I have something new and exciting for you guys!
ESQIDO Lashes released their brand-new eyeliners and I’m here to test them.
If you are not familiar with ESQIDO brand, let me just fill you in. They mainly did mink lashes, then started doing synthetic lashes that felt like a dream (I reviewed the lashes here) and now they are slowly stepping into the world of makeup by releasing their brand new Gel Eyeliners.
You should check out their official site on this link because they always have some interesting promotions going on.
Their PR team was kind enough to send me both Black and Brown Gel Eyeliner. Judging by my excellent experience with their lashes – I just couldn’t wait for the package to come into my hands.
And as a person who rarely does makeup without putting eyeliner – I was thrilled to test these babies out!
You can check out the official statement about these gel eyeliners on their official site.
Here is what ESQIDO has to say about the eyeliner:
“Experience the benefits of a gel eyeliner with the convenience of a sharpenable pencil. With intense color payoff, ultra-smooth glide, and a waterproof, long-lasting lightweight formula, the ESQIDO Liner is your new holy grail.”
It is also:
“5-free and latex-free. Formulated WITHOUT formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Fragrance-free. Suitable for sensitive eyes.”
These Gel Eyeliners follow the same packaging aesthetic of the ESQIDO brand. They come in a sleek white box with crisp gold and black detailing. I really love how clean, yet professional they look.
On the back of the box in the image above, you can see that it is recommended to use this product within
Also, another fun fact from the same image is the fact that this gel eyeliner is produced in Korea. I was actually happy about it because I looove Korean products (if you haven’t noticed from this, this and this article).
Inside the box, there is a pencil styled in a similar aesthetic as the outside. There is a ring on the bottom that matches the color inside so it is easy for you to differentiate between the two.
It also has a silicon ring on the pencil that’s supposed to make the seal airtight once closed thus preventing it from drying out. I love when brands include small details that mean a lot to us, customers.
Carefully picked ingredient list means that it will suit even the sensitive eyes and can be worn on the waterline.
Ingredients for both black and brown eyeliner are shown in the photo below.
You get 0.5 g of product in one pencil which is about the same as you’d get with other brands (maybe slightly above average).
As you can see from the instructions above, it says “Twist to dispense”.
It doesn’t need to be sharpened because it has a twist dispenser. However, they included the sharpener which you can pull out from the bottom of the pencil so you can make your lines even sharper. You can see how they look below.
The idea for a sharpener is great. I love it! However, I found that when trying to sharpen it, I couldn’t achieve a sharp tip. The pencil was just too soft for it. It is probably due to the fact that it is quite hot where I live so if you want a sharp tip you should put it in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes prior to sharpening to make the eyeliner firmer.
Formula & Pigmentation
Here is the important part – did ESQIDO nail their first makeup formula?
Well, let me tell you – you won’t have to worry about eyeliners being dry and chalky because they made them incredibly creamy. Swatching them on my arm was like a dream and you can see the results in the pic below. They also dry down completely matte after a minute or two, giving you just enough time to do some smudging work if you need to.
Let’s go from left to right – Brown performs excellently. To be honest, I’m not the type to wear brown eyeliners. I never feel like the shade is nailed. They usually make them too saturated or too warm. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but a girl wants a different brown shade sometimes, ya know?
That’s where ESQIDO hit the nail in the head. They made this brown shade slightly ashy, and they made it WORK! Please tell me I’m not the only one in love with this brown shade. Check it out how it looks in the pics below.
The first picture is a lightly smudged look, while in the second pic I applied with a bit of extra pressure.
Now onto the black. First, let me state – black could be blacker. There, I said it.
I like my black eyeliner to be extra black. While this one is dark (obviously), it is not the blackest I’ve worn. You can see that in the pictures below. I didn’t want to fake the pigmentation so what you see is what you get. Maybe it is due to the slight smudging, but I would love it to be even a bit darker.
I know there will be a lot of you who prefer this just the way it is for a more natural look. In that case more power to you, because this is really a good product. For those of you who are unsure, you can check out the two photos below and see for yourself is this something you can see yourself rocking.
Now, as you can see from all eye makeup pics, I couldn’t really get a super sharp tip. Not that this is dull, but just keep in mind that you’ll need to work with a brush if you want to make it thinner.
If you usually wear gel eyeliners in a pot and use them with a tiny brush, this will be much thicker and less precise than you’re used to. I feel like they were made for sultry looks made with slightly smudged eyeliner, not crisp and sharp lines.
These eyeliners are very much budge-proof. Once they set, you need to try really hard to make them smudge.
I’ve worn both a black version and the brown one on my eyes for a full day, and they both held well. They didn’t smudge, but they did fade slightly during the day. Slight rubbing didn’t ruin my eyeliner and high humidity didn’t affect longevity as much as I expected.
After eight hour mark I did notice that both black and brown version faded a bit (more noticeable in the brown shade). But you have to include the fact that my face and eyelids are oily, so I’m not exactly a prime tester for eyeliners.
In the end – it’s not the longest wearing eyeliner I’ve tried, but for the first five (approximately, of course) hours of wear, you can be certain that they won’t budge.
If this review piqued your interest, you can buy these gel eyeliners from ESQIDO Official site by clicking here.
The price of this eyeliner is $16 (includes free worldwide shipping!) which is a great price for such a carefully thought out product. However, right now they have a “launch promotion” (I can’t say for sure how long the promotion will last) where you can get one for just $10. I wouldn’t want to miss that if I were you!
If you feel more comfortable buying from Amazon, click here to be redirected to Amazon.
I would love to see them come out with a few more shades. I’m thinking maroon, gold, silver…okay, I’ll stop dreaming now. But really, they did an amazing job with their first ever eyeliners and I believe they’ll only get even better. Expanding the color range could only do them good. Also, I feel like colored eyeliners are made for smudging everywhere!