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I love make up and the satisfying feeling of looking my best, some people may find this vain but I feel much more confident while wearing make up. I have bought a lot of new make up recently as I had to have a huge clear out of my old make up. I hoard make up for years and im moving house soon and decided to clear out anything I don't need or use any more and realising I had make up that was at least 5 years old I felt ill thinking how much bacteria must be accumulating on my cosmetics. It was a great excuse for a shopping trip.
I love expensive make up when I can afford it but as im moving house I settled for high street brands. I bought the Maxfactor masterpiece glide and define eye-liner, I purchased it from boots. It cost £6.99 and I collected 24 advantage card points. Boots also sell the eye-liner on their website but I prefer to shop on the high street when buying make up so I can see what im buying.
Maxfactor is one of the better brands on the high street and have been around for as many years as I can remember, certainly a excellent quality brand. The eye-liner comes in a small tube similar to a mascara but a smaller and thinner tube, its roughly 4 inches long. The lid unscrews but the applicator is attached to the other end which also stores the eye-liner liquid, I found this fantastic as its impossible to make a mess with this liquid byliner. The tube has a matt finish to it and gold writing on it, the matt finish helps you have more control at applying the eye liner as I had a eye-liner that has a gloss finish to the tube and applying the eye-liner made my hand sweat and always caused me to make a mess of my eye liner. Applying eye-liner is a skill you have to master as it doesn't come natural, I find it the hardest part of applying make up. The applicator reminds me of a felt pen, it has a nice pointed tip and allows just the right amount of eye-liner to flow from the applicator.
Its very easy to use with practice! I find when applying eye-liner I like to sit at a desk or a table with a mirror on front of me so I can see what im doing. I was told if you keep your elbow on the table at all times it stops your hand shaking and you end up with better results. I always start at the inner corner of my eyes and drag it along my upper eye lid to the other end of my eyes, for a night out I finish with a slight flick at the end.
Its a excellent product to use as it glided smoothly without having to put in much effort, unlike a eye liner pencil that can be rough on my skin so I would recommend it to people with sensitive skin. It allows you to build up more definition but I recommend allowing it to dry before adding another layer or a thicker line. I bought the black colour but its also available in smoke and brown shades. The black was jet black, it made my eyes much more interesting and dramatic. It has real staying power, if I apply it in the morning it stays put all day and night and the colour does not smudge or fade at all, I am very great full for this as I hate applying eye liner. I recommend that you remove the eye-liner with eye make up remover on cotton wool, it comes of easy but I prefer to know it has all came off before I have make up smudges on my pillows or towels.
I love the eye-liner and find it excellent value for money, 5 dooyoo stars*****
I love drawing a line over my lashline to finish up the mascara look but I've never been very talented when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner. I tried with khols and pencils but it was to thick and not black enough, and when I was trying liquid eyeliner, the line was always wobbly, with waves, rather than thin and straight, which resulted in me wasting my time in the morning applying it/wiping it off (and you know how precious those minutes are in the morning!). It got a bit frustrating until the day MaxFactor launched the Glide and Define Eye liner.
It is a liquid eyeliner with a strong black colour, but in the shape of a pencil! The precision tip is a sponge applicator that delivers a constant quantity of product and glides effortlessly onto your eyelid.
Some people said in their reviews that the tip was drying out after a couple of applications, but it is a sponge tip, so you just need to shake it well (with the cap on!) before applying to make sure the tip is soaked up with product and get the deep black colour, or try to leave it vertically with the sponge side pointing downwards and you'll see the difference. The sponge is not too hard or too soft which means I can actually draw neat lines (thin or thick) in one go without having to wipe anything off.
It lasts the whole day and doesn't smudge at all.
It is very small so it fits perfectly in your hand when applying it and fits perfectly in your make-up bag or your handbag pocket if you want to carry it around.
I wear contact lenses and I never had any reaction with this product, so I can say it is suitable for contact lenses wearers.
