Monday, 24 January 2011

GOSH: Velvet Touch Eye Liner Review


It's funny when I think about it. For many years, I never owned a single eyeliner. Not pencil, not liquid, never even heard of gel!

So, isn't it weird that I now have these to show you?!


These are all from GOSH. The first GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner that I bought about a year ago was in the shade Metallic Brass and I remember being very taken by the gorgeous, unusual colour. Other colours gradually followed as there were often enticing deals to be had at Kruidvat. That's the Dutch drugstore chain that stocks GOSH Cosmetics products.

For the longest time, I never had any plans to write a review on these eye liner pencils. It seemed to me that GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liners have been featured and swatched to death on the internet. In fact, my measly lot of eight here is nothing compared to what some others have. I've however had a change of mind recently when I realised that I was using these pencils more and more in the eye looks that I feature here. So, I suppose it would make sense to share my quick thoughts on these pencils.

The Basics
GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liners are available in twenty-odd shades, which is a mind-boggling range to choose from. Price: €6,49 each, 1.2g / 0.04 oz US.

According to GOSH
• Extremely waterproof and durable
• Fantastic colour pigmentation
• Contains vitamin E and jojoba oil
• Contains no perfume

In order to protect the pencil from drying out it is most important to put the cap on the pencil again after use.

Ingredients


My Thoughts
Texture
These pencils are creamy and quite soft, allowing for easy application. There is a little dragging, but nothing too annoying. Because of the softness, one has to be careful not to press too hard especially if the tip is sharp. It might break at the tip.

Durability
Before it dries on the skin, you can still smudge it a bit, but do it quick. Once dried, it stays put. Personally, I find using the finger to smudge to be easier than using a brush or a sponge-tip applicator. I love it that it is waterproof. It doesn't fade or smudge. It resists creasing for a reasonable period of time - in my case, I see the first signs of minor creasing in the inner corner after six to seven hours. That's good enough for me.

Tightline
I do use it to tightline. I may have used it once for my waterline, but my eyes didn't like it that much.

Swatches
These Velvet Touch Eye Liners are very pigmented, but I can comment on only the dark/dark-ish shades that I have.


Pencil Shavings
My friend, Gail of ooglemakeup, loves this eyeliner pencil too. If my memory serves me correctly, I think I had chosen Metallic Brass in my first ever GOSH purchase based on Gail's recommendation in one of her Youtube videos a long time ago. I believe it was also Gail from whom I got the tip about picking up the colour from the pencil shavings, to be used on the eye. Waste not, right?

I thought I'd demonstrate how much you'd waste from throwing away the shavings. Shown on the right is what you'd get from one round of sharpening. I smudged out the shaving of Black Ink with my finger and I got this one-inch-diameter patch of intense colour. That's not bad at all!
A note however: If you haven't used your pencil for a long time and you're now sharpening it, it's best to throw the shavings away. They say, the best way to sanitise your eyeliner pencil is by sharpening it.

Removal
Obviously, as it's waterproof, you'd need to use an oil-based eye makeup remover to wash it off.

Conclusion
These eyeliner pencils are close to perfect. They would be perfect if they resisted creasing for several more hours. They're reasonably priced for the quality you're getting (get them when they are on offer). I love the amazing range of colours available. Metallic Brass and Funky Violet are my personal favourites.

This is the simple eye look that I wore yesterday. Only two products were used: GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in Black Ink (a matte black) and GOSH Wonder Volume Mascara. I suppose this look would work best for Oriental eyelids.

I will feature more eye looks later using these eyeliner pencils, with more detailed description of the individual colours.


See Metallic Brass in a previous look: Rituals: Another Eye Look With Double Jade
More information: GOSH Cosmetics website

12 comments:

London's-beauty said...

I've got this in black :) It's really good, but I'm not too sure about whether it's waterproof because it does run down my eye a little bit. It's maybe because my skin is pretty oily. I think that the pencil shavings is a good idea to show to your readers, it's pretty interesting as I didn't think that it'd waste so much. It could do another look lol! :) This is good review, thanks :) I might get other colours.

Get Gawjus! said...

love the review! I think am gona get my self some of these now :)
x

Anonymous said...

Fab review!:) I always love your detailed information.

Thanks "KTEE"xx

Michelle said...

I wish we had those here! :( But it's amazing! I've never heard of a pencil liner that lasts that long!! :D

Amina said...

i have a couple of these but seen as there are 20 shades im sure ill find loads more ill love ty for review x

DalaLuz said...

I do enjoy the wide range of colors!

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Witoxicity said...

@London's-beauty
Thank you. Hmm, I myself have found them to be waterproof. Perhaps you could try it in another colour and see how that one works out. :)

@Get Gawjus!
Thanks, Shifa. :)

@KTee
Thank you very much, KTee. The pleasure's all mine, really. :)

@Michelle
Yeah, these pencils are great. I hope you can find something similar where you are (and I'm sure there are!) :)

@Amina
You're most welcome, Amina. I think I too will get a couple more shades the next time there's a deal. Heh heh!

@DalaLuz
Yes, the colours are awesome. I need more! :D

@Paulina
That's so thoughtful of you, Paulina! I've actually done a similar random facts tag twice before. If you have the time, please check them out through the label on the sidebar. Thank you soooo much for thinking of me, my dear. :)

DinaXYYan said...

Thank you for the review and swatches! The liners look really smooth~

Witoxicity said...

@Dina
My pleasure, Dina. :)

PolishSis said...

I absolutely adore these pencils from Gosh and own them in every color I like. Today I'm wearing the blue Sky High, but my (almost) everyday pencil is the Metallic Brass. It's perfection and I never ever look like a racoon at the end of the day. Hope you are enjoying all you new pencils!!! XXXX

Witoxicity said...

@PolishSis
Oh, so good to read that Metallic Brass is your go-to liner! It has to be the coolest and most wearable eyeliner shade I've ever come across (that's not black or brown). I've got back-ups for this. :D

I haven't tried the very promising Sky High on my eyes yet. It's my newest addition. All the rest were acquired over the months last year. Anyway, you must have rocked the look yesterday! :)