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