I have worn eyeliner since about the age of 11 when I used to play with my Mum's make up. I used to use kohl pencil eyeliner, however found it did not give enough colour or definition, so switched to liquid eyeliner. My normal product was a cheaper brand which worked well, however it didn't last long. So, being a Max Factor fan I decided to try Masterpiece Glide and Define. I only bought it due to it being on a buy two products and get the third one free offer. I needed to find a third product and figured that liquid eyeliner would come in handy.
The eyeliner is like a small felt tip pen, with a spongey but firm nib in a contained pen-like tube about 8 cms long. The liquid is inside and it keeps its consistency with the help of a little ball which you need to shake to avoid clogging. It has a screw lid to stop it from drying up.
Application at first seemed fairly easy as the nib was nice and moist but not overloaded with product. Due to the pen being small in size it is fairly simple to get a good grip and draw a steady line, although this does take some practice if you are not used to it. The liquid does glide onto the lid easily and is definitely well defined and pigmented. The colour is long lasting and generally does not fade or wipe off easily. Yet despite these good points, this glide and define only lasts about 3 goes before the nib begins to dry up. I was hugely impressed with the eyeliner at first, but that soon changed once this happened. It became difficult to get the liquid through the sponge nib enough in order to get a good, thick line on my eye lid. I was constantly having to shake the pen, draw a little, shake again, and draw a bit more. It became annoying and only got worse, so I gave up using the product after a short while as it was almost impossible to draw with.
A recent Christmas present means I now have to experience the joys of this item all over again, which I don't mind, but I would not repurchase it myself.
This is a great eyeliner and I would definately buy it again.
With it being a Max Factor product it is quite expensive as I think I paid about £7 for it but it is better than a pencil eyeliner and is worth the money in my opinion.
I always have trouble applying eyeliner so thought this might be easier to use and it really is. The tip of the eyeliner is like a felt tip pen rather than a brush so it definately glides on very smoothly and feels a lot easier to apply as it doesn't drag your skin like a pencil eyeliner does. It looks smooth and sleek when applied. It does leave quite a thick line though as the nib is quite big but I have never found it to be a problem as it really makes my eyes stand out.
I think the packaging is quite plain and simple and it is a nice small size so I can carry it about with me.
Once applied this eyeliner lasted all day on me so the tube is lasting really well as I only have to apply it once a day.
I definately think it is worth the money and would recommend it to all my friends.
I have tried nearly every eyeliner under the sun in the search for one I can actually apply, but I'm afraid the search didn't end here.
It promises a new way to apply liquid eyeliner, with a felt-tip pen style applicator, rather than a brush which is dipped in the product.
The actual application of this product I did find easier than the traditional brush style, but only when I first used it brand new. It dries out SO quickly.
I'm not just talking after a few days or weeks, it dries out WHILE you're applying it.
I'd do one eye and then it'd have hardly any product left for the other! By the next time you go to use it, it recovers a bit but then the same thing happens again and it dries out. Pretty useless really.
Although it is easier to apply than other liners, I don't think it's revolutionised them in any way. It's still quite hard and the felt tip pen style just can't hold enough product.
Let the search continue!
I spotted the Max Factor Masterpiece Glide & Define liquid eyeliner and decided that I needed it. My problem is that I want to do the smoky eyed sexy smouldering look but find it impossible to draw a straight line across my top lashes and decided that instead of using a kohl pencil that I would try the Glide & Define.
The eyeliner comes in a little black tube with a screw cap lid, which is no longer than 3 inches long and has the typical Max Factor gold writing and fits perfectly into my little clutch bag when I'm out on the town.
What attracted me to the liquid eyelid is the application brush, it is more like a felt tip pen nib which makes application easier and more precise, it is quite small but thick and I could achieve the effect that I desired. I really like my eyes and wanted to frame them without my eyeliner becoming smudged or half way down my cheeks and I find applying this before a night out, that it stays put all night long.
