Fran Wilson Cake Eyeliner

 Fran Wilson Cake Eyeliner


7 reviews

57% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$


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on 5/20/2014 7:37:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

One word-"ouch"
This has an applicator that is so pointy it feels like a tiny pin. The eyeliner is good I am not sure if they have black but they also offer brown.The color is similiar to the color of Java. The eyeliner is soft but it can pass off as a powder. This has a short ingredient list and it lists alcohol.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I wanted to try this product out years ago when I was using gel liners it was always there on the store shelves when I went browsing, I was curious about I since I had never tried or seen a cake eyeliner before in person(I was still learning/starting out in makeup). The only reason I didn't try I was because it was kinda overpriced and I didn't want to spend the money on something I could end up hating (Let me explain... I saw this in Mexico @ a store called Dax the price was always different between $10-$13 + no returns) I forgot about it and decided I would be better off testing out eyeliners from US drugstores, so I had and option of trying out eyeliners and getting my money back if I wanted to return a liner I wasnt happy with. I found my HG (L.A Colors smudge proof liquid eyeliner $1.50 in Mexico @Dax) And just forgot about this cake eyeliner, I stumbled upon this the other day at the store mentioned above in the clearance bin priced @ $3.85, now that's more like it, lol. I quickly snatched it up, I absolutely love my L.A colors eyeliner and am a liquid eyeliner pro ;) but I wanted to try this still for two reasons. 1. I wanted to try it long ago and finally got the chance, 2. There is a lot of room for potential disaster when applying a wet, cold, bristle applicator liquid liner on basically zero sleep extremely early in the morning (I'm talking 1am). So I wanted something for when I don't feel like dealing with liquid, something quick and less accident prone, more of a easy to apply slap and go type product. This works perfect for my needs, it's most definitely not going to replace my HG because it's not nearly as pigmented as my HG, I like my liner inky black. It has decent color payoff though and a very fine silver glitter throughout it, I thought that would bother me, I only use true matte formulas, But it's not very noticeable at all, it last all day without flaking into eyes, fading, or doing anything else weird. Not smudgeproof, but i did let water run over a swatch on my hand and it didnt go anywhere. Overall this was a good buy, I'd buy it again but in the event that I do finish the huge pan I would like to try another cake eyeliner that's more richly pigmented first.

on 12/31/2013 5:54:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Picked this up when I was in search for a waterproof alternative to cream eyeliner for filling in my lashes and upper waterline (which seems to always wound up smudged onto my lower lid eventually. I would prime.. but I dont think priming your waterline is advisable!)

I put this baby to the test.
I put it on at 8am this morning.
went out for a jog, came back and worked all day.
AFter 10 hours, it smudged a bit to the bottom lid. Its not perfect but pretty good.
I would feel comfortable going out for a swim with this on my lids (and not my waterline).

The best thing I used is black kohl pencil set with black shadow.... I guess Ill stick with that.
Or maybe I can try setting it with the cake liner... Ill update if that works out well

on 4/30/2012 4:59:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Back before I got permanent eyeliner (love it), I always preferred a cake liner because I could get more control of the application. Yes, it takes some practice to get the right consistency but the result was very good. At one point, cake liners became very difficult to find so I bought an expensive Channel charcoal one. Really, it was not not superior to Fran Wilson or the old Maybelline ones I had used for years. The only reason I would not repurchase is due to having the permanent liner.

on 4/30/2012 4:04:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I really like this liner. I use only cake liners, (with the exception of Maybelline's waterproof Ultraliner which is great but can flake a bit) and after years and years of using Clinique's it seems like suddenly the formula is different and it just wasn't doing the job anymore.

Enter Fran Wilson, saw the reviews on here and decided to give it a try. For the price, you get a decent amount of product and the pigment is very black the way I like it. I use my own brush and plain water and am able to get a smooth, dark line the first time around no problem. The product is also buildable and you can intensify it by adding less water and reapplying. Staying power was very good, no smearing, flaking or smudging. I fell asleep with this liner on and instead of being a smudgy mess in the AM, it had simply faded away uniformly which was great.

I would recommend this to others who like cake liners, it's not quite HG yet.....but who knows. I have tried many and this one in my opinion beats the Kryolan cake liner hands down. My next try will be Ben Nye and if he doesn't deliver then I am sticking with Fran!

***Edit Went back to using my Maybelline Ultra Liner as this just wasn't being consistent for me. Its not bad, just ok. Sometimes I got a great, smooth line. Others times not. Tried different brushes and liner sealers and I am still sticking with the Ultra Liner as I can get a smooth, deep line half asleep without much effort.I would buy this again if they disco'd my Maybelline but still for my HG cake liner and have ordered the Ben Nye. We'll see!

on 3/3/2011 7:21:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have this in black and brown. You can make very thin, neat, dark lines with this. I like the look better than gel actually and better than liquid. I wet a brush, thinner than the one it comes with. I find it long lasting too, but I do use a primer under. You get a ton of product for the money, very good value.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Other, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

This cake eyeliner was my second foray into the world of cake eyeliners. My first cake liner was Benefit's Babe Cake eyeliner (which I purchased with a gift certificate) but after it fell and broke after 2 months of use, I went looking for a cheaper alternative and I found Fran Wilson's Cake Liner in Black on This eyeliner doesn't smear or flake off and I can make a thinnest of lines without much effort. As with all cake eyeliners, I would recommend you use a sealant (I recommend La Femme's Cake Eyeliner Sealer) to activate the cake liner and to prolong it's staying power and to make it waterproof. Also, I would recommend that you discard the crappy little brush that comes with this cake liner for it's garbage.

Although I no longer use this product on daily basis because I have since discovered (and fallen in love with) Ben Nye Cake Eyeliner, I will always keep one of these cake liners on hand for back up purposes because the packaging is quite slim, fits nicely and does not take up much space in my daily makeup.

If you are interested in trying a cake liner this is good option to try and its very economical to boot.

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