I’ve always been fascinated with eyeliners. Change your eye shape? Make your lashes appear fuller? Emphasize your eyes? Eyeliner can obviously do all that! I’ve been using eyeliners since I was in 2nd year high school and it really amazes me how the cosmetic industry keeps coming up with new lines to urge the beauty-loving people like ourselves buy more. What amazes me even more is how local brands nowadays are able to produce eyeliners that are at par with the foreign brands but a lot cheaper! Take this Kohl Eyeliner Pencil from San San, a local cosmetic brand, for example.
If you’re like me, the first question in your mind right now would be “what’s the difference between kohl liners and regular liner?”. I had the same question in mind when I started writing this post. πŸ™‚ So I did a bit of a research and a couple of experiments using my regular liners at home. As it turns out, it was believed that wearing Kohl (made from grinding lead sulfite) would protect the eyes from the harsh sun rays and prevent villagers from being cursed by bad spirits or as they call it decades ago, evil eyes.

But now, these kohl liners are modernized to help gals like us in create the ever-so famous sultry look. Kohl eyeliners today contain more oil-like ingredients (exact ingredient may vary from one product to another) to make them creamier than usual with the goal of making it easier to smudge for the perfect smoldering look.
From the photos above, you’ll see that these San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencils come in a simple, light blue pencil-like (well duh!) packaging that has the brand name and other labels around it. On one end is the pencil tip that’s covered with a transparent cap while on the other end is the black smudge tool made out of sturdy sponge. I personally don’t like the smudge tool. I just find it a bit too rough and scratchy on the skin. I prefer using my clean finger in blending cream-type products anyway. Covering that sponge is an opaque cap with the corresponding color/shade for better storage, for me at least. I keep my pencils pointing downward and its packaging really is a huge time-saver. πŸ™‚
The tips of the pencils are hard and doesn’t easily break. But at the same time, they do not tug the skin as they are very creamy and soft when applied – more in the case of the blue one than the other two. All three shades are decently pigmented – again, the blue one is about twice or thrice as pigmented as the other two so I don’t really feel the need to go back and forth with the pencil to create a decent line. Although on very rare occasions when I feel like creating a thick strong line to make my eyes pop, a couple of passes would help.
Like I said, theses San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencils are indeed very creamy.. thus making them relatively easy to smudge especially when you have a habit of rubbing your eyes like me. But then again, these are kohl liners. Meaning, they’re meant – in a way – to be creamy and not smudge-proof, right? They can be disappointing when used to create winged lines but when used correctly, they can do wonders. Now that I think of it, these San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencils are multi-purpose actually.
TIPS & TRICKS: (1) Because of their creamy consistency, it’s better if they’re used in tight lining the upper lash line for it glides on smoothly without tugging or feeling scratchy on the skin. Also, by using it there, there’s no place for it so smudge or smear. (2) This is rather basic but if you plan to use it in tight lining the eyes, do make sure that the tip is dull to avoid poking the eyes. (3) If you want to emphasis your eyes without it looking overly done, you can apply a thin line close to your lash line and lightly smudge it towards your crease (using the sponge tip or your clean fingers). (4) In the case of the blue San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencil, it can be used as a base for any blue eye makeup – to make it last longer. (5) For a quick daytime look, use the brown San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencil to subtly give depth to your crease by applying and smudging it on the hollow part of the lids.
Now for their staying power. I tried using the blue one as a base (topped with loose eyeshadow) and as an eyeshadow (by smudging it with my clean ring finger and then letting it dry on its own). For the former, it was able to stay put for a good 4-5 hours provided that it was properly primed and set with a good eyeshadow. However, when used alone, it wasn’t able to withstand tremendous sweating and rubbing. Most parts came off in just 2 hours after I applied it. πŸ™

To test the black and brown eyeliners, I used them in tight lining the waterline. In both cases, they remained budge-proof for 3-4 hours before they completely faded. They are not as creamy as the expensive Urban Decay 24/7 liner I usually use which makes them harder to apply in comparison with the UD liner – they are still creamy nonetheless. One advantage of the Php105-worth San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencil over the Urban Decay 24/7 liner valued at USD 19 (Php 800+) is that the former is super easy to remove without causing raccoon eyes! Well, not to mention it’s insanely affordable.

This goes without saying but San San Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Blue is my absolute favorite. I love the metallic blue color and pretty much everything about it. As for the other two, a little more color pay off couldn’t hurt. Overall, they’re all worth trying out. San San offers, yet again, another quality product at a very affordable price. πŸ™‚
Price: Php 105, I think.
Available at: HBC Branches
What do you think of this new cheap find of mine?
Let me know and I’ll see you on my next post!