Beauty Review: Clio Sharp So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner in Black

I’m a very big fan of Clio’s eyeliners – I’ve purchased many different types before and whenever there’s a new one from the brand, I will almost always hunt it down, especially the pencil type. I found the CLIO Sharp So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner in Watsons two months ago when I was in Singapore and quickly grabbed it.

The main highlight of this eyeliner is that it is super slim with a 2mm tip, and it is visibly slimmer than most of the pencils I own. In the picture below, I have it side by side with the Clio Kill Black Waterproof Pencil Liner – you can see the difference in thickness between the tips of the two pencils. The Kill Black pencil looks about 70% thicker.

It’s supposed to be resistant against water, sweat and oil. This comes in 2 shades – black and brown. I think the packaging is really nice – sleek and looks aesthetically pleasing. It’s a twist up or automatic pencil, which is my preferred type of pencils and really convenient to travel with because I don’t ever remember to bring sharpeners on trips. There’s 0.14g of product in the tube; I didn’t try to twist it all the way out to check the length because I’ve had problems with automatic eyeliners not twisting back into the tube after doing so.

In terms of application, this pencil glides super smoothly over the eyelid without tugging. It’s a gel eyeliner, so it’s super soft and buttery and really easy to draw a thin line. The pigmentation is really good – just one stroke for a fully black line. I find this to be a little softer compared to the Kill Black pencil. However, because of how soft it is and the super fine tip, it also breaks off easily. I have to make sure that I don’t twist up and expose more than 2mm or it will break off, and I can’t apply too much pressure or it will be mushed up.

This liner lasts pretty well on the eyelids, but started to shift and smear a little under the eyes after a few hours. I think the staying power is still not so bad as compared to other brands, but it doesn’t hold up to Clio’s other eyeliners. I don’t draw on my waterline so I don’t know how well this will hold there, but I have a suspicion that it won’t do as well as it’s a gel and softer than other pencils.

I got this at SGD17.90 and it’s pretty in line with the price range of most drugstore eyeliners. I do like how smooth it glides on, but it’s annoying having it break off all the time when I’m not careful with how much I twist up. I also find that Clio’s Kill Black version lasts a lot longer on me without smearing. I don’t think I will repurchase – the concept of a very thin eyeliner is cool but I don’t think it’s executed very well in this case.

3 thoughts

  1. I have this eyeliner as well and have been using it a while. I pretty much feel the same way you do! šŸ™‚ I love how soft and thin it is, but it doesn’t definitely smear a little for me in the outer corners. I think you’ve just made me curious to try some of the Kill Black liners. Lovely review! šŸ™‚


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