E.l.f (Eyes Lips Face) is one of those brands that we hear YouTube guru’s and bloggers talking about frequently. It’s super cheap and they offer a wide range of products. I was sent two of their $1 Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils for consideration. Here is my tuppence worth.
e.l.f Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils in Grassy Green and Boldly Bronzed
Ok, the good points: The cost $1.The pigmentation upon application is great. The liners are also smooth and very easy to apply to the eye. You can even smudge and blend them with a brush or your finger without any hassle. They provide more shimmer than glitter.
The downside? Yes, there usually is one – they don’t set. If after an hour you absently rub your eye you could smudge the line. In saying that they do last longer than most ‘drugstore’ liners but only if you don’t touch your eyes at all. I wear contact lenses and touch my eyes quite frequently. I still really like the shimmer liners so I may just powder over a little to keep them in place.
If you’re not a face toucher than these are seriously impressive for $1! You can’t really go wrong for this price. They’re also more pigmented than most coloured ‘drugstore’ liners I have tried.
I don’t know how suitable these are for use on the waterline (inner rim) but I’m not sure I want to apply a shimmer liner in these anyway. I’ll stick to matte for my waterline for now!
Considering the price of elf products you would imagine that teens would be their target audience, yet they don’t sell in stores, only online. If I was 15 there wouldn’t be a chance is hell that my parents would have allowed me use their credit card to order make-up, regardless of how cheap it was.
These shades are available from the US site now but don’t seem to be on the UK site just yet. I’m sure they’re on their way.
Do you recommend any elf products?
*As usual – my brutally honest opinion. I have no affiliation with e.l.f.
I have quite a few eyeliners in my make-up collection. I have gel, liquid, cake and kohls. I go through phases of them and at the moment I’m using pencil liners to beat the band. One in particular has become a firm favourite, MAC Powerpoint in Engraved.
Engraved is a jet black. Powerpoints are easy to sharpen and are the perfect texture; not too soft and not too hard, like baby bear’s porridge, it’s just right. I have loved Urban Decay 24/7 liners in the past but I find it annoying that I need to sharpen after every single use. The best thing about Engraved is that it’s waterproof.
Since it’s waterproof MAC cannot say it’s safe for the waterline but I used it on my waterline anyway. I have super sensitive eyes that water in response to many things, this liner is not one of those things. I have yet to find a liner that lasts all day on your waterline but this one has come close.
Engraved has become an old reliable for me. I think I’ll have a look to see what other shades MAC sell.
What’s your favourite eyeliner?
I’m not sure how I feel about felt tip eye liners. I think people usually love them or hate them but I’m on the fence. The idea is great in theory but I love the ease of a gel liner and the sexiness of a smudged kohl.
Eyeko sent me their Grafitti Liner to try and I have been putting it through the paces.
The colour is a true black with a little sheen. It works just like a felt tip pen (and we know how much I like pens). I thought that this pen would be hard to use due to ink flow whilst applying the product at an angle (like trying to get a pen to work when you write vertically. Not so. It was easy to apply in that sense.
It creates a thin accurate line. I applied a thin line along my upper lashes and then coloured in the outer corner and built a little flick. Dead easy. No smudging, no blobbing. There might be a problem if you have shaky hands but that could be avoided my putting your elbow on a table when you apply and look down into a mirror.
Once it dried it didn’t smudge. It lasted about 5 hours on my eye before fading.
This is one for those days when you fancy a sharp line. It would be only fabulous with some red lipstick. I think I would by this in the future for when I am in need of a glamour injection, though it wouldn’t be an everyday choice for me.
It costs £5 on Eyeko’s website (also available in Superdrug).
What is your favourite eyeliner formulation?