Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Review: E.L.F. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

I picked up E.L.F.'s Waterproof Eyeliner Pen a while ago, and I'm very impressed. This eyeliner is a "felt pen" type of eyeliner, with a pointed, flexible tip. This type of applicator allows a good amount of control, since you only need to increase the pressure of application to increase the width of the line. It's very simple to apply, and unlike gel eyeliners it doesn't require any messing around with brushes, which makes it great for travel. Best of all, it really is waterproof - it doesn't budge.

This product is a dead ringer for MAC's Penultimate Eyeliner, which launched in last year's Chill collection and is now part of MAC's permanent line. How are they different? Well, the pigmentation is equal, however the tip of the ELF pen isn't quite as fine as MAC's, which means you can't *quite* get as fine a line as you can with MAC's version. But considering that ELF's version costs £1.50 compared to £11.74 and applies almost as well, I still think ELF's comes out on top. Not to mention, it comes in 4 shades - black, brown, plum and dark blue.

What's the catch? I find with both the MAC and ELF versions that you need to give the product a really vigorous shake for 5-10 seconds before you use it. Otherwise, the liquid doesn't flow out of the tip properly. And neither has quite the fluidity of a really good cream or gel liner.

So, while I'm not quite ready to ditch my MAC Fluidline or Smashbox Cream Eyeliner, I still think the ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen is a great product, and definitely something to pick up whether you're on a tight budget or not.

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