Monday, November 21, 2011

NYX liquid liner in electric blue: swatches and review

Like I've mentioned before I love blue liners and keep trying new ones and this one caught my eye. It's supposed to be a liquid liner that dries to a matte finish and is a brilliant cobalt blue. I saw this at UrbanTouch and twice I put this in my cart and both times it got sold out before I could add other items and checkout. Damn! I thought maybe it wasn't meant to be. But I got lucky the third time round. This time when I saw it was in stock, I immediately added this to my cart and checked out. Yay! I win!
This cost me Rs.360 from  UrbanTouch.
NYX liquid liner in Electric Blue


Applicator wand

Swatches-immediately after application

Swatches- after drying



After an hour-see how it cracks. Ugh!

Yay for:
  • Good pigmentation. Awesome blue colour. Quite bright. Will suit Indian brown-black eyes very well
  • You can draw thin as well as thick lines with the applicator
  • Doesn't irritate the eye
  • Easily removed with water (I don't like waterproof eyeliners coz they're a pain to remove and I don't like tugging my eye area so washable is a plus in my book). In fact this gets washed too easily. Hold it under running water and it sort of flakes away! But it doesn't smudge with water.
  • Decently priced
  • Cruelty free. Not tested on animals.
  • Lead free

Boo for:
  • The tube is opaque so you can't see how much product is left
  • The consistency is quite thin and runny so you have to dab over and over the lines to make the colour show properly
  • When it dries, it turns to a matte finish but it feels stretchy, like when you have really dry skin.
  • Starts cracking and flaking in about an hour. Ugly!
  • Takes long to dry- about 3-5minutes. So people who have droopy or folded lids may find that it transfers over the lid if they don't keep it closed till fully dry.
  • Can't use on waterline.
  • Applicator end is not stiff so drawing shake-free straight lines is very tough, at least for me.

Overall, I think this is a dud. Buy it only if you love this colour and can't find it anywhere else coz the quality mostly sucks.
If you must, you can buy this here or here. Other shades also available.

My rating: *

Edit: I decided to give this another chance recently and wore it to a dinner do. I wore this over the NYX eyeshadow base in skin tone and after this semi-dried I pressed some matte powder eyeshadow of the same blue colour over it and found the cracks weren't visible then and it remained neat till I came back home, 3 hours later. Yay! Found a way to make it work! Coz I just love the colour. :)


  1. You have a pretty blog here :) Sad I missed it all these days :( Loving the color of the eye liner :)

  2. Thank you so much aarthi! Means sooo much to me. :)
    And yeah the colour is very pretty! Sad quality though. Sigh.

  3. i have this liner, shade is pretty but its formula is not good,

  4. Yeah Manya.. The formula is bad but the shade was just too good to pass up. :)