K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP(Micro) vs. Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

Top hats

K-Palette, why do you have to be so freaking verbose? You have such a tiny little brush, but such a fat name.

Ok, so these are two liquid drugstore eyeliners that both retail for 1260 Yen (around £10 or $15). The K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo line is made up of products for brows and eye-lining, and Dolly Wink is well-known for its eyeliner and false eyelashes.

Peas and Carrots

Let’s get down to business.

Overview

Japanese liquid eyeliners in general are said to be better than their Western counterparts. Now, I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule (as always with sweeping generalisations) but both these eyeliners come out top over any I’ve tried before (though my experience with liquid liner isn’t huge).

Both eyeliners are very good: they’re both long-lasting and they both have those lovely brush-type applicators that allow for loads of control but have enough flex to give a natural flick.

Applicators

Looking Fine

As you can see the K-Palette tip is super fine (it is the ‘micro’ version after all – they also have a regular version available) and makes the Dolly Wink look unfairly big in comparison, but the Dolly Wink is also pretty fine in the grand scheme of liquid eyeliners.

The K-Palette brush is also a little shorter. With any fine-tipped eyeliner brush, there’s a danger of floppiness if the brush is too long. The K-Palette’s shorter tip means the brush is stiffer and, therefore, easier to control.

K Palette on the Left Dolly Wink on the Right

As someone who’s a bit challenged when it comes to eyeliner flicks, wings and other general embellishments, I prefer the K-Palette’s tiny applicator. I can start off with a fine line and build up to the thickness I want, and mistakes are hardly noticeable because they’re so small.

If you’re looking for precision, K-Palette Micro is the way to go.

In Action

I need to work on my handwriting

Ok so here are a bunch of examples of both eyeliners.

From the top:

  • How the eyeliner builds on itself
  • General liney stuff (excuse my atrocious ‘P’ of ‘Palette’)
  • More lines, this time the same image so you can compare the two fairly
  • The lightest possible line I can draw with each pen – I had to do the K-Palette twice
  • A thick line, pushing down on the brush to make it bend

Things to note:

  • Both build up well with no pilling, the Dolly Wink is a little bit blacker.
  • The Dolly Wink’s line can be quite thick, but also (look at the ‘n’ of ‘wink’) can be narrowed down. The K-Palette is a little less wet than the Dolly Wink (I’ve had the K-Palette for one month longer than the Dolly Wink, so it may be down to that) and so its line in the writing is not as smooth.
  • Same as above.
  • The Dolly Wink can actually draw a very thin line, but I find it quite difficult to get a line this consistently thin when applying it on my eye.
  • The thickest lines are actually very similar, both eyeliners are very versatile.

My New Tattoo

Here you can see the two in action on skin.

  • The Dolly Wink is a whole lot blacker, however (though this isn’t evident in the picture) the K-Palette’s blackness can be built up.
  • Again, the K-Palette is crazy fine – look at the bottom flick of the ‘K’.

Lasting Power

I find that these two are neck and neck when it comes to lasting power.

According to the K-Palette website, the 1 Day Tattoo WP eyeliner is a tubing eyeliner, meaning that while it will come off with warm water and pressure, it won’t budge when faced with oil, sweat, or cold water. The Dolly Wink website doesn’t say explicitly whether their liner is tubing or not, but they do say that ‘although it’s resistant to sweat and water, you can take it off easily when you cleanse’.

When testing them myself I found that:

  • Both looked freshly applied at the end of a day of ordinary wear.
  • Both withstood cold water completely.
  • Both withstood cleansing oil very well, but when pressure was added they eventually gave in.
  • Both withstood lots of pressure and rubbing when they were on my hand, but only medium pressure when actually applied on eyes.

