Clinique Intense Ebony Quickliner for Eyes Intense

new Clinique All About Shadow

Some of you might know that I am still on the hunt for an eyeliner formula that will stay put on my lower waterline without triggering an allergic reaction. Along with Clinique‘s new All About Shadow products, I also received their Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Ebony to try. Is it finally the one?

Clinique (09) Intense Ebony Quickliner for Eyes Intense

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense (RRP in Belgium: 21,70 euros) is a twist-up eyeliner that comes with a sponge smudger on the other end. The great thing with a twist-up mechanism is that you won’t waste any product while sharpening the pencil. Do note that you can twist the pencil out, but you can never twist any back with this one. It takes several turns to get some product out, so theoretically you shouldn’t have any problems!

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense smudger

I like eyeliners with a built-in smudger, particularly when the formula is very creamy and smudgeable.

Clinique (09) Intense Ebony closeup

Clinique Intense Ebony Quickliner for Eyes Intense is a cool-toned black eyeliner. The texture is so creamy that it melts on the skin, and it delivers opaque coverage with one pass. Once it sets, it will largely stay put (except for my lower waterline. There is just no help there). Since the texture is so creamy, it is easier to incorporate Intense Ebony into smokier looks. I usually wear thicker eyeliner, so it works great for me as well. If you want a thin and precise line, this might not be the optimal formula to achieve this look.

A drawback with a very creamy formula is that the tip becomes blunt pretty fast. The twist-up mechanism should theoretically eliminate waste, but when it comes to this one, some sharpening is still in order. Since a regular sharpener wouldn’t do the job, I just use one of the sharpeners on Dior or Chanel eyeliners (like this one here). The trick is to twist out enough so that the sharpener will fit, but not too much since you can’t twist any of it back!

Here is how Intense Ebony swatches. Left: one pass. Right: built up.

Clinique (09) Intense Ebony Quickliner for Eyes Intense swatch

Intense Ebony stays all day on my upper and lower lash line, and it is mostly intact on my upper waterline. The outer edges would look a little faded at the end of the day, but that’s about it. Now the problem remains my lower waterline. Intense Ebony does hold on better than many formulas I have tried, but it triggers an allergic reaction. My eyes just end up very red… However, I definitely don’t blame Clinique for it, since my waterline is unreasonably sensitive. As I have said, eyeliners either don’t even last past 5 minutes, or they last longer but trigger an allergic reaction.

There probably isn’t much of a point showing you how a black liner looks like on, but I used Intense Ebony here on the upper lash line and waterline, as well as the lower lash line.

Bottom line: I would recommend Clinique Intense Ebony Quickliner for Eyes Intense for those who want to use it for smokier looks. It is not impossible to get a thin and precise line with this, but constant sharpening is required. It’s a bit of a waste since the formula is so lovely and creamy!

Now raise your hand: whose waterline is as much of a diva as mine? I am so frustrated!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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  • Nati

    Great review, as usual! It is a very black eyeliner, such a pity that it doesn’t twist back… I find that quite inconvenient.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Nati! I think it’s a mechanism to protect the very very creamy formula? But I see your point as well. You have to be more careful with this!

  • Icaria

    *jumps up & down both hands in the air* I’ve actually given up! :(

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww yeah I think I will, too, to be honest. I have to draw a line at some point and avoid painful eye allergies :p

  • Bella

    My waterline is similar, I am happy just not bothering it any more.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah I think I’ll give up at some point too. I have accumulated several black liners that just don’t work :(

  • beauties

    pretty shade of black :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s pretty intense!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    I’ve got the same problem, so annoying ! I really can’t put anything on my waterline without looking like I cried for 2 weeks straight.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah. Sometimes it feels like there is sand in my eyes. Oh well I’ll just leave it alone 😉

  • peggy timmermans

    You’re right! I think it’s the perfect liner to use for a smokey eyes. Smudge it baby :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah definitely more a smudgy liner than a precise one!

