in this entry I would be going through and showcasing the CLIO Professional items I had received. There would not be any in-depth reviews here but I will go through the products, provide swatches and share my initial thoughts about some of them.
I wanted to post up the Peripera entry first since I did not given that brand much mention in my last entry. However, I just chanced upon this pretty cool contest that Clio is holding so this goes up first! Details of that at the end of the post but judging from the title, you should have an idea what it's about.
First up, some brand background...
CLIO Professional was conceived by a group of makeup artsits in 1993 and has since established itself to be one of Korean's top makeup brands.
Available in Singapore right now is CLIO's Kill Black, a range that is pointed at accentuating the eyes with liners and mascaras. Apart from the typical black liquid liners, there are some colored liner offerings that help bring a sparkle to the look.
CLIO also has a range of other things like bases etc but those aren't available on our shores just yet. Hopefully in time the entire collection will be easily accessible to us!
For now, here are the items that I received to try out.
The above are all the items that are currently available to us. Of course some items come in color variables so in a way this isn't everything.
First up the liquid eyeliners.
When I was asked to choose between the Brush Liner or Pen Liner I was quite confused about what the difference was but I wasn't too interested in trying the Pencil Liner so I opted for the first 2. Now, after seeing and swatching it, I know the difference... It's really about the tip of the applicator, as you will see with the close-ups, and how that affects the application.
CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner Kill Black (S$22.90) in Black
As usual the seeping into little crevices thing is a common thing with liquid liner swatches but I find the same thing doesn't happen on the eye so fret not.
CLIO Waterproof Brush Liner Kill Black (S$25.90) in Black
As part of a promotional bundle, the Brush Liner comes with a mini O'Tank Volume Mascara.
A quick initial comparison about the above two liners, if anyone is interested to know the difference between them.
The Pen Liner is basically a hard, sort of marker-styled tip. The only other liquid liner I've used that comes with an applicator as such is the Hour Glass one though I'm sure there a couple others out there. The Brush Liner, as the name goes has a brush tip. Similar to the K-Palette liner, I find the CLIO one is a little 'softer' and more flexible, which is a good or bad thing depending on the individual.
The pigmentation is quite a difference with the two but while the Brush Liner's swatch photographs brown, it's actually not. It's definitely not as dark a black as the Pen Liner which is pretty true to the range name - Kill Black. I think the applicator tip plays an important role in how pigmented the product dispenses as my Hour Glass liquid liner with the pen tip is also really pigmented compared to my Kpalette brush tipped liner.
But that's my 2 cents (or 2 rambly paragaphs!) on those products. I'll have to give them a whirl before I can comment about anything else like wear etc.
While we're on the topic of mascara.
Waterproof Mascara Kill Volume (S$29.90) in Deep Black
The brush of this mascara is pretty cool. While it's not exactly visible in the picture, since it just looks like a typical asymmetric brush here, it actually twirls around in a rather unique fashion. Not crazy different (think Lancôme Fatale) but it will be interesting to see how those bristles work out.
A slight digression but I always feel a slight pang of guilt when receiving or impulse buying mascaras. I take awhile to go through them and don't fancy the thought of opening one just to test it out for a week and chuck it aside after. Mascaras tend to breed bacteria pretty easily so with that I am even quick with my wand shots, just in case. Ha, oh well. I will probably jump to this as soon as I can because I'm pretty intrigued by the idea of this whole Kill Black range. Please do promise Kill Volume!
While this range is titled Kill Black, things aren't all that dim and dark as there are sparkly and pretty colored liners as well!
Eye Love You Eyeshadow Pencil (S$16.90) in Night Navy
Apologies for the blah picture but the box is a lot prettier and more reflective in person! (Darn flash!)
Photos don't really capture this but it is gorgeous in person! The slight shimmer, which you can already see from the tip of the pencil, looks beautiful against the darker navy tone of the pencil itself.
Since this type of pencil liner requires sharpening, CLIO had provided a sharpener with!
I haven't tried the sharpener out to see if it shaves the product off or not but will drop that in another entry when I get the chance to.
And last but not least, a pretty cool item!
Gel Liner and Cake Eyebrow Pot (S$27.90) in Violet
The product comes packaged with a dual-ended brush, one side for the gel liner and the other for the eyebrow cake.
the brush quality is, in my terms, workable. The quality of the bristles isn't something to shout about but it does it's job if that's what you need.
Now the fun part is the two-tiered product itself, with the brow cake on the 'upper-storey' and gel liner on the 'lower-storey'.
Hello finger print magnet packaging! I am liking the holographic effect coupled with the bronze-ish pewter casing, I'm horrible at describing colors as such.
If I'm not mistaken the eyebrow cake is only available in this shade. IEven then, the shade should be able to cater to most because it doesn't go on that heavy so the intensity can be adjusted. It also sits nicely in the neutral zone without pulling too warm or ashy. If I were using this I would go with a brow liquid under and this over, to fill up any gaps and smooth it all out since eyebrow cakes alone don't cut it for my close-to-nothing brows.
The gel liner that comes with is available in three different shades - Black, Brown and Violet.
Since I've had enough black to last me awhile, I chose Violet.
I'm a little disappointed with the gel liner and sort of hoping that perhaps I got a 'bad' one or that this is just the surface texture. From the swatch you can see that it did not apply very evenly or look very creamy. It seems to be on the dry side and while picking up product isn't too hard, not a lot gets on the brush. You'll end up with a faint-ish line (like the right purple one) unless you go over a couple of times.
Will try using this again and hoping that the bottom will feel creamier but I can't deny that the violet is a gorgeous shade with little flecks of multi-glitter. If you can't see the glitter, squint at the pot in the picture above, the graininess you see is not image noise!
At the end of me packing up my photo op, I decided to run a little smudge test. After all, I had given the swatches ample time to settle down and 'dry'.
In the photo above you can also see the intensity difference between the Pen Liner (above) and Brush Liner (below).
Here's the result of my fake smudge test scenario.
Everything still looks intact! The colored liners are a little dulled out but it's all good. If anything, there was some glitter migration from the test (see full view to spot them) but otherwise they lived.
Has anyone else tried out the Gel Liners? Do let me know what you think of the texture and if it's just mine that's on the dry side.
CLIO Professional Contest!
I had actually just found out about this as I scrolled through my twitter feed so I thought why not include this in for those interested!
CLIO is giving away 2 FREE tickets to see Girls Generation live in Singapore on the 9th of December.
All the information and what you have to do can be found over here!
While the first price of winning the tickets is attractive there are other prizes as well such as a S$200 CLIO hamper so no harm in taking part and submitting your creative KILL BLACK looks!
Deadline is the 7th of December at 10AM.
I am toying on the idea of taking part just because I wanted to see Girls Generation and the tickets were wiped out, boo... Shall see if I will be able to think up anything creative before then.
Thanks for reading!
Products were provided to me for review consideration.
I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.