I recently traveled to Chicago, but I forgot to bring my eyeliners with me =/ I made a quick trip to a nearby drug store and purchased some black and brown liquid eyeliners. I’ve never used liquid liners from ELF, but I’ve heard and read many good reviews of ELF’s gel liner. Unfortunately the drugstore that I went to did not have gel liner, so I got their liquid liners hoping that they are as good as their gel liners. I paid $1.49 for each. Before I start reviewing, here’s the bottom line: You get what you paid for.
The packaging design is fine. It’s made with cheap plastic, so it gets scratches easily, but it’s very lightweight and easy to carry around.
The brush is pretty thin, but the brush hairs are very weak, which makes it very hard to control drawing lines. You really need a lot of practice to get use to the brush in order to draw clean and precise lines.
Also, the colors were very disappointing. The ink was extremely watery. It made me feel like I was applying a water color. I could still see my skin through the liner after the first application. You’ll need to reapply this at least 5 times to cover up your skin and actually have a strong brown/black line. When I rubbed the lines, they didn’t smudge, but they faded a lot.
For ease of understanding, in the pictures below, I applied ONLY the eyeliner. No eyeshadows, a primer, or press powders on top of it. I applied a black liner on my right eye and brown on my left eye at 11:30 AM.
I came back home at 4:30 PM, and this is how it looked. (FYI, I didn’t correct my make up and didn’t touch my eye area at all.)
Notice the area that the red arrows are pointing to? Even though I did not touch my eyes at all and I wasn’t even sweating that much, ONLY 5 hours later, the eyeliner faded a lot and my skin is showing. Also, it took longer for the eyeliners to dry compare to other brands. But once it dries, it really didn’t smudge much, which was very impressive.
Eye makeup remover easily removes it (I used Maybelline’s Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: Link for a Review) However, it leaves black residue around eyes.
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Ease of Use: 2 out of 5
Color Intensity: 1 out of 5
Lasting: 1 out of 5
Smudge Resistance: 3.5 out of 5
Removability: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 2.3 out of 5
Will I repurchase it? No.
Overall, this was a very disappointing purchase. Even though the price was very cheap, I really regret purchasing this item. I don’t think anyone would want an eyeliner that disappears by the end of the day.
I think this could be a good, cheap option for many beginners who are practicing how to apply eyeliner.
What’s your favorite and least favorite liquid eyeliner?