Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner in 01 Black
(retail: $7.49, 0.013 oz)
If your local CVS (or any other retailer in your area that carries Milani) has reset their display for 2014, you may have already seen this liner in the permanent Milani display. It's also available for purchase on the Milani website.
Made in Germany
Before I get into this review, I want to tell you up front that Milani and Jordana (Milani's sister company) felt-tip eyeliners are my favorite liquid liners ever. The Jordana InColor FabuLiner in Black is my holy grail liquid liner, and every Milani felt-tip liner I have ever reviewed here (and I've reviewed several) has performed beautifully for me. The formulations that Milani/Jordana use for their felt-tip liners work wonderfully with my body chemistry--their liners have excellent pigmentation and they don't fade, smear or run on my eyes (and I have super oily skin). The applicators are precise, firm yet pliable, and just downright perfect for me. I can't praise them enough.
So I was extremely excited to try this particular liner, and I was hoping that the formulation would be similar to the other Milani/Jordana lines that I already own and love. That said, let's take a closer look:
Swatches (these are extreme close-ups swiped on the back of my hand):
Before my smudge-test
For my smudge test, I apply the liner, let it set for a few minutes, and then take my index finger and rub with a good amount of pressure back and forth for about 10-15 seconds. Here are the results:
After my smudge test
As you can see, no smudging. The lines are little dull, but that's it.
The most important thing you need to know about this liner is that it works best when you hold the pen perpendicular to your eye (see above). I usually hold my eyeliner pens at a slight upward angle, so this took some getting used to. After my second application I was totally adjusted to it, but I think you'll see what I mean when you actually try this liner for yourself. The shape of the pen just doesn't lend itself to holding it at an upward angle--perpendicular to your face is best. That said, this is a super easy pen to grip due to its unique shape, and it feels extremely comfortable and very secure in the hand. It's also the perfect length for balancing your palm on the bottom of your chin during application. Again, this will totally make sense when you actually try this liner for yourself.
As for precision, let's take a closer look:
I am extremely impressed by the lines I am able to create with this liner. If you look to the inner corner of my eye in the pic above, you'll see how fine and precise that line is. And I was able to easily make the "wing" on the outer corner of my eye by retracing my lines and building on them for more thickness. I love that, due to the extremely fine point on this liner, you're able to get deep down between your lashes, no problem.
FINAL VERDICT: I told you going into this review that I already adore Milani and Jordana (Milani's sister company) felt-tip liners and this one is no exception. If you've been intimidated by this type of liner in the past (or even just a bit confused, as was I before I tried it!), then let me put your mind at ease and assure you that you'll get the hang of it after one or two tries. This is a very user-friendly liner and if you have issues with your hands not being stable when it comes to liquid liner application, I think this might be a game-changer for you. Just follow my tips above and I think you might love this one as much as I do. It's my new favorite and I haven't been reaching for anything else since I started using it a few weeks ago.
Have you tried the new Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner yet? If so, how is it working for you? If not, do you think you might give it a shot?
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