Learnt To Love It The Hard Way: Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner Review


They say true love persists and triumphs all odds. So it must be true love that had me continue using the Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner even when it was blunt, broken, and almost hopeless.

I was out with a girlfriend, Qi, some many months ago, when we stopped by Clio’s makeup counter that had a new range of products – Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner.

I’m hardly ever inclined to get new products on the market and prefer to wait around for reviews before deciding whether to throw good money at it. Somehow, that day, I had a calling. No, actually, more like the silly salesgirl told us the booth would be gone by the weekend and the Clio eyeliners will not be available until November. That was in May. However, by the very next weekend, the pencils were everywhere. -.-“

Good marketing strategy though. Instil FEAR.

I swatched the Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner and had to pretend it wasn’t anything much in front of the promoter so she wouldn’t know I was actually VERY impressed with the swatches. I like to keep my cool in front of promoters lest they pounce on my vulnerability. LOL.

Add to that the FEAR strategy and I was 98% sold. The 2% came from Qi who said “I’m gonna get it”. Okie. $18.90 down on something I hardly knew anything about.

I got the brown, she got the black and we had a chance of spinning the wheel for a price. Got a silly tiny bottle of eye makeup remover. But the first prize was hardly enticing either, some trolley bag or something.

Love Child Of Gel And Pencil

I LOVE that they’re very much like gel liners – the lasting power, smoothness, glidability – but in pencil form for greater convenience and lower price.

I used Star Purple and Metalic Silver in this purple-blue-green-yellow makeup tutorial.


Like the Loreal HiP Chrome Eyeliners, these Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liners are also very soft on the skin, but much sturdier than the former.

Silver Lightning’s shimmer bits are slightly larger and does not last as long on the inner corner of the eye as Metalic Silver. Is it me or does Silver Lightning really seem chunkier?

Metalic Silver is as soft, yet sturdier and lasts longer. I also prefer Metalic Silver’s silver coz it’s less aluminum foil-ish.

Star Purple has a black undertone with purple shimmer. I like that it’s almost black when you layer it on, yet tiny purple sparkles catch your eye, enough to tell you ‘Hey, I’m purple okie!’. It’s much, much, more pigmented than Violet Volt, as you can see for yourself. Both swatched with two layers.

Learnt To Love The Hard Way

The one thing I wasn’t very pleased with was the sharpening process. Okie, I ought to read instructions more carefully, but who does with an eyeliner pencil?!?

Eyeliner pencil = Use eyeliner pencil sharpener

Who would have thought using a typical eyeliner pencil sharpener would destroy the aesthetics and functionality of the pencil? Tell me, WHO!!!

Look at how mine turned out.

‘cui’ means hopeless in Hokkien

That’s the consequence of using an external eyeliner pencil sharpener. The moment I inserted the pencil into the sharpener and twisted, I knew something was wrong – it was metal grinding against very hard plastic – but I didn’t know how else to sharpen it.

Apparently you’ve gotta twist up the other end of the pencil to get more length and use the attached sharpener to sharpen the tip.

I guess it’s good that it’s retractable and easily sharpened. But before knowing how to properly sharpen it, I really didn’t like the way it worked (or shall I say, the way I made it work).

Super Long-lasting On Oily Lids And Lower Lash Line

If an eyeliner pencil can stay put on my oily lids for hours without smudging, it’s really good. Most gel liners do that for me.

But if an eyeliner pencil stays put on my oily lower lash line for hours without smudging, it’s a MIRACLE.

I use Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner in Star Purple on my lower lash line so often I find that I look weird without anything there. I like Dark Choco very much too but the blunt edges are a little too dangerous.

Gorgeous, gorgeous brown, isn’t it?

Coloring the lower lash line is really important to me as I have puffy eyebags (I know you guys keep telling me they’re not eyebags and they’re cute but… I’d rather they be smaller a bit, can?). Drawing on the LLL really further defines my eyes.

While some other pencils sting and smudge the moment I apply them to the LLL, the Clio ones just sit there and stay put like a good Asian kid. *thumbs up*

I wish the Bourjois Clubbing Contour Eyeliner in Blue Remix could stay on my LLL as well as this Clio one coz it’s such a cool color to have on the LLL! Too bad it slides off my oily, watery LLL too quickly. Stays well on the eyeline though.

