Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner - Dark Cacao

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lavlilacs Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner - Dark Cacao Review

Etude House has really got something very right with their very small yet extremely mighty Proof 10 line of products. Both the Proof 10 Eye Primer and this Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner have worked wonders for me together and separately. That is saying a lot considering I tried a bunch of eyeliner products at the same time but prefer Etude House's one much more.

lavlilacs Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner - Dark Cacao packaging

Etude House's description:

Its creamy gel texture helps you draw a precise line with ease.

Create your everyday makeup look with the super wearable shades.

You can sharpen the tip with the bottom sharpener to create a precise, fine line for defined eyes.

Strong waterproof film polymer withstands water and sebum for a long-lasting, smudge-proof eyeliner that stays put.

Twist to dispense a certain amount and use it on the desired area. Close cap after use.


Pencil 0.3 g / 0.01 oz

Etude House (Korean retail): ₩6,800
Etude House (American retail): USD $8.84
BeautyBoxKorea: USD $7.40

lavlilacs Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner - Dark Cacao pencil tube details


A lightweight plastic retractable pencil with a cap on one end and a pull-out sharpener on the other. Most of the tubing is navy blue in color. The only bit different is the part that attaches to the sharpener, which has the same color as the eyeliner itself.

It doesn't appear to have the expiration or manufactured date printed on either the box or the pencil itself. I guess it shouldn't be too big of an issue if purchasing from a reputable seller or Etude House directly.

lavlilacs Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner - Dark Cacao swatch smudged waterproof test

Color, Texture, Finish, & Scent

The pencil is available in 6 colors: Black, Dark Cacao, Milk Chocolate, Rose Brown, Wood Fire*, and Honey Bronze*.

*Glittery colors in the line.

Dark Cacao is as its name suggests a dark and rich chocolate brown color. The formulation is soft enough to dry well without being overly creamy to the point that it smudges—reminiscent of "cray-pas"/oil pastels if you're familiar with those. Overall, it glides with a breeze onto my eyelids without any tug or pulls. The line I get from it is very smooth without any crackly edges. Since it is a matte brown color, it also dries and sets to a very matte and dull-looking finish. There is no detectable scent.

lavlilacs Etude House Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner - Dark Cacao before after

How I Apply

Draw a line however I feel after having applied my face products and eyeshadow, even after curling my lashes but before mascara (if any).

Thoughts & Recommendations

I can't even remember the last time I liked an eyeliner product as much as I do the Proof 10 Gel Pencil Liner. I would go as far as to say that it is the I have tried so far (that is still available for purchase).

Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but not really sorry as I just really love these points about this product. The pencil itself isn't too hard that I have to tug and pull to draw a smooth line. Yet it isn't so soft and creamy that it smudges like crazy once it meets any kind of oil or water. I have gone well over 12 hours with it on, without primer and with a dewy sunscreen/base, and get only the slightest of smudges. Despite it lasting so well, the product still cleanses off easily with makeup remover or cleansing balm/oil.

I haven't used the sharpener even though there is built into the packaging. It just feels a little wasteful to sacrifice some of the good product just to get a pointier tip. If I want a truly defined line I would go for a liquid or potted liner + makeup brush. That's just my thoughts.

Dark Cacao may be a bit dull in color for some. But it is a great as a less obvious line color. Black would definitely be on my To-Try list the next time around. The other colors in the line may be too bright to wear on the daily. If it isn't already obvious enough, I think everyone should try it...immediately.