That Eyeko Liner

Eyeko Skinny Liner in Black glamour magazine july 2014 felt tip liner alexa chung

You’ll be probably be aware that Glamour and Eyeko teamed up this month to give reader a Skinny Liquid Liner in either Black and Navy. The liner itself is worth £12 and the magazine is only £2 so it was a bargain and the perfect time to try the liner because you’re saving £10. However, a lot of people took to Twitter to complain their liner was either completely dried up when they bought it or it dried out after the first use – a little unfair and hugely annoying.

Eyeko Skinny Liner in Black close up felt tip liner pen liner july 2014 glamour magazine aleza chung

I know for a lot people the free liner what their first experience of Eyeko liners but I had actually used them before. I used the Skinny Liner years ago after I seen Lisa Eldridge use a green one in one of her tutorials. I was really impressed by it, it was super black and the fine nib made it easy to get into the root of the lashes and I found it easier to get a flick with a pen style liner. I bought Glamour magazine earlier in the month and I got the navy liner and to my disappointment it was completely dry, I couldn’t use it even once. I was annoyed but I felt it was the luck of the draw and I wasn’t even going to write a post about it until I notice the huge surge in blog posts about the same problems with said liner but I noticed the problems seemed to be with the navy liner and not the black. I decided to give the liner another go and I went searching for a copy with the black liner and it’s perfect, just as good as the liner I bought years ago and I’ve had it for a few days and used it each day and it’s not dried out, it’s perfect.

I really think the liners were just luck, I don’t think Eyeko purposely gave liners that were damaged because it would be pointless, it wouldn’t do their image any good – for a lot of people it was their first time trying Eyeko so they definitely wouldn’t want that first impression be of a dried up liner! I feel Eyeko is getting a little bit of a hard time on Twitter about the liner, I know it’s annoying but pen liners generally don’t last and it was a cheaper way to try the brand. The liner did reignite my interest in Eyeko, I used to use one of the mascaras when it was stocked in Superdrug and I loved it. I can’t remember the exact price but it was around £5 but in 2011 Eyeko was removed from Superdrug and it was re-launched as a high end brand. I’m not a beauty insider just a beauty obsessive but I was a little shocked by the price hike but I’ve read online it was not Eyeko’s decision to sell the mascaras cheaper in Superdrug. However, I am interested in trying the mascaras again and the new Me and My Shadow sticks and the Hydra Patches for eyes (I think they’ll be great for the hay fever season) so I’ll definitely be getting back into Eyeko again and I hope the liner problems haven’t put anyone off the brand because the liner and mascaras are fab. I think if you have had problems with the Eyeko liner, you shouldn’t write off Eyeko just yet because they are a good brand and the mascara I used was fantastic.

If you’re a mascara/liner obsessive like me and you like Eyeko and Alexa Chung, you need to watch the Lisa Eldridge tutorial!

Did you buy the magazine? What was the liner like? Have you tried Eyeko before? What did you think?

Boots Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara and 3-Way Liner Review

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Boots 17 range is currently being relaunched, I believe, to be Seventeen and the first new product under the new branding is the Doll’d Up Mascara and Liner but I’m not sure if the liner is a new product which will be sold because it is currently a free gift, I didn’t see it available to buy individually.

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The thing that caught my eye was the packaging. I really love the design, I think the black and red with the bow is cute and different compared to all the other mascara tubes on the stand and the shape of the tube is quite reminscent of the Lancome mascaras.

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Inside the the packaging, there is a really good mascara and wand. The mascara is a proper, true black. The wand is curved and has short, plastic bristles which grab lashes really well. The mascara claims to lift and curl lashes for twenty-four hours but it isn’t waterproof and doesn’t claim to be smudgeproof. I can’t say whether it lasts for twenty-four hours because I don’t wear mascara for that length of time but it did last eight hours without smudging or flaking. It doesn’t neccesarily curl my lashes but it helps to hold in the curl from using eyelash curlers but when used on its own, it does have a lifting effect. I think it’s a really good mascara for an easy everyday look because its not clumpy and lasts well but you can layer it up to be more lashy but then it gets a little clumpy, great for the doll eye effect.

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The eyeliner is a free gift but I really hope it is available on its own because it’s a really good eyeliner, it has the three dot design like the Clarins and Bourjois one and its a nice black colour. You can use it just to dot along the lash line to make lashes look thicker but you can do a cat-eye flick with it too.

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Overall, both of the products are really good and I really recommend both of them. It came out yesterday (Jan 23rd) in Boots and is currently £5.29 for the mascara (the liner is a free gift) but it will be £6.29 (I think the offer runs until Feb 20th).