I will definitely continue to buy this liquid eyeliner, I really like the fact that it's so easy to apply and it's definitely a bargain at just under £7 in Boots. As well as coming in black, it is also available in Smoky - grey and brown.
I very rarely use liquid eyeliner because it tends to end up looking as if my eyes have been attacked by a maniac with a felt tip, so when I read Max Factor's claim that "this new miracle brings a touch of ease to one of make-up's toughest tasks", I was keen to give it a shot.
The design of the product deviates from the norm somewhat in that instead of having a brush or wand for dipping into the liquid eyeliner, you have what is basically a pen with which you outline your eyes. How exactly this is meant to lend to greater precision and fewer smudges, I can't imagine. If you have shaky hands, you're still going to get an uneven line. If you tilt the pen too much, you're still going to get a great black streak across your eyelid. All the problems that are traditionally associated with liquid eyeliner products remain unsolved with this product, despite the manufacturer's grand claims. Anything that you apply by hand is going to be imperfect irrespective of how nicely designed the applicator is. What we really need is a free-standing laser-precision eyeliner-applying machine, but I doubt one of those is on the horizon.
Originally written for Amazon.
Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define Eye Liner!
When getting home I tried it immediately and I was really happy with it and quite surprised at how quick and easy it was to use! The nib of the pen is really firm, making it very easy to control. The solution is really black which is good and it I can draw neat straight or flicked lines in under a minute! It is also really small so it can easily fit in your hand bag, make up bag or suitcase for holidays! It is also fine with my sensitive skin!
They come in a range of colours including:
* Brown black
* Smoke (teal)
They are currently on sale at boots for £6.99 which is so worth it! You will be surprised what you can do. Also you can see the video tutorials on how to do different look and make up tip on the max factor website which is really good too. Im my opinion it is a must buy! You just need a steady hand and you could also do with some damp cotton buds for the mistakes.
Thank you for reading my review
I have tried a lot of liquid eyeliners in the past as it is my favorite thing in my make up bag and I bought this one as I was running low and I have to say it is the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used. It is very easy to apply and comfortable to hold so you make less mistakes. It lasts throughout the day and it applies over eyeshadow really well which isn't always the case with the pen eyeliners. The pen tip is very soft so its kind on your eyes. The only down side is the price as its quite expensive compared to other liquid eyeliners but I definately think its worth spending a bit more for the quality and it lasts longer than most other brands which is suprising as the bottle is quiet small. I use it everyday because its so quick to apply and really brightens up your eyes.
I am rubbish when it comes to putting on makeup so therefore i try to stick with the basics and leave it at that!
However i have taken a liking of wearing top liner it makes my lashes look fuller and brilliant for covering any lines after you've put false lashes on!
I did have in my makeup kit a pen liner and a liquid liner - well lets just say the pen liner won hands down because drawing a straight line on paper is not the same when trying to put liner on - it ended up wonky and all over my face when using the liquid one!
I have used Max factor mascara now for the last couple of years since developing sensitive eyes and max factor doesn't seem to be all that irritable.
So needing a new mascara and liner i headed down to my local boots where i was met with the Max factor consultant, who was very helpful and luckily the products was on 3 4 2 - bargain.
So i walked away with a new mascara, pen liner and foundation.
I have now been using this product for around 2 months now. I don't wear makeup every day so when I do buy any makeup product it does last me some time. But i am not overly impressed. It's seems to have ran out quicker than i thought it would and at £6.99 for only a small item makes me be-grudge to buy another.
I'm constantly have to keep shaking it to get the liquid out and onto the pen and if there is not a lot of ink on the nib, it wipes of some of the liner that you've put on your eye having to go over it yet again.
I think this it good it you wear a lot of makeup and more than likely be purchasing more frequently than what i do and if don't have a steady hand but i don't think i will be buying this again especially at that price!
I was really surprised to see that this eye liner had such bad reviews! I have a Laura Mercier eye liner that I swear by for giving my eyes subtle day time definition but for nights out I want something a bit more dramatic and I have struggled for so long to find a liquid eyeliner that does the job. Until now!
