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Wearing liquid eyeliner on a daily basis means I go through quite a lot of the stuff. With a recent ELF online order I decided to get a pot to keep as a reserve for when mine run out. It is available to purchase in a variety of shades from normal black to a deep purple and brown. Each 5ml bottle of liquid eyeliner costs £1.50 from eyelipsface.co.uk but there are quite often many different types of deals and money off codes floating around.
The packaging is quite basic, it comes in a dome shaped bottle with a long black handle at the top. It isn't very pleasing on the eye with very basic text on the bottle and no type of design. It is totally black in colour signifying the colour of the eyeliner itself. The lid of the bottle also acts as the handle for the applicator, after unscrewing it from the top of the bottle you are met with the brush which is quite typical of most liquid eyeliners. It has bristles but they are kind of all stuck together that go into a point so it isn't too tricky to apply without getting a thick line.
I'm quite the liquid eyeliner expert now; I apply it to my upper eyelids just above the lash line. To achieve the look I like I simply pull my eyes out to the side so it's easier to get a straight line and pull the brush across the top. I like to do it in one go without stopping halfway through or it normally ends in a shambles. I find that the applicator allows me to do the line in one long sweep so I don't encounter any problems with it pulling or tugging along the eyelid.
The consistency of the eyeliner itself is quite thin so to get the nice black line I like, I usually have to wait for the first coat to dry then apply again as it is quite watery looking with just the one coat. I don't find this a problem though as it dries quite quickly anyway so there isn't much waiting around until you can apply the second coat. Once I've applied the second coat I am really pleased with the overall look it achieves. It doesn't irritate my eyes in anyway.
The staying power is also great and it doesn't smudge at all, I can apply it in the morning and it still looks great when I go to remove it before bed. Where this is a good thing, it also means when it comes to removing my makeup, it is quite tough to get off but that isn't a problem for me as I'd rather it have good staying power than being easy to remove.
Overall, for the price, I think this ELF liquid eyeliner is definitely worth it and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It's something I will be ordering again as it gives a good look (after the second coat!) and stays well.
Those who read my reviews will know I am a huge E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) fan. After my huge haul in the last ever 50% off sale I purchased a huge variety of items I normally don't buy to have a large variety and also so that I could try out dome new products. have had this around 2 weeks now and therefore I shall be reviewing it today.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
These are available from the E.L.F website in the UK (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk), however in America it can be bought from various stores as well as online websites for around the world. It can definately be picked up but just to mention in addition to keep a look out in TKMaxx as sometimes the products can be found there for a little cheaper than online.
The cost of these is an incredibly tiny £1.50, a fabulous price if you ask me. I paid just 75p for mine so an even better deal but I would be more than happy to pay full price for this.
*~* Packaging *~*
This comes as most of the basic E.L.F products do attached to a baby pink card with a transparent plastic cover keeping it attached to the card. The card gives various details such as the colour, size (5 ml), contact information, ingredients, instructions how to use, company logo etc. Very informative but nothing special.
Inside the transparent plastic case is the actual product itself. It is a sort of teardrop shaped bottle with the top being a long, thin handle that has a brush that extends inside the bottle. The bottle itself is clear as the colour can be seen inside.
I personally love the bottle shape, it is very feminine and curved, definately my favourite over the conventional bottles.
*~* Eyeliner Itself *~*
On opening the product and withdrawing the brush I was suprised to find that no longer are the bristles soft and flexible but hard, more like a felt tip pen which being honest I wasn't sure how it was going to apply as I use the pencil kind I figured it couldn't be much different.
The colour was well pigmented and exactly as it is shown on the website. I went for 'Pearl' as black is far too dark for my complexion and eye colour on my eyelid but I knew with this being lighter it would look better.
