Today I have something that is brought to you in part by me and in part by my boyfriend who helped me bring this post to you. You might be wondering how that works exactly given the rather bizarre makeover he gave me last year, well by making some really misguided selections in Daiso in the hopes that he’d be able to locate the charcoal blackhead mask but instead had to settle for a pair of surprisingly decent lashes and some eyeliner – which is a little surprising considering his eyeliner far outranked mine in terms of pretty much every category aside from packaging. While I’m rambling I think it’s worth mentioning a couple of changes I’ve made around the site: I’m currently working on a few masterlists where I’m looking to create a fairly definitive ranking of all the products of any given type that I’ve tried and had some moderate success with. The first of those should be visible in my home menu above and if you’re interested check it out, I’ve now ranked six liquid lipsticks, and will be working on ranking the remainder of the brands I’ve tried in the coming weeks and providing links and swatches, with a numerical ranking on these eventually.
With that aside, let’s get into these reviews. I’m sure many of you know the drill with Daiso, depending on where you live there’s a set price for everything in the store, in the US I believe it’s a little over a dollar, in Australia it’s $2.80 which is still considerably more affordable than a lot of store offering comparable products. It also meant that I got all of these products for less than $15 which is just an added bonus considering there was one that I absolutely hated and just tossed, because I wouldn’t wish a bad eyeliner on my worst enemy. So, here is what we picked up when we were in Melbourne this week, Hamish’s selections have been marked with an asterisk and I’ve got to hand it to him, despite the fact we could hardly read anything on the packaging and what we could read could be a little confusing, he’s made some choices that will be staying in my makeup bag.
- Gel Eyeliner in Lame Black
- Flat Eyebrow Pencil in Brown*
- Impact Eyelashes No. b 01*
- Eyelashes No. d 09
- Princess Liquid Eyeliner in Black*
What I Loved:
The Flat Eyebrow Pencil in Brown – I think the first thing I have to say is don’t be led astray by the strangely red drawing on the packaging, this isn’t a red product, it’s definitely just the right shade of brown for my eyebrows it’s just packaged a little strangely. It also isn’t as thick as they seem to be suggesting it will be. It’s creamy and pigmented and it comes with one seriously good spoolie on the other end so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a more affordable, travel friendly eyebrow pencil. It’s also really nicely shaped and the packaging seems pretty damn solid.
Princess Liquid Eyeliner in Black – I had my doubts about a package that had the words princess liner in a weird, holographic font on the front of the very small package. But it’s got those same features that I associate with some of my other favourite super cheap liners like the Boe Liquid Eyeliner – it’s got a fairly rigid felt tip and it’s dark and super pigmented. It also dries down incredibly fast and once it’s dried, it’s going to be there come any weather situation you might find yourself experiencing.
The Eyelashes – You know they’re making a killing on lashes when they have a lash aisle, or at least a majority of an aisle. These are no exception. Hamish picked the more glam set and I picked up a fairly daily glam style of lash. The bands are thin and are easily applied to the eyes. I think I’ve talked about these previously and if I haven’t well I should have because I literally have bought dozens of these lashes, or at least similar ones and they’ve never failed me.
What I Hated:
The Gel Eyeliner in Lame(?) Black – I don’t know why the colour is called lame black, but it’s certainly not a good product. Don’t get me wrong, if it was good I’d probably never stop raving about a gel eyeliner that came with a brush and in such adorable packaging but it was dry, the brush was fifty shades of awful and well, it went straight in the bin despite the packaging. There was just nothing I could do with it. I tried using it with a little Fix+ and it was just beyond gone. I think this is definitely one worth giving a miss.
Overall, if you’re looking for a really interesting shopping experience Daiso is definitely worth checking out, they have seemingly everything from cosmetics, to gardening tools, to plates, bowls and teapots and everything in between – including food! I do love the lashes they sell, particularly as there’s actually something to satisfy pretty much everyone’s taste, whether that be really dramatic lashes or something a little more natural and clearly they have something to offer in terms of really well priced, decent quality makeup. That being said, it’s also clear that you need to exercise a degree of caution as not everything is a hidden gem (lol). So with that, happy shopping!
Is there anything I need to try from Daiso? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,