~~~ Appearance and packaging ~~~
I don't usually buy Max Factor products, not because I've had a bad experience or anything, more because the packaging doesn't exactly draw you in. When I'm browsing the makeup aisles in Boots I'm much more likely to be tempted by the pretty packaging of Bourjois than the dull dark colours that Max Factor produce. Ridiculous, I know, but also true. This eye liner isn't exactly inspiring with its simplistic black design and gold writing; perhaps they are going for simplistic, minimalistic chic, but to me it just makes it all too easy to pass by.
The eye liner comes in a really handy little tube which makes it ideal to pop in your makeup bag or handbag. The lid comes off to reveal a nib like those on a felt tip pen. I've tried Bourjois' felt tip style liquid liner without success but the nib on this one seems to be thinner and comes to a finer point.
~~~ Application and overall effect ~~~
I've read other reviews that have said that the small size makes it hard to apply but I actually found the opposite. I personally found it to be just big enough to hold comfortably whilst still small enough to allow precise application. As I mentioned, I found the Bourjois equivalent tricky to apply but the thinner nib on this one allowed me to get right up to the lash line. The result was a line that was not too thick and didn't make my eyes look panda-esque (a la Bourjois).
I bought the eye liner in "Smoke" which is grey in colour and perfect for my fair skin. I often find that the majority of eyeliners come in black or brown, neither of which are quite right for me but this colour is perfect.
The thing I liked most about this eyeliner is the ability to build up as you require. The slim nib meant that I could apply a really neat line for the inner corner of my eye, whilst allowing me to build it up on the outer corner for a more dramatic look.
~~~ Sensitivity ~~~
Being a liquid liner it is really smooth and glides on easily without having to drag it across the eyelid and causing irritaton. I also have quite sensitive eyes with some mascaras and liners making my eyes red and itchy within minutes of applying but I had no problems with this one at all. It didn't irritate my eyes, even after hours of wearing it.
~~~ Staying power ~~~
I wore this liner on a night out recently and whilst the majority of my makeup seemed to have disappeared by the end of the night, my eyeliner was still in tact! Impressive!
~~~ Removal ~~~
I was slightly concerned at how I'd manage to get the liner off since it proved it's staying power so well, but I actually found it came off easily with cotton wool pads and my trusty Clinique eye makeup remover. There was no need to scrub at my eyelids, it came away easily without leaving my eyes looking red and patchy
~~~ Price and availability ~~~
You can buy this, and other Max Factor products from Boots, Superdrug, online and other pharmacies. I bought my liner for just less than £7 which I didn't think was bad at all considering how much you can pay for other liners that, in my opinion, aren't as good.
~~~ How the professionals do it! ~~~
If you're interested I stumbled across this link which shows you how to apply the liner and how to get the best out of it. I found it quite helpful in perfecting the "flick" look I was after.
~~~ Pros ~~~
- Not too expensive
- Handy size
- Easy to use
- Allows a precise application
~~ Cons ~~~
- It will dry up quicker than a normal liner but thats true of most liquid eye liners
I thought I would give this a try after buying some makeup from www.boots.com it looked good but to be honest I thought it was rubbish!
I always wear eyeliner and have tried a few and I am not impressed with this at all.
The general design is sleek and small, and the brush is firm and a bit like a felt tip, you can make the definition either small or thick with an easy sweep but it's lacking something else!
And what it is lacking is the actual eye liner inside, you have to shake it a lot to get anything out, and when sweeping it across the eye it's a bit like a felt tip that has been left out and dried. Sometimes you get lucky and manage to get a good amount out, but I feel I have to go over the same area over and over again.
The eyeliner does not seem to have any smell which is good, and I like the general design and the brush there is just a problem with the quality of the actual product inside.
Once you have managed to get a decent application on your eyes, it does last all day, I would recommend if you were out at night to re-apply and it's not waterproof either.
