anibee Beauty Feature: Eye Make Up Review

When I was given two different Japanese brands of eye make-up, I was at a bit of a lost. To be honest, I'm more of an American brands type of person when it comes to make up so this will be my first time trying out a Japanese brand. I'm aware that Japanese brands have been all the rage lately, so please try not to make fun of me too much for being so outdated!

So here I am with my first try of Japanese brands makeup. They are Shisedo Integrate Eyeliner and Dolly Wink Volume Mascara.

Shisedo Intergrate Eyeliner
Shisedo Integrate Eyeliner

Dolly Wink Volume Mascara
Dolly Wink Volume Mascara

Before that, I've been avoiding to read any reviews of these two products so that I will be able to give a more genuine, personal opinion.

So let's first start off with the Shisedo Integrate Eyeliner. I can't live without my eyeliner so for an eyeliner to really win me over, it needs to fulfill several requirements - a true black colour, easy to apply, good staying power and lastly it has to not smudge too much when my eyelids become oily or wet with sweat or tears. Printed on the eyeliner’s case is the catch-phrase, "Show those Cat-Like Eyes" and I was filled with hope that this means it has a fine tip which will allow me to draw my eyes the shape I want it to be!

"Show those cat-like eyes" is labeled on Shisedo's Integrate Eyeliner

Upon opening the cap, I'm really delighted to see that it's really a fine tip brush! That explains the line labeled on the eyeliner.

Look at how fine the tip is!

Upon the first application, I was already impressed by how soft and smooth the tip of the eyeliner was. It's really easy to apply! Just the first application and it's already very black so that means no repeat application like some other brands of eyeliner in order to achieve a rich colour. Did I mention how fast it dries up too?! No more wasting time closing your eyes while waiting for your eyeliner to dry!

At the end of the day, the eyeliner is still clearly visible on my eyelids and the colour is still strong but on my lower eyelids there’s a line of smudged eyeliner

As I normally prefer to draw a thicker line to make my eyes look less tired, with fine brush tip eyeliner, I will have to apply it the second time to "draw" out the shape of my eyes that I want it to be. As I've been applying eyeliner for years, it is an easy task to do it especially so when the eyeliner glides on effortlessly across my eyelids. However, if you are a newbie when it comes to eyeliners, Shisedo Integrate is highly recommended as I'm sure with all the amazing qualities already packed in this pen, all it takes is a few tries and you'll be able to get it right!

After wearing the eyeliner for a whole day, the colour still stays on really strong and did not fade at all! The tiny gripe I had with it was that as I have oily eyelids, at the end of the day, I had a line of smudged eyeliner under my lower eyelids. That isn't too much of a big problem as I can just easily wipe it away. And the best part is that normally eyeliners with such strong staying power and colour would be a bit hard to remove it but you will not have such a problem with Shisedo Integrate Eyeliner!

Next up, moving on to the Dolly Wink Volume Mascara which is produced by Tsubasa Masuwaka who is apparently a model in Japan. I'm not really a fan of such cutesy packaging so actually I don't quite like the look of it. But I guess most importantly is how good the product is.

Dolly Wink Volume Mascara

My use of mascara is mostly limited to weekends where I have more time and patience to apply it so I can't claim to be really good at it. From what I've learned from other friends, to get better results, it's best to curl your eye lashes first before applying mascara.

Unfortunately I do not have one at home so I can't really put it to test myself. After applying, I realised that Dolly Wink's Volume Mascara does not really clump up my lashes like what my previous mascara did, and it dried up really quickly too!

First application of Dolly Wink's Volume Mascara. Pardon my slightly crossed eye for staring too closely at the camera.

It was pretty easy to apply even for a beginner like me and two coats was all it took and I'm satisfied with it. Although it does not really add much volume to my lashes like how it's supposed to be, but for an affordable price, this is pretty good already in my opinion. It's waterproof so it's great for the unpredictable weather we are currently having now.

Second layer of mascara where my eyelashes has significantly more volume and length

It's also pretty easy to remove with an oil based makeup remover so you don't have to rub too hard on your eye lashes, which is a bad habit as it will cause wrinkles in future!

After the trial of these two products, I think I've become more open to trying out other Japanese brands makeup and if I do find anything worthy to introduce, you guys will be the first to know!

- Chermont