Dollywink eyeliners have established themselves as one of the top drugstore level eye products in the Asian market for the past few years and has appeared in numerous magazines and touted by various models and bloggers alike. The brand, produced and endorsed by Japanese gyaru model Tsubasa Masuwaka is known for it’s distinctive cute packaging and feminine colour palette.
Product: Pencil liner and Liquid liner
Variation: Brown or Black (for both liquid and pencil)
Price: $14-20 CAD
Availability: eBay, Ichibankao online, SaSa online, possibly your local Asian supermarket
Would I repurchase: Liquid, yes! Pencil, no.
I’m starting off with the liquid liner not only because it’s my favourite of the bunch but it was the very first product I had tried out when I received it as a birthday gift from a dear friend. Deceiving as it may appear in photographs, the tip is actually a brush fibre tip which truth be told made me incredibly uneasy as most times these tend to fray, split and/or jab me in the eye and which is why I’ve long since switched over to felt tips. Dollywink however stayed nice and sharp throughout the months and while the tip was precise, the brush fibres were soft on the eye area providing a smooth and comfortable application.
The flow of ink was consistent given that you tip it upside down for a few seconds prior to use and did not skip nor splotch at all. The design of the brush makes it best to be used for finer lines or sharp details rather than a thick wing. As opposed to my Revlon liquid liner which is matte, this one dries with a slightly glossy sheen which gives a softer look to an otherwise quite graphic eyeliner method. While the colour is a true black, one swipe will only give you 90% opacity so additional fill-ins may be needed if you are a liquid perfectionist like me. Additionally the ink dries almost instantaneously which is superb and once set is quite rub proof although not waterproof. It does tend to lift a bit when I’m curling my lashes but that may just be a personal problem as I have to get my curler really close to the base.
After been happily surprised by the liquid liner and seeing the pencil reappear over and over again in PONY’s makeup book I thought I’d give this a go as well. Unfortunately this wasn’t quite so wonderful, being hard to apply smoothly in one stroke and smudging off easy as well. The product had an oil pastel type of consistency which is soft but somewhat clumpy, leaving small waxy bits behind when rubbed. Altogether the only thing I liked about the Dollywink pencil liners was the colour tone (the brown being the perfect shade, not too dark or too pale). These do last slightly better on my lower lash line when smudged out with a pencil brush so that’s how I’ve been trying to use them up.
Tried the Dollywink liquid liner before?
What’s your best sharp eye liner?