11 Aug 2014

Battle of the Liquid Liners

Welcome to another week here on the blawwggg love bugs!

Today, as promised, I'm gonna be putting 'Schwing' liquid liner from The Balm to the ultimate test - yup, that means I'll be comparing it to my holy grail liner... Rimmel London's Exaggerate Liner.
(Dun, dun, duuunnnnn!!)

If you've been following this blog for awhile then you're already well aware that I've been repurchasing Rimmel's Exaggerate Liner for-ever, so it's really saying something if I'm impressed by something else - enter my new baby, 'Schwing'.

The Pen...
The first thing that caught my eye about 'Schwing' Liquid Liner was it's felt tip nib. I clearly lead an exciting life when I get excited about the type of nib an eyeliner has. Haha. In all seriousness though, a lot of makeup brands seem to have missed the partaaay with felt tips - do they not know how EASY it makes applying liquid liner, it's fool proof. For years Rimmel's Exaggerate Liner was the only one that I could find - then Schwing came into my life and everything changed. Again.. I'm quite sad. Haha. I'm sure you can see from the pictures that 'Schwing's' nib is slightly more slender which makes achieving that super slick feline flick a tiny bit easier, but I can't say that it's much more difficult to achieve with Rimmel's liner.

In the pen area, The Balm have really stepped up to the plate.

The Formula...
In terms of the texture or finish of the liner itself, I can't find much of a difference between the two. Each are matte black and dry super quickly. They're both quite thin and not gloopy. One stand out feature of Schwing? It's a lot longer lasting - believe me, that stuff's not budging and not in the annoying way that Benefit's They're Real Liner won't budge, but in the way that it won't be running down your face if your eyes start to water.

Again, in terms of it's formula, the Balm were stepping in the right direction!

Honestly, over the past week or two since 'Schwing' was added to my makeup collection, I've found myself reaching for it a lot quicker than my Rimmel Liner both for my own makeup and when I'm applying makeup to other people.

There is about 4 euro cost difference between the two liners with Rimmel coming in on the cheaper end - but that doesn't phase me much as they are both still quite inexpensive.

'Schwing' from the Balm is the first liner ever to meet my ridiculously high expectations for a liner. I never thought I'd find something as good as Rimmel's Exaggerate (I sound like I'm talking about a boy. Haha) but 'Schwing' definitely gives it a good run for it's money!

You need to try this stuff out if you're a fan of a good winged liner!

Have you tried either of these liners?
What's your go to liquid liner?

XO, G.

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