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Fair enough at £14 for an eye liner this does at face value seem to be a really steep price, especially when, in my opinion an eye liner is an eye liner and I think most are much of a muchness. However I am a big fan of clinique in general, and it can be a bit dangerous for me if I walk past a stand and look at new products. I have had a couple of these for a while now, but I can remember the lightbulb moment when I realised the clever design feature of the inbuilt pencil sharpener. For me, this has to be the best thing about it. I may be wrong, but I can't remember ever seeing another eye liner with with this, so this clinique one ticks all my boxes.
So before I get too excited I will try and describe it in an orderly way. Firstly, the lid. The lid simply pulls off like normal pencils, however on the end of the lid there is another lid, which when pulled off, reveals an inbuilt pencil sharpener. For me this solves a massive problem. As many sharpeners as I buy, they all seem to go missing, and I end up wilth multiple blunt eye liners in my make-up bag. So the fact, that as long as you have the pencil, you also have a means of sharpening, makes it just great. The pencil shape itself is triangular, which I find is actually easier to hold and helps me get a more precise line if I want one. However this can mean that when sharpening, it can get stuck at times. Other than that, these features seem to be strikes of genius.
The pencil comes in 4 shades. I have used black (classic for the smoky look) and black coffee, which I really like for a more understated and natural day look. The pencil is quite soft, but I find this a bonus as the 'smoky eye' is easy to acheive by blending. When sharpened to a fine point though, getting a fine precise line is also easy enough though, which I think the look rivals any liquid liner as the black is so dark and intense.
I've had this eyeliner for ages and I flit between using this one, and using my MAC one. This one is great for travelling and things because it has a handy inbuilt sharpener in the lid!!
This inbuilt sharpener is one of my favourite features. It really works despite being quite plasticy and it also means that when I'm out and about I don't have to take a sharpener (or scrabble round in my make up bag to find one!) but I can always have a sharp pencil. There is no where for the sharpening to go however, so it can be a bit messy and I've had to sharpen into my make up bag before which is not really a good idea.
The pencil itself is a brilliant Kohl liner. I think it cost about £12 so you would expect it to be good really!! You can get a really clear smooth line with it with little effort and I think that this is a must in an eyeliner. The black is also super black and I don't feel that it melts down your face or comes off too easily either.
Unuually, the pencil is triangular in cross section. This is good for holding it steady I think and it is quite comfortable in your hand. I think that though, because of the in built sharpener I sharpen this more than usual and this has made it become used up fairly quickly - a clever ploy by Clinique I wonder to get you to buy more often...? Now it is short it is a bit harder to hold as I'm sure you can imagine.
Overall, I like this liner. It gives a sharp look and is very black and I think that black eyeliner can make or break a look. I recommend it but don't fall into the sharpening-too-often trap!
As a naive youth I walked past a Clinique counter in a major department store and got accosted by a tangerine assistant who sold me a variety of items for such a ridiculous amount of money that I nearly fainted at the till. I have never used the foundation, clarifying wash and whatever the other thing was again, but this Kohl shaper has now become a resident of my sparsely populated make up bag, despite the £13 price tag.
I had used Kohl eye liners before and had found them difficult to apply due to their texture being blotchy or the point becoming blunt and then not being able to lay my hands on a sharpener. This eye liner is better in both respects; the lid also doubles up as a sharpener which is always handy, and the texture I have found to be consistently perfect for application, whatever the temperature. I have also noticed that it is able to be sharpened easily. Some of the eye liners I have had before have crumbled when I have tried to sharpen them, or the pencil itself looks as if it has been hacked at after I have sharpened it.
In terms of staying power, it is as good as any Kohl eye liner I have used. I generally find that it will last for either a morning, or an afternoon, or an evening. It is also quite easy to smudge, but this has been my experience with all Kohl eye liners and think it is 'the nature of the beast'. Therefore I would not mark it down because of this.
The one downside of this product is its price. However, I usually ask my husband to put it in my stocking at Christmas and although I wear it most days, it tends to last for the whole year.
During one of my make up and facial product binges I was one product away from receiving a free gift, I know it's a gimmick but often I end up buying more than two products anyway so pushing to and buying a third seems like common sense, not to mention the samples that come with the freebie give me ample to review!
On this occasion and being in need of an eyeliner I selected the Clinque kohl shaper for eyes which for the price of £12 was more than I would normally spend.
I am a big fan of eyeliner as I have little eyes and the difference with its use is dramatic. I wear it on the inner lids and like a smoky and smudgy look. For this reason I prefer a kohl pencil, it has a softer and therefore less abrasive look and is also suitable for use near the eye whereas eyeliner pencil should only be applied to the eyelids.
**The Clinque Kohl shaper**
This is one well packaged and stylish product. The silver lid matches the silver lettering on the black stick, I opted for number 201 Black Kohl. Within the lid is a neat and cleverly contained sharpener. I think this a terrific idea and all eyeliner and kohl pencils should include the same. As kohl is softer than an en eyeliner pencil it is prone to becoming blunt and soft in the heat, applying it blunt is actually not a problem and in fact creates a deeper and broader outline of the eye but it is handy to have the sharpener all the same. It is a simple but very effective idea and means that this product has become indispensible from my handbag.