I bought Dark Choco, while Star Purple and Metalic Silver were sponsored. Clio Singapore sent them to me probably coz they saw my review on the Clio Waterproof Brush Liner, which I also love very much!

But being sponsored for these 2 pencils obviously doesn’t change the way I think about them.

You know why?

Coz by the time you read this post, my friend’s coming back from Korea with all the other colors in the range for me. HAHAHA! YES!!! EXCITED!!!

Where To Buy Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner?

International (from

  1. Star Purple
  2. Metalic Silver
  3. Golden Black
  4. Chic Navy
  5. Jade Green
  6. Dark Choco
  7. Beige Shine
  8. Golden Khaki

Singapore: Selected Watsons outlets; Price S$18.90

Bun Bun rates Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner:


Is SGD18.90 a comfortable price for an eyeliner? (It is, to me, especially for this quality!) Do you color your lower lash line? Have you ever bought an entire range of colors just because you liked some of them and wanted to own them all?

Note: Some products in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. I am not affiliated with the company and not paid to make this review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions, as you can already tell.

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • JulieLiu

    they look great, too bad i can’t buy them in uk..

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @JulieLiu Maybe get a friend who can read Korean and buy from their website? It’s tough to get them otherwise though~ =(

      • JulieLiu

         @BunBunMakeupTips  @JulieLiu 
        Btw, love it that you reply to your fansss :Debay probably has them :) :)

      • JulieLiu

         @BunBunMakeupTips  @JulieLiu 
        Btw, love it that you reply to your fansss 😀
        ebay probably has them :) :)

        • BunBunMakeupTips

           @JulieLiu I included links from in the post. I’m pretty sure Amazon ships to UK. =)
          And thank you very much for reading and interacting with me. I LOVE talking to you guys! <3

        • JulieLiu

           @BunBunMakeupTips And btw, I know it sounds random, but are their any sorts of make up that can help hide alcohol flush reaction (face getting RED from alcohol) <3

        • BunBunMakeupTips

           @JulieLiu LOL… ahhh…. You mean like a good foundation? If I get a flush from alcohol, nothing can cover it, honestly.

  • candyslice

    can you use the eyeliner on your waterline?

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @candyslice A reader asked on my facebook page too! =)
      I use it on lower lash line, not really waterline coz my waterline is highly allergic to anything there. It is very much waterproof and smudgeproof! By the end of the day, I’d say at least 80% still stays on the LLL. And when I was frolicking in the sea in Phuket, I had Star Purple on and it hardly smudged. Very impressive!
      I wish they made a full matte black one though. I haven’t tried one that stays on my upper waterline.

      • candyslice

         @BunBunMakeupTips oops should have checked your fb before posting :X

        • BunBunMakeupTips

           @candyslice Nah it’s okie! Talk to me everywhere! <3

  • BAMBIx

    Read your blog today and now want to try them so badly ><. It’s not available in Thailand, though :(. But Korean Cosmetics are actually quite easy to find here because there are lots and lots of Thai online pre-order cosmetics from Korea LOL.
    Definitely want to try Choco Brown. the Jade Green and Golden Black looks so gorgeous too.

  • BooBooNinja

    These look incredible!
    My condolances for your poor poor Dark Choco.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @BooBooNinja Hahaha, Dark Choco is such a pain in the ass but so beautiful. Have you tried any of these beauties?

      • BooBooNinja

        @BunBunMakeupTips Unfortunately, these aren’t available where I am. I really like the purple. Golden Khaki looks promising too.

  • DebbieLim

    I just chanced upon your review on the Clio Gelpresso Eyeliner. I bought the Dark Choco and tried today. I must say that I really tried this eyeliner to the max. I tend to wear my makeup for at least 10 hrs and to compound the matter, I ride a motorcycle in a hot and humid Singapore.
    The only gel liner that ever worked for me is Shu Uemura Painting Liner, not even M.A.C and Bobbi Brown. But I just wanted convenience so I wanted to get back to pencil liner for a change.
    A report for everyone: I rode in the rain today with lots of sweat and yet… None of the eyeliner got to my lower lid and smudge!
    Gotta get more colours!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @DebbieLim Omg! So sorry I missed out on your message! Didn’t ignore it on purpose! =P
      Yay! I’m glad the Clio Gelpresso Eyeliner worked so incredibly well for you! Wow, you must have quite oily eyelids to not even have Blacktrack or Black Ink work for you. But I can totally relate to that, even Blacktrack and Black Ink left me with smudges. @_@
      I hope you get all the colors! I have them all and they’re fantastic.

