I’ve used liquid eye liners for as long as I can remember and it has always been my trustee Rimmel liner (full review here). Last year, I gave in to the hype and decided to try pen eyeliners, and safe to say I haven’t looked back. I’ve since accumulated a fair few which may help you decide if you’re in the market for one.
Seventeen Make Your Mark Soft Eyeliner Pen, £3.99 was my first ‘love’ in eyeliner pen forte. It’s soft yet precise tip helps me to get a perfect cat eye everytime. It doesn’t drag the skin on my lid and you can draw a thick or thin line with the tip. I’ve been using it well over 4 months, no sign of drying out either. For £4, it really is a gem.
As much as I loved the Seventeen liner, it fell to second place when I tried the Bourjois Mega Liner Ultra Black, £7.99. It is actually ultra black, because when I first applied it, I realised that my other liners weren’t black enough?! Is that a strange thing to say? But really, it is ultra black. The tip of the liner is firmer and has a slanted shape which makes creating a flick absolute child’s play. So so handy if you struggle to make both flicks match (i.e. me!) and just need to get your makeup done in a hurry. The firm tip doesn’t drag the skin either, but you can feel that it is firm. Although double the price of the Seventeen liner and I do use both, this has to be my favourite.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner, £12 was probably the most disappointing one I’ve tried. The colour wasn’t intense enough in the black shade and it dried up within a couple of weeks. If I try now, I couldn’t even line one eye! The formula was streaky and just not worth £12. I got it free with a £2 magazine, so wasn’t hugely fussed, but I’d be peeved had I paid the full price.
Last but not least, Essence Eyeliner Pen, £2.50. It has the finest tip and is supposed to create a precise flick. I found the formula quite watery, it didn’t have enough pigmentation and you couldn’t create a decent flick with it all. It was disappointing even for such low price.
What’s your favourite eyeliner pen? I’m always on the lookout for new things to try! Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!
Some of these items have been sent to me for review.