Review: Silk Naturals Film Noir Cream Eyeliner

I’ve been dying to try the cat-eye look for months now but due to my highly sensitive left upper eyelid, I’ve also been hesitant to use just any drugstore brand eyeliner. Last time I donned the cat-eye, my lids flaked for one week and half of my lashes fell off! But Silk Natural’s cream eyeliners appealed to me due to their all natural formulation and promise of strong pigments that can match gel liners. So during my last Silk Naturals haul, I got myself Film Noir cream eyeliner.

Like Gel-Liners–but Safer
Ingredients: Certified Organic Castor Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnuaba Wax. May contain: Mica, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myrsistate, Boron Nitride, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Silica

Film Noir is Silk Natural’s version of the classic matte gel liner. The formulation is all natural with no preservatives, petroleum and silicones. It’s also vegan and gluten-free. I bought this because my left upper eyelid has contact dermatitis and it seems to be triggered mostly by synthetic or highly active ingredients. Even after wearing Film Noir on my lids for an entire day, I didn’t experience any irritation at all. The problem was… the liner didn’t exactly last that long.

Doesn’t Dry Easily
According to its product description, Film Noir doesn’t dry up so one tub can last for a very long time. It also means that you can take as long as you want and need while drawing the perfect line as the cream won’t dry up and start caking on your lids. But it also means the cream liner won’t dry and settle nicely on its own. It’s recommended to set it with Silk Naturals Perfecting Powder–which I don’t have. And without a setting powder, the line and color starts to fade and smudge within 10 minutes. Tut-tut.

Not for Dramatic Lines
I’m not sure whether I was using the wrong brush (Ultimate Eye Liner Brush from Silk Naturals) but I can’t make harsh lines with this cream liner. So I didn’t do the full cat-eye anymore, I just lined my upper lids. The shade is not black-black but is closer to being dark grey. To me, Film Noir is really more of an everyday liner that helps open up the eyes and give definition to the lids when you have eye make-up on. Since it’s creamy and doesn’t dry easily, it can work with smokey eye looks with a bit of smudging but definitely not for dramatic eye makeups that require defined, heavy and sharp lines.

Toss or Keep?
The 2-gram full-size version of Film Noir costs $6.50 and can last for about two years. However, I don’t think I’ll buy it again unless all other natural and mineral eyeliners out there would trigger my eyelid eczema. Although it has an intuitive packaging, is a non-irritant and economical, I’d rather stick to the good ol’ eyeliner pencil which, when sharpened nicely, can give almost the same effect without the hassle of handling a brush.

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  • Kira

    Okay, I just have to say that the kitty cat drawing is so cute! That got my attention right away, haha 😀

    • Vivi

      Hihi, thank you. I love doodling. 😀

  • xin

    have tried some gel liners tht smudged like crazy too. but stila ones stayed on me. but not sure if u could use it since you are eczema prone.

    p/s: you have really really beautiful eye! and the long lashes! *envy*

    • Vivi

      I’ve got really sensitive left upper eyelid. And it’s just the left one, the right one can take any product!

      Thank you :) But my lashes are nothing compared to my two other sisters. Their lashes look so long they look like extensions!

  • lemon

    I can’t use any liquid, gel or powder liners because they always smear (even if I set with powder). For some reason, I’m not too surprised that the SN Film Noir isn’t long-lasting and that it isn’t bold. I think I would have the same problem since my lids seem to get oily so fast, and some of SN’s eyeshadows need to be applied heavily or wet to properly show on me. Thanks for the review..I now know I probably don’t need to be in a rush to get this. Perhaps you could try their dark shade eyeshadows in powder form to re-attempt cat eye. But then you might have same problems since I stopped using them for same smudging reason.

    I have small deepset eyes so eyeliner was my best friend until I got fed up with the smudging and scrubbing it off every night. By the way, you have a cute-shaped eye, and you’re so lucky you didn’t inherit mighty dark circles and eyebags. I’ve had eyebags all my life (even as a child)! Ahhh!

    • Vivi

      Hi Lemon, thanks for the compliment and the tip. I don’t have eyebags but my eyes can get pretty sunken. I’ve got dark circles, too. They make me look murderous when I lack sleep, lol.

      My lids seem to get oily so I’ll probably try a setting powder. Haven’t used eyeshadows for the loooongest time, haha. I’ll try to get basic ones from Silk Naturals on my next purchase. :)

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