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Last year, after seeing many "felt tip" eyeliners popping up here and there in beauty and cosmetics stores, as well as within the make up cases of several friends, I was determined to buy one and try it out for myself. However, as I had planned to cut down my cosmetics budget by quite a lot, I decided, instead of spending hours reading internet reviews to find the ABSOLUTE best one (which would have killed me), I would put it on my Christmas list instead and let my friends choose for me.
They decided on the Maybelline Line Definer, and I was quite pleased upon opening my present and finding it. Maybelline has always been one of my preferred brands; effective, yet not overly flashy or expensive. A quick Amazon search showed me that this product costs around £5 nowadays, though I am sure it would not cost too much from a cosmetic store (like Superdrug) as I think that Maybelline is in the middle of the make up price range. However, because of my high expectations, I found myself feeling a little bit disappointed having actually tried the product.
The exterior pen design is overall quite attractive; it is shaped like a pen but more sleek, in a shade of deep, dark pink. The pen cap is easily pulled off and pushed on again- no complicated twisting function or anything. The nib of the pen did not exactly resemble a felt tip pen, but in theory it was similar; it was longer than expected, with a thin tip at the end- like the tips of fabric pens. The shape is long and thin, but it still fits into most cosmetic bags, and looks quite sophisticated lying there, ready to be used, as well, so no complaints about the packaging.
However, the fact that the nib is so long is quite annoying, as it bends quite easily (the almost spongy material of the nib, though versatile, is very bendy) and instead of the thin precise line you generally hope for using the tip of the pen, you end up getting a thick wonky line, as the sides of the nib have been incorporated too. To prevent this from happening, you have to press down very lightly, leaving an uneven line.
This product from Maybelline is also very prone to smudging, and takes quite some time to dry, which I find is a great inconvenience, as you have to keep your eyes firmly shut (I close them for about 30 seconds as I don't want it to smudge) or you will have great big black streaks above your eyelids which do not exactly give a very attractive effect. This means that it is hard to see what you are doing, and you need a very steady hand to achieve a good effect.
As well as this, the Line Definer looks like a felt tip, and the overall effect looks like it has been done by a felt tip marker too (especially if you use it clumsily). The pen tends to give me an uneven result, sometimes not leaving behind enough liquid eyeliner, and sometimes depositing too much, making the drying time even longer.
I would suggest that you use it on your top lids instead of your bottom lids, because the effect is just too uneven for them. However, this would take ages to dry, and you really don't want to be smudging the eyeliner on your top lid.
After all that criticism, I should point out that I have had this product since Christmas and it still has not run out; so you could say that this is a long lasting product. Also, it can be used to make bolder, darker lines than an eyeliner pencil. After it has dried, it smudges less than a typical eyeliner pencil, and lasts for a long time per application, yet it is relatively simple to remove using make up wipes.
Overall, I am not too pleased with this product, but I am probably more disappointed because I had such high expectations for it in the first place. Also, I would like to point out that the qualities of this line definer is probably similar to the line definers of other brands; making it not the brand's problem as much as the actual concept's problem. I just do not think eyeliners and felt tips are meant to mix, and I think I'm going to stick with good old regular eye pencils in the future.
I bought this eye-liner about a year ago when my older one ran out, which was a wee brush in a pot of liquid (just to add that that choice of eye-liner is not the easiest to use). I had seen the product advertised in a magazine and thought it looked pretty good. One small problem i had with the product when first using it was the fact that the lid was so tightly put on that it was really difficult to get off!
The eye-liner is in th form of a pen which makes everything much easier - it's the easiest i've ever used anyway. I have had the product for about a year and use it about 3 times a week and it still has not run out so i think it is very good value for money.
-- Availability --
I purchased the product from Superdrug, but i also know that it is available in Boots and other drug stores. I can't find it online, im not sure why it would not be available online - it may be because it is not in stock. The product costs between £5 and £6 and is available in black and brown - i would recomend black if you are using it on your eye-lid to create a 'wing' effect.
