Did I Wink with Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner?

I haven’t always been an eyeliner girl, and when I started out with eyeliner I went straight to gel. It wasn’t until very recently that I found out how convenient liquid eyeliners can be, and I purchased the much raved-about Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner during my trip home a while ago.

I am not crazy about “cute” things, but the bow tie, lace, and polka dots will probably win this one bonus points for many. The Dolly Wink line is developed in collaboration with the Japanese model Tsubasa Masuwaka, who is feverishly adored in Japan because she’s cute (and has doll eyes)!

The tip of the eyeliner is a fine little brush that many find easy to use. However, it is my main gripe with it. It is soft and fine, but it feels a bit too floppy. I seldom have problems with the felt-tip type going into my eyes, but with this one I get some liner in them every so often. It doesn’t sting, but still I’d be happy to do without!

Formula-wise the liner has to be shaken before use. The first time I got it I had no idea, but I quickly realized there was a problem since the line was very feeble and not at all opaque. Once I knew how to go about it, the formula itself is pretty decent. It has never smudged on me, and it can be easily removed with Bioderma (as opposed to the kinds that you don’t have to shake). It is not as intense as Eyeko or Estee Lauder ones, so on the eyes it takes some building up!

Bottom line: I can see why this one is popular. The tiny little tip allows some precision work, but I personally prefer something that’s more rigid and easier to control. The formula is easy to remove which is a bonus, but I could also use some more opacity! These kinds of preferences are very personal though, and since this is a reasonably-priced drugstore product, I would still encourage you to try! I know many fans myself!

Have you tried anything from Dolly Wink? If so what is your experience with their products? What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • http://leisurelysensitive.blogspot.com Yak Man

    I think it is cute, haha. I have seen them in hong kong but I didn’t buy it. I’m so bad with that kind of liners xD.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean. I think with everything it takes a little practice, but you’ll get there!

      • Yak Man

        some of the liquidliners are too wet and I always tend to blink :L. and with my gelliner it works fine :)

        • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

          Haha I know what you mean! I don’t have that particular problem with this one though :)

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com redhotjillypeppers

    It look really cute ! I’m a huge gel liner fan :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Same here! I find it easier to create sharp lines with gel liner brushes.

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    Haven’t tried anything from this brand, it looks good but I prefer an eyeliner brush.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I know what you mean :) I’ve been sticking to gel a lot more recently too.

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I’ve been meaning to try a new felt-tip liquid liner. I rarely ever touch liquid liner, but I’ve been thinking it would be nice to get another one and have a play. This one looks great! I wish it were more readily available here though–I’ve heard so much about it!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Liquid eyeliners can be surprisingly easier to use, so make sure you try one out! I heard you can find this one in Japan town shops and so on. Hope it helps :)

  • http://twitter.com/ChloeAsh Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I haven’t tried this even when Sasa is so accessible! I lean toward using pencils more, and my only liquid liner is the Estee Lauder Punker Black which does the job really well.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I like Punker Black as well! It has the type of tips that I find easier to work with :)

  • http://www.beautyloves.be beautylovesbe

    Never tried it, but I recognize if from YouTube. It looks like it has a great tip to work with!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I find it a little too flimsy, but I’m a bit more violet so perhaps that’s why!

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.com/ mjacqueline

    I tried Dollywink but at the end of the day it smudged on my oily and teary eyes. But for its price, it does do it’s job on non oily lids. I find the Stila water proof liquid eye liner better.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Ahh I do think this formula might be a little less tenacious than its counterparts that have to be removed with a bi-phase remover or cleansing oil, but luckily it doesn’t smudge on me!

  • Shoegal

    Sunny, have you ever heard of or used the other brand “24 hour tattoo”? If so, how does it compare? Personally, I’m a huge fan of felt tip liquid eyeliners, as I find it oh so easy to apply.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey I know what you’re talking about, but I haven’t got to try it! Personally I think if an eyeliner has a tip that you know how to work with and formula that doesn’t smudge/fade on you, it’s good to go!

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com Isabelle

    I really like the pencil liner, it’s a great product that’s easy to take off and is well pigmented. Liquid liners are a hard product, though.. Especially the pencil type ones. I did not know some of them have to be shaken! Maybe thats why I had this one pencil liner that didn’t quite do it for me while I read great reviews..

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Yeah Isabelle I think it might be what went wrong! I have thrown the package away so I don’t know if it states “shake before use,” but I’m glad I accidentally felt the ball(s) moving in the pen when I was wondering what to do with this one!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Hmm, this one has always been interesting but I never really could do liquid liner very well. Maybe one day I’ll pick one up from the Asian grocery store and give it a try! I also think those new ones that make the 3 dots are interesting… And I do like Lancôme artliner!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      OOO I haven’t tried the 3-dot one or the Lancome one! Thanks for putting those on my “to look into” list!

      • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

        No problem! I can’t wait to hear what you think if/when you try them! :)

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    It’s still my absolute favourite liner, if you see me wearing liner, it’s always this one! But yeah I can see how some people prefer something more ‘less floppy’, lol!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      LOL now I know your secret :) Yeah I just need a solid line fast!

  • http://xlovehappyx.com xlovehappyx

    I’m still new to anything except pencil eyeliner haha But I’ve been wanting to try this eyeliner because I keep seeing positive reviews on it : ) Love the last pic; looks like it’s easy to draw with!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Ahh I wish pencil liners would stay on my upper lash line, so you’re lucky!

  • http://wandsandpliers.wordpress.com wheetnee

    I always see this in asian stores or when I go back to HK! I had a kat von d liner with that kinda brush, but I still find it hard to manipulate. I prefer felt lip eyeliners! I used Lancome artliner before, I got it when there was a GWP going on. But since I’m too poor to replace it, I’ve been using L’Oreal Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Carbon Black!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I actually haven’t tried the Lancome or L’Oreal one! I did recently finish my Eyeko, which tells you how much I liked it 😉

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, I haven’t tried Dolly wink, but I’d recognize the girl on the packaging (with the bow) anywhere! I know what you mean about precision tip liners. Sometimes you just want a quick easy swipe to get the job done!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Dovey, you’re right! I think it’s that and also I tend to do a much thicker line, and not having to go back to the line too many times with a fine tip is just easier for me!

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    i keep seeing a post about this product!
    funny enough, i don’t have any black liquid eyeliner but this would be it if i ever get one. lol.
    love your calligraphy! :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha thanks Lena! You should try liquid eyeliner! It’s actually great when you’re running out of time!

  • http://deijsprinses.wordpress.com/ deijsprinses

    Right now I am loving a Bourjois Eyeliner. The name has something to do with night or date, I can’t remember. But the tip is also a little tricky to work with.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Oh I know which one you’re talking about! I think I had that one a long time ago, but I do prefer the pens. They’re easier to use.

  • http://twitter.com/BeautyReflectTS BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS)

    My daughter would LOVE this. I need to see if I can get this for her!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha I bet! If you have a Japan town or something you might be able to find it there :)

  • http://memoiselle.com/ Meryl @ Memoiselle

    I love this one and this is actually in my top eyeliner list! It doesn’t smudge with me even after 5 hours (I have oily lids). What I usually do is I will line my eye with Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner and top it with Dolly Wink Eyeliner to create that winged eyeliner and to make it lasts longer.

    • Sunny

      Great to know it works so well for you! I’m not very good with the floppy tip, but that really could be just me!