I've been hanging out to review this beautiful set for you guys, but wanted to make sure I'd done an eye of the day with each liner for you first! Which took a while with all the Korean eyeliners I've been hoarding lately :D I bought all of Tosowoong Makeon's gel eyeliner pencil sets on Ebay a few months ago; just to be difficult I'm starting off with Season 3 (of 3).
Season 3 has an Egyptian mermaid princess on the cover and all of the colours inside come from the Bronze Spectrum line, which is exactly what it sounds like. All the colours in the line are neutral golds, bronzes, coppers, tans with a few exceptions, one of which you'll see shortly.
The eyeliners come boxed in yellow packaging. I like that there are English translations, it's a nice touch and saves a bit of googling!
A closer look at the pretty artwork.
And now we come to the eyeliners! L-R: #01 Dark Brown, #02 Glam Brown, #03 Deep Bronze, #04 Blonde and #11 Sunshine
And swatches! I love how shimmery they all are. The colour pay off on all of the eyeliners is great - Blonde is the sheerest of the five but even so, it's still very densely packed with sparkle. Speaking of sparkle, the shimmer in this isn't irritating to my eyes and doesn't migrate over the course of the day. The wear time is fantastic, they don't crease or disappear and they survive a trip to the beach.
They are very easy to sharpen, though there can be a little wastage because the product itself is somewhat soft. This softness is handy too though, it stops the eyeliners from skipping or dragging during application, and it means that you can pick up product easily with a liner brush if you'd like a more precise line. They're just, to put it the blunt Kiwi way, pretty bloody fantastic.
The only claim they don't consistently live up to is doubling as an eyeshadow, which Tosowoong demonstrate in their Ebay listings. I find that some shades feel tacky as an eyeshadow (such as Blonde), while others are fine (like Deep Bronze), and the tackier ones crease after 6 hours wear. Some of the shades are also a little harder to apply evenly as an eyeshadow.
I won't repeat myself regarding formula etc below, instead I'll show you a close up of each pencil and a look with each (full posts with further FOTD details will be hyperlinked).
Glam Brown on lower lashline
What I liked:
- Great colour pay off
- Fantastic lasting power
- Some shades work as an eyeshadow too
- Can be smoked or blended out (though you'll need to be quick, they set fast!)
- According to Tosowoong's Ebay listing, these are hypo-allergenic
- Can be picked up cheaply
What I didn't like:
- Not all of the shades double as eyeshadow
Where to buy:
All of the shades in this set are available separately as well as in the set. It's worth checking out the Tosowoong store because they run a lot of auctions at lower prices than their Buy It Nows and it's very easy to pick up a bunch of these very cheaply - often with free shipping too!
Have you tried any Tosowoong eyeliners? What did you think?