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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: E.L.F. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

This is another product from E.L.F. that I had owned before but hadn't had great success with because each one (I think I tried two) was dried out when I got it! Still, my previous experiences didn't deter me from buying them again, this time in fun colors like teal and navy.

E.L.F. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen ($1 at Target and eyeslipsface.com)



Third time's a charm, no dry liners here! First, the good. They are super pigmented! I wanted to get something other than black or brown to see if the colors popped. Verdict? Most definitely. The the pen has a felt tip that isn't harsh or hard to use at all. The liner flowed really well and I only had to double back if I wanted a thicker line. Because the tip is so narrow, it is easy to get a reed-thin line, a chunky swoop, or anything in between.

It took me a little longer to review these because I forgot they claim to be waterproof! So, while I didn't swim or shower or do extreme underwater basket weaving in them to test their waterproof-ness, I did wear them on a day where the temp soared to 102 F. I can't even promise not to melt away in that kind of heat.Her are some before and after shots for you fine folks:
8:00 AM

7:00 PM
That's nearly 12 hours of smudge proof wear on a hot day, worn by a girl with itchy eyes. I would say it passed.

Now for the not-so-good. It did take me three tries to get liners that weren't dry, so these are definitely inconsistent products (unless something has changed on the manufacturing or storage end, but they visibly look like the liners I bought before, so I may have just gotten lucky). You have to be careful with the caps as well because you really have to press to get them on. This doesn't help with the drying out problem. Also, and this is really less a gripe and more a recommendation, as with any pen liner you should store it upside down for nice, consistent application.

If you want to risk the $1 for a potentially excellent liner, I definitely recommend these!

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