Did I Wink with Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner?

I haven’t always been an eyeliner girl, and when I started out with eyeliner I went straight to gel. It wasn’t until very recently that I found out how convenient liquid eyeliners can be, and I purchased the much raved-about Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner during my trip home a while ago.

I am not crazy about “cute” things, but the bow tie, lace, and polka dots will probably win this one bonus points for many. The Dolly Wink line is developed in collaboration with the Japanese model Tsubasa Masuwaka, who is feverishly adored in Japan because she’s cute (and has doll eyes)!

The tip of the eyeliner is a fine little brush that many find easy to use. However, it is my main gripe with it. It is soft and fine, but it feels a bit too floppy. I seldom have problems with the felt-tip type going into my eyes, but with this one I get some liner in them every so often. It doesn’t sting, but still I’d be happy to do without!

Formula-wise the liner has to be shaken before use. The first time I got it I had no idea, but I quickly realized there was a problem since the line was very feeble and not at all opaque. Once I knew how to go about it, the formula itself is pretty decent. It has never smudged on me, and it can be easily removed with Bioderma (as opposed to the kinds that you don’t have to shake). It is not as intense as Eyeko or Estee Lauder ones, so on the eyes it takes some building up!

Bottom line: I can see why this one is popular. The tiny little tip allows some precision work, but I personally prefer something that’s more rigid and easier to control. The formula is easy to remove which is a bonus, but I could also use some more opacity! These kinds of preferences are very personal though, and since this is a reasonably-priced drugstore product, I would still encourage you to try! I know many fans myself!

Have you tried anything from Dolly Wink? If so what is your experience with their products? What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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37 responses

  1. I’ve been meaning to try a new felt-tip liquid liner. I rarely ever touch liquid liner, but I’ve been thinking it would be nice to get another one and have a play. This one looks great! I wish it were more readily available here though–I’ve heard so much about it!

    • Liquid eyeliners can be surprisingly easier to use, so make sure you try one out! I heard you can find this one in Japan town shops and so on. Hope it helps πŸ™‚

  2. I tried Dollywink but at the end of the day it smudged on my oily and teary eyes. But for its price, it does do it’s job on non oily lids. I find the Stila water proof liquid eye liner better.

    • Ahh I do think this formula might be a little less tenacious than its counterparts that have to be removed with a bi-phase remover or cleansing oil, but luckily it doesn’t smudge on me!

  3. Sunny, have you ever heard of or used the other brand “24 hour tattoo”? If so, how does it compare? Personally, I’m a huge fan of felt tip liquid eyeliners, as I find it oh so easy to apply.

    • Hey I know what you’re talking about, but I haven’t got to try it! Personally I think if an eyeliner has a tip that you know how to work with and formula that doesn’t smudge/fade on you, it’s good to go!

  4. I really like the pencil liner, it’s a great product that’s easy to take off and is well pigmented. Liquid liners are a hard product, though.. Especially the pencil type ones. I did not know some of them have to be shaken! Maybe thats why I had this one pencil liner that didn’t quite do it for me while I read great reviews..

    • Yeah Isabelle I think it might be what went wrong! I have thrown the package away so I don’t know if it states “shake before use,” but I’m glad I accidentally felt the ball(s) moving in the pen when I was wondering what to do with this one!

  5. Hmm, this one has always been interesting but I never really could do liquid liner very well. Maybe one day I’ll pick one up from the Asian grocery store and give it a try! I also think those new ones that make the 3 dots are interesting… And I do like LancΓ΄me artliner!

  6. It’s still my absolute favourite liner, if you see me wearing liner, it’s always this one! But yeah I can see how some people prefer something more ‘less floppy’, lol!

  7. I’m still new to anything except pencil eyeliner haha But I’ve been wanting to try this eyeliner because I keep seeing positive reviews on it : ) Love the last pic; looks like it’s easy to draw with!

  8. I always see this in asian stores or when I go back to HK! I had a kat von d liner with that kinda brush, but I still find it hard to manipulate. I prefer felt lip eyeliners! I used Lancome artliner before, I got it when there was a GWP going on. But since I’m too poor to replace it, I’ve been using L’Oreal Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Carbon Black!

  9. Hi Sunny, I haven’t tried Dolly wink, but I’d recognize the girl on the packaging (with the bow) anywhere! I know what you mean about precision tip liners. Sometimes you just want a quick easy swipe to get the job done!

    • Hey Dovey, you’re right! I think it’s that and also I tend to do a much thicker line, and not having to go back to the line too many times with a fine tip is just easier for me!

  10. i keep seeing a post about this product!
    funny enough, i don’t have any black liquid eyeliner but this would be it if i ever get one. lol.
    love your calligraphy! πŸ™‚

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