At a dollar a pop I probably shouldn’t rant too much about the new E.L.F. Shimmer Eye Liner Pencils but ado….sometimes when things are too cheap…..
Well you know.
A shimmering metallic liner available in none shades for a mere buck each!
If you’re really strapped for cash these could be a good budget fine. They come in nine shades and have a metallic finish that’s quite pretty. The name is a little misleading as I thought it would be a glittery, sparkle finish however this comes across like a liquid metal effect eyes with the very subtlest shimmer.
I purchased two shades Boldly Bronze, a golden brown shade and Grassy Green, a bright green.
They sport a pigmented formula that smudges nicely and wears well without creasing or fading on my eyes however….
They have a decent texture which comes across creamy but not nearly as creamy as other liners of its kinda in the budget catagory. A little tugging is involved to get it on straight but nothing major.
The real problem is the packaging. The idea behind the packaging is a good one but the actual outcome comes across poorly. Basically the pencil cap is also a sharpener. The sharpener has a tiny slit which allows air in when the top is on. Basically this translates as not keeping the pencil fresh. I only have it for a short time now but chances are the pencil will harden over time due to the exposure to air.
Secondly, the concept of the sharpener is interesting as you merely slip the pencil into the top and sharpen! Awesome right? No…not so awesome. The slivers and gook as you sharpen get trapped in the sharpener and cause for a pain in the butt clean up. This doesn’t come with a little pick for clean up so you might wanna use one from other sharpeners you might have laying around but either way it’s still a little messy.
- Anyone looking for bright, colorful, cheap eyeliners!
- Anyone on a budget who wants a colorful eyeliner that smudges easily and wears well.
- Anyone who has a drugstore eyeliner they like already with a creamy formula (stick with that, