For the past few months, I’ve had the Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black in my little cup of eyeliners, which has been my go-to black eyeliner as of late. I came across this as a free ‘sample/product’ in a magazine, and was intrigued as I don’t have easy access to Eyeko as a brand. I didn’t really have many expectations about this product from the start, so my review today is truly based off of no pre-conceptions, which was honestly quite refreshing, as it is so easy as a blogger, especially one who reads other bloggers’ content on a (semi-)regular basis to have your expectations unintentionally warped by hype.
This eyeliner comes in my ideal style: with a pen-style applicator which for me allows for more accurate and precise lining of the eyes. The product does claim it allows for “precise lines, smudge-proof colour and easy application”. Honestly, a lot of eyeliners claim that they do this, so I wasn’t really setting myself up for either huge excitement or an immediate disappointment. It was more of “it’ll probably do bits of each and maybe not so much of some” kind of thing. I will go into this further into the post.
The pen-tip isn’t the most versatile that I’ve seen of liquid eyeliners: while it does have a pointed tip, the main body is bulky and isn’t the easiest to draw a thin line, if that’s the style that you like – which is something I often go for… Yay for little visisble eyelids, right? This can be made to work if you have a steady hand and a good mirror to work with, but considering this product makes claims about “easy application” on the side of its product, I personally and respectfully disagree with this to an extent. This isn’t a nightmare for me to use, but “easy” isn’t quite how I would describe it either.
As for being “smudge-proof”, on my oily eyelids and with the humidity of British summers, this liner has lasted very well against the elements. I occasionally see bits of smearing and melting under the wings of my eyeliner, but this isn’t a consistent problem for me.
As for pigmentation and consistency, the eyeliner can be a bit hit or miss. The swatch photo I have included above is from two lines drawn in order, left to right. I always store my liners with the tips facing downwards so gravity keeps the product near the tip, and shake before I use them. As you can see, it can be finicky about dispensing product, and normally I’m too impatient to draw on my hand, then line my eyes when the pigmentation shows up. So sometimes I can start with one eye lined with wonderful pigmentation like the second line, and by the time I reach my second eye, there’s almost none left, like the first. I find this isn’t unique to this product as many eyeliners I have tried do this too, but it is still a bit disappointing that the consistency isn’t well… ‘consistent’.
Overall, I’ve really liked this eyeliner when it does work. But it does also provide a conflicting nature where it can sometimes, be abrasive on my eyelids and cause stinging. This isn’t a consistent feature for me which is why I haven’t just thrown this away without a word, but it is something to bear in mind if you have sensitive skin and/or eyelids like I do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means the world to me. My next beauty-related blog post will be on Monday, so I hope you will read it when it is published. Until then, thank you so so much, and I wish you all the happiness and good health in the world.