It's easy to take off like any eyeliner really, just get some facial wipes.
I have only ever seen this product in black so there is no other choice as yet, maybe because they have realised fainter colours would be useless!
So overall a pretty useless product if you want an eyeliner don't bother
RRP is around £6-7
Just how hard can it be to draw a straight line? Ordinarily no problem maybe, but if you are trying to draw it on your eyelid it's a different matter! I am sure most ladies will be able to recount many infuriating experiences when attempting this task. Sorry I don't mean to be sexist, maybe some men of a more theatrical persuasion have had similar experiences! For myself, I have tried everything. I would be rich if I still had all the money I have spent over the years on kohl pencils and liquid eyeliner varieties.
Although I don't use eyeliner that often, I sometimes feel the need to define my blinkers on special occasions when out to impress. (I am never sure who I am trying to impress - maybe just myself in the mirror!) I must be some sort of masochist because I know in trying to eye line, I am just asking for a stress attack! On goes the eye shadow, no problem, and then starts the "fun" as I pull one eyelid as taut as I can which is no mean feat when they are starting so sag a bit with age! Then, as I squint in the mirror with the other eye, starts the attempt to draw a bold but discrete line across the line of my sparse lashes. I don't have the DTs (well not often!) but inevitably this brings on a shaky hand and quivering eyelid attack. On more than one occasion I have even managed to stick the implement into my eye resulting in one red and watering eye effect that can endure for hours, totally defeating the object of trying to make myself more attractive in the first place! I seldom succeed in producing any acceptable result without the use of a damp cotton bud to wipe away the many deviations from the straight and narrow. Of course this invariably also wipes away some of the eye shadow too and when this is re-applied it's difficult not to cover the eye liner and so on ad nauseum!
At least this was always the scenario until, a few years ago, I found a product which helped me to achieve better results more easily. This was a Boots No 7 eyeliner which was a wand like implement with a very thin tip like a felt tip pen. It wasn't perfect but after this discovery I had much happier eye definition experiences, that was until Boots decided to discontinue the line! Isn't it always the way? I emailed them in protest and got a standard unhelpful reply. I went to the shop and moaned to the assistant who just persuaded me to try their little bottles of liquid with a thin brush. It was no good at all for me as the brush was just too soft and the liquid ended up all over the place as my torturous attempts resumed. Imagine my delight when I recently stumbled across this Max Factor Glide and Define Eye Liner which is a similar arrangement to my trusty, old friend!
It's amazing what you learn when researching a review! Max Factor has been around all my life and I used to use many of their products before I realised they had become part of the giant Proctor and Gamble empire and was made aware of that company's questionable animal testing credentials. For example, until I checked the company website, I never knew that Max Factor was actually a real person. According to Wikipedia, his full name was Maximilian Faktorowicz. He was originally a makeup artist for the Russian Royal ballet, who founded the cosmetic company in 1909 and went on to become makeup artist to many Hollywood stars in the 1920's and 1930's such as Jean Harlow, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Judy Garland. He even appeared in cameo parts in some films. Of course Max Factor still trade on being "make-up artists to the stars".
I know I will never look like a Hollywood star and don't aspire to those heights! It was just my unfortunate lack of ability in the eye lining department which drew me to this product making it a "must have". And my animal testing concerns? Well I have to admit that I have always stuck to one Max Factor product (their 2000 Calorie Mascara) because I have never found an alternative that works so well. Besides I will never be a 100% ethical. I wonder who can be because I know I must buy hundreds of unethical products even quite unwittingly. It's so difficult to keep up with who owns whom let alone who does what! I can't plead ignorance on this occasion. I was so eager to try this I just cast aside those principles and swept my scruples under the carpet. Shameful, but at least I have admitted it!
So there it was in my hand ,an eight centimetre long, quite chubby, little article in the usual Max Factor black with gold lettering. It cost me £6.84 from Boots online where I only found two shades at that time, brown and black. Apparently, it also comes in "Smoke", which looks to me like a light shade of grey! I chose the brown as I reasoned it would not only be better for my pale skin tones but also show up my mistakes less blatantly!
