Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Massively disappointed with Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner


After reading tons of rave reviews of the Eyeko Skinny Liner (in black), I was delighted to see it as a magazine freebie in this week's Glamour. £2.00 for a £12.00 liner? Yes, please! I wanted the black one to be honest, but my local supermarkets only had the navy option left. I like experimenting with colours and navy seemed like a perfect Summer shade, so I picked it up and couldn't wait to use it! As soon as I arrived home, I opened the liner and swatched it on my hand. Outcome?

Nothing came out. I gave it a little shake and pressed it harder against the skin (using the side of the nib) and it worked. It looked super pigmented and dried quickly to a nice, slightly glossy finish. I thought that it will work fine after that, but... unfortunately when I tried to draw a thin line again, there was almost no colour payoff and the line was very faint. I gave it another shake, tried to draw a thin line again - same thing happened. At that point, I had a feeling that it won't perform well on the eyelids, but I gave it a go anyway. 

Let's just say that it wasn't a pleasant experience...The colour payoff was close to nothing and when I pressed it harder against the eyelid, using the side, it would just leak the product and leave a big stain. Basically it looked like a blue pen leaked allover my eyes if I used the side of the liner and the thin lines I tried to draw with the tip were almost invisible... Not a good look at all! Drawing a flick was IMPOSSIBLE as well! I can't even describe it. I tried my best to draw a thin line many times, but it just didn't happen.  The liner is an absolute nightmare to use and it is not due to my makeup skills. I am seriously good at liquid (and gel) liner and I can do it in a moving car, in a hurry etc and it is always perfect! 

On top of that, the tip felt very uncomfortable on the delicate skin around my eyes and there was some serious tugging involved. It wasn't a nice feeling. I am not a big fan of felt tip liners in general, but this was extreme and I felt like I was dragging a dried up pen along my top lash line. I also struggled to remove it and I had to triple cleanse with oil based products to get most of the colour off my eyelids. I still have navy panda eyes to be honest and will have to cleanse again...

I shared my experience on Instagram and guess what? Over 20 people commented saying the same things: hard to work with, terrible colour payoff, dried up, hard to remove. You can read the comments HERE. I am seriously disappointed and I won't be buying the black version. Maybe the batch of magazine freebies is different than the actual retail version, because there is absolutely no way someone could draw a nice flick or any sort of line with the liner I got. I have seen many pictures of a perfect cat eye created with this liner (in black) by bloggers I trust, so this is very confusing for me. I just can't work with this tip at all and it just feels like the top of it is completely dried up. So odd!

If the product is different/not the same quality as the retail version, what is the point to sell it in a magazine for £2.00? Most bloggers will buy it, try it, hate it and write bad things about it. Not a good move for a respected makeup brand in my opinion, hence my confusion! I haven't experienced anything similar with other felt tip liners and I simply had to bin/stop using them for hygiene reasons after 6 months, not because they dried up or didn't work. They all draw perfectly pigmented fine lines every time! Bourjois, Urban Decay, Eye Of Horus, Zoeva - absolutely no problems with their felt tip liners!

THE GOOD THINGS:
If the application process was easy and the felt tip didn't feel so horrible on the eyelids, this liner would be fab because the actual formula is fantastic! As you can see on the photos below, the thick line is super pigmented and there is absolutely no feathering. Once the liner is on, it is not going anywhere and I am assuming that it would last all day or even 24h+. I also adore the design and the packaging! That's why it's a real shame that it didn't work for me and other girls who commented on my instagram and twitter.

As you can see, the thin lines are not pigmented at all and I only got some product out by pressing hard against the skin with the side of the liner. 

What are your thoughts? Have you tried the Skinny Liquid Liner by Eyeko London? Was it a retail version or a magazine freebie? Let me know how it performed.


  


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38 comments:

  1. I got the black version with Glamour magazine and had the exact same problem. When I use the thicker part of the nib the product came out fine but using the tip - nada! Found it impossible to work with on the eyes!

    www.absolutebeaut.com

    xx

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    1. I agree. Impossible to work with. I am soo disappointed :(

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  2. I tried one of these in a sample size once and hated it. I heard so much great things about their liner and mascara... I hated the feeling of the tip, so you didn't miss much with yours not working!

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    1. Yes, the tip feels soo horrible on my eyelids. It wasn't a nice feeling at all.

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  3. How disappointing! I have the black one from the magazine and find it pretty decent x

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    1. Sooo odd. Surely, they should make all products the same quality. The one I have is just impossible to use on my eyes :(

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  4. It's a shame :( There is nothing worse than bad eyeliners :/

    Sensitive Epidermis | Rainbow
    xxx

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  5. I have the black one from the magazine and I'm loving it! But I can see that I may have a problem with it drying up in the future, just because I always do with pen liquid eyeliners x

    llyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I picked up the black one and was not impressed with it at all either! You're definitely right though, it doesn't make sense that this can be such a popular and well loved product but for some reason the one they've been giving away with Glamour is so average. Hopefully Eyeko will have something to say about it soon!

    nikkiandthings.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  7. I tried the eyeko eyeliner from a magazine before and like you had exactly the same problem :( and I even had the black one! I love the idea of the nib and its shape but the actual product is sheer and doesn't apply well, pretty annoying xxxx

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  8. I often find magazine freebies are never of the same quality. I remember trying a they're real by benefit freebie and it was awful, tried the on sale/full price version and I fell in love. They're sometimes just a dodgy quality!

    Sophie x

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  9. So glad I didn't buy this now, even for £2. How disappointing.

