I went a little eyeliner crazy during my trip to Korea early July. To list them, I bought 4 Clio auto pencil liners in the Gelpresso Waterpoof Pencil Gel Liner range, one liquid liner (which came with 2 free auto pencil liners) and I also bought 2 gel liners from Innisfree, which I will discuss another day. For now, the focus is on Clio, a fairly “new” brand in Korea, owned by Banila Co. (you may have seen SNSD’s Jessica all over their store). The face of their products is the beautiful Lee Hyori:
Having read reviews about all of them, I was expecting a lot. Now when it comes to pencil liners, my luck just sucks. No matter what primer I use, pencil liners almost always give me racoon eyes by the end of the day. I tried the Star Purple autoliner from Clio for one of the days in Korea and I found, to my despair, that it smudged under my eyes- although not as badly as other liners I’ve tried. But because of this, I lost some faith in the rave reviews I had been reading about Clio liners. I was satisfied with the Shine Beige color I purchased to line my tear duct and lower lash line. But when I got home and tried out the liquid liner, my faith in Clio was restored. It’s an amazing eyeliner.
My 24hr tattoo from K-palette is fraying, and I noticed that it does flake if you try to layer it, although that may just be because it’s old. First thing I noticed was how firm the brush was- compared to my K-palette (which is comparable to Dolly Wink), the brush is very firm. I actually like it because it gives better control, although it feels a little tiny bit harsher on the eye than I’m used to. I read somewhere that the liner doesn’t do well without a primer, but in my opinion eye primers are essential anyway so I don’t do a review without first applying my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion first.
I had a job interview the other day and just as I finished all my makeup, a huge allergy episode where sneezing and tears ensued. Despite the teary eyes, the eyeliner was still as perfect as when I first drew it on. Usually my eyeliner line isn’t perfect due to dips in my skin texture, with my K-palette I found that eventually it became hard to control and created bumpy lines, but Clio just went on smooth and stayed put. I’m not saying Clio is better than K-palette because my K-palette has served me very well for the past year or so, but I am very impressed by Clio’s Liquid liner lately.
After a few months…
After a few months of using the autoliners eyeliners, I have found that it is only the #5 Star Purple that is really disappointing. The other colors: #1 Beige Shine, #6 Metallic Silver , #4 Dark Choco and Khaki Green are excellent! The Beige’s staying power isnt -amazing- but I must say that Dark Choco is fantastic for lining the lower lash line, even with watery eyes and oily-combination skin like me.
The limited edition special set I purchased retails for 18000 won, but I got it on sale for about 14400KRW. That’s about 14 bucks? For 3 eyeliners, that’s a really good price considering the K-palette & Dolly Wink are about 16-18 bucks for a single liner, however, there is definitely less product, as the pen is shorter in comparison. Still a good deal since they provided the 2 bonus eyeliners. You could choose from either bonus eyeliners, or a mascara. But since I don’t care about mascara, I picked eyeliner. The autoliners retail for 12000krw full price, so you’re getting quite good value in the limited edition set. Alone, the autoliners were on sale at 9600krw each. So cheap compared to Australian autoliners omg. I’m glad I went crazy that day and bought everything HAHAHa.
For a live demo of the eyeliners and more Korean eyeliner reviews, watch my video here.