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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Asian brands gel/cream eyeliners in pots comparison

I think eyeliners in pots are a great invention. Applied with a good brush they are usually easy to handle and offer great results if the formula of the product is right.
The boom started about 1 1/2 years ago with Kate's release of their Powder Gel liner and now many Asian brands offer their own interpretation of pot liners. I am aware that gel and cream liners are different but for me they're the same when a creamy product dries down to a smudge-proof finish. (all of the products below dry down and don't budge once the color set)

Kanebo Kate Powder Gel liner:
Kate was one of the first brands to come out with small gel liners. I know that Sonia Rykiel had a similar product out first but the quality is just horrible in my opinion.
Kate's liners have a smooth soft formula so a light dab with the brush is needed or too much product will end up on the brush.
Comes with a great brush I love to use with other liners, too.
Is very affordable at around US$15 or less if you get it in a Japanese drugstore at about 25% off.
They constantly add colors to the line-up and discontinue others.
Soon the whole line will be replaced with Powder Gel Liner N which is supposedly improved.
Here is a pic of some of my liners:

Esprique Precious Matte Lasting Cream Liner:

This is one of my favorite range of gel liners. It applies like a breeze with the included flat liner brush. I don't know why they call this "matte" as one of the colors I have is a super shiny metallic color. BK002 is one of the most unique and great colors to own (a purple-gray with a metallic finish) and their newest color BL901 is a great not overly bright aqua shade.
I think the retail price is somewhere around 2500 Yen. There are 5 regular colors and 2 LE colors available for the moment.
Shown on the pic is BK002.

Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Cream Eyeliner:

One of the worst pot liners in my opinion. VERY pasty and thick and impossible to spread evenly. Comes with a slanted liner brush that just doesn't work for me.
2 color available (black and brown)
It costs around US$25 in the US and more here in Austria.

Shiseido Maquillage Dramatical Gel liner:

New with the Spring 2008 collection. These are pretty good liners with a pleasant not overly soft texture. 2 of the colors are really pretty metallics and the blue shade is outstanding as it's not a flat boring navy but a pretty royal blue. 5 colors total.
Comes with the same style liner brush as the Shiseido The Makeup liners.
Cost is in the 2500-3000 Yen range if I am not wrongly informed.

SUQQU Eyeliner Creamy:
This is the most expensive pot liner in my collection. I am pretty sure it retails for around 4000 Yen (I paid US$50 from ichibankao) so it's quite expensive.
The Suqqu liner is really great though. Perfect formula: not too thick, not too soft. Applies very evenly and smoothly.
There are only 2 colors (green and black) and I picked the green which is a very dark forest green.
Comes with a great brush, too.

B&C Labs Makemania Markabull Eyeliner GB:
Pretty inexpensive liner from B&C labs (former Sony CP). It's a good creamy liner and comes with a thicker but good brush, too. Good value for money though it's not as good as Kate or Esprique.
I've only seen a black color available.

Laneige Multi-Shaping Eyeliner - Gel & Powder Liner:
This is by far the worst gel liner I own. The gel liner is so thick you'd need a knife to scrape any color off. (well not THAAAT bad) No, honestly it takes a lot of effort to make this work. I had to spread a tiny drop of eyecream to soften the formula enough to be able to pick it up and spread it somewhat evenly. The result still leaves a lot to be desired. It comes with 2 powder coats in the top compartment which is a really nifty idea but the product just is crap. 3 colors available. I paid around US$30/each online.

Etude House Orgel Light Gel Eyeliner:
This is an ok liner, but not outstandingly good. The texture is a bit sticky so it's a bit of a pain to spread the liner smoothly. Also the colors turn a a bit dull even though they look so gorgeous in the pan. The colors you see are a pinkish gray (#04) and a bright pinkish purple (#03) which turns even pinker when applied.
These are quite cheap, somewhere around US$8 retail. There are several colors available, I think around 5-6.

Skin Food Choco Eyeline Jam:

This is a surprisingly nice liner with a smooth shimmery finish and a good soft texture. It sets really quickly so quick application and smudging (if desired) is needed or the line will start to look a bit uneven/flaky. I got a pretty green color and the black one is on the way.
Several colors available (around 5-6) and retail price is quite cheap (around US$6-7)

Of course the list is not complete, there are more brands that offer liners in jars.

7 comments: said...

Thanks for the review! My favourite of the lot you reviewd, I think is Esprique, my least fav is Shiseido which was so dry on me!

Can I ask, what colours do you have the Skinfood in? Strangely enough, last night I ordered the brown and gold in this product but was tempted too by the pretty green you have in your photo! Is it quite a strong colour or does is apply quite sheer? Thanks!

Kathi said...

So far I only have the green Skin Food Choco Eyeline Jam. It's a medium soft green, not bright or garish at all. It is pigmented enough to be taken seriously as a liner lol but it's not a super intense dark color either.
I ordered the black one and intending to get the Deep Mocha and possibly the Satin Violet colors.

Irene said...

I have the Laneige Multi-Shaping Eyeliner too (in brown) and when I applied it for the first time I also thought the gel was too thick and hard to handle. But the second time I used it I had absolutely no problems, so maybe you just have to get through the top layer? :)

By the way, I remember from Makeupalley that you have a Menard Jupier Palette, is it any good?

Kathi said...

I've tried both Laneige gel liners several times and scraped around to see if it would get better under the top layer but I have no real success. I added a tiny drop of eye cream to soften it and it worked better. I just don't like such hassle to make a product work when others perform well =D

The Jupier palette is very mediocre I'd say, absolutely not worth 15000 Yen! I'm intending to post about it later.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathi;
I'm very intrigued with your rave about Esprique Precious BK002 liner, would you mind comparing it with Bobbi Brown Black Mauve shimmer gel liner like in this swatch: ?
Thanks so much Kathi!

Anonymous said...

Have you tried the lotree gel liner?

Im trying to decide which gel liner to get next and i think its between skinfood and lotree. Lotree seems to have amazing products but skinfood is cheaper.

Anonymous said...

Do you prefer Kate or Esprique liner ?
Have you ever tried the Bobby brown gel liner ? If so, how would you rank it among all these liners you showed ?

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