“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Eyeliners / Subcategory: Pen „
I love wearing eyeliner and I always use eyeliner pencils. I mix and match between different colours - opting for browns for a more subtle look, green or blue for a change and black for some real drama!
I have tried liquid based liners in the past but I never seem to get on with them and always go back to my trusty pencils. But every now and then I give them another go, and my most recent foray into the world of liquid-format lines was this one from the Boots-own 17 brand. It costs £3.99 but Boots cosmetics always seem t be on offer so you may well find you don't need to pay full price.
This is a very simple looking product. It comes in a thin black tube with silver writing. When you take the lid off, inside is a long and thin felt-tip-style nib, which is quite pointed at the end.
Applying this is very easy as it glides on nicely and smoothly, and the nib is firm yet soft enough not to irritate or hurt your eyes. But I must admit I do struggle a bit to get a straight line with this - I don't think this is so much the fault of the product as my unsteady hand though!
Full and intense
But a bit of practice certainly helps, and this definitely gives a very dramatic look if you apply this to the lower lashline. It is really jet black and gives a full and intense looking line. It also dries really quickly and doesn't seem to smudge either - this may be a bad thing if you want to have more of a smudgy, smoky effect, but if you are looking for precision and drama then this may be a good thing!
I do find this wears off a little over the course of the evening.
Overall I think this is a good product, but not necessarily one I would buy again. It is great if you want some drama for a night out, and it is quite easy to apply once you get he hang of it. However for me it definitely isn't one for everyday, and it isn't something you can apply that quickly either in my experience! So it is one I'll keep in my drawer for nights out, but overall I will definitely be sticking with my eyeliner pencils!
I've got quite thin eyelashes and I don't really like the bare look so to fill in the space between my eyelashes I use a Boots 17 kohl pencil. This is the only thing I use a kohl pencil for, not as an eyeliner although I know that is the normal use for it and what most people use it for.
The Boots 17 eye liner looks just like a pencil and writes more like a crayon as it is a soft pencil to enable you to use it on your eyes. On the pencil the words eye liner are written in nice silver cursive writing as well as the number 17 telling you it is one of their products. It is described as a soft, lasting pencil to define and enhance eyes. I do like how soft this pencil is and I find that it goes onto the ye very well. It also lasts quite a long time on my eye too and does not rub off or smudge. The pencil is normal size so when you sharpen it is has a really nice fine point to it to really allow you to get some nice definition or if you like it to wear down a bit it will also do this very well and then give you more of a thicker line.
I chose my pencil in the coffee shade as with blonde hair and blue eyes this worked much better for my colouring than a dark black pencil would. I think they do do other colours as well so if you prefer black or a lighter brown then there will be more of a choice. The pencil comes with a plastic cap which is really good as if you want to keep this pencil in your make up bag it will not get over everything if you don't have a cap and it will not wear down the point of the pencil either.
The pencil cost me in the £2 region which is very cheap and has lasted me a good few months yet and is still over half there so I can imagine it would last a few more months yet. All in all a good cheap kohl pencil.
I like this eye liner, as it isn't prone to smudging after prolonged use, and the lines your draw the define your eyes remain looking sharp (as long as you don't cry or rub your eyes).
The tip of this pen is fine, allowing you to easily create a subtle look with your eyeliner, yet easily build up the line for a more shocking look. It also allows you to apply eyeliner to your top lids with precision with minimal effort, something which I have struggled with when using liquid liners. It is also soft, allowing you to apply without applying much pressure, unlike eye pencils.
I like how defined the lines that are drawn with this pen, whether using the tip for a subtle look, or slanting the pen to use the side to create a thicker line straight away. The liner dries within seconds, so there's no waiting around, and once dried, is difficult to smudge, giving you a lasting finish. This pen probably wouldn't be helpful when trying to create a smokey eyes look however.
I would recommend this pen if you are looking for a neat and defined look when wearing eye liner, with easy application.
If I had to choose only one makeup product to take on a desert island with me - or only one makeup product to use for the rest of my life - it'd be eyeliner.