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  10. I got the black one and actually think it's really good. Took me a couple if gos to get used to the slightly thicker nib than I am used to but it is very opaque and lasts all day. Was thinking if getting another! Maybe the blue and black have different formulas?

    Jo ★ | A Little Pop Of Coral

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  11. I had a black one a while ago and had these same issues with it, my mum and I both separately got the blue one this time, she said it was awful and can't get it to work and mine's been chucked to the back of a drawer with no hope of returning, it's so bad if they just use bad batches to give as freebies, they're meant to be used to entice people to try the brand but to be honest I'm far more likely to avoid them now, would never pay £12 if I thought it would be this bad, I really don't understand but loved this review :)
    Yazmine, theditsyblogger.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  12. I think you might be right in a difference in the regular product to the mag freebie. I had one, I think it was a beauty box and LOVED it. So easy to use and created the perfect flick. It was free with a mag last year so I thought I'd get a spare. I went to use it and it had dried up and hard to use. So annoying!

    Honey Go-Lightly

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  13. I got the black one with the magazine and had absolutely no issues with it. The product came out perfectly, dried quickly and was nicely pigmented. It's a shame that so many people have had problems with it as it seems like such a lovely product. With there being such a large number of people having problems I think Eyeko should offer some explanation as to why so many of them seem to be faulty, maybe it's old stock?

    Kelsey xx

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  14. I did like this at first, but I'm still finding okay. I do find it dried out so so quickly, I thought it was something I had done! I'm not a fan on navy liner as a whole, it looks rather felt tip like and reminds me too much of my school days! This magazine freebie might be a bad move for Eyeko!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  15. I wonder why the ones from the magazine seem to always be dried out! Makes me wonder if there's a difference. I love that there's not feathering, but I wouldn't want to end up with a dried out liner sort of problem. :/

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  16. Just did a review and surprisingly we were both along the same lines! Didn't like this at all! http://rosebeautynow.blogspot.com/ x

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  17. So glad you agree, I hate this product. I have one from a Birchbox and it's equally rubbish. I don't get the hype. On the back of my hand I get a beautiful line, but hold it upside down to do your eyes and you get a second or two at best before it dries up. I always end up going over it with my L'Oreal Superliner so don't know why I bother.

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  18. I tried the navy one yesterday and it was awful! I thought I had just gotten a dud but I had the same experience as you. So glad I didn't pay full price x

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  19. It's a shame this doesn't work!! The swatches really say it all :(

    xx Anine
    redlipsandbeautybits.blogspot.com

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  20. I have the non-magazine freebie version and I think it's brilliant. It's actually my current go-to liner.
    So bizarre to give the mags dud versions of their products to give away. I can guarantee if you tried one from one of their stocklists you would feel the complete opposite. It would be like you had reviewed two different products!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie ​ x

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  21. I am glad i am not the only one that was disappointed with this product - Mine was very dry when i applied it! Gone in the Bin! Sorry Eyeko not good!

    LEM-Beauty.Blogspot.co.uk | Twitter @leanne_g5 | Instagram : Leanne_g5

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  22. When I got this same eyeliner in black free last year I LOVED it! I'm now very worried that they are all a dodgy version! It is normally SUCH a good eyeliner!
    xx

    www.thekazlightanthem.blogspot.com

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  23. Yep..I had the exact same problem with the black. I bought the magazine specifically for the eyeliner and was mega disappointed. xx

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  24. I tried this free with a magazine around Halloween and I had exactly the same - I ended up using it to draw on my face as part of my my Halloween costume/makeup and then chucked it after that! Seriously terrible. Wouldn't even try dragging it across my eyelid.

    xx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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  25. I used the Skinny Liner for years and it's one of my absolute favourites.. so odd! x

    and beauty or something.

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  26. Such a good, honest review!
    I find a lot of magazine freebies are always the duds of the products!

    nailsandteapots xx

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  27. I got this when it was free with a magazine last year and experienced pretty much exactly the same thing. The first time I tried it all seemed good but then I put it aside for a few weeks and when I tried it again it had completely dried up. I just chucked it straight in the bin and have never considered trying one of their eye liners since x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  28. I have picked this up in black and to be fair mine seems OK, it could however be better than it is. I find it lasts well though but it has irritated my eyes slightly if I have rubbed them at the end of the day.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  29. That's so weird as I have the original (non freebie) version in black and gold and think it's amazing! Does sound like a different batch was used for the freebies. Saying that, I was impressed by the Eyeko lash curler freebie (with Glamour I think) but haven't tried the original so not sure how they compare.

    Nic x

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  30. I too was not very impressed. I applied it to my eyes and after about an hour it had smudged and I had a line across the middle of my eyelid. I looked stupid! xx

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  31. I had the same problem, I blogged about it here and I've got pictures of the before and after.
    I'm so glad im not the only one!
    xx

    http://dofusanney08.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/eyeko-navy-skinny-liquid-liner.html

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  32. So nice to get an honest feedback on products. Too often, you only ever read glowing reviews about products. I had the same issue with the liner, I've gone back to liquid :( xx

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  33. I'm glad I'm not alone in this! I heard so many rave reviews about this eyeliner but I have the full size version and a sample size from a birchbox and both are really uneven on my lids and extremely hard to work with. Yes, when you get some product out it doesn't budge, but I haven't managed to achieve a proper flick with this yet- overhyped product in my opinion.

    www.livinglifeindocs.com

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  34. I have a spare black one that I'd be happy to send over to you - (no charge obviously) x

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  35. I got the black version in a beauty box and I use it all the time. Im not good at applying eyeliner but even I can get decent results!

    Its a shame you havent heard from Eyeko as its clearly not an isolated issue with quality.

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