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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beauty on a Budget: Milani Liquif'Eye Metallic Eye Pencils

I recently picked up the Milani Liquif'Eye Metallic Eye Pencils and I have to say that I'm in love with them! They are literally the creamiest pencils I have ever tried and I think they're even softer than my HG Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils which is saying alot! They come in 5 different colours: Silver, Aqua, Brown, Gold and Black and while they're called 'Metallic' only the Aqua, Silver and Gold have any noticeable metallic-ness (sorry for the made up word!) to them.

I purchased mine from while they were on sale but they normally cost $5.49 US on the site. If you live in Australia you can also purchase them from but on that site they'll run you $14.95 AUD and they only stock the black, brown and gold pencils.

Here are some swatches and even though I'm sure you can work out which is which I'll just tell you that from left to right they are the: Brown, Black, Aqua, Gold and Silver

The colours are amazing and I love them all except maybe the brown which isn't as rich as I was hoping it would be. The gold pencil literally looks like liquid gold when you apply it and it's amazing on the eyes. I don't wear alot of silver so I haven't really worn the Silver pencil yet but I love the colour and I think it would look lovely on. The black is really pigmented and I think it's the blackest pencil I own save for an authentic kohl product I have from India. I saved the Aqua for last because it's my favourite. It's the most beautiful shade of aqua/teal I've seen and it looks amazing on the eyes, especially against a darker skin tone.

I took a photo of the Milani pencils compared with some other liners I own so you could get an idea of how the shades relate to other brands.

Top row: Rimmel Soft Kohl pencil in Sable, Smashbox Limitless Eye Pencil in Onyx, Rimmel Soft Kohl pencil in Jungle Green, the peach/gold side of Rimmel two-tone eye definer in It Girl, Smashbox Limitless eye pencil in Graphite
Middle Row: Milani Liquif'Eye pencils in Brown, Black, Aqua, Gold and Silver
Bottom Row: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencils in Corrupt, Zero, Covet and Eldorado and MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl.

One of the main things I love about these pencils apart from their creamy texture is how long they last. They give you enough time to smudge them if you want but once they dry they don't budge which is awesome! To show you what I mean I have the same swatches as above except this time I rubbed all of them quite a bit. You can see that the Milani ones in the middle row have not moved! What surprised me is that they seem to be even more budge proof than the Urban Decay pencils.

So I know I've talked these up but they also have some cons and I have to say that the creamy texture, while fantastic, also works against these pencils. They're so soft that the tip tends to bend and break off which is super annoying! I haven't had to sharpen these yet but I imagine you'd struggle to get a sharp tip with them. To get a more precise application of these I usually use a liner brush and rub the product on to it and then use the brush to apply it to my eyes.

I've also found that the extremely creamy texture means that these don't last very long at all on my waterline. This probably isn't the products fault because my waterline is, well, extra watery (lol) but my Urban Decay pencils seem to last a bit longer when applied in the same way. I don't use pencils on my waterline very often so this isn't a major issue for me but maybe it's something to consider for yourself.

All in all I think these are fantastic and you'll be hard pressed to find a better product for the price and I wouldn't hesitiate to buy more if Milani releases new colours. What do you think of them? Let me know below!


  1. I bought the black one from cherry culture and I couldn't be happier - it's SO black and lasts ages! I really want to try aqua and gold now!

  2. Ki: It is an awesome black! I was so surprised that it's better than all of my higher end pencils. I cannot recommend the Aqua enough because it is so stunning! Sorry to be an enabler but you should definitely get them :D

  3. I think I just found a winner for *Brightest Random Turquoise Eye Liner* and will be popping by my CVS to get one soon. I've been trying to grab little bits of color from really good products so that I have a better chance of using them. Thanks for the seriously awesome in-depth post!

  4. AnieJ: Why thank you :)
    Buy it! It's fantastic and because it's so cheap you won't feel very guilty if you don't use it often. I really hope they come out with a purple and blue one too because I would be all over them in a second!

  5. Oh! I think we get this brand over here! I remember you blogging about these before. I'll have to see how much they are. For some reason, a lot of 'drug store' products over here are nearly the same price as MAC!

  6. Aseya: They're totally worth buying! I hear you about the 'drug store' pricings. The sad thing is that $15 is probably considered cheap by Australian makeup standards since MAC liners go for $30 here. It frustrates me so much! I'm always so envious of how the US has all these amazing products for less than $5.