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