Compared to the regular sized K-Palette liner, this sample is tiny! (So cute!)
"To use: Gently squeeze base of tip to "push up" gel liner to tip. Slowly glide tip along lashline."
Closer look at the tip. It's made out of silicone, a flexible type of plastic
Swatch. It's quite easy to draw with and the silicone makes it easy to create flicks.
Smudge and rub test. I applied quite a lot of pressure and it held up pretty well!
Water test. A tiny bit flaked off but no biggy
The lined after being dried off. I patted and rubbed it but it's still going strong!
:: Thoughts ::
The swatches make the liner look pretty promising doesn't it? Unfortunately, it's a different story when you are applying it to the eye area. I think part of it was to do with mine being sample-sized; the tiny size made it hard to control and hold when lining my eyes. The sample size also differed from the full sized liner in terms of how the formula is dispensed. Instead of twisting the bottom to push up the gel, you literally had to "push up" the gel like a toothpaste tube with the sample. Because the silicone carried on beyond the tip so you can squeeze out the liner, the pen bends and has no stability when applying the liner. This also causes the cap to not close properly too by pushing the cap up which I found quite amusing and ironic. Oh yeah, try not to grip the pen too hard unless you want to squeeze out more gel whilst you are in the middle of drawing that perfect wing! To put it simply, the sample version was a complete downgrade to the actual product. Benefit are doing a terrible job if they wants the samples to draw people into buying the full sized product.
Although my bad experience was mainly because I got the sample version and not the actual product, it does not hidden the fact that the "innovative soft AccuFlex™ tip" is impractical. Yes, it was able to draw lines good on the back of my hand, but when it came to drawing around my eye with lashes getting in the way it was horrific! And Benefit claims that it would be easier to get closer to the lashes because of this plastic tip; my angled liner brush could've done a better job! If it did anything, the plastic tip made it feel like I was spreading my eyeliner with a bendy toothpick!
:: TL;DR ::
- Gel formula has amazing wear
- Plastic applicator is a nightmare to use
- Sample version is a complete downgrade of the original and will put of off buying the real deal
Even though I do not recommend this liner, if you want to give this liner a fair chance I recommend trying the real thing. I have not used the proper version of the liner but judging by what I've seen in reviews and demos, the sample does it no justice whatsoever. I don't even know why Benefit bothered creating this sample! I think I'm gong to depot mine and use it with a brush because the formula is really something! Who knows, maybe Benefit will repackage this liner and release it in a pot liner one day. I can only hope.