And what does it claim to do? Well, according to the Max Factor website, "the hunt for the perfect liquid eyeliner is over (and this) draws a line under badly applied eyeliner for good". Moving quickly over this intentional or unintentional pun, it continues, "Whether you're an eyeliner pro or a total first timer this new miracle brings a touch of ease to one of make-up's toughest tasks." On Boots website the description states that "this combines the smoothness of liquid eyeliner with the precision of a kohl pencil". In my experience smoothness and precision are not words I would associate with any eyeliner products but I live in hopes!
And does it work? Well yes and no! I have not seen any instructions for use (maybe it normally comes in a box with instructions because Boots often seem to remove packaging before sending out the items). However, as the similar No7 item used to require a good shake, having unscrewed the top, I held it tip downwards and did the same. It rattled as if it contains a ball bearing which I assume assists the flow of the liquid to the tip. The tip is much finer than that I previously encountered. It tapers down to a tip almost as sharp as a pinhead.
I was impressed that drawing a straight line on the back of my hand was as easy as ABC! Drawing the same on my eyelid was a little more difficult. It glides for a brief while and a nice fine line appears, in roughly the right place at that, but it is a very short line because the tip seems to run dry before I get too far. Strangely enough, when this happens, I can still get a result on my hand, presumably because I am holding it vertically. Could it be that if I had very long arms I could use the same horizontal technique on my eyes? Sadly I have evolved too far and have to use the vertically held method! I find that I must shake and reload it at least twice before I can finish off one entire eyelid and my eyes are not that large! Of course, having to break off and resume in this way makes the whole process far more difficult than accomplishing it in one clean sweep as I have to ensure I am getting back on line as it were!
My old No 7 also used to suffer a similar drying out but only when it was expiring. With this Max Factor offering it has been the same from the off! I also find it a little too short in stature! Maybe my cheekbones stick out too much or my nose is too big but I find it a little too short to manoeuvre with ease or to achieve easy access to all areas. It's the same problem I find with the bottled liquid brush versions. Again my No 7 excelled because it was a good couple of inches longer! In this case I find size does really matter!
As to the £6.84 price, it's hard to judge if this is good value as I don't know of any comparable products and nowhere can I find any indication of how much it contains. Judging by the size of the container it is less than the 60 mls in my little Boots No 7 bottle but for that I paid £8.30 so maybe it isn't too bad. How long it will last is open to speculation as I can't see the contents. I have used it half a dozen times or so and it is still going strong but this isn't much of a recommendation. After a quick search of price comparison sites, I have not found it any cheaper except there are currently a few on offer at ebay.
And will I buy it again? Despite my criticisms I can achieve quite a nice clean eye line (eventually) and one that defines my eyes without being too obvious. It's also easier and more precise than the alternatives and less messy than the liquids. Above all, although this method may still be a little irritating, overall it's less stressful. It doesn't play up my sensitive eyes and it wipes off very easily with my ordinary Simple cleansing lotion. So the answer is yes, I will probably buy it again especially as I haven't yet found any similar products. If anybody has I would love to hear from them.
Maybe some would say it's time to give up such vanities but I enjoy the end result even if nobody else notices so I will persevere until the droopy eyelid syndrome make it totally impractical! Hopefully that will be a few years hence. There's life in this ol' gal yet a while and thankfully I still have a twinkle in my eye, at least on the days it is not bloodshot due to my cosmetic wand missing its mark!
The hunt for a perfect liquid eyeliner is over! New Masterpiece Glide & Define draws a line under badly applied liner for good / Now, whether youre an eyeliner pro or a total first timer this new miracle brings a touch of ease to one of make-ups toughest tasks / With the Glide & Define precision tip your eyes will be beautifully defined / And whats more this miniature marvel will easily slip into your handbag for effortless reapplication on the go.