Saturday, 2 August 2014

Eyeliner: the showdown

In recent months I have tried my fair share of liquid and gel eyeliner. It's the desire to get that neat as hell cat eye look that I have been trying to achieve. To be honest, I was blundering away with my Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner quite happily, until the dreaded day that it ran out. Fortunately, being a massive hoarder, I had a couple of rubbishy eyeliners at hand to remedy the situation, but since that day I have been on the lookout for my new favourite. And no, I've still not found one.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
You know what? This stuff doesn't lie. It is so very waterproof that even with a good scrubbing, I couldn't get it off. The formula is nice and creamy and you get quite a lot of product for the money considering how long the pen formulas last. I find it quite hard to do a sleek and defined line because the brush is quite thick - I may have to invest in something better. At £6.99, I'd give it a 7/10.

e.l.f. Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Black Licorice
Okay I know, it's not an eyeliner as such. But this is such a great formula that it works really well as an eyeliner. The creaminess of the eyeshadow means that it's thin enough to draw a fairly thin line, and the fact that it's not waterproof means it's super easy to correct when you make a mistake. For the price (£1.95), this one's a winner, although be careful not to smudge as it will, for sure. 6/10

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pen
Yeah yeah, we've all heard of this one. I jumped straight on the bandwagon as soon as I saw that this was virtually identical in design to Benefit's They're Real version. It's got a nice nib that does, in theory, make it super easy to control and super difficult to mess up. They don't mention, however, that it dries up pretty quickly, and I'm not a fan of needing a bottle of make up remover by my side as I'm trying to use this product. Too much product comes out at once, it's pretty expensive for a drugstore dupe (no way should it be worth £8.99) and it's quite dry and difficult to use. It's a shame because I really liked this to start with. 3/10.

e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
For the price, you can't really go wrong. Just like the other pens, it doesn't last long, but it's much cheaper and to be expected. It definitely lasted longer than the Max Factor counterpart, and it was just as easy to apply. It's definitely not a favourite but it is better because it's significantly cheaper at £2.95 (I think it was only £1.50 when I bought it!). The pen nib is flexible enough to draw a line very close to the lash line, and the conical shape of the nib, like many others, means it's great for both thick and thin lines. 6/10

Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner
I actually quite liked this for a while. I liked how it had both thick and thin bits to it, and I liked how it was easy to use, as are most pen liners. But as usual, it dried up pretty quickly, and now I can't even get a faint line. It's okay but if you want something that's going to be there for you like a friend at a party, think again because this fair-weather friend is not going to be around for long. At £5.49, I'm giving it a 4/10.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner
This was an easy product to use: it was good at gliding over my upper lashes, and I can't fault it's staying power. I loved how easy it was to really subtly line my lashes without it being too much, and I could still go all out with a cat eye by just adding a bit more. The pen, however, is it's major downfall. It just didn't last very long, and I'm talking no more than a month here. It seems to be the same old story, but these pens just cannot last. For how long it lasts, I think it's a bit expensive at £5.49. Another 4/10 I think.

Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define Liquid Eye Liner
I bought this with high hopes. Love the brand and I expect quality, especially as it's at the pricier end of the range at £6.99. I liked how small and compact this was, and it was easy to use for the first few days. But literally a week after I bought it, it started to dry out. An absolutely huge waste of money I'm afraid. 2/10

Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner
An old favourite that is the cream of this particular crop. This eyeliner lasts because you are physically dipping the pen into the product, and therefore you run out when there is no product left rather than when the pen nib runs out. It's not amazing because it is quite hard to apply a neat, sleek line, but it does do the job. It's a nice formula - not waterproof but it doesn't run, it's a good price for how long it lasts and it's always on an offer in Boots or Superdrug. My current one has all dried up so the next time I'm in, I'm repurchasing for £5.29. Oh and there is a waterproof formula available. Sorted! 8/10

L-R: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, e.l.f. Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Black Licorice,  Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pen, e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner, Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define Liquid Eye Liner

The same order, but after being washed. The two apparent winners on the waterproof front are Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner and Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pen

Thanks for reading, I hope you feel a little more educated now when it comes to eyeliner. What do you suggest for the best eyeliner around?

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