The last point is important. In general, with ordinary wear, these eyeliners will last all day – they wear like iron. However, if you rub your eyes often, you can get into some trouble. The eyeliners don’t smudge per se, they actually kind of…ball up. That is to say that the ink comes off and moves as little flecks, without leaving any smudgy residue behind. This balling is more likely to happen when the eyeliner has been layered more. So for example, one swipe of liner will withstand quite a bit of pressure, so you don’t have to run to a mirror every time you’ve inadvertently rubbed your eyes. However, if you’ve gone over the line a couple of times, just one rub can cause some flecks to come off.

Because of this, Dolly Wink is actually a little ahead of the K-Palette. Why? Because to get the level of blackness (and thickness) you get from one swipe of the Dolly Wink, you have to layer a few swipes of the K-Palette, which means it’s more susceptible to this pilling.

The Bottom Line

Both eyeliners are really excellent, and there’s not a lot between them. If you’re not so great at eye lining, you may prefer the K-Palette Micro because of its precision. If you’re after an eyeliner of regular thickness, you’ll be impressed by the Dolly Wink’s control, lasting power, and inky blackness.

Kate Lasting Gel Eyeliners in BK-2 and BU-1

Kate is a reasonably priced, widely-available Japanese drugstore brand.
These eyeliners retail for 1155 yen (£9.32/$14.98).

Kate Lasting Gel Eyeliners are a solid favourite among beauty enthusiasts, outperforming most high-end liners in terms of lasting power, manageability, and pigmentation.

Lasting Power

I graduated to these liners after using MAC fluidlines for a couple of years. I would say the biggest difference between the two is lasting power. After a wipe test MAC dipdown was reduced to a questionable stain on my arm while the Kate was hardly affected. In the shower, the rest of the MAC came off with a bit of water and pressure. The Kate withstood water and shower gel, and only started to fade with make-up remover and painful rubbing. I eventually gave up trying to remove all of it: my arm was sore and the hot water was running out, so I left the remainder of the Kate (by now a stain) on my wrist for the next couple of days.

Kate gel eyeliners are without a doubt the most long-lasting eyeliners I have ever tried.

Ease of Use

Now this is where my opinion seems to deviate from the general consensus.

I find that I have to expend a little more effort on applying Kate gel eyeliner than I do on, say, Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner.  Not a lot more, mind you.

I think that the unparalleled lasting power of Kate eyeliners results in some ‘slip’ being lost. I find that the liners don’t glide very smoothly along my eyelid. However, this problem is very minor, it results in maybe one minute of extra attention being spent on eyeliner than usual, and this is a small price to pay for such a long-lasting line. Of course if you don’t need extra staying power for your eyeliner, then this disadvantage may have more weight in your buying decision.

Colour

The Lasting Gel Eyeliners come in a variety of natural shades. Even the blue, which looks very vibrant when built up in the swatch below, can easily pass as a natural liner shade when applied properly. I appreciate that Kate offers different nuances of shades instead of confining its consumers to one catch-all black or brown.

Pigmentation

It seems Kate Lasting Gel Eyeliners are not all created equal. I love the pigmentation of BK-2: it applies opaquely on to the eyelid in one stroke. BU-1, however, is a different story. I find myself having to smother my brush in the liner until a visible chunk of the product is stuck to my brush in order to get an opaque line. Just dipping the brush in and applying gives me a sheer and uneven line. Of course this line can be built up to desired opacity. I still like BU-1, but it’s a shame that it doesn’t live up to the well-earned reputation of its siblings. (Having swatched it with my finger though, it looks like it would make a fantastic eyeshadow base).

The Bottom Line

I won’t hesitate to say that Kate eyeliners are the best you’ll find for lasting power, and for the price they’re the best for overall performance. However, if you find you don’t have serious issues with eyeliner lasting-power, you may want to look for a liner with more manageability.

Birthday Round-Up!

This is like a Friday Round-Up except it’s on my Birthday (okay well actually the day after)! Smart huh?

purchases

Ok so as I’m alone in Japan for my Birthday, I took it upon myself to buy a few presents, as you do. I am ridiculously good at buying presents for myself, I loved all of them!

