UPDATE RANT! MACQUEEN NEW YORK GEL PENCIL, CHERRY BLOSSOM LATTE

MACQUEEN NEW YORK GEL PENCIL CHERRY BLOSSOM LATTE

I’ve been looking a smudge-proof rose gold eyeliner for ages and now I’ve found it.

The pencil is from a South Korean company, MacQueen New York, and the shade I chose is Cherry Blossom Latte – described as a gold beige, I would say it’s leaning more towards a pale rose gold.

Less harsh than bright gold, rose gold is softer, and used as an under eye liner, it gives mature eyes a flattering glow – more subtle sparkle, than Disco Barbie.

Having said that, this would be perfect on the upper eyelid as a liner on ALL skin tones.

The quality really impresses. The pigment is strong, the line applies smoothly and more importantly, it doesn’t smudge and lasts ALL day.

I’ve spent most of the morning trying to capture this exquisite shade, and, if I do say so myself, I think I’ve finally nailed it – beyond gorgeous!

MACQUEEN NEW YORK GEL PENCIL CHERRY BLOSSOM LATTE SWATCH

SHOPPING INFO

I bought my pencil from YesStyle for £4.66. P&P was free but I can’t remember if that was because I spent over £30.00. I spent £38.54 in total (a couple of other reviews of lovely Korean beauty to come), and it took just under two weeks to get here.

It’s a small pencil, sold as 1.2g, but I wonder if that’s the pencil and not the fill? Charlotte Tilbury’s pencils are as measly 1.4g (fill) and this one is much smaller.

MacQueen New York Waterproof Gel Pencils are widely available here, and in the US. I’ve seen them on Amazon and eBay. BeautyNetKorea on Amazon.com sell them in a box of 5 (including Cherry Blossom Latte) for $20.00 with free P &P.

Will I buy more shades? Oh yes, Arabica Latte, Expresso Latte & French Latte are all on my hit list, oh and another Cherry Blossom Latte of course.

FEBRUARY 2017

UPDATE 10th November 2017 

This is a brief update – but I think it’s an important one.

I gave this eyeliner a fantastic review because the shade, colour payoff and longevity are – or at least, were, perfect.

I repurchased (for £2.53, they really do go up and down in price) and bought other shades, but the packaging i.e. the pencil ‘casing’ has changed. It looks like it’s now some sort of plastic, pretendy wood, and it’s impossible to sharpen without leaving jagged edges.

I complained of course, but was told that it was out of their hands and that’s what came from the manufacturers. I was given a refund, but that’s no good to me, I’d rather have the original pencils! So very disappointed.

AND ON THAT THEME…

Johnson’s Ear Buds have changed, they’ve gone all eco-friendly, which is obviously a good thing, and ditched the iconic blue plastic wands for rolled paper ones.

The problem is, I was happy to pay more for Johnson’s Buds because of the plastic sticks! They were really useful, I wiped excess mascara on them; I snipped the buds off and used them to stir and apply eyelash dye; I cut them at an angle to scoop out every last bit of expensive product. I also used them (shhh!) with the CACI Microlift device and I bet I’m not the only one to do that. They were study and multi-purpose.

The new stems are bendy and no good for anything else, they bend and collapse when I put any kind of pressure on them. Plus, and this is bordering on criminal, the bud heads are smaller!

There’s no point buying them anymore, I might as well make do with the cheapo generic brands from now on. Although, that said, I’ve been buying up old ‘plastic stem’ stock – at extortionate prices from independent chemists. I hope Johnson’s sales don’t suffer, but I’ve just done a search and see that I’m not the only one to rant.

We would not use anything else until the change from blue stems to white . Great for the environment but unusable, will not be buying again.

These used to be the best brand you could get they had soft cotton and strong design now they bend as soon as you try to use them so have no force to clean the desired area. I get that you’re helping the environment by changing the design, but they are now like the cheap and tacky cotton buds.

The new design is CHEAP, TACKY & uses about 20% less cotton! The cotton is not soft either! I use to love your ear buds! They were thicker than other ones and felt good to hold as they where plastic! But now they are cheaply made and the paper handle is very hard to touch.

ADMITTEDLY, THIS ONE MAKES ME FEEL A BIT GUILTY 

I use cotton buds every day. I am so glad that at my supermarket the Johnson cotton buds have changed from being made with plastic shafts to being made with biodegradable paper shafts. Save the planet one step at a time – well done Johnson & Johnson xx

Hopefully, they’ll take notice of the complaints (they will if sales do down) and redesign them-  still, eco-friendly, but sturdier, with bigger buds.