I am a self-professed liner pro and lover of sleek and sharp eye looks, making a good liquid eyeliner an absolute essential in my makeup collection. A liquid eyeliner also happens to be one of the most versatile eye makeup products because it can be used to create several makeup looks. But TBH, picking the right eyeliner can be tricky (I despise clumpy liners!). Which is why I am always on the lookout for new products, and when I stumbled upon Lakmé’s new budget-friendly eyeliner (which retails for ₹250) from their Eyeconic range, I just had to try it. Here are my thoughts…
Quick Takeaway: The Lakmé Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner is an affordable, precise, and pigmented liner that I can rely on for creating killer eye looks!
What I look for in a liquid liner
Before we get to the review, I wanna mention what I personally look for in a liquid liner. It is quite simple actually — I want something that gives me clean and sharp lines that last even on the super-sweaty or super-weepy days! I like tips that offer good control, a pigmented formula (so that I can achieve the colour in a single swipe), and does not tug on my lash line. So, when I spent a day trying out the Lakmé Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner, I tested it out on several fronts — the intensity, smudge and water-proof quality of the formula, lasting power and the removal process. Here’s how it went!
The Lakmé Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner review
Let’s take a look at how the eyeliner performed on the tests:
1. The intensity, smudge-proof and water-proof quality of the formula: A simple swatch on the back of my hand was enough to prove the dense and rich black intensity of the pigment. Once dry, I tried smudging it with my finger and did not notice any drag marks around the swatch. The swatch passed the water test as well, which is a big plus for me!
2. The lasting power: I tested the liner’s lasting power throughout the day and can confidently say that no mid-day touch-ups are required. I squeezed coffee breaks instead of re-applying my liner a bunch of times!
3. The removal: As someone who leads a pretty busy lifestyle, the removal process of a liquid liner is a major factor in whether I will buy it again. I don’t like to go in for multiple rounds or rub my eye too much as they are quite sensitive. I used the Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Gel Make-up Remover to clean the crisp cat-eye that I had created with this liner. I applied makeup remover on the liner, and an easy swipe of a cotton pad was enough to get it all off in one go. No tugging, pulling or dragging (yay!).
The bottom line: I had huge expectations from the Lakmé Eyeconic Liquid Eyeliner, and it did not disappoint! The highlight for me would be the fine-tip, which gives me utmost precision to create many looks like the dramatic cat-eye, ultra-thin graphic lines or the classic wing-eye. It is easy to apply and remove, saving a lot of time and effort. Plus, it does not burn a hole in my pocket and is super handy to travel it, making it a must-have through and through!