So first off I bought a few pretty things from the drugstore.

products

Lavshuca Moist Melting Rouge in 3 colours: RD-4, RD-3, and PK-5. So far I love these (and I will review them!). They are great MLBB colours with a formula that’s really easy to wear. They feel like a really pigmented balm. Their lasting power is better than I had expected as well.

Kate Gel Eyeliner in BK-2. I talked in my November Round-up about Kate Eyeliners but at that point I didn’t love them. This one has converted me though. Lasting power is incredible but the thing I love most about this eyeliner is its colour. It is brown but it has very little redness in it, unlike MAC Dipdown (I’ll post comparison swatches). Because of this it doesn’t bring out as much redness in and around my eyes, so I love it!

Integrate Gracy Cheek Colour in Rose 300. I was on the look out for a matte blush and stumbled across this one. This shade is exactly the colour of my natural blush so I use it for a really natural look. It blends out really easily but this compromises staying power. I have still been wearing it every day since I got it though.

I also caved and bought the new Majolica Majorca perfume. It took me a while to decide because I didn’t LOVE the scent, I just thought it was pleasant. In the end I bought it because the scent lasts so long, it’s easy to apply and on the day I tested it, I got nothing but compliments.

The night before my Birthday my Fyrinnae order arrived! I think their impeccable timing proves, as we all suspected, that Fyrinnae are indeed magic. Not only that, the order was in a parcel that was thin enough to fit into the dorm mailbox which meant I didn’t have to arrange redelivery or anything! Yay!

Fyrinnae

Obviously there are swatches to come but I just had to take a photo when I got them all. Fyrinnae enthusiasts will probably notice I chose very safe colours: neutrals and a few golds thrown in. La Noche, however, is bright blue: I couldn’t just order neutrals from a company with such special bright shades.

I am really excited to try Damn Paladins as it looks like a lovely grey-taupe. And of course Ashes will be one of the first I try because it is such a nice grey shade. Can you tell I like grey?

Recently I have been buying bath salts to try. In Japan there is a huge range of bath salts so my choice pretty much depended on which packaging was prettiest and which ones didn’t smell like ginger (I hate that smell). Luckily, Yu Ming just posted about Japanese Bath Salts on Beauty Box so I now have some idea of what to buy. In fact today I went out to get the Kikiyu bath salts so I’m excited to use them tonight!

A guide to getting Mad Men’s Joan Holloway look? Yes please!

Spiders are scary and Allie’s post tells me my fear makes sense.

And to finish, here is my birthday cake! It may look like ice cream to you, but I was pretending it was cake! Yummy.Ice cream

November Round-up

Can you tell I’m a fan of these round-up posts? I am. So while this one may be a little late, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for an entire ‘blog so far’ round-up could I?

favourites

First off, my favourite posts so far. It may seem a little egotistical to extol the virtues of your own posts but there are some of which I have been a little proud. Then again, each post I’ve written so far gives me a little twinge of embarrassment now and then when I read over it but I think that’s normal. Like when you read your old diary or watch Sweet Valley High. (Incidentally it seems all the episodes are on youtube and I am definitely NOT spending copious amounts of time watching them…).

What to do when Mascara Smudges on you ALL THE DAMN TIME

this tastefully titled post has been consistently among my most-read posts, and every day I get hits from searches to do with mascara smudging. I like this post a lot because geez it was such a pain to deal with the whole smudging thing and took me months to find a solution. So saving someone else that trouble makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Feature: Sunscreen -

I feel I have to include this one because it was such a beast to write and hopefully I succeeded in making the whole sunscreen shebang vaguely accessible.

Magazine Monday!-

My first Magazine Monday post! I like this one because of the placenta part. Strange sentence. Basically having been in Japan for almost two months now I find a lot of things that I would have found hilarious/crazy/scary when I first arrived, I hardly pay attention to now. This makes me sad. The one exception to this is placenta shots. I still find them hilarious, crazy and scary.

