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As a new contact lens wearer, I unfortunately developed an allergy to my favourite high street brand eyeliner. Clinique specify that their range of eye make-up is dermatologically tested and suitable for those who wear contact lenses and so I invested in Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner 3.G which I bought during a promotion at Boots where if you buy three Clinique products you get £7.50 worth of Advantage Card points. Boots run this fairly often and the deal means that if you bought three of these eyeliners or other products of the same price they would essentially each cost you £8.50 rather than £11 which I feel is more reasonable. Most importantly, since using this eyeliner I have no eye/allergy issues!
I bought the liner in dark brown which is perfect for those with fairer complexions as black can often appear harsh. The packaging consists of a signature Clinique box and the eyeliner comes in a slick silver bottle. With kohl or cream pencil liners it is often easy to draw a liner thicker than desired but the Liquid Liner's brush is quite stiff which makes it simple to apply the liner in the required amount. As the brush is also pointed, this means you can create more delicate and intricate looks such as lining the inner corners of your eyes and creating wings and flicks which is trickier to do with a pencil. Another benefit of this product is that it is long-wearing, so you don't have to worry about taking it with you when you go out or reapplying. Due to this I have found that the bottle has lasted a very long time.
The only disadvantages for this eyeliner are that as it is liquid you can't use it on your waterline/lower lash line so I only use it on my top lid and to buy the liner just on its own would work out fairly expensive.
I'm a huge buyer of all things eye makeup related, whether its mascara, eye liner or eye shadows I've got a huge draw of the stuff which I add to on a regular basis. I was looking for a new liquid eye liner recently in Boots so I could use some of my points to save me a few pounds. I don't buy a huge amount of Clinique makeup generally although I have got a few things and they've all been pretty good when I saw their Eye Defining Liquid Liner I decided to give it a go.
The Liquid Liner is £11 for a 3.1g from Boots which I think is a great price for a high quality Clinique product especially when you compare it to other cheaper brands liquid liners there isn't much of a difference. The purchase also converts into 44 points at Boots, or can be bought with points which is another big advantage for me. When buying the liner I could only see that it came in two shades, black and dark brown, however I'm sure there are other shades available if you have a rummage around online.
The liner looks quite like a mascara initially, it's packaged in a shiny silver tube with is about half tube and half lid, the text is black on the packaging and it certainly looks very glam and certainly will be able to find in your makeup bag. The lid is unscrewed to reveal and long thin black liner applicator with a brush at the end; it's the perfect size, not too thick or thin and great for applying the liquid liner.
I do sometimes have a little bit of trouble when applying the liner as I don't have the steadiest hand but most of the time it isn't a problem. I find it gives you a nice bold outline to the eye that isn't too thick and overly noticeable. It take a bit of practice to get the line right as the size of brush varies from liner to liner but I found I quickly got used to using my Clinique version.
I've found that the liner does take a few minutes to dry, which means I often get a black mark on my face. Once it has I've never had a problem with it smudging throughout the day. At the end of the day I find the liner is quite easy to remove with a decent eye makeup remover and I aren't left with dark circles from the makeup not removing properly the next day.
The liner has lasted me ages, I've had it about four months now and there's still plenty in the tube, it's meant to be chucked out after six months of opening which I probably will do to avoid irritation. If there's a lot left in the tube this does seem a bit of a waste. Maybe Clinique should work to increase the life of this product as you don't need much to make your eyes stand out and it doesn't need to be reapplied during the day the tube is likely to last a lot longer than six months.
I would recommend Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner, its great value for a Clinique product and lasts a long time. I was disappointed that it takes a while to dry and the brush does take a bit of getting used to with a steady hand. Once it's on though it looks great and doesn't wear off all day.
I was recommended this product after visiting the Clinque counter at Debenhams whilst shopping for my wedding make-up. I've been using the 01 Black liner for about 3 months now and should still have a good amount left for the rest of summer.
Personally, I hate liquid eyeliners. I also blink at the wrong time or put too much on and end up with double eye liner all over my eyes! However, I seem to have had no problems with this particular liner. The cap/handle is a lot longer than some of the highstreet brands which I've seen. For me, this has made it easier to put the liner onto the eyes as the extra length in the handle helps me steady my hands. The tip is your bog-standard felt-tip. I've seen in some other brands suck as Loreal tha the tip is slightly slanted. I find the felt-tip much easier to use and the application is more smooth and you can line your eyes in one sweep.
