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I recently tried out quite a lot of ELF products after being pleasantly surprised with an order I'd put in during a sale. I bought a few 'brightening' eye pencils in these orders in different colours as I absolutely adore eyeliners. In other reviews I have admitted to being a bit of a makeup snob, I certainly admire quality over quantity, and will pay extortionate amounts on makeup I think works better than other brands. Eyeliner is where I differ on this, my favourite eyeliners tend to be cheaper ones, and in fact my favourite come from the Avon range, so I went into trying this product with a very open mind.
However, I found this product very disappointing, even for the very small amount I paid for it. I tried a few different colours and found they all had pretty much the same faults. These are waterproof eyeliners and won't go onto a waterline, which is fine, but when applied to my naked lid they pulled a lot, forming a dragging sensation. I struggled to get any colour out of them, despite them looking very vibrant on the pencil.
When applied to an eyelid that had been primed with a MAC primer, they were impossible. they pulled and left scratching through the primer, as though they had completely dried out.
The eyeliner pencil sharpener that came with them was a nice addition, and as you can't go wrong with an eyeliner sharpener I have kept these and use them regularly. They seem of good quality as they haven't jammed yet.
All in all, quite an underwhelming purchase, but as it was only £1.50 in the sale worth it for the pencil sharpener.
Cheap and cheerful
For those of you who aren't familiar with the E.L.F. cosmetics company, it is an an online-only brand. The company's main range of cosmetics is cheap and cheerful, with items costing a mere £1.50 an item.
I have tried quite a few E.L.F. products in the past with mixed results, but as the products are so cheap I can never resist trying out different things. One of the products I bought recently was this brightening eye liner.
There are six shades of eye liner available in this range, which include the normal brown and black alongside a slightly more unusual gold colour. The shade I bought was plum, a dark purple shade as it is one shade of eye liner I didn't currently own.
This is a pretty bog standard liner to look at - a white pencil with a tip coloured to reflect the shade of pencil. The website tells me that the liner has a "gel-powder formulation infused with skin soothers to instantly brighten". I am not sure how many eye pencils use a gel-powder formula, but I must say this particular eye pencil feels really nice and soft to the touch - you can line your eyes very gently and you still get a nice line of colour. However, the soft formula means you are never going to get a really precise, thin line - instead it gives a softer look - which actually suits me!
As I say it glides on very easily, and as you don't need to apply any pressure it doesn't pull at all on the delicate eye area. I tend to apply this direct to the lashline, and I really like the soft line this gives me.
This is a nice, quite dark shade of purple with a subtle touch of shimmer to it. It is quite an unusual shade, and may not be for everyone, but I do like it for something a bit different. It isn't too dramatic - but it isn't boring either! The shimmer isn't obvious or glittery which is also a bonus I think.
One slight mystery for me with this product is why it's called a brightening liner. I personally don't notice any real brightening effect although I guess the slight touch of shimmer brightens the colour somewhat. However the lack of obvious "brightening effect" doesn't really bother me at all as I like everything else about this pencil really!
In summary ...
This for me is definitely one of the better E.L.F. products. It is really nice and easy to apply, feels gentle on the eyes and the colour is pretty and a bit different. And for just £1.50 I strongly suspect I may stock up on a few more soon! The gold next perhaps...
E.L.F Brightening Eyeliner
I bought this brightening eyeliner as well as quite a few other products from ELF, an online store that sells makeup products for bargain basement prices. ELF offer a wide range of makeup as well as mineral makeup and their own Studio range based makeup. What really caught my attention was the price, most of all their items cost £1.50 or £3.50 (or some are somewhere in between unless you plan on buying any larger gift sets). Although the prices initially drew me in, unless you get something that you like and would use it can't really be classified as a bargain. To date, I have only placed two orders to ELF online (eyeslipsface.co.uk), but overall I have really been pleased with what I have purchased, some of their products are excellent like this eyeliner and I will be back in the future for more.
I purchased this eyeliner in the 'midnight' colour, which is a dark navy blue. It is now my new favourite shade of eyeliner, my friend who is also a fully trained beautician recommended that I try to use a dark navy instead of a black because it would look nicer (or just as nice but a bit different) with blue eyes. I decided that before I spent any decent amount of money on a much more expensive eye liner I would try the colour out from ELF. Well I really like it. From a distance the navy colour isn't really all that different from a black but it is just a pleasant change and stops me from wearing the same sort of make up day in and day out.
The colour is great but also the eyeliner is pretty decent. The one main flaw of this is that it is harder than some of the previous kohl eye liners that I have used, it doesn't glide on as easily as some of the more expensive brand eyeliners tend to do. To apply this you really have to be slow and just go over the area a couple of times, you could always press harder but I am too worried that I might irritate the delicate skin on my eye lid. This isn't a drastic problem by any means and the colour does apply well it just doesn't glide on like I have become accustom to (such as with Boots No 7 eyeliners or Lancomes).
