Here’s Jayne giving a crack at posing a make-up review. Being the proud owner of a face that nobody would really want to use in any form of make-up before/after (mostly just the Before), I’ve decided to call my small line-up of make-up reviews RAF Reviews – Real Asian Face Reviews. That’s right, because as far as I’m concerned, only the rare few Asians are absolutely pore-less, and those that have absolutely no pores are a blip on the Asian Face landscape (also, I envy them). But for the rest of us poor Asian Faces, revel in my sad little reviews of the very few make-up products that I actually use upon my slightly pudgy visage. On a separate note: Non-Asian Faces can probably benefit from these reviews too. Just sayin’.
First up for review is the much famed Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner II (Deep Black) – created by the ingenious people at Koji, this is basically the Holy Grail for those with oily eyelids. I mean seriously oily eyelids. I basically have a Sahara Desert effect going on with my skin, where the majority of my face is pitch dry and flaky and the least appropriate places are a virtual oil slick – namely, my eyelids (oh, and my nose, but we’ll touch on that in another review). Worn in crazy humid, mid-Summer madness of both Japan and Brisbane, I can boldly say this product is humidity/heat friendly. It doesn’t run at the first sign on soggy. On the other hand, it may start to fade– so a quick reapplication may be necessary.
Now, if you’re anything like the majority of the Asian population, you’ll also have barely present eyelids. All hail the genetic lottery that decided that monolids were the “in” genetic predisposition that our ancestors should keep – this has lead to many a groan of horror when it comes to applying eye-liner – never fear, this product seems to stick to my eyelids with borderline obsessive behaviour. For those who love priming the crap out of their lids, this product will go hand-in-land with your preparatory stance towards runny eye-liner. My own lids seem to go fine without any primer, but I have to admit, a tad of primer or smear of neutral eye shadow does help it stick much firmer to one’s lids.
An avid eye-ball-rubber, I have to say there is no such thing as a completely smearless eye liner, but this one does come close. Instead of “smearing” as such, this eye-liner seems to come off like a second skin. I can only completely remove it with make-up remover – and a good one at that.
Some complaints that I’ve heard about this product is it’s fluid-semi-transparent consistency. I think I noticed this when I first started using it – so yes, you may have to go over your work at least once. This task can seem daunting for the eye-liner novice as the fear of turning yourself into a wing-tipped-panda may overcome your willingness to give this liner a shot. Never fear – the thing to remember with this product when you go over it is this – either go over it quick smart or go over it once the first layer has completely dried. If you get this wrong and end up going over it when it’s half-dried, you’ll end up with the Dry Erase Marker effect and end up wiping it straight off again. So yeah. Don’t do that.
The eye-liner has a brush tip applicator, which really is my sort of applicator. If you have any sort of artistic inkling, you’ll probably get this going for you straight up. This sort of tip gives you crazy-good accuracy and plenty of control when applying – but like all brush tip applications, don’t go all gung-ho when re-capping – smushing it into the lid probably won’t help longevity. If you don’t intentionally smash it to bits, the tip doesn’t fray or go all split-ends on you up until the very end of it’s eyelinery-life span (at about 6 months with daily use), so by that time, you should probably give up on it anyway.
I always buy mine straight from Japan, ¥ 1,296 (inc. tax) but for those who don’t have a straight-line to a Japanese shopping cart, you can also buy it from Yesstyle, albeit for a huge mark-up and the original formula (which I have also used and I really can’t tell the difference). Nobody ever said life was fair. Oh, and plus for those with a love of all adorable things, it comes clad in RIDICULOUSLY CUTE PINK PACKAGING.