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Feb 21, 2013

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner|The Inexpensive Substitute For Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner

Heading out to my local CVS has become part of my weekend routine. I'm not going to deny that I kind of mask the whole compulsive shopping with the "I am a beauty blogger" argument. That only means one thing - more product reviews. The new Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner ($7.49 for 0.058 oz.) has recently caught my attention because it bears a striking resemblance to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner ($23.00 for 0.058 oz.).



Dries to a metallic and sparkled finish, the Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner is the newest addition to the Milani family for Spring 2013 and comes in 5 waterproof shades - Black Vinyl (01), Black Gems (02), Prismatic Purple (04), Sparkling Turquoise (05), and Emerald Glisten (06).






The quick dry formula makes the application process less time consuming. The packaging is nothing special, but its thin tip easily allows for both precise and thick lining. This waterproof liner holds well on damped lids and through rainy days.

Unfortunately, the velvet applicator is not user friendly for beginners. Although extremely simple to achieve a fine execution with, the stiff and rigid brush is too inflexible to create a smooth line without lots of practices. For experienced ones, move your hands slowly and keep them steady to avoid a sloppy and messy look.


The strong pigmentation provides a bold and saturated result, but 2 layers are the minimum required for a true intense finish. Despite looking beautiful and glamorous, the sparkles are a bit flaky upon a closer look. Once dried up, the liquid liner stays put through the entire day. Still, I do not recommend this for oily skin without an eye primer because otherwise, Emerald Glisten will smudge and crease all over the lid within 2 - 3 hours. Black Gems performs much better but likewise depends on a good base for long-lasting result.

If the complicated application and the occasional streaky looks do not scared you yet, let me break that one last bad news for you. These will stain your eyelids (at least for some colors). Emerald Glisten has been notorious for leaving a green tint on your skin. This is true even after I tried to remove it with the powerful Shu Uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil and a separate face wash. It finally took me about 3 washes to completely get rid of the stain.


Overall, this is an average product that does not retain outstanding qualities from Milani. Despite being absolutely stunning when applied correctly, the means to achieve such a beautiful result is less than stellar. From the sheer pigmentation, the flimsy finish, and the irritating applicator to the disturbing after tint, this is a liner only for the brave ones. However, the darker shades are great choices for a colorful pop to the eyes.

What are some of your most recent favorites from drugstore brands? For Milani fans out there, what other products have you been disappointed with from the brand? I'd love to read what you think.   ~Angela

10 comments:

  1. Hmm, it doesn't completely convince me I am afraid :-)

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    1. Melissa, you won't be sorry for missing this product.

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  2. Aw, that's too bad that there seems to be quite a few cons I don't like. Having a soft eyeliner tip is very important as well as colors that don't stain! I do love that green shade, I must search for something like that!

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    1. Sharlynn, same here. That green color is stunning on the lids, but nothing justifies using a product that stains my skin. Who knows what's in the liner.

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  3. Hm...yeah I can see just a bit of patchiness/streakiness in the swatches but on the eyes, it's gorgeous--especially for the price! I love Milani! Really need to check out more from them!

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    1. Becca, Milani products usually are really high quality, but I'd skip this liner. You'll definitely find something better out there.

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  4. Oh wow, I'm so sorry to hear these didn't work too well for you! I have yet to encounter something that stains my lids, and to be honest I'd be a bit (or more than a bit) freaked out!

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    1. Sunny, I totally freaked out seeing the stain because it wasn't just a green tint. It's like a washed out green tint mixed with a bit of purple. Looked like someone punched my eyes.

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  5. I remember GoldieStarling also gave it a bad review. Bummer! I like the color.

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  6. Min, this is quite an average product. I can't say it's horrible because the darker shades look lovely. However, this is not the usual high qualities that I would expect from Milani.

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