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Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Review

Updated on July 1, 2013
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I bought this product as part of a professional Clinique Makeover I had at a department store recently. I’ve always been a fan of kohl pencils – easy, quick and the least messiest way of applying eye make up. But I’m impressed by liquids and gels – the deep rich colours, and the sharp sassy lines or the wonderful dark smouldering look of combining these with a little eye shadow dabbed on top.

The quickliner is something like a kohl pencil but with semi-solid gel inside. It has an automatic pencil action and a sponge smudger tip on the other end. I have the ‘Intense Chocolate’ colour, which is very deep without being too dark and stark for my eye and skin colour.

My Rating of Clinique's Quickliner for Eyes

3 stars for Clinique Quickliner Eyeliner

Quick Summary of Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Review

Colour Richness: the colour is the best thing about the Quickliner - it's deep and rich and wonderful.

Ease of Application: not as easy as you might think. A little bit fiddly - some breakage and it's hard to judge how much nib is 'just right'. It does stay smudgable for a short time after application though, so it's more versatile than some eyeliners.

Staying Power: this is the second-best thing about the Quickliner - it lasts all day once it dries.

Value: I'm not sure yet - possibly the nib runs down quite fast. Ask me in another month or so. At £14 ($15) I'd expect to only have to buy 2 or 3 of these a year, but I suspect if I used it every day one pencil would last perhaps 2 months.

Overall: I give this 3 stars out of 5. It's a brilliant idea, but it still has a few flaws.

Quickliner Ease of Application

It isn’t the easiest eye make up to apply. It isn’t as demanding as liquid eyeliner, or as fussy as gels that require their own angled brush, but the ‘nib’ of the pencil disappears very quickly, and if you unscew just a little bit too much of it, little bits can easily break off – which means you have to unscrew a little bit more. But if you don’t unscrew enough of the nib, you end up trying to line your eye with the plastic surround! It’s a little bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but with eyeliner instead of porridge.

Quickliner Semi-Solid Gel - Pros and Cons

The nib of semi-solid gel is very soft, and doesn’t drag the delicate skin around the eye, which is a big plus for those of us with sensitive eyes and long lashes that tend to poke us in our sensitive orbs when we least expect it, but as the hottest months of the summer are fast approaching here I’m wondering how that soft nib is going to stand up to that summer heat. It’s unfair of me to second-guess something that might not go wrong at all with the Quickliner – Clinique might well have already thought of this potential problem and the formula may stand up to warmer temperatures, but it’s something to consider and ask about if you’re thinking of buying one of these.

The Quickliner's Best Features

Overall, I like the product. It’s portable and neat and the colour is rich and dark, and after application it stays moist enough for a short time - perhaps half a minute - to smudge with the smudge sponge on the other end of the pencil if you prefer a softer line. The nib isn’t sharp enough to draw very fine lines, so it can be a bit hit and miss whether you get the look you want, but it’s fine enough for me and I suspect that it would be fine enough for about 80 percent of the women I know.

Quickliner - Value for Money?

I’m not sure it’s good value. I’ve been using it for two weeks and I’ve been using up that nib like crazy every morning – I’d estimate that it will probably only last a couple of months for someone who wears eyeliner every day and touches it up for the evening.

It’s a nice idea, but I think it has a long way to go in product development before it becomes a staple of my make up bag, and although I like it very much, I think that most of the time I’ll be sticking to my trusty kohl pencil.


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