waterproof" product? I expect it to not only stay, but to keep up the same intensity that it had when it was first applied. I certainly wouldn't expect it to run! While Black Vinyl, Black Gems, and Prismatic Purple meet my standards for being waterproof, Emerald Glisten and Sparkling Turquoise certainly don't. I'll continue to use Black Vinyl because I LOVE the intensity and waterproof quality, but I'll probably only get minimal use out of the rest due to color preferences (I don't use colored liquid liner all that often). These are able to be removed fairly easily with eye makeup remover, and my Olay or Equate cleansing cloths also remove them.
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