One downer on this liner is that I did find I had to re-dip my brush in the ink about 3-4 times just for one eye. I have a pretty steady hand so this wasn't a problem but I can see this causing wonky lines for other people.
It's lasting ability is also second to none. I had this one from 12pm to 8pm and didn't encounter any smudging. Even when I went to take it off at the end of the night, I had to use quite a lot of make-up remover before it stubbornly came off.
Clinque Eye Defining Liquid Eye Liner in Black (01) -3.1g
I have tried many types of eyeliner in pencil and liquid over the years from many different makes ranging from high street to branded. I like to wear eyeliner in black to make my eyes stand out with my mascara as I don't really wear eye shadow. I used to prefer crayons as liquid ones that I tried were to thick and heavy or felt gungy.
The Eyeliner/ the Look
I have used the Clinque eye defining liquid eyeliner for the last few years now and I buy it in shade (01) black but it comes in other shades too. The eyeliner comes in a sliver thin bottle with a silver screw lid which is handy size for your makeup bag. The brush is long and not too thin or thick so that you can create a natural look that isn't too heavy but still noticeable. I like this eyeliner as it is a gives a classic look and 60s retro feel.
I currently use a lot of Clinque makeup because I find it is particularly good for me having sensitive skin and its prices are cheaper than most designer branded makeup. I really like this product as I have sensitive eyes and it is 100% fragerace free. I am a contact wearer and also suffer from dry eyes and I find that this product does not irritate my eyes in any way.
It is easy to apply to the eyes with a steady hand and creates a straight line well. The only downside is it can smudge whilst waiting for it to dry if you touch it or water gets near your eyes so can need touching up. I find cotton buds are good to use if you slip then you can take away any blotches easily without having to reapply. But generally once it's on and dried it last the whole day and doesn't smudge or need to be reapplied. It is also easy to remove with baby wipes or eye make up remover and doesn't sting your eyes. I only apply one coat but you can build this up if you want it to be thicker and more distinct.
This is value for money as although it is not the cheapest eyeliner it does last a while. It says you should use within 6 months of opening and I find the product can out last this recommendation but I do throw it out at that time so not to irritate my eyes.
You can buy this from around £7-£11 and again in most department stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser or larger Boots Stores. It is also available online from Clinque Direct, Feel Unique, Strawberry Net and many other beauty and cosmetic online shops.
I would recommend this liquid eyeliner for a understated or dramatic look as you can build up the amount you apply. I find it precise to use and lasts all day and a quality product to use especially if you have sensitive skin or eyes.
I personally really liked this product. I bought it from Debanhams for £7.50, which I thought was a very good price. I like my eyeliner very thin, so this was perfect for me. The brush is quite thin and long, which enables you to create a straight thin line. Its not very good if wanting to create something thicker as the brush wont really allow you to do that. Its very easy to apply, and I think better than any eyeliners I have used recently. I found that it goes on very straight with ease. I can't really fault this eyeliner, it definitely does the job! I guess if you are wanting a thick line though then this definitely isnt the eyeliner for you. It does come in two diferent shades too which is very useful. It doesnt smudge easily and dries quickly so you dont have to wait around before continuing to apply the rest of your make up! It stays on without the need to reapply at all throughout the day! Would definitely recommend!
For the price i expected this product to be of a much higher standard to others however i happen to prefer others.
This eye linner does its job dont get me wrong, however i persononally find the brush too thin so you end up having to go over it a few times and therefore creating an uneven look. Great if you want a very subtle line tho.
Another problem i found with this eyeliner was the hadle, its much longer than other products handles so its harder to apply making it less acurate (for me, others may have mastered it by now) however i find shorter handles easier when it comes to applying.
Another fault i found is it doesnt stay on the way you apply it, it tends to dry out and then go a bit crumbly on your eye lid looking cracked (thats the only way i can explain it, hope it makes sense!)
I personally wouldnt buy this product again and would stick to other high street brands such as max factorr