[REVIEW] Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review:

For the most part, I’m more of a mascara person, so I never was one for the whole strong jet black cat eye look as more often than not, it’d obscure the rest of my eye makeup and make my lashes look less prominent. However, I found a compromise for when I did want some eye makeup exaggeration: brown eyeliner.

Less intense, less prone to visually blocking out my naturally black lashes, and definitely more suitable for “soft looks” or standalone wear without coming off “too strong”. And well, since I trust Heroine Make with my mascara needs, I decided, why not give their eyeliner a go, too?

Claims:

“Cool Definition. Exquisite Brown.

Waterproof & smudge proof: Longer lasting than ever before! Sebum, sweat, tears and water resistant. No more worries about smudges or smears, even when you sweat.

Ultra fine brush trip (0.1mm): Gives you total control to create precise lines and perfect flicks; delivers the perfect amount of liner.

Washable with lukewarm water: Waterproof formula yet can be easily removed with lukewarm water. Facial cleansers or Heroine Make Eye Makeup Remover are recommended for tough and hard-to-remove makeup.

Bitter Brown: Powerfully accentuates your eyes for sophisticated look.

Contains serum ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, Collagen, Rosehip extract (wild rose fruit extract), Panthenol.”

Ingredients:

Water, Cl 77491, Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Cl 77499, Ammonium Acrylates/Methyl Styrene/Styrene Copolymer/Cl 77266, Sodium Polyaspartate, Phenoxyethanol, Beheneth-30, Alcohol, Methylparaben, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Propylparaben, Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinoyl Atelocollgen.

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

Volume: 0.4ml

How to use:

1. Before use, shake the product gently with cap on for two or three times.

2. Glide along lash line from liner to outer corner of eye.

3. For more defined look, extend the line along your natural eye curve beyond the outer corner.

My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
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My Eyelid Skin Type: Double eyelids, prone to oiliness, sometimes sensitive

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review:

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

The package for this product is pretty basic for Heroine Make: clear plastic with a piece of cardstock inside for illustration and the description for the product at the back.

As I bought mine locally, there is an English translation for the originally Japanese description, which thankfully, also includes the ingredients list! However, as I’m less nitpicky with non-base makeup ingredients, I won’t be analyzing the list.

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Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

In terms of the actual eyeliner, it’s a pen-type with a (claimed) 0.1mm tip. The colour of the eyeliner packaging is pretty accurate for the shade of brown it actually is when swatched, so that’s cool. To me, it does look more of a traditional deep, warm brown, which I find works nicely on my own warm skin tone.

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

Now, claiming to be waterproof and yet washable with lukewarm water, I admit that it puzzled me quite a bit. It still puzzles me, in fact. So, curiously, I did try to spray a bit of water on the swatches to test out what would happen.

And sure enough, it did rub away the eyeliner quite a bit – notice how the lines seem more “faded” than when freshly swatched. However, it still remains pretty intact and does not “bleed” like some eyeliners are prone to doing. So kudos to that!

On my eyes, though, I do notice that even if I do sweat and suddenly end up crying for some reason, the eyeliner does not come off or run at all. But I do have to note that I’m not the type to rub at my eyes (no premature wrinkles, please!) so there’s that.

And considering I live in a humid, tropical climate and have had my fair share of both eyeliners and mascara running down my face in addition to eyeshadow fading from my oily lids, I’m always amazed at how long this eyeliner stays on until I come back home to remove it.

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

What’s even more amazing though is how easily it comes off with even cleansing water despite all that.

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

But I do have to note that since this is a pen-type, I find that the eyeliner is prone to drying up quicker than other types of eyeliner, and sometimes when I forget to do the cursory shake as instructed, the color does come off weaker than usual.

Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep 02 Bitter Brown Review

In conjunction with this, I find that I can’t really draw on my liner in one go – often having to shake the pen again to continue lining from about a halfway point sometimes. However, it is quite easy to draw with, so it’s not a total issue.

In conclusion, this eyeliner gets a great score of 4/5 for me. With some minor disadvantages, I can’t seem to fault it much to give anything lower than that.

Easy to wash off with even cleansing water but doesn’t come off from sweat and tears (no raccoon eyes, yes!) I really can’t fault it much despite the fading and relatively short lifespan. It is quite pricey for me, though, so I did have to bump it down a tad in the end (originally I had it at 4.5/5).

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But as always, YMMV! I am wondering if there are other waterproof brown eyeliner alternatives though, so if anyone has any recommendations, feel free to let me know!

Where to buy:

Amazon | eBay


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