The liquid was neither too thick nor too thin, it stayed on the brush until I applied where I wanted it to go, it has a very light shimmer and the shade I chose was very shimmery and caught the light very well. I had no problems with applying this, the only complaint I would have is that the tip of the brush is a point which therefore allows streaks in the application, it would have been better with a rounded end end or flexible bristles on the point to avoid this. It's easily solved with a couple of coats however. Excellent to apply and get a very thin or thick line depending on your choice. Personally I found that the brush was a little too hard for my liking which again not a major problem just a niggle but of course this could be as I am used to blunt pencils for application.
I did find it took a little longer than I had anticipated for it to dry, therefore meaning I had a semi circle at the top of my eyes and to remove rubbing was not getting rid of it, water or a remover wipe was the only was to get rid of it which is definately a plus. After a really long time of wear you can find little flakes on your cheeks but this is after a good 12 hours at least which for the price I feel is exceptional value.
I had no problems with irritation or smudging and I can sometimes have sensitivity to certain products however this was not one of them. Neither did it dry out my skin at all.
Also E.L.F keep their products animal testing free which is an excellent feature of the company and the products.
*~* Overall *~*
Overall I feel this is exceptional value for money, I do have a couple of niggles but nothing at all major. Despite very rarely using liquid liner as it always smudges or goes on wrong I found that this was very easy to apply, no irritation, a tiny price tag, 9 various shades to choose from, long lasting and an exellent colour for both day and night time wear.
I can't recommend this enough although I can only give it 4 stars for the couple of little niggles I have explained.
A while ago when shopping for a few bits on E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) I suddenly decided to give liquid eyeliner another try. I haven't got on with liquid eyeliner in the past, the brush has always put too much product on my eyes or not enough and add to that my shaky hands and I've got myself a bit of a disaster! I tend to either use eye pencils to line my upper lid or eyeshadow instead but as the product was only £1.50 I bought one anyway.
The E.L.F version comes in a 5ml tube and 9 different colours so there's something that will suit everyone. It is unscented and claims to be smudge proof and "easy glide" so it doesn't pull on the skin. I went for the Ash one which is a dark grey as I have green eyes.
When the product arrived it was on a simple piece of card and in a small bottle with a pointed lid. I opened it up wondering what kind of brush it would have and found to my relief gone are the days where a proper little brush was used with these products, the brush was like those felt tip pens you used to (and maybe still can) get called "brush paints" so it was like a pointed felt tip pen that is to be dipped into the liquid. I knew without the added complication of bristles that bend I'd have a better chance of drawing a tidy line.
The colour was true to the website and a very nice dark grey so perfect for very defined eyes or smokey eyes. The pointed lid was easy to hold and I hold it like a pen. The brush type applicator is small and slim so I could choose how thick or what shape I wanted the lines. All in all it was looking like a good buy.
I can actually say right from the first try with this I've not had any problems. I find dipping the brush into the liquid once and wiping some excess off on the neck of the bottle gives me enough for one eyelid. I only use this on my upper lids and tend to make a line that's thicker towards the outer edge of my lid and thin until it disappears behind my lashes near the centre of the lid so I suppose I use a "wing" kind of effect. One dip draws this perfectly and because the brush doesn't have bendy bristles it doesn't splash or blob on my lids. I can actually use this liquid eyeliner with no mistakes which is a first for me! The brush is more like a felt tip pen and doesn't wobble or bend so even with my shakey hands it's easy to get this right first time. As for "easy glide" it is indeed and doesn't pull at the skin at all.
As for the claim it is smudge proof, I can smudge this if I rub my eyes of course but if I don't touch my eyes it does stay put until I remove it with Baby Lotion. It isn't a waterproof product so doesn't need oil based removers to take it off. One thing I will say is make sure you don't have so much on the brush it will bleed into the eye as it stings if you get it in your eyes, I know because I've accidentally done this but it was my fault and not the products.
Overall this is the first liquid liner I've been able to use, the brush is just the right size and shape and there's lots of liquid in the little pot. The lid is nicely shaped to hold to apply and this draws perfect results that stay put as long as you leave your eyes alone. At £1.50 it's also a bargain so I can find no fault with it and this is definitely one of E.L.F's success stories for me. A full 5 stars from me.