Last year, I discovered the brand ESQIDO, and then got the opportunity to try their false lashes which were amazing, so I was super excited when they reached out to me to try their new gel pencil eyeliners! The new Esqido Gel Eyeliner pencils are available in 2 neutral colours, brown and black. They retail for $16 USD but are currently on sale for $12 USD. Esqido claims these are the new “holy grail” eyeliners but does it live up to this claim?
First off, I have to comment on the packaging because I love it. It’s very minimal but the rose gold and white detailing makes it so chic. I love that the pencils are twist-able and that it includes a hidden sharpener (how convenient is that?). It also has a little silicon seal so that when you close it, it remains airtight so that it doesn’t dry out which I found to be really neat, and useful!
As for the formulation, it’s not mind blowing, but it is quite nice especially for the value. It’s a little on the dry side, I expected it to be really smooth (like the gel pot eyeliners) but it wasn’t quite as smooth. It does require some gentle pressure to draw a line. As for pigmentation, I thought it was good, the brown was a very natural and not super dark which I liked whereas the black was a true black . These live up to being smudge-proof and waterproof, although I recommend giving it a few minutes to set before touching it or it will smudge. The only thing “lacking” is the fact that the tip isn’t fine even when sharpened so it’s quite hard to draw a fine line. Eyeliner is already a challenge for me, and drawing a line with this is hard since it goes on quite thick right off. I personally like my eyeliner to be very subtle and my cat-eye to be fine so this will be used mostly for tight-lining and lining my bottom lid.
Overall, I think the ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner pencils , while they are not quite my “holy grail”, are definitely worth trying, especially for the introductory price! I will need to brush my eyeliner skills before attempting to use this for a cat eye but for now I will make do with tight-lining.
*Received as free PR samples, review and opinions are mine and unbiased.