My favourite products of the last monthProducts

Clockwise from top (starting with the perfume)

  • Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Toilette: I am not good at describing perfumes. As much as I would like to tell you that Euphoria has a base note of unicorn hair and a the sillage of new born baby I cannot, in good conscience, mislead you like that. Because I care. According to reviews on Make-up alley, this scent is unsophisticated and a bit rubbish really. I love it – perhaps because I am unsophisticated and a bit rubbish really. It is sweet but not sickly, in fact it has a kind of spice to it which makes it a little (and I am loath to use this word to describe perfume) sexy. This eau de toilette doesn’t last too long on my skin though, so I have a little atomiser to top up in the day. It does, however, stay very well when sprayed on clothes.
  • Multi-vitamin Sweets: So these aren’t anything new but I love them. I always forget to take my multi-vitamin (and I’m not getting much vitamin D from anywhere else) and after this post I felt a little guilty. So now, a new era has begun in my general well-being: multi-vitamins hidden in coloured sugar! This multi-vitamin is like when you give medicine to pets and you have to hide it in their food. Except I am the pet. And I know what’s going on. And I like it.
  • Earrings: These earrings are cute. I like to wear them in my ears.
  • Darjeeling Tea: A cup of Darjeeling tea is probably in my top 10 list of Stuff That Is Good. It is expensive in Japan though :( so I now save my tea-drinking for special occasions.
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation: This foundation is so awesome that when I realised I hadn’t brought it with me to Japan I actually went out and paid the extortionate price to buy a new bottle. I will try and do a proper review of this soon but basically it is lovely.
  • Kate Gel Eyeliner in BU-1 (that’s blue to us): I read a lot of great reviews about Kate Gel Eyeliners so I decided to get one. I also wanted a navy colour because it is neither black (a little too stark on my pale skin) nor brown (too much red and it makes my eyes look tired). I guess I don’t see anything too special about this eyeliner, but I also don’t think there’s anything bad about it either so I guess that gives it full marks. It stays well and is easy to apply (though perhaps a little sheer at first) .
  • Clinique Different Lipstick in Sweet Honey: This is the perfect MLBB shade. It is a little dull in its neutrality, but it is such an easy shade to wear. Also the formula, while I didn’t like it at first because of its lasting-power, is really creamy and flattering even if your lips aren’t in great condition.
  • Freeplus skincare: Regular readers will know that my skin has been stupidly dry recently. This is not helped by the fact that alcohol is in loads of skincare products including moisturiser. So I tried out some Freeplus (to find out more about the line click here). It is too early for me to write a full review, but after just about two weeks my skin has improved hugely, it is hardly dry at all and very soft. So far so good.
  • Bun-maker thingy: I got this from the 100 yen shop and I love it! I read about it on someone’s blog but I’ve forgotten which one! Anyway here’s how to use it, get one!
  • Compact mirror: I actually got this on holiday in China, usually I lose these things but I’ve managed to hold onto this one for years.
  • Face net: So I’ve read a few posts on using a face net with your face wash recently. I got this one from the 100 yen shop (again!) and it’s great. It really helps me use less of my face wash without compromising its effectiveness. This is useful because my face wash is the one part of my skincare from England that I do not want to change and so I want to make my supply last as long as possible!

Upcoming

So this month I plan to:

  1. Make a comparison page of Japanese Sunscreens I’ve tried (as well as writing a review post). I think a spreadsheet might be useful for comparison purposes, I haven’t quite worked out how I’ll go about this project.
  2. Make a swatch page. When I go into drugstores to swatch I am often so overwhelmed by all the products there are. So I’d like to make a page with pictures of products and then those interested can request swatches of those products.
  3. Update my links to other blogs and to shopping sites which sell Japanese goods.
  4. Write more reviews!