**Applying the liner**
A mirror is essential! Tilt your head up and hold the lid and apply to the inner rim of the eyelid, for a subtler look I only apply to the top lid, for an evening look I apply to both top and bottom.
For months this was the best eyeliner I had ever owned, terrific staying power, smooth application and a great colour as well, of course, as the sharpener. However the climate in the UK definitely favours this product and the second I arrived in heatwave stricken Canada it crumbled. Surprisingly it withstood the heat pretty well and the problem was not that it became a melted mess within the lid, the problem was it became a melted mess on my face. Within ten minutes of being applied and humidity and evening heat had destructed it causing horrendous black marks under my eyes. The impressive staying power also meant it was incredibly tricky to remove and wiping it hard with water and tissue just meant I was left with red instead of black bags. It comes off reasonably well with facial wipes and also Clinque's make up remover.
On the whole this is a terrific product, even the price can be justified when you consider the staying power and longevity of the pencil but it is certainly not one for the holiday suitcase.
One thing I will never leave the house without is a black kohl pencil. I like to draw a subtle line along the lower and upper lashes which I then smudge with eyeshadow to blend it. If going out I would make this line a little bolder. For me a good kohl pencil needs to be soft enough to glide on easily but firm enough so that it will not leave a line that is too thick or smudge everywhere.
I was recently given this clinique kohl shaper by my mother (who bought it for herself in a moment of madness and then never used it) when I lost my trustworthy rimmel pencil. To be honest I dont think I could have justified spending £12 on a kohl pencil. But I love clinque so was happy to receive it. The colour is black 201.
The pencil promises that it "glides on smokey or defined, bold or superfine". The stem has a triangular shape, which not only allows you to get a good precision grip but also apparently "the angle of (the) pencil determines the width of line". THis also makes the pencil look quite cool. The lid of the pencil also doubles as a sharpener, which is a great idea in theory. I suppose in an emergency situation I would use the sharpener, however the problem is that there is nowhere to store the shavings. Therefore you need to find a bin and this makes it a little pointless as far as I am concerned, unless you are happy shaving your eyeliner into your handbag.
Ok, so lets turn to performance. The colour of the pencil is nice and bold however in my opinion the consistency is a little too soft. I tried applying it at varying angles as advised but the line always seemed too thick and bold and not at all smooth. If anything I found it a little jerky when drawing a line. Perhaps I have not found the art with this pencil, but after 15 years of wearing eyeliner I dont think this should be a difficult experience. I also found that after half an hour I had black smudges under my eyes even though I seal the line with a covering of eyeshadow. I could end up looking like the bride of frankenstein if I am not careful.
After one use the pencil was already quite blunt, hence the sharpener included I guess. This would I imagine make it not last as long as my usual pencils which I sharpen maybe once or twice a week.
It is not terrible, but I would have expected better for £12 from clinque. I will continue to use it until it runs out which should be soon at the rate I am sharpening it, or until I find rimmel on offer somewhere.
Name: Cream Shaper for Eyes
Size: 0.04 oz / 1.2 g
Price: £12.00 or $17.50
- Starry Plum
I've read in several books and magazines that most eyeliners are the same, so whether you're paying 99p or £9.99 for an eye pencil, you're basically getting the same thing. So it's hard to pay about twelve quid for one!
The Clinique site says that this "creamy-smooth pencil defines with a hint of shimmer. Glides on intense, long-wearing colour. Non-smudging, water-resistant."
- the first day I tried this product, my contacts were playing up, which meant my eyes were watering all day long. But this eyeliner stayed put through the entire day
- colour didn't fade even through my watery eyes and in hot temperatures its great too
- very smooth pencil glides on without pulling my eyelids at all
- dark, vibrant colour
- pencil is longer than most other eye pencils so it'll last longer
IT HAS A SHARPENER BUILT INTO THE LID!
what a novelty eh girls?
- I haven't tried to sharpen this yet, although it's not a pencil, but more of a plasticky material, can't foresee any problems though
- for the average consumer (me), considering I use eyeliner on a daily basis, I don't know if I can afford constantly buying them at over a tenner a pop!
- only 4 shades are available, which isn't a good variety - Egyptian (which is a dark, mossy green), Brown Sugar (medium brown), Chocolate Lustre (dark brown) and Starry Plum (deep purple)
Oh, I hate it when this happens. I bought this product just to test, after my usual rimmel ran out, and now I'm in love with this pencil. It may become a regular product in my makeup case. Great for my face, not so good for my purse. It's fade-proof, water-resistant and silky smooth. I also sampled the Chocolate Brown shade while I was at the Clinique counter, but found the chocolate brown not as attractive as the purply Starry Plum.
Clinique Kohl Shaper For Eyes / Rich / creamy colour glides on smoky or defined / bold or superfine / Triangular / ergonomic design for precision control / Sharpener's built into cap / Never be caught with a dull point again / All skin types / Pencil.