Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Rimmel | Scandaleyes WP Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

If you haven't heard the story yet, I am not a big pencil eyeliner type of girl. While most people love the ease and convenience of these, I usually find them too wet and transfer easily or too hard and can't get any good colour at all. Hence my move to liquid eyeliner was eminent and I hardly looked twice at a liner in years. Yet one fateful trip to the drugstore and a curious swatch lead me to this little gem and I can tell you now that I've been wearing this almost every single time I put on my eye makeup.


THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: ScandalEyes Waterproof "Kohl Kajal" Eyeliner
Colours: 10 variations
Size: 1.2 grams
Price: $7 CAD (goes on sale for $3.99)
Would I repurchase: Absolutely yes!
Website: www.rimmellondon.com

I'm not sure if there's anything really scandalous about these waterproof eyeliners from Rimmel except perhaps the colour options. You'll find your conservative black, brown, navy and white but also a few rebels like pale sky blue, nude and a punchy purple. The formulation has a gel like smoothness but great intensity and opacity to each colour. Each pencil wrapping clearly matches the colour inside so looking for them inside your overstuffed liner container (which I know you have one) is much easier.


I picked up two colours in Black (above) and Taupe (below). As probably the most used item in my makeup arsenal right now, Black is a rich deep no fuss colour that I love for filling in my upper lash line. Just look how deliciously dark that is! I still use liquid eyeliner on a regular basis because I'm addicted to that clean graphic look but filling in the sparse areas after curling my lashes really gives my eye makeup a polished and complete look. The creamy formulation deposited colour easily and did not irritate my eyes at all. A little bit of transfer will happen the first few blinks but I simply clean that up with a q-tip and I am set for a good 4-5 hours.

Taupe on the other hand, is something I that works as a bottom lash line colour which gives eyes just a bit more smokiness and definition on light makeup days. I've found this to be a nice alternative to dark brown especially on pale complexions. This colour would also work on the waterline and again the creamy formulation makes it easy and painless to apply. Lasting power in this tricky area is around 2 hours or so. And while I haven't worn these out in the pouring rain to test the waterproof aspect, I've seen a few reviews that have done so and these aren't going anywhere fast.

Note: Waterproof isn't quite the same as smudgeproof. If you have very oily eyelids, do note that the oils will break down most eyeliner in a matter of time anyways.


THE FINAL VERDICT
If you haven't tried these eyeliner yet, go and so it now. If you have, pick up a few more colours. (Personally, I'm dying to test the baby blue one.) As smooth as a gel yet in a easy to carry pencil form, I really think these Rimmel Scandaleyes liners rival if not beat the department store offerings. The darker shades are excellent everyday companions so go grab a back up or three.

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