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It may be only in the last couple of years that I've started becoming more girly, but I've always been a bit of a fan of heavy eyeliner- I had something of a goth phase as a teen, and I've always rather enjoyed making my eyes stand out, and Barry M has been one of my favourite brands right from those teen goth days, with their wide range of colours and glitters.
I used to pretty much always use pencil eye liner - it was cheap, easy to use, and lasted a long time. However, I've been trying to turn my hand to different liners lately, particularly liquid/wet application liners, as I find that although they are harder to apply, they do tend to give a much more solid block of colour, and a much more dramatic effect. Most liquid eyeliners come in a little pot you have to keep dipping in to, with a fiddly little brush, and it's just too faffy for me - but then my friend let me have a go with her Barry M Wink pen, and I've been a convert ever since.
It looks just like a pen - with a lid, a long slim body, and a little bit at the end showing the colour of the eyeliner. On the side of the pack is a picture of a perfectly lined eye, plus the name Wink and a little information telling you this is a liquid eyeliner - just in case you do get it mixed up with your regular pens. Taking off the brush, it does really look just like a felt tip pen, with a nib that is soft to the touch, yet firm and unbending.
Applying this eyeliner is a doddle - you simply use it exactly as you would a pencil liner, only you don't have to press so hard against the skin. The liner comes out in a thick solid black line, and there is no smudging or drippiness whatsoever. It's easy to do flick effects with this too, ad the very tip of the nib is narrow enough to allow for some quite delicate detailing. It produces a very intense black, and although it comes out quite wet it doesn't take too long to dry at all. I have found that my nib has started to fuzz up and bend a little now, but my liner is about 5 months old now, so almost due to be discarded anyway for hygeine reasons.
The effect with the liner is lovely and dramatic, but it does need re-applying more often than pencil liner. Whereas I could count on pencil liner to last me from morning til night without needing to touch up, I do find this tends to smudge and smear if I happen to wipe my eyes. Still, the pen is small and compact enough to pop into a handbag, and the lid is nice and secure so there are no worries about it potentially leaking.
It's also more expensive than a kohl eyeliner from the same brand, at £4.79 vs £2.99 for the pencil. I do feel this is quite a big price difference, and though I am pleased with the effects from this marker pen style liner, I'm not entirely sure I think the price difference is justified. It's also disappointing that (as far as I've ever seen) this is available only in black - I'd quite like to see some other colours available, particularly some of those vibrant punky colours Barry M is so good at.
Overall, 4 stars. I'll be buying it again, but I do wish it was cheaper!
I like Barry M, I like marker pens, and I like eyeliner and lots of it, so picking this up was only logical. I hadn't used an eyeliner pen since making the Big Leap to liquid eyeliner, but everyone has a dodgy day where it won't go on right, you have a shaky hand and you end up wanting to curl up in a dark room and weep. Or is that just me? Moving on!
PACKAGING: The packaging isn't one of Barry M's most sophisticated moments, screaming "Budget brand aimed at schoolgirls! Move along, woman!", but it's got a cute kitschy charm and does the job. The pen can get a bit messy around the nib and inside the lid, though it's nothing a quick swab won't fix.
APPLICATION: This is a walk in the park to apply - smooth and easy to control, with a soft but firm nib that can accomplish both a thick and thin line. It's ideal for newcomers to liquid eyeliner, or even liquid veterans who are feeling lazy and want a quick and dirty winged eye before popping out. It's quite wet but dries fast, delivering a surprisingly black black. The downside is that the nib inevitably gets roughed up with use, making it harder to get a perfectly clean line, even if you're careful replacing the cap.
WEAR: Longevity is where this liner falls quite flat. I'm a really demanding eyeliner wearer - I have an oily complexion, long lecture days, long work days, and a feebly low threshold for crying during films. Anything less than waterproof doesn't really cut it, and even then I've yet to find the perfect waterproof liner. The Wink Marker isn't billed as waterproof, fair enough, but the wear still isn't brilliant and it's likely to be smudged or faded after a few hours, whether you have oily skin or not. It's easy to re-apply and fades cleanly rather than flaking, but those aren't exactly selling points.
