This automatic pen is terrible! I wouldn't recomment it to anybody, i can't belive all the positive reviews here on make up alley! it comes with a brush, that is too thick anyway to be used as an eyeliner. The packaging quality is so poore that i cant belive i paid so much for this product. The worst part is the pigmentation, like a watercolour! and it let come out too much product the can't distribute well on the brush, such a waste! thats not everything! once is on the skin it peels off! i like the antrachite colour though
Chanel seems to make blacks I can wear to work, during the day, etc and still get the clean, crisp beauty of the color without the harshness of some deeper blacks. la Ligne cake is my all-time favorite, but it can smudge and the line loses it's crispness after some hours. Gels wear too harsh for my liking (beyond tightlining). I wanted a good liquid (=crisp) without the inky weighty intensity I can often prefer for nighttime. This fits the bill. It is a sheer black, you have to go over it for a deeper tone. But it's softer, lighter and the application is very easy. You have to fuss more with this and I think I burn through this like there's no tomorrow, but for when I want something daytime black without treading into brown, this fits. I could see how this could be too sheer for some; I still tightline with my LM or Chanel cake, and then layer this over the outer 1/3 of my eyelid, above the lashline, to make a softer cat eye. If you want a richly pigmented liquid, Almay's liquid is a great deal cheaper, more heavily pigmented and comes with a felt tip brush. But that can at times wear harsh. If you prefer something of the sheerer finish you can get from a pen eyeliner (Chantecaille and Hourglass are ones similar to this in finish, pigmentation, etc) then you may like this. You have to twist this up and it does push out into gobs in the brush tip. The SA instructed me to twist up only twice. I twist once and wait, then a 2nd if need be. The tip itself is lovely, very thin and easy to get a fine point. Easier than the Hourglass and Chantecaille pens, which (though I love the formulas) can make a tad too thick of a line. (The Chante seems a tad more "black" than the other two). For something sheerer, softer, I love this one from Chanel; when I want more intensity, I stay away.
Edit: bumped down to a 3, too much fussing for more.
I am a huge fan of liquid pen liners and previously had used MAC's penultimate liner. I primarily use Chanel cosmetics so I thought I'd give the automatic liquid liner a try.
I'm disappointed - the "automatic" mechanism of the liner dispenses the product, but you have to be careful not to dispense too much. Often when applying the product it will glob over. The brush is sloppy, so you have to apply with care - but doing so results in a very transparent consistency. It lasts ok but for a product that was twice as much as my favorite, tried and true liner I expected at least the same quality if not better. Definitely wouldn't buy again - I'm willing to splurge for good quality but this was not worth it.
-Brush is good
-Staying power is good (after everything is done)
-Formula comes out like watercolor
-Because of above, application is long and tedious
I was super excited to try this eyeliner and it is a disappointment. I'm not a newb with liquid application but the formula that came out was just so watery and ugly. The instructions do say to shake it before application, but I could shake it till the cows come home and the result would still be the same. I tried using it on 3 separate occasions but got the same mess. I chucked this at the bottom of my drawer and completely forgot about it till now (1 year later).
Turns out you can get a really nice, solid line when you layer it and not pull the brush through. I'm not sure if that makes any sense but I basically blob a ton of product on, then smear it out. The only thing that sucks is letting it dry, then do the smear and pull, let that dry, and do the smear and pull again. It's a really messed up way to put on the liner but it works for me. Only when I do that it gives me a nice, bold colour and I can actually wing it, and looks like normal liquid liner. The staying power is pretty good and it looks really nice but 10-15 minutes for eyeliner is a joke to me. I'll use this up but I'm never buying it again. All I can say for Chanel with this one is wtf?
What a waste of money for a dissapointing product! My first liquid eyeliner and I thought it would be easy to use. The tip which is like a brush is hard to use and apply correctly. The colour is weak especially over eye shadow and it doesn't dry easily. As a result it transfers on my browbone when I wink. I prefer the eyeliners with a bold tip which resembles to a marker. I never expected such a product from chanel.
I splurged when buying this eyeliner because I thought a brand like Chanel would be worth it and i've been looking for a good liquid eyeliner for a while. Well, I did not like this eyeliner at all. The liquid either didn't come out enough or came spilling out. And when I finally got the right medium, it did not go evenly on my eyes.
Disclaimer: I didn't purchase this product; my boss gave it to me after *she* bought it and found that it irritated her eyes (we both wear contacts, but it didn't irritate mine, even though my eyes are more sensitive than hers).
I don't really like this; I have it in a charcoal colour, which is nice (but I prefer black). The brush tip is not great; it's too flexible, and since you have to keep "clicking" the end to get more product out and consequently have no real control over how much product is on the brush, it's really difficult to get an even line.
Won't be purchasing.
I bought this on an absolute whim in the Hong Kong airport. One of the worst whim buys I ever made!
I've never been able to wear this out of the house because of the difficulty in application. The liquid comes out in dots and dribbles and doesn't soak the pen brush right through. When I eventually threw this away, half the brush was still white in colour. =.= And believe me, I once tried waiting for 5 minutes to see if the dot would soak through. It didn't.
The liquid tends to form in a huge dot on the brush when you click-turn the dispenser once (just once!), and it's nearly impossible to apply it accurately precisely because the dot is so big! Also, the amount of ink that comes out is irregular. I always ended up with more ink on one eye than the other, unless I drained some ink off the brush with a tissue paper first - which was such a messy and fiddly thing to have to do.
Also, the colour was extremely weak, and I had to keep going over it to get a black (as opposed to greyed out) line. I would expect it to flake during the day if I'd managed to wear it out - I had to apply such a thick layer of liquid to get a black line!
I threw this away after 10 failed attempts to use it. Such a waste of money!
Update: I find that it dries up fast (in the "pen"). I haven't used it that long (so I cannot have used it up) and I always put the cap on... So I give it 3 instead of 4
I now use gel liner with a brush instead (Sigma - E10 Small Eye Liner, which is pretty similar to this eyeliners tip.)
Original: This is the only eyeliner I can get perfect everytime, and I really suck at eyeliners!! :) The tip is very "pointy", so I can get a very fine line if I want to, and a thicker line if I want to. It dries fast on me. Too bad it is so expensive. But I don't have to buy a new one so often, so I will survive :)
This is my all time favorite eyeliner. HG all the way!! I've been using it for a few years now and I can't go without it. I agree with some of the other reviews that said that there is an uneven amount that comes out when you click it but I've used this liner for so long that I've learned how to get just the right amount. I don't turn the bottom all the way, just half way and I have just the right amount for my upper lid ( I don't line the lower ). It stays in place all day without smudging or flaking and the pigment is the perfect shade of brown. The only con I can think of is that there's not a lot of warning before I run out of liner. It's not like a pencil where you can tell when you're at the end. I always have a 2nd one on hand for when I run out. I think this liner is worth every penny.