Complete in the package ELF even provided me with a small sharpener all included in the price, which I have been using and it works perfectly well. Just as an added bonus, I am always hunting around for a pencil sharpener so this was something that was a welcome extra.
This eyeliner pencil unlike some of the others where I prefer them to be a bit dull is one that I really prefer to use when it is just sharpened. I find that it applies better and you get a nicer smoother and more even look when it is used sharper. As such I do sharpen this a lot so I have already used about half the pencil when normally I would hardly be any of the way through one from a more expensive brand.
If you have shopped with ELF before (eyeslipsface.co.uk) you will release that the vast majority of their makeup retails for around £1.50 or £3.50 or somewhere in between. This particular eyeliner is currently available for £1.50, making this a fantastic bargain. For the money you pay this is a really great eyeliner for such a bargain basement price.
They have these eyeliner pencils available in a few different shades including; coffee, black, midnight (navy), ash (grey), gilded (goldy) and plum. I for one will be buying this eye liner again in the near future and will be trying out the other colours as I have been very satisfied with the navy shade.
This gets a four out of five stars from me, one star off for being harder than some kohl eyeliner pencils. I would happily recommend this and in particular the midnight colour, I will be buying more of these and trying out the different shades in the near future. I happily recommend this eyeliner to anyone that is considering trying it.
I was a bit curious about Elf products, as I wondered how they could be so cheap! I placed an order for a few things in December, including two Brightening Eyeliners. The package arrived really quickly and each eyeliner came with a sharpener as well, which made it seem like an even better deal.
The reason I bought the products was because I have some issues with my eyes and am prone to eye infections. I am not allergic to eye products though, so I wanted to buy some cheaper eye liners, in case I needed to throw them away if I got another infection. In this respect the product was good, it didn't irritate them, and came off as easily as any other eyeliner does with a decent make up remover.
I would have to say, that unlike the product description I didn't think that this went on smoothly, and I did think that is tugged at my eyes. It didn't go on in a consistent, solid line, and looked patchy and all over the place! Even after sharpening it to get a fine point again, it felt as though it was too smudgy to create a good line.
I have tried (and liked) some of their other products, but I found these eyeliners disappointing.
I love eyeliner, I have several, one in each of my handbags and a few at home. I always carry an eyeliner with me because my eyes tend to water for no apparent reason and usually this smudges my eyeshadow at the corner of the lid so aside from using them under my eyes I also use them to repair the damage when this happens.
As some of you will already know I'm a fan of E.L.F products as they are cheap but good quality so when I noticed the eyeliners on this site I bought a couple. Of course as these are E.L.F products they cost only £1.50 each which to me seemed fantastic.
Cheap eyeliners can be a bit hit and miss. They are sometimes, in my experience, too hard and you can't get the colour onto your eyes at all so I wasn't sure what I would be getting for my £1.50 but at that price they were certainly worth a try.
I don't really know why they call them brightening eyeliners, it's an odd name but apparently they are a gel and powder formula which makes them apply easily. This is a must for me, as someone whose hands shake far too much for liquid eyeliner I need pencils that I can use behind the upper eyelashes instead.
The pencils are about 6 inches long, white in colour regardless of the colour of the tip and all come with a free pencil sharpener. Excellent, I'm always misplacing my sharpeners so the fact I now have several means I can always find one. The colour goes on easily, these pencils are nice and soft which means they often need sharpening but it's worth it for a precise line.
The staying power of these eyeliners is as good as any other brand I've used previously and I've used several, ranging from very cheap to quite expensive. Even though I regularly sharpen my pencils they are lasting very well and not disappearing rapidly.
As for using them underneath the eyes they don't leave behind clumps of pencil like some brands seem to and I've never had to reapply under the eye at all, once it's on it stays put.
Removing the eyeliner is exactly the same as with other brands, use your normal eye make up remover before going to bed and if you have an excellent remover there will be no trace of the eyeliner the next day and if you don't you will wake up with panda eyes! This is not the fault of the eyeliner though.
Overall I can't recommend these pencils highly enough. £1.50 is nothing for such an excellent product, they last well and stay on your eyes once applied, the tips are lovely and soft and the colour goes on easily and receiving a free sharpener with each pencil means you'll never be short of sharpeners either. Another excellent product from E.L.F that can be purchased by going to www.eyeslipsface.co.uk
Gel-powder formulation infused with skin soothers instantly brightens and glides on smoothly without tugging the delicate eye area /