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Liquid Eyeliner Woes (Milani vs NYC)

In the other posts titled this way, I really meant that the quest to find the best one was a hassle. In the case of liquid eyeliners it is a literal woe. I ain't a beast on the eyeshadow blending but I could still throw some on and look presentable. But yuh see eyeliner, particularly the brush/felt tip/gel type? Dem does gimme licks.

So this comparison should really be taken with a pinch of salt due to the aforementioned operator retardation.

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner vs. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner vs. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner vs. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner

Milani says: "It’s always great to have options. And with this versatile “extreme” felt tip tool, you can line your lids in three different intensities - thin, medium and heavy – just by switching up the angle you hold it. About the formula: It’s waterproof, non-feathering and glides on smoothly in a single stroke. Available in Blackest Black.
Extreme felt-tip point creates three line styles:
Thin: use the very tip for a slender, extremely thin line. 

Medium: hold pen at a slight angle to create a bolder, thicker line. 

Heavy: hold the pen horizontally and color over the eyelid for an eyeshadow like coverage.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Coco-Glucoside, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Black 2 (CI 77266)".

The tube contains 0.033 fl. oz. or 1 ml. Milani suggests that you "store horizontally for extended product usage". The recommended expiry time is six months after opening. They also say not to share this product with others.

New York Color (NYC) says: "The ultimate mistake-proof application! With NYC’s High Definition Liquid Liner you can forget those messy traditional liquid formulas that require a steady hand. The chic, liquid pen delivers smooth, fast-drying results whether you want a super-thin modern line or a thick, full-blown retro cat-eye flick. And the formula is smudge-proof and long-lasting—up to 10 hours of wear! HIGH GLAM WITH MINIMAL EFFORT. UBER-BLACK PERFECTION IN AN INSTANT!
  • Ultra-fine felt tip liner
  • Rich, intense color. Long wearing
  • Creates precise line from soft to dramatic
  • Safe for use by contact lens wearers
  • Long wearing up to 10 hours
  • Ophthalmologist tested
Key Ingredients:
Highly intense pigments
Duo of film-forming polymers for long wearing properties

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Sodium Laureth- 11 Carboxylate, Sodium Lignosulfonate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Laureth-21, [May contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: D&C Black No. 2 (CI 77266), FD&C Blue No. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C Red No. 40 (CI 16035), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140)].

The tube contains 0.056 oz or 1.6 grams. (1 gram = 1 millilitre). NYC suggests that you discard of the product one year after opening and "always treat applicator with same sanitary care you give your eyes. Reserve it for personal use. Cap tightly after each use. Never apply this product in a moving vehicle".

Major differences

The applicator on the Milani version is soft and flexible whereas the NYC one is firm. From watching numerous YouTube vloggers I've come to realise that applicators make or break eyeliners but it really comes down to personal preference. I found it difficult to obtain a thin line close to my lash line with the NYC applicator; but it was better for creating that "cat-eye flick".

I didn't notice any major difference between the formulas. Milani claims it's 'blackest black' and NYC says 'extra black' but they look similar in a swatch. The swatches removed verily easily with water. So much for Milani's waterproof claim.

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner vs. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner swatches
Freshly applied 
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner vs. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner swatches
After a few minutes

What was different was how each reacted when applied over eyeshadow. The Milani formula shone in this department whereas the NYC applicator skipped and looked dull. It seems as though the more firm felt tip absorbed more of the eyeshadow. I even bought a NYC one for Jodi to try but she later gave it back to me stating, "this isn't black enough".

The Milani packaging features an "easy grip handle" which does make application ergonomically easier. The cap on the NYC packaging 'snaps' more securely in place.

Like the rogue I am, I was storing both of these products vertically...yeah, bad blogger! So I don't know if storing them horizontally, as Milani suggested, would make them appear any more pigmented. Both products cost me $10.

I won't repurchase either of them. That's more because I can't seem to apply liquid eyeliner to just my lash line. Somehow it ends up on my eye lid or wherever else causin nuff frustration. If you've had a better outcome with either of these products be sure to let us know in the comments.

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After the NYC failed to look good over eyeshadow I put the Milani one on top

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