There's something about eyeliner that just makes eyes really pop, and exaggerates their beauty. Eyeliner to me is what butter is to bread - a necessary addition. There is a rarely a day that I will go without a full face of makeup, but on those odd occasions that I do, I ALWAYS still wear eyeliner. It can't cover my spots or blemishes, but it can draw attention away from them and into my "smouldering" eyes ;)
So of course, since eyeliner as a concept is so important to me, it is vital to get the right brand or model.
I usually go for a kohl liner which nicely smudges around my eyes throughout the day for a 'just out of bed' look. However since I've never tried liquid eyeliner before, when I spotted this product I really wanted to give it a go.
I wouldn't call this liquid eyeliner exactly as it is nowhere near as wet. This pen, once in hand, feels like a felt tip. It does feel very strange to be applying it to your eyes! The 'nib' of the liner is exactly like the tip of a felt pen, and is clearly fed 'ink' from the tube.
When I first applied this eyeliner, I loved it. It went on smoothly, was easy to apply, and made my eyes look magically mysterious. In black, it applies very dark, which is exactly what I love.
My love for this pen lasted a good few weeks, until one day it seemed to stop being so effective.
One that really affects the useability of this pen is if your eyes are slightly damp. Due to the fact that I put in contact lenses every morning, generally my eyes are a bit watery by the time I get to applying makeup. Sometimes if the bottom lids of my eyes are still damp, this pen won't come out at all. I never found this probably with kohl pencils, which seemed to be fine on wet lids, but unfortunately with this 'felt tip' liner, it didn't work.
As I said above, for the first few weeks, it seemed ok, but after that the whole damp problem came about and since then it's been nowhere near as effective. Even when I dry my eyes properly and make sure I mop up any wetness on my lids with tissue, it still doesn't apply very well.
I assume it is running out because of this, but surely it shouldn't run out after only 3 weeks?? Usually my pencil liners last at least 2 months!
Needless to say, my happiness and impressed-ness with this product came to a close shortly after those 3 weeks. I still use it, as I want to make sure I get every last drop out of it before I chuck it. But it is a lot more difficult to apply now - I have to keep turning the pen to different angles to try and get it to apply.
I brought this liner for about £3.49 from Boots, and it is also available in Superdrug.
The packaging is fairly pleasant - a plain black tube with silver writing, but nothing special. Nothing that really stands out.
One good thing about this eyeliner is that it does dry very quickly once applied. I was concerned with a 'liquid' eyeliner that, because it was wet, it would smudge all throughout the day (and not a sexy smudge, but a half-way-down-my-face smudge). But fortunately it did dry almost instantly so no problems there.
Regarding lasting power, it doesn't last very long throughout the day. I usually apply my makeup about 7am before I head off to work, and generally by lunchtime it has faded and I need to re-apply. I suppose half a day could be considered quite a long time to last, but really I need a product that will last all day without needing to be re-applied.
My quest for that product continues...
As my first foray into eye liner pens I chose the black shade of this Boots 17 soft liner pen, having always been a little nervous of the pen-style liner this seemed like a good low cost way to see if they could be good.
As with all the 17 range this came in a sleek looking packaging that isn't over the top, the understated simplicity of the packaging makes their products look more expensive that they actually are.
On opening the lid you are presented with a felt tip. Yes, like a colouring pen, this comes with a felt tip style pen nib. This seemed insane, completely insane - every pen liner I had seen before had one of those tiny little brushes on the end of a long plastic wand. What was I letting myself in for trying to line my eyes with a felt pen?
As it turned out this was actually surprisingly easy, I don't know if it was the viscosity of the product, the felt pen nib or the combining of the two but lining the eyes with this pen was easy as pie. It drew an even good sized line and made the process of adding flicks to the outer lines easy. It didn't drag along the eye line or make it so that the eyelid had to be pulled straight in order to do the line right. It even lasted all day until I took the liner off, not budging before that.
