Archive for the ‘Eyeko’ Category
If you follow Grazia Daily Beauty, you may have noticed my recent product of the week was Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in navy.
I’ve been using this quite frequently since it was sent to me to review. The word on Eyeko’s eyeliners is nothing but good so expectations were high.
So what’s the deal? The Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is actually a felt-tip pen with a stiff nib (oh!). It delivers a colour-intense look in a choice of five colours – jet black, navy, purple, olive and brown.
Black is conventional and classic but navy has the edge over its rival. Why? It brightens the whites of your eyes and although it is very dark, still stands out.
You use the nib to dot along the eye line and the side of the pen to sweep along the eyelids. If you’re used to a liquid liner or gel liner from a pot, you’ll find the felt-tip pen works far more differently. The nib is sharp but it seems to dry out quickly so you need to rely on the sides to deliver. I found myself shaking the pen rigorously with the lid on to get the ink flowing to the tip.
Also if you’re not particularly skilled at getting the liner perfect in one go then you may be frustrated at going over the same area more than once and making a pig’s ear of it.
Once on, it doesn’t budge – the swatch on my arm is still visible after 3 days! The liner also gives a gloss finish.
All in all, a decent product for those with sharp application skills.
Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner costs £10 and is available from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and www.eyeko.com.
If I had actually published this post at the time of taking the photos (about a year ago), I would have told you that these Eyeko polishes were ten a penny and could be picked up practically anywhere.
Fast forward to now, and this is actually rather hard to find. Who’d have thought it? As you may or may not know, Eyeko have decided to rebrand themselves as more of an elite and upmarket high-end brand, much to the consternation of all of their loyal high street fans. I already thought that these polishes were overpriced, and now I don’t think they exist at all. Can anyone confirm?
On to the colour – well, it’s rather fabulous. A bright and brazen shade that leans to the orange side of coral rather than the pink. It’s super flattering on me and I do love to wear these colours at this time of year (to cheer me up during all this interminable rain).
However, as you can see, this one would not build on me. It is very jellyish and so you can quite clearly see the visible nail line. Such a disappointment, as I wanted to like this. I’ve long since sold this on, but I do feel a pang of regret as although it’s easily dupeable, this really is a lovely shade.
PS – what the heck are “resort nails” any way?
You’d think I would have learned by now that mint green polishes are not my friend, wouldn’t you?
All the others I’ve tried (and there are many) have only really successfully managed to show my hands for the red lobster claws that I didn’t actually realise they were. I envu people who can carry off this shade, as I sure as hell can’t.
Having said that, Vintage Polish (For Elegant Nails, apparently…ok…) is one of the better ones. It leans more towards the turquoise side of green, and the amount of blue in it kind of levels it out a bit.
Application was better than other Eyeko polishes I have tried, as long as you’re prepared to deal with a long floppy brush and a thick polish. Got to say, it’s not one of my favourites. However, I know a number of people who love this so each to their own, I guess.
What do you think? Are you still sporting nails this shade, or are you over the trend?
By the way, I keep hearing rumours that Eyeko are discontinuing their nail varnishes. I don’t know why or the rationale behind it but I know that a few bloggers are grumpy about it. Personally I’ve never been crazy about Eyeko polishes but it does seem like a shame for those who do like them.
I advise the easily offended among you to look away NOW. I was tempted to write this as an April Fool, telling you all how much I adore this polish and that it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. But I just couldn’t bring myself to tell you such a bare-faced lie, 1st April or otherwise.
In all my years (OK, two) of nail blogging, and all my years (too many) of buying nail varnish, I’ve never seen anything that looks quite so heinous on me.
This is going to be a short post as I don’t want you to stay here having to look at this for too long today. Isn’t it vile?
I find Eyeko’s application to be hit and miss. Often a glob of polish gets stuck at the top of the stick part of the brush, resulting in an unexpected dollop appearing on your manicure. Irritating and trickly to control.
Any way. It’s grim. I’ve never seen anything look so terrible on me. I should have done a couple more coats to even it up a bit, but to be honest, once I’d started, I couldn’t wait to get it off. I know there are people out there who love this polish, and fair play to you, but it’s definitely not one for me.
Now shuffle along and look at something pretty to make you feel better. I’ll be back tomorrow with something much nicer for you to cast your eyes on.