In keeping with the style of Anna Sui’s fashion designs, her cosmetics line features eyeliners that come in many bright and fun shades. Her liners are definitely pleasing to the eye and have received praise from the likes of Kevyn Aucoin and Oprah. But do they live up to the hype?
The Kohl eyeliner gets points for its cute packaging. It is a chunky style pencil with an adorable flower motif on the cap. The application is fairly smooth but being a chubby-style liner it is difficult to get a precise line. It is much better suited to creating blended liner looks. Unfortunately it smudges after only a few hours. However, it is very creamy and the lighter colors such as the light green 902 and the pink 301 could also be worn smudged all over the lid as an eye shadow.
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The liquid eyeliner performs much better than the pencil liner. It comes in a small bottle with a brush tip. It lasts fairly long as far as liquid liners go but it is not waterproof. This means it’s not difficult to remove at the end of the day and doesn’t require harsh eye makeup removers. It also means that a few tears make this liner start to ball up and come off in little flakes. You can get a lot of use out of one bottle, but after a few months the brush tends to fray although trimming with scissors solves the problem nicely. It also has a lovely rose scent.
The bottom line is that when it comes to eye makeup products, these liners are good, but nothing special. They have a high price tag but don’t really perform quite as well as other liners in their price range. However, if you are seeking fun colors and cute packaging, you may very well find them to be worth it. But if you are looking for staying power and a good value, you might want to pass. :)