-- Ease of use --
As with all liquid eye-liners i little trial and improvement is required - if you are artistic then obviously there would be no problem. I don't agree with needing 'a steady hand' when applying eye-liner because if you make mistakes you can just wipe them off with a face wipe, which i don't see as being too much effort. If you get the method right them it is not problem using at all.
-- How to get it right --
The trick with using a liquid eye-liner to create the 'wing' effect, coming from experience, is: stretch the eye-lid; understand how your eye-lid creases and folds and how to work around them; have a firm grip on the eye-liner pen and practise, practise, practise! If you need to, watch some tutorial videos which are available on youtube and other websites.
I think this product is very good. Good value for money and good qulity. I would recommend it to everyone as i have not had any problems with it.
I have started using these 'felt-tip' eye liners very recently after seeing a Bourjois one and thinking how much easier it looked to apply than the usual liquid eye liners, which I have always stayed away from! I think you need a very steady hand when applying liquid eye liner, which I do not have. However, these felt-tip looking eye liners are liquid, but make it much easier to apply. I have only ever used Bourjois' own version of this eye liner and loved it, and thought I would always stick to that one in future. However, when I was recently shopping in Boots with my mam, they had Maybelline make-up on a 3 for 2 promotion. As my mam was buying a couple products she suggested I get the eye liner by Maybelline instead of Bourjois as I could get it in the promotion.
After comparing the two I decided I would try Maybelline's version. They looked exactly the same, exact perhaps for the length of the tip, where Bourjois' is slightly longer. I didn't think that would make much difference and tried the eyeliner out on my hand to see how dark it was. It was just as dark as I like and so purchased it.
The eye liner costs £5.59 but it worked out cheaper for me as I got it in the 3 for 2 promotion at Boots. It is also available from Superdrug and supermarkets that sell Maybelline products. I have searched online for this product and can't seem to find it, so I am not sure if this is new and just isn't available on Boots and Superdrug's websites yet, but they are definitely available to buy instore. This one is available in black or brown, I purchased the black one.
I tried this eye liner definer out the next day, after I finally managed to get the lid off! I applied it along my top lash line first and it did go on neatly and straight, considering it's actually a liquid liner and I have shaky hands, even I managed to apply this neatly! However, It wasn't very dark or jet black, like I would like it to be. So I went over the line a few more times to get the required darkness, but it took that many attempts that the tip was starting to hurt my eyes. It started to tug at the skin on my eye. I had none of these problems with the Bourjois eye liner and so was a bit disappointed. The tip of the liner is much harder than that on the Bourjois, which I had got used to. This meant I had to be much more gentler when applying it and so it does take some time to apply it to both eyes.
I actually thought that if the tip wasn't as soft as the Bourjois then it would be easier to apply, but in fact it's quite the opposite! The softness of the Bourjois one means I can put as many coats on as I like and it won't tug and hurt my skin.
Maybelline state on their website that this has a flexible felt tip applicator for extreme precision, but it really isn't that flexible! You might believe it is if you have never tried any other eye liners like this, but if like me and you have, you will straight away realise it isn't and there are better felt tip eyeliners out there by other brands.
I will continue to use this as I can't bare to throw make-up products away that I have just bought, but not for a night out when I like a very dark cat- eye look. I will use it for work when I want a more subtle look. I am not sure how long it lasts as I have only had this a week. My bourjois one lasted me around 2 - 3 months though, which I was happy with. I did run the felt tip end under the tap just a tiny bit when it started to run out and it made it last a bit longer, so I would imagine you could also do the same with this Maybelline one. Just a little tip for you! Pardon the pun...
Unfortunately I will not be buying this again. I do love many Maybelline products and it is one of my favourite make-up brands, but this eye liner simply isn't as good as others I have used and actually hurts after applying a few coats. I might not have minded having to apply lots of coats but the fact that it starts to hurt when applying stops me from doing so!