The whole of my personal make-up bag has been completely natural for ages now, apart from my liquid liner. I’ve got quite sensitive eyes that tear up quite quickly, and unfortunately I’ve not found a natural liner that has worked for me. I used a gel liner from Marks and Spencer for years, not natural but cruelty free; I had in my kit too. This has been unavailable for months now, so I have been using Soul Tree’s Kajal in a black and brown, which have been great but are a different feel to a gel or a liquid line. NB – do not wear kajals swimming – they will smudge!! A lot!!
Anyway, what with the improvement of all this natural make-up malarkey ;), I thought I’d give some natural liquid liners another go.
First up and one that I have been the most impressed with is from French brand Colorisi. On a trip to Content, the girls there told me that they had had great results with it so I gave it a go. I really like the applicator as it is like a pen nib and not a brush, this always appeals more to me as I feel I have better control over the product. It goes on nice and smooth and is a deep matt black that you get straight away, without having to do lots of layers. However, you can layer it if you want to make it more intense. It dries quickly too which is always good. The liner stays on really well along the lash line – if I do a bigger tick then it does disappear though, especially if I have hayfever – however the rest is usually still well intact at the end of the day. I don’t mind reapplying myself, however I’m not sure if it would be enough on its own in my kit – maybe in conjunction with something else.. Overall I like it and would recommend it for sure.
This liner is vegan.
Ingredients – salvia sclarea flower/leaf/stem water (salvia sclarea (clary) flower/leaf/stem water), ci77499 (iron oxides), brassica campestris/aleurites fordii oil copolymer, glycerin, acacia senegal gum, silica, parfum (natural fragrance), sucrose palmitate, glyceryl caprylate, tara gum (caesalpinia spinosa gum), microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose gum, orbignya oleifera seed oil (orbignya oleifera (babassu) seed oil, coffea arabica (coffee) seed oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax), aqua (water), coffea arabica seed extract (coffea arabica (coffee) leaf/seed extract), cellulose, alcohol
The second liner I’ve been trying is by Benecos…
A good intense black that has a matt finish (matter than the Colorisi). I’m not so keen on the brush – as I said above I prefer more of a nib like applicator – but it is all personal preference. It definitely took me longer to apply than the Colorisi liner and I found it went over my lashes a lot too – which I guess isn’t a bad thing as long as you brush it through straight away. I found the colour came off quite quickly on the inner and outer corners but it stayed put in the middle. I touch and itch my eyes quite a bit so that teamed with a natural liner isn’t good. If you can leave your eyes alone then you’d probably get along better with this. The thing I love about Benecos is the price – this liner is £5.95 which makes it a lot more accessible to people. The Colorisi is £20 so more than double, but I would pay for it again.
The Benecos is not vegan as it contains beeswax.
Ingredients – aqua, alcohol*, cera alba (beeswax)*, glycerin, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, magnesium aluminum silicate, acacia senegal gum, hydrogenated lecithin, glyceryl caprylate, polyglyceryl-5 laurate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, p-anisic acid, rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, xanthan gum, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, sodium hydroxide, limonene, tocopherol, parfum (essential oils), aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, citric acid, citral, linalool, ci 77499
* certified organic
** natural fragrance
Have you tried either of these two? What is your favourite liquid eyeliner?