For the price and ease of application this is a great liner especially for those not used to the pen-based ones. It makes things a lot less scary and gives a great result.
For ages now I've wanted to re create the Amy Winehouse look when I go out of an evening just like all my mates manage to carry off so well! Thick black bat, winged sexy, smouldering peepers. I can't re create the look with a common and garden eyeliner pencil and I did purchase 2 Max Factor Eye Maker liquid eyeliners which was simply the pits and ended up in the bin quick smart after being so rubbish lol
I was out in Boot's deliberately searching out a a pen style black liquid eyeliner when I came across this and the factor that swung me into buying this was that if I spent £5.00 I could get this and some nail varnish I wanted and get a free gift in a pink box!
A dark steel grey plastic recyclable long pen of which the lid pulls on/ off. On the side in shiny silver writing it tells me it's a Soft Liner Pen and then over the other side it says 17. On the back it says 'Use to shape & define eyes. Always replace cap after use'. Dermatologically tested. Fragrance-free. I'm told it's made in Germany and given contact details for Boot's.
Firstly I must point out the only colour it is available is in Jet which of course is black and the colour I was looking for! The nib of the 'pen' is very long and like a pointed felt tip which is large and fairly thick. The colour saturates the whole nib which is very smooth and strong. It isn't hard but it is stiff giving you total control when applying it.
Applying it can be nightmare!
I just found the whole process of using this very difficult indeed. The way I finally plumped after practising for a while was to apply all make up minus eyeliner and mascara and to use this and mascara afterwards to finish my look.
Now although this is a liquid eyeliner it dries almost on touch which means you have to be mega quick in application and spot on with your handy work to not only get a nice straight line but also an even one. The colour becomes matt black instantly. Now not only could I not do this in one quick stroke over my eyes I find that my pen runs out of ink So I have to stop and give it a shake.
Now shaking it gives us yet another problem. There is ink in it and it comes out of the nib and on to the plastic which if your not careful gets on your hands which is a right nuisance to wash off. If you get it on your clothes it doesn't come off even with washing. Once set on eyes (couple of seconds) it doesn't transfer it does stay put.
The easiest way I've found of applying it is to use an ordinary eyeliner pencil as a guide lightly and then to go over with this although I find the nib far to thick to use on the bottom rim of my lashes so I've only ever used this on the top rim of my eyes. Even then applying it is still hard work and I find I get it looking a wee bit patchy but it doesn't matter so much as I have other eyeliner on as well.
The only good thing about this is you can get it very close to eyelashes and this ensures your eyelashes and rim are black instead of getting a bit of white flesh on show.
Getting it off is another problem. Once I've applied it it doesn't smell, doesn't feel heavy and doesn't irritate even the most sensitive of eyes (mine!). However getting it off for me is hard work. It does take a fair bit of scrubbing even with a proper good eye make up remover but when it's removed my eyes start to feel a bit burny and like I got dust in my eyes. It's a devil to get off because where I said a good point with this is that you can get it right close to the rim of your eyes if your not really careful you get it dabbed into your eyelashes. I did this and I couldn't for love nor money get a little bit out no matter how hard I scrubbed away so I left it on and fell asleep thinking I'd scrub my face the following day in the bath and when I got up I had minor skin infection in the form my eye had swollen where the make up was left. It didn't last long but eye felt sore for a few hours!
All In All....
I just find this doesn't achieve what I want to and my oh my have I practised and I am a Beauty Therapist after all. Yes I can get away with it (just) if applying a little eyeliner pencil as a guide underneath this but it seems a lot of effort and quite frankly I cant be bothered. Even doing it this way I get a patchy and somewhat feathered look rather than bold block colour which is what I desired. Yes it stays on for hours until you remove it but me, well I wouldn't trust it for hours because of what it did to my eyes when I fell asleep!
If you have a steady hand and alot of patience I'm still not sure this is perfection! I won't be buying it again as it's a bit messy and doesn't make me look sexy sadly!
£3.49 only in Boot's.
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Felt tip style pen for easy application /