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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Glide and Define

Over the years, I’ve come to love liquid eye liners. I wear it day to day, and go a little bit thicker for the night. I find them much easier to apply than pencils and much easier to remove as well! Pencil liners tend to snag on creases on the eye lid, whereas liquid liners glide smoothly over them, without causing a blip on your perfectly drawn line. You can be much more precise and much bolder with a black liner, whereas even the darkest of black pencil liners tend to fade quickly and smudge easily. Any liquid eye liners I’ve ever used always stay put. The three I’ve used (and love) are Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define Liquid Eyeliner, Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner and 17 Liquid Liner Eye Liner. Over the years, I’ve chopped and changed between the three - mainly depending on which one I can afford at the time.. The prices range between £6.99 and £3.99 at Boots.

All three are really easy to use and create a perfect line. If you want more of a bold line however, I would strongly recommend Rimmel’s or Max Factor’s Liner. They have quite thick nibs, but have a very thin pointed tip right at the end, so thin lines are easily achievable. 17’s Liner, has a very long stem with around 10 thin strands for the brush at the end. This is best for intense precision, and lasts quite a long time due to the long bottle. Out of the three, I would say application was hardest with this one, as it took a while to draw the line, due to the thinness of the brush. I had to hold the brush side-ways and drag it along, instead of drawing with the tip. Overall however, I found that 17’s Liquid liner was very efficient and worth the money.
For ultimate control, I would recommend Max Factor’s Glide and define. At £6.99, it’s a bit pricey for how little is in the bottle. As I found it did run out sooner than I expected it to. However, as the nib was attached to the liquid compartment, application was quick and simple - no need to replenish the nib of ink. There is a small ball bearing inside which seems to get more liquid into the tip when the liner is shaken. The noise is rather reassuring that there is some ink left, but also tells you when it’s empty, which is a good sign.
More recently I’ve been buying Rimmel’s Exaggerate Liner. I love it. It’s around £5. I bought it in 001 Black ( I have very dark eyes and dark lashes, so buy black to make my lashes stand out more) this is very bold and applies quite thickly, so only one clean sweep of the eyelid is necessary (assuming you have a steady hand). I’ve been complimented quite a few times on my ability to create such a straight flowing line, and each time it is after applying Rimmel’s liner. Overall, I’d have to say that my favourite was Rimmel’s Liner. It may not last that long as the pot of liquid is the smallest out of the three, but I am really able to create a solid flowing line with this liner, and at only £5, I can just keep re-buying it whenever I’ve run out. Does anyone think differently? Xx Jasmine

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