Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner is one of the many new 2012 products from Milani that I'll be reviewing in the weeks to come. I've already reviewed some of the other new 2012 products, which you can see by clicking here.
Everyone knows my love of black felt tip liners at this point and, for me, it just doesn't get any better than the Jordana Fabu Liner. Since Jordana is the sister company of Milani, I had very high hopes for the Eye Tech Extreme, so let's see how it's been working for me!
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner in Blackest Black
(retail: $7.49, 0.033 oz)
This liner comes in one shade: Blackest Black.
I've been using this product just about every day for a few weeks now, and one of things that I love about t is the applicator. The tip is so fine and precise:
And just like the Jordana Fabu Liner, the tip is never too firm or stiff (don't you hate it when felt tip applicators are rough and stiff and actually hurt when you run them across your lid?). But also, just like the Fabu Liner, this applicator isn't floppy either (again, don't you hate it when the tip of your liner flops around and makes a mess when you're trying to create a clean line?).
To give you an idea of just how "extreme" the applicator is on this liner, here it is next to the Jordana Fabu Liner:
See how much finer the point is on the Milani pen? What's strange is that I've never felt like the Jordana liner's applicator was exceptionally wide (it really isn't) but compared to the needle-fine tip of the Milani liner, it looks so big, doesn't it?
The photo above was taken after swiping both liners, using a medium amount of pressure. I just wanted to give you an idea of what a "standard" line from each pen looks like. As you can see, the "standard" line from the Milani pen is much thinner. And believe me, if you use less pressure, you can get a razor-thin line, no problem.
So which one do I like better? That's a tough one, but I'm going to have to go with the Jordana Fabu Liner. For me personally, I find that it's really user-friendly and I can basically swipe it on and go. But if you like to have precise application (I'm talking the precision of a surgeon here), then I think you'll probably favor the Milani liner. For me, it just doesn't get more precise.
Both liners provide a very nice, dark black pigment and I find the vibrancy and staying power to be equal. I can apply either liner at 6:00AM and my liner is still bright and vibrant by 6:00PM.
The one thing about the Milani liner that I was a little disappointed with was the smudge factor. As stated on the packaging, Milani Eye Tech Extreme is waterproof. I think that if you were to submerge your face in water (without touching it), you could lift your face out of the water and, for the most part, this liner would still be intact. However, if you were to rub your eye after you've been crying or something like that, I think this liner might smudge for you. I had an itch on my eyelid one day and after I lightly scratched it, I noticed that my liner was a little smudged, so if you're looking for an extreme waterproof and smudge-proof liner, I'd recommend sticking with the Milani Infinite Eyeliners. Those babies aren't going anywhere (heck, I have a hard time removing them with eye makeup remover).
But as far as the type of smudging or running I get from everyday wear, I've found that the Milani liner is equal to the Jordana liner. Neither liner leaves me with "raccoon eyes" by the end of the day. Once they're on, they're on (unless of course you rub your eyes). Just an FYI, the Jordana liner is not waterproof but it seems to wear just as well as the Milani liner for me.
FINAL VERDICT: If you love extreme precision in your felt-tip liners, you might want to give Milani Eye Tech Extreme a try. I've never owned a liner that's more precise, and I love that the felt tip applicator is not too firm or stiff, yet it's not floppy either. If you're looking for a waterproof liner that doesn't smudge when touched or rubbed, I think you might want to consider the Milani Infinite Eyeliners. However, if you've tried the Jordana FabuLiner and you're happy with the results, then I think you'll like the Milani Eye Tech Extreme as well. In fact, if you find the Jordana liner to yield a thicker line than you prefer, then Milani Eye Tech Extreme might just be a dream-come-true for you.
Have you already tried the new Milani Eye Tech Extreme liner? If so, I'd love to hear if you agree with my assessment!
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