Sunday, 23 September 2012

Integrate Kira Wink Gel Liner Review and Swatches

Integrate Kira Wink Gel Liner has been a big hit for the brand since its introduction in September 2011. The waterproof eyeliner combines the intense color and creamy softness of a gel eyeliner with the convenience of a pencil, without the need for a separate brush. The liner is also supposed to be resistant against sweat, oil and tears.

There are two permanent shades in the line-up, BK999 and BR610. Integrate also releases limited edition shades each season. GD800, a pale gold, was released as a limited edition shade last September. Integrate has just released another two new limited edition shades, VI600 (vintage purple) and BR500 (shiny brown), with another GY100 (antique grey) due out in November. These are very affordable at just 997yen (about S$15.60). The pic below shows (from left): GD800, BK999 and BR610.

Kira Wink liners impressed with how smoothly they glided on without tugging at the eyelid, laying down the colour with ease. The tapered tip is slim enough to work easily into the lashline, but it's too blunt to produce an ultra-fine line like liquid liners. To preserve the creamy texture and prevent it from drying out, the liners are designed such that they are not retractable. Hence, there is a warning on the packaging as well as a sticker on the liner advising against twisting up the liner excessively.

GD800 works well for highlighting the lower lashline, helping to make the eyes look more awake. I used BK999 along the upper waterline (i.e. lining beneath the lashes). While GD800 lasted well throughout the day, there was a bit of smudging with BK999 onto the outer corner of the lower eyelid. Hence, these are not completely smudgeproof when used on the waterline but I had experienced the same result with RMK Ingenious Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner (shown below) which costs more than twice as much as 2625yen.

Comparing these with Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils, BK999 is less intense than Urban Decay Perversion and Pixi Black Noir but it is more intense than RMK 01 Black and Urban Decay Zero. Pixi's pencils are my favourite as Urban Decay's eye pencils often have a problem of the liner shrinking away from the wooden part.

Integrate BR610 is a lovely rich dark brown, a couple of tones more intense than UD Bourbon. While the Kira Wink Gel Liners aren't completely smudgeproof, I do like them for their convenience, soft texture, sleek packaging and affordability.

Integrate Gel Eyeliners are out of stock on at the moment but you can find them on Ebay through seller alphabeautyuk.

1 comment:

kuri said...

Thanks for the review! These pencils have intrigued me a lot; I was thinking about picking up the new purple one, but I'm looking for a smudgeproof pencil.