I'm putting up this post(rather hastily :( ) after a post on the UK gyaru fb page was made asking about eyeliners and I realised I could take comparison photos of all my eyeliners.
I've tried a fair few eyeliners,not loads but enought to compare the ones I have tried.
At the moment I rotate between Illamasqua's precision liner,Dolly wink liquid liner, Kate quick liner and Mac fluidline gel liner.
In the past I have tried,collection 2000 liners,Revlon Colorstay liner,No 7,Gosh and Maybelline's gel liner.
This isn't really a review post more of a comparison post.
Here are all the liners I have at the moment
As you can see from the pictures the deepest black is the Illamasqua precision liner.The revlons liner looks(and is abit watery) and both gel liners come out mattish/flat.
Out of the 2 Japanese liners(Kate and Dollywink),Dollywink to me is the most black.Kates looking abit thin here which in real life its not quite so much.
Which is the easiest to use?Persoanlly I prefer applicators that are long like a pen,I find it easier to control.However whats good for one wont necessarily be good for another.For example I have friends who swear by super thin brush liners whereas for me I prefer abit more of a triangle brush. So what Im saying is I think its best to play around with the testers and see how it feels for you.Do you find you have more control with a shorter handle? or the thinnest brush?
(I have photos of all the brushes but bloggers being a dick and not letting me upload pictures properly ,i'll try to edit the post with them later...so far this post has taken me about 3 hours ..that just getting the stupid photos up)
These next series of photos show how the liners cope with me running a finger dipped in water through them.
This is after doing that once.
As you can see collection 2000 liner is nearly gone!:O Kates going too but the others are holding out well.
Maybelline has gone abit weird but I suspect it hadn't dried properly before I begun these experiements.
Running my finger through again ....
Collection 2000 has pretty much gone,with Revlon joining it.The others are holding out.Maybelline seems to have dried and is now holding out well against the water.
And the finally photo ...in this one I used abit more water and I scrubbed more.
Kates beginning to go now and you can see some of the others are beginning to aswell(dollywink,illamasqua ,mac)
I had thought that the Maybelline had only run like that because it hadn't dried but as you can clearly see its run again.weird.
I can report that the Illmasqua outlasted the rest by a long while,it was still on my hand the next day!!
So a quick recap......
Pro:Pen type liner,sponge tip.Last well.
Con:Not intense Black,can fade abit after wear.,availability
Pro:Brush is perfect size(love the brush) , staying power isn't bad
Con:brush can fray :( (mine already did) availability
Pro:It really does last!Super black!Long handle on the brush gives control when applying.
Con:Price,some may find the thin brush abit difficult to use and availability.
Con: flat and not an intense black(to me) price,not supplied with a brush(I use a ruby&millie angled brush as seen~here and I have better photos of how it looks ~here)
Pro:price and availability,seems to last ok (by that i mean in the photos u can see its definitely lasting but it runs:S) get a brush with it
Con:Fade after a while,not an intense black,and takes a while to dry.
Pro:price and availability
Con: watery,doesn't last,hate the applicator,the nib is annoying too flimsy
Pro: price and availability
Con:Does not last at all!Nib is very thick
Overall: I think if you have the money that Illamasquas precision liner is the way to go.Its long lasting,easy to use and super black(love that!)
If you after a pen type,try the Dollywink or Kate.While I love the dollywink brush,its hugely disappointing that it frayed after such a short time(like a week) so I prefer sponge tips like Kate. As for gels,I'd recommend MAC,its was my HG(before Illamasqua) since 2007.Maybelline I'm unsure of ....it usually fairs so well in gyaru mags,its heavily recommended by alot of them(especially egg).Maybe mine is just a dodge one but I found it disappointing.I'd be reluctant to recommend them from my experiences but it is easy to get hold of and often Superdrugs and Boots have offers on them.So that gives you an opportunity to try a gel liner cheaper than saying buying a MAC one and realising you hate gel liner.:)
Hope this was helpful,I'll no doubt rework this tomorrow as i feel its very rushed but I want to sleep.:( (and i need to sort out the photos...grr stupid blogger)
For tips on applying eyeliner have a look at my tutorial