Buro. Beauty Club: We review Milani The Tank Eyeliner on its waterproof, smudge-proof, and long-lasting capabilities
Perfection is a state deemed unattainable by most, particularly within the beauty industry where unceasing advancements in technology and breakthroughs are more prevalent than most. After all, it seems improbable to claim an offering faultless when everything is constantly being improved upon — unless, of course, you're Milani. The brand displays unshakeable confidence in their latest eyeliner offering; a waterproof, budge-proof, and long-lasting liquid pen that glides on like a dream. We like what we're hearing, but does it only tick the right boxes on paper? Four panelists band together to investigate.
Product: Milani The Tank Eyeliner
Shade range: 1
Uses: A waterproof, pigment-packed liner that goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or smearing. It is also said to last through the relentless heat and humidity for up to 24 hours.
Emily Heng, Beauty Editor
As a fastidious liquid liner user, I've been burned one too many times by shoddy goods that claim to be long-wear — only to witness them wheeze a slow, streaky death by the end of the third hour. Milani's The Tank Eyeliner, I'm pleased to report, mostly lived up to its resilient namesake, clinging on throughout my work day. Beginners, however, will be hard-pressed to achieve a smooth, sleek line thanks to its stiff applicator. It chafed against the delicate skin of my lids and began to flake when I tried to go over it in a bid to perfect my wing. The solution: pull your lid taut, hold it in place with your finger, then fill it in. It's not a deal breaker, though I'll probably hesitate to pick this up if I needed to fill in 'em flicks quickly.
Janice Sim, Associate Lifestyle Editor
The perils of having oily lids are only amplified if you're wearing the wrong liner. In the past, I've had breakthroughs with Majolica Marjorca and serious, embarrassing downfalls with Eyeko — despite raving reviews online. In the case of Milani, one can nitpick on its brush applicator, which feels a tad bit too coarse on the lids as you swipe down. Also, if you aren't used to drawing a perfect line, it might take a couple of attempts to get your cat-eye slick and flawless — simply because of the wayward brush hairs that amounted to a thicker applicator. But one thing that hits home is the liner's ability to stay — despite a full day out in our city's unforgiving climate. That's a safe win in my books.
Vanessa Caitlin, Group Digital Creative Producer
I'm not a huge "makeup person". It's not that I don't like makeup, but I've just never had the chance to get to know it well. The only thing I know — and when I say I know, trust me, I know — is eyeliner. Eyeliner has been not-so-carefully drawn on my face since I was 15. I've tried everything from waterproof, to pencil, to gel, to pencil gel (yeah, I was confused when I heard about this too). I have my go-to now, but it was a long and tedious process of finding "the one".
All eyeliners claim the same things. Waterproof, smudge-proof, the list goes on. At this point, I'm no longer surprised or disappointed when it doesn't live up to its promises. Unfortunately, that was somewhat the case with Milani's The Tank Eyeliner. I tested this out right after I applied moisturiser on my face, and here's what I found. Pros: it is pretty easy to use. The tip is fairly soft, making it easy to draw my signature cat eye flick. Cons: it doesn't have a high shine finish as it claims; not highly pigmented (I had to draw over quite a few times to get an opaque line); and it smudged on my lids throughout the day. All in all, if you're staying indoors on Zoom meetings the whole day, it'll do.
Fiona Bennet, Makeup Artist
There is nothing — and I mean absolutely nothing — more satisfying than a nice, crisp wing. The best way to achieve this is with a liquid eyeliner. Not a gel pot or pencil, mind. Liquid all the way! My usual favourites include the Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid and the KVD Tattoo Liner, but I was pretty excited to hear about a newcomer to the scene at a fraction of the price. My first impression of Milani's The Tank Eyeliner was that it had a really good grip, and was easy to handle.
The next thing I noticed was that it was super pigmented, and has amazing staying power. It's incredibly hard to scrub off compared to other eyeliners, which I find to be a good thing. A fine, sharp tip makes drawing a sleek wing that much easier, too — though I did find that it a little scratchy. It doesn't bend and curve to the shape of the eye, so I had to go over the lines a few times to get a flawless finish. But hey, you win some, you lose some, right?
It seems that its staying power is largely dependent on how oily your lids are — still, as most of the reviews indicate, Milani's The Tank Eyeliner does mostly outlast Singapore's relentless heat and humidity. Makeup newbies should bear in mind that its applicator can be a tad tricky to wield, though, and that practice is required to score a precise wing. All in all, it depends on what you prioritise in a liner. Should affordability and longevity be at the top of the list, this gal is the one for you.
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