Product Type: Dainty Doll makeup
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Dainty Doll Eyeliner Pencil
Member Name: Allyouneedtoknow
Dainty Doll Eyeliner Pencil
Advantages: Great brown shade, can create a messy smoky eye easily, natural look, glides on easily
Disadvantages: Expensive, product slides/transfers, application can be hard as too smooth
The packaging of the whole brand is great, really noticeable and dramatic but classy. The matt black pencil itself looks sleek and professional with a tapered lid. I love that the colour is shown clearly by a coloured cap at the pencil's base but i hate that you can not put the cap on the end of the pencil, i have already broken the lid by forgetting and ramming it on in a hurry.
I like my eyeliner to be multi-purpose; smudgeable, sets well, able to use in the waterline/tightline, etc. so that i can just throw the product in my travel bag and go. This product does not make the cut, (though i will admit i have high standards in terms of eyeliner!)
I got the 'Proud Mary' black and 'Goody two shoes' brown colours. Both are lovely. The Black is pigmented and though not my best black, it does avoid that blue-black finish giving a more natural look which is perfect for the paler girl (the brand's target group). The brown is a gorgeous, warm shade and in my opinion really something special. Again it looks like it was formulated to look as natural as possible and the warm mid tone looks particularly good with my blue eyes, unlike many cool tone dark brown liners.
The pencil goes on nice and smooth, with little need to warm it up which is nice.
It smudges well so it is great for smokier looks and I suppose it does at least mean that if you make a mistake you can wipe it (not quite cleanly) away.
However, smoking the liner out does mean a reduction in pigment which is a shame as it means i have to spend some time building it up to get the best effect; getting that smoky look is not a quick and easy (even on a Monday morning) job with this pencil. Unfortunately the pencil never really sets either and i do not have oily eyelids. It moves about easily, particularly when applied under the eye which is annoying if you wanted just a touch of liner to give a natural look. I often find myself needing to clean up to a centimetre of product from under my eye with a cotton bud by the end of the day, and that is when I wear a primer.
In some ways the product, once it has warmed a little through being applied, is too smooth which makes the sliding colour hard to build up in one place; the colour spreads everywhere and it is easy to slip and draw a line in the middle of your eyelid (Not ideal, i think you will agree!). Clearly the product is not meant to give a clear line (disappointingly i have only managed to pull it off with the brown shade once in the last 4 months, and it looked sensational - before it started to slide). Also the fluidity of the pencil means you have to sharpen it quite often. The pencil can be applied to the water line/tight line but you will receive some transfer from one to the other so is not really suitable if you want an ultra clean look, e.g. heavy liner at the top and nothing beneath. (Strangely i have never had any of these problems with the, equally-as-creamy, urban decay 24/7 pencils).
The product is expensive, £10.50 at boots, for what it is and since I do not feel it is particularly good at doing its job, for me it is just not worth the money. How disappointing.
Overall, great pencil for a messy smoky eye and if you fall in love with the brown shade (like me), but not practical enough to become my go-to liner - particularly at this price.
Summary: Very average. Looks good in the box, but a bit of a one trick pony,