02 December 2013

The Experiment - Pencil Eyeliners Under Rather Extreme Weather Conditions

These are the two eyeliners I use very frequently. One being Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eye Pencil in 01 Onyx and the other Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil  in 61 Noir. I used one on each eye - Chanel on my right eye and Estee Lauder on my left without eye primer. I knew how these liners would work as I have used them numerous times but today it's going to be interesting - they were tested in rather harsh conditions. I put these on at 1.30 pm and went about my day. I think afternoon's the best time when we sweat a lot and our faces somehow produces a lot of oil at this time. Coincidentally, it was really hot outside, then it was raining, then the sun came shining so bright, and then it was drizzling again. I was caught in the rain twice. It was like in those soaps where the heroin goes into her melodramatic phases - sad, then happy, then depressed for I don't know what reason. That was how the weather was. I kid you not. So this was actually a great opportunity to try eyeliners to test their longevity and durability! I also tried and took off on a lot of clothes in boutiques - which increases the risk of smudging / smearing. For accurate results I didn't put any mascara on. So whatever smudges and smears were caused by the eyeliners themselves. These were tested for a period of 5 hours, I took pictures at 6.30pm to see what the results were. 

Left : Chanel Intense Eye Pencil ,  Right : Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil 

Left : Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil ; Right : Chanel Le Crayon Khol. The Estee Lauder is darker colour, creamier and slightly heavier. It's a true black. The Chanel one is more like a very dark gray black, not as intense as the Estee Lauder one but is lighter in texture.  

Both swatches rubbed vigorously with a cotton bud. Almost nothing is left out of the Chanel liner. 

 My right eye with the Chanel liner. (Just remember the eye with the mole for the Chanel liner)

 Left eye with Estee Lauder liner. 

Finished look before I headed out. Other products used: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in 10 Beige, Naked Palette's only matte shades Naked and Buck, and Estee Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick in 301 Crystal Baby.

This is the interval where there were raindrops on my face, followed by direct sunlight. Then there were drizzles. And strong gusts of wind. Changing more than 10 tops in the boutiques. You name it. 

After 5 Hours of Rather Extreme Weather Conditions

Chanel Intense Eye Pencil : Colour a little faded - and there's a lot of smudging compared to the Estee Lauder eye liner. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil : Colour is still very dark and intense.

Chanel : A lot of feathering (inner corner of eyes) and smudges along the whole under eye. (Plus the mole doesn't help). You can also see the line on the upper lid isn't as perfect anymore.

Estee Lauder : Upper lid liner still very precise. A little smudging but not much - barely visible. The eye still looks neat and tidy. 

 The difference between both eyes. 

The Verdict
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil really stays put and delivers what it promises. It's long lasting, doesn't smudge, and gives off a very intense colour. However it can be a little tough to remove due to the heavier texture. For the Chanel Intense Eye Pencil it's alright if you wouldn't mind checking in the mirror once in a while to wipe off smudges in intervals. I wouldn't recommend this for those with very oily eyelids as you can see it turned out to be a mess and if you sometimes don't bother to put on eye primer. The first time I got the Chanel eye pencil I was amazed with how easily it lined the water line - with so much ease that it doesn't hurt anymore compared to previous eyeliners. I really loved this about the Chanel eye pencil. I do find that the Chanel eye pencil is very gentle on eyes and  highly recommend it for daily use because of the light texture and it's easy to remove. It's so smooth it doesn't tug on your eyes when you apply it. Then again, if you find it too troublesome to wipe of smudges you can always go for a more smudge-proof eye pencil.

What do you think? Would you go for a pencil that is gentle on your eyes but at the expense of smudging? Tell me your thoughts and comment!



  1. Hi Vicki,

    I finally be able to read your post. It's a tough job to did review comparing two products in every hours.

    For me, since I'm too lazy to check on mirror every time, I think I prefer waterproof eyeliner. But the easiness of doing the line is also an important matter. Despite that, I prefer to use gel/liquid eyeliner more (preferrably liquid pen type) because it's easy to draw. Though bold pencil liner like you've reviewed must be good too (Quite disappointed at Etude's Slim & Long Sharp Liner).

  2. Glad to hear your thoughts twentyninenights. We need to experiment with a lot of brands and types to see what eyeliners work for us and what don't. It's trial and error but when you've found the right one, it's so worth it! There's always new products coming out so the options aren't exhaustive, though I hope you'll find your perfect eyeliner and tell me about it! :)

  3. Yep.. New products comes out pretty quick (even more for Korean brands-matching with seasons). If I have found my perfect eyeliner, I'll stick with it and hope it won't get ingredients changing nor stop producing.

  4. Yep... It's hard to follow new products everytime (mostly, Korean cosmetics follows seasons). If I have found my perfect eyeliner, I'll stick with it and hope it won't change ingredients nor stop producing.