  • Ann-Sophie

    Same problem. And I practices already a lot, but still clumsy!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’ll definitely get there though! Trust me. I’m as clumsy as it gets, so the fact that I got OK should be encouraging to everyone LOL

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I have this one as well, in Intense Peacock, and I seriously love it.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yeah that is an amazing shade!

  • Liz

    I remember trying a Clinique eyeliner that had some pretty amazing staying power. I didn’t get it because it wasn’t as black as I wanted to be at the time. Not sure if it was this one.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, this one is actually nice and black on. Perhaps you tried a different one?

  • Kate Driveller

    Oh nooooo *crying in sympathy* :( I had luck with the By Terry kohl on my waterline but I don’t think they make a black without sparkles :( There is a cool dark brown though.

    I almost always pick up colour from eyeliners with a separate brush so the bluntness isn’t a huge deal — I’m loving these new quickliners!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kate, now I’m interesting in the By Terry kohl!

      Now that is a great idea! I should try that!

  • Larie

    Whoa, that is an intense black. I don’t usually line my waterline because I wear contacts and it just drives my eyes nuts.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, oh I’ve heard about that! Since I haven’t found a formula that will last or not trigger allergies without contacts, it’s not really a problem for me yet!

  • Teri

    So the search continues, gah! I actually really like this one, it’s very black and I love the creamy consistence without it being too smudgy. I just wished mine wasn’t broken, lol!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah the search continues! I think I’ll soon have to give up though 😉

      So sorry to hear about your broken liner! That has to be infuriating!

  • Sofia

    Oh it looks lovely. I have a waterline terror thing going on. I’ve always been scared to apply eyeliner on my waterline, but this weekend (I have the Chanel stylo eyeshadow in the black colour) I used that and overdid the look… then felt like a gothic vampire. So for the first time ever, I did my waterline. It went from gothic to sexy, yay! But the next day my eyes where sore and very red. Not so good then. PS I used the MUFE waterproof eyeliner.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, awwww I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope your eyes are better now! My allergies happen much sooner than that, but the discomfort always seems to disappear the second I remove it. I guess they work differently for different people though!

  • Natalie

    I’m so sorry this causes a reaction on you! Thats such a bummer. Do you have better luck with all natural brands?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, I’m not sure I’ve tried an all-natural eyeliner, though I am a little skeptical. I kinda doubt they’d last!

  • Catherine

    The quickliners were my go-to liner all through high school (which feels like a billion years ago, wow) but the Intense version is definitely more pigmented and inkier than I remember the regular version being. It’s good for non-precise lines, that don’t really require a “point” and like you said, smokey liner

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, I’m glad to hear Clinique improved the formula! It’s amazing how such a creamy formula holds up so well!

  • Krystle Kouture

    I tried one of these and it wouldn’t turn up after a couple uses. :( I read on another blog that Clinique’s pencil liners are the only thing that will last on their waterline. I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, but just throwing it out there!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ouch that’s annoying! So sorry to hear about that!

      Thanks for the heads-up! I’ll look into that one.

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Wow! That’s black! I haven’t tried one of these in ages!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, it is SO incredibly creamy as well! There is a teal in the line-up I think you might love!

  • Replica

    What a lovely intense black, I’ll have to check these out as I rudely paid no attention to their liners when I was last at a counter :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha there are actually some shades in the line-up that I really adore (there is a deep teal and a shimmery taupe). I hope you’ll find something you like as well!

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    bummer the liner didn’t work – it is so black! I’ve tried the regular quickliner and they are smudgey on me. not horrible, but not good either.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, this formula doesn’t budge on me, though it is a pity that it still triggers a reaction.

  • Jacqueline Ma

    Pencil liners do not work on me unfortunately.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww so sorry to hear that, Jacqueline! My problem is even gel liners don’t stay on my lower waterline!