  • Sharlynn Jia lin Ng

    I’ve been wanting the brown soooo badly! Brown, green, blue and flesh color, these I’d pick up in a heart beat! I found somewhere in singapore that still has all the colors in stock! not sharing but it’s not in a watsons down town!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @Sharlynn Jia lin Ng Shucks! I missed your message too! (see comment below yours)
      LOL at ‘not sharing’! How come? I still do see them around, you know.

  • blurkat

    I bought the purple one after reading ur reviews hahas

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @blurkat Tried already? Wear it when we meet up! =)

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  • Judy

    Hi! Which product do you recommend for waterline?

  • 4myWong

    Okay, I bought the golden black because I read your review on it, and there was a sale so I thought why not. It’s still the first day for me and sad to say I’m not as impressed as I hoped to be. D:
    I’ve applied primer and eyeshadow prior to the gelspresso on my lids and waterline, but I noticed it would still melt towards my undereye at the end of the day. It’s not exactly a creamy mess, but more of dusty particles  spread. I guess it’s cause the AC environment I’m in is so dry; it causes my oil glands to go on overdrive. Even my primer can’t save me.
    And I’m not a fan of the glitter cause this means it’s  gonna be a lot harder to remove them with speckles still on your face after using a make up remover. But I’m gonna keep going at it for a few more days as it’s still too early to judge.
    The good thing I can say however is that it stayed put, and there’s a neat sharpener, and it’s extremely SOFT on your lids.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      4myWong I haven’t tried the black one so I can’t give an accurate view on it. I don’t use eyeliner pencils on my waterline coz they never stay; only gel liners work on my waterline. =) I am currently using Lioele Gel Eyeliner, if you’d like to know.

      • 4myWong

        BunBunMakeupTips LoL! I keep having this misconception that the gelspresso is an actual gel liner but in pencil format. Have to re-read again. *Knocks head * xD
        True enough, it didn’t last on my waterline. I tried to like it, I really did. But I think my eyelids are too oily, or perhaps the humidity here sucks. Anyway, gonna switch to a liquid liner or at least until I can find that perfect gel liner that doesn’t leave me dark eye boogers…. *tmi*
        Thanks for replying. :)

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  • AubreyNg

    Hi bunbun,
    I’ve been dying to buy the Clio Gelpresso Liner for some time now. Heard from friends Clio is a wonderful eyeliner brand and the colours are just gorgeous! I almost bought it the other day at Watson’s. BUT I stumbled across another eyeliner that is very similar, and slightly cheaper, it sort of held me back from buying the Gelpresso, Holika Holika’s Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner (why are their names so long??) So I checked online and found out it’s pretty good too. But nobody has done a comparison between the 2. So I was wondering whether you have any suggestions as to which is the better?

  • BunBunMakeupTips

    AubreyNg Hello! I haven’t tried any of Holika Holika’s products but I’ll probably take a look at them next time! =)

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    BunBunMakeupTips AubreyNg Ok, can’t wait to hear the news! 😀 And in the mean time, I think I’m going to go ahead and buy both (as usual…) haha. 
    Thanx for replying ya!

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  • jang_aixin

    Hi! Wanna know if there’s any review about this product if it were to be used alone? without any eye primers, bb cream, concealer. :)

  • ChristineDelaVega

    I bought mine recently and the tip of it is gone :( no eyeliner or watsowver. As much as your review looks good. I dont want to spend anymore money on this product. Such a disappointment.

  • TiffanyLeah

    I bought the brown and black one and I swear I’ll never buy it again. It melts so easily! I applied as eyeliner and within 2 hours, the color melts and look really dirty (as if I have a serious dark eye circle). Really disappointed with gel liner and I’ll go back for liquid eyeliner.

  • BunBunMakeupTips

     @BAMBIx Yea! I just came back from Phuket with friends and our Thai friend told us there’re plenty of Korea sprees in Thailand. So have you joined any sprees before? I’m a spree lover HAHA! I’m looking forward to receive all my pencils! ^_^*