Tony Moly inked cushion gel liner review

Tony Moly inked cushion gel liner reviewBack in the 6th edition of the “what’s new in K-beauty”, I covered the Tony Moly inked cushion gel liner and was super excited to get my hands on these to review.  That was back in the beginning of the year and unfortunately, I kind of forgot I had these because, well they just aren’t that great.  Let’s be real.  Fast forward to my 11th volume of the series, Tony Moly has a newer version of these liners but they aren’t cushions.  They are actual gel liners which you have to use a brush to apply, but I’m guessing it is going to be a million times better then what I’m going to be reviewing today.  So let’s see how horrible these are together shall we?

Full name of product:
Tony Moly inked cushion gel liner

Limited edition/ Permanent?:
Permanent but it seems like it is either out of stock in Korea or it may be discontinued.

Description of product:
“Formulated to go on intense like ink and glide on light as a feather, our liquid gel-type cushion liner never skips, clumps, or drags, helping you achieve the perfect winged look. The cushion pot helps control the amount of product that is picked up and the built-in brush is designed to work perfectly with the formula so you always get an intense payoff with precision and ease.”

9,720 won

Amount of product:
2 g

Duration before expiration:
1 year

Country of Manufacture:
Made in Korea

Where to buy:

Shades available:

01 | Black: Water Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer Butylene Glycol Black 2 (CI 77266) Pentylene Glycol Polymethylsilsesquioxane Beheneth-30 Polysorbate 80 Phenoxyethanol 1,2-Hexanediol Potassium Sorbate Xanthan Gum C11-15 Pareth-7 Caprylyl Glycol Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate Tetrasodium EDTA Disodium EDTA Silica Ethylhexylglycerin Aminomethyl Propanol Althaea Rosea Flower Extract

02 | Brown: Water Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer Butylene Glycol Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491) Black 2 (CI 77266) Red 7 (CI 15850:1) Pentylene Glycol Polysorbate 80 1,2-Hexanediol Phenoxyethanol Sodium Polyacrylate Steareth-20 Xanthan Gum Laureth-21 Aluminum Hydroxide Ammonium Polyacrylate Ceteth-40 PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil C11-15 Pareth-7 Caprylyl Glycol Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate Tetrasodium EDTA Polysorbate 60 Citric Acid Disodium EDTA Potassium Sorbate Ethylhexylglycerin Sodium Dehydroacetate Althaea Rosea Flower Extract

How to use:
1) Dip the attached brush into the cushion formula and make sure the brush is evenly coated.
2) Take the brush close to the lash line and use the precise pointed tip to draw your desired look.

Tony Moly cushion linerPackaging:
Packaging was definitely the selling point of this product.  I’ll give it to Tony Moly that they have some of the cutest packaging out in the market, but that’s about it.  They’ve gone through a lot of cute animals to fruit, but I’ve never seen the quill pen being used as a theme.  That with the combo of a cushion is killer for me, which is why I got my hands on it through Jolse.

If you pull off the feather, it is actually a brush which you can use to apply the eyeliner.  The base is the cushion itself soaked with the liquid gel eyeliner.

The brush in my opinion has too many bristles to be able to get a precise application.  If it was skinnier and also denser, it would have been workable.  This is definitely not a brush I use to apply liquid eyeliner, I’d opt for a rounded brush with a fine tip or even a angled brush.  This would be a good lip brush though!  This brush also soaks up too much product making application a pain in the ass.

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Color/ Pigmentation:
Now I believe there is suppose to be five shades but on the Tony Moly US site, there seems to be only three shades.  I personally only picked the two basic shades, black and brown.  These days, I use brown a whole lot more then black, so I was excited to get these in hopes it would work out.

Now the pigmentation of this product was not what I was expecting.  I’m used to liquid liners such as Kat Von D, Stila, Physician’s formula, Clio and such… so I was expecting carbon black liners.  Something with really nice pigmentation.  This was quite a let down to say the least.  Firstly they aren’t liquidy enough, they are too sheer and they are also streaky.  All of the things that I don’t want in a liquid eyeliner, especially when liner is the last and final touch to my eye make up.  It just ruins everything!!!

Texture/ Finish:
From their product description, they state these “never skip, clump or drag”.  Lies….  They skip like no other, they clump up because of the dry texture and drags like how I’m about to drag this eyeliner to hell.  Gel liners sounds like a good idea, but gel liners itself is already quite drying.  I’ve even tried the super famous Bobbi Brown gel liner and that didn’t impress me either.  The best gel liner I’ve ever tried was from a Japanese brand called Kate.  Now that stuff is amazing.  These eyeliners from Tony Moly has a matte finish and also doesn’t budge, but it’s also a bitch to remove.  I don’t know, there’s just nothing about this eyeliner that I find that spectacular and it isn’t pigmented enough.  These are not worth your time.

I remember the first time when I received these, they applied nicely.  But after having them for a month, they already dried out.  I’m guessing because it dried out, that’s maybe why application is so horrible to work with. But really, there is no excuse.  On top of that, why wouldn’t you just get their best selling potted gel liners instead.  They are affordable, pigmented and applies like a dream.

Lasting power:
I never stepped out of the house with this eyeliner since the application was horrible.  It was like playing with kid’s make up.  So no comment on this section.

No fragrance detected.

-cute packaging?

-dry, doesn’t apply on well
-not pigmented enough

Hell no.  In fact I can see this product being discontinued because it is so horribly designed.

Stars given out of 5:

Overall thoughts:
It’s been a while since I’ve given a product only two stars.  This product seriously is just no.  Gimmicky, brush isn’t well thought out, pigmentation is shit and application is a pain in the ass.  I’m honestly really unimpressed and got nothing else to say other then save your money and get their regular potted gel eyeliners.  If you really want the cute packaging, I know they came out with a potted gel liner with the same quill pen theme so maybe look into getting that instead.

Product provided by Jolse.

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