When I first saw the Clio Gelpresso eyeliners online, I was very curious about them – their ad visuals on the Clio website were stunning and they looked like a dream come true for pencil-philes. As their name suggests, they are marketed as gel liners in pencil form – creamy, smooth and a cinch to apply.
The colourful range finally arrived at Watsons Singapore some time back, yet each time I was there to look for the liners, the displays were practically wiped out; so popular were they. They then slid to the beauty back-burner but thanks to Clio Singapore, I was able to try a couple at last.
I received 05 Star Purple and 06 Metalic Silver (coincidentally the same hues as the L’Oréal HiP Color Chrome Eyeliners I’d received two years ago ;)). Formulated in Italy but made in China, they are quite different in packaging from the Sleek Eau La La Liners, also made in that same country. Unlike the latter, the Gelpresso liners look more professional: the name of each pencil is printed directly on the barrel and there are no awkward labels or unfinished edges.
They are intensely shimmery and have a reflective foiled look; the silver shinier than the purple which has a lovely smokey undertone.
One striking feature of these pencils is their retractable nature, very unusual in the world of pencil eyeliners.
Despite their retractability, their base conceals a mini-sharpener/shaper to mould the nib – a nice bonus!
Comparable to the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencils, their intensity and buttery glide are quite impressive. Performance-wise, they are fairly waterproof but do note that they aren’t entirely smudgeproof – I could remove these swatches with a dry tissue sheet even after many minutes of letting them set. As such, it is advisable to use them over a primer, if you have oily lids.
I do like their blendability which makes them good cream shadows/shadow bases. I know I want 02 Jade Green!
Here’s Korean star Lee Hyori demonstrating with flair the gel-pencil hybrid formula of these eye liners.
These highly-pigmented eyeliners retail at S$18.90 and are exclusively available at Watsons Singapore.
Image and video source: Clio