I do like this product and get some use out of it, but if you want a hardy eyeliner this isn't the place to look. It's best used as a decorative touch, like adding quick flick where it's less likely to crease, or as a speedy fix if you're not going to be out all day. Its handiness makes it a nice product to keep around, but for about £4.59 you could do a whole lot better. I'd be all for a waterproof Wink Marker, though!
I invested in this very expensive eyeliner with great faith in Barry M, as a frequent buyer of the brand. I love outlining my eyes in an awful lot of black liquid eyeliner, and as my last had run out, I was very excited by such a thick marker pen type eyeliner.
The first disadvantage is that it actually smells like a marker pen. As somebody who doesn't want ink in their eyes, it scared me a little bit.
The brush is as weak as the brush tip pens we had as kids. It bends easily should it hit a surface/squash against its lid and its messy and near impossible to re-straighten the tip.
Should you try to wash it off, removal becomes VERY messy, and the black fades throughout the day a lot faster than I would like. Its a great product and great for those with less steady hands, but it could be improved upon a lot.
I had never been interested in liquid eyeliner before due to it being notorious for being messy and hard to use if you'd never used it before, however I thought I'd give it a try, and picked up this eyeliner.
Firstly, the Barry M Wink Marker is perfect for those of you who can't get liquid eyeliner quite right! It's designed like a marker pen, so you can get a good grip and hold it close enough to the nib of the pen that you can produce a sturdy line. It's basically just like drawing with a marker pen on your eye!
The only downsides were that it isn't waterproof - yet Barry M may come out with one soon (let's hope!), and that it does tend to rub off. I found the best solution for this is to apply one layer, let it dry, then apply another - perhaps even to 3 layers, which helps the staying power!
Overall, this product is great for liquid eyeliner-phobes, as it provides a lovely finish and you have a good amount of control, so there are less slip ups!
I love Barry M and own almost all of the products in the range, including the Marker Pen Eyeliner. I got mine from ASOS for £4.59 which is a very good price in my opinion. It is also available from various other places - mainly online though (including the official Barry M website) and I have not seen this in Superdrug or Boots yet.
Considering the chunky design of the pen it is suprisingly lightweight. The pen is a bright pink in colour with the product name in black writing, there is an illustration of an eye with heavy makeup which reflects the look that the pen gives. The lid pulls off easily to expose the black nib of the pen which is chunky as well but has a fine point.
Applying the eyeliner is incredibly easy to apply, it's a bit like drawing on your eyelid with a felt tip at first and it has that felt tip smell to it but I soon got used to it and it isn't unpleasent. I was a little concerned at first that because of the design the pen nib would drag on my eyelid, but it actually glides along with ease and it's so soft and smooth that it's one of the most gentle eyeliners that I own, and one of the easiest to use as it is not messy like some liquid eyeliners can be and it doesn't need sharpening either!
The eyeliner is suprisingly neat, but is buildable with different angles. The pigmentation is amazing - very bold and rich and although on a swatch on my hand it looks excactly like felt tip, once it is on the waterline it looks like a very highly pigmented, bold eyeliner. The formula does not irritate my sensetive eyes and dries quickly. It doesn't smudge (unless you deliberately smudge it before it dries for the panda eye look), however I am unsure if it is waterproof.
This eyeliner is great because I can create such different looks with it - bold, subtle etc so it's good for different occasions. It's also good for beauty spots and cat eye flicks for nights out or even a silly moustache for fancy dress!
Removing the eyeliner is quick and easy with a makeup remover wipe or a pad covered in makeup remover. It takes 1-2 wipes maximum to remove it all.
This is overall a brilliant pen, it lasts well, looks good and is a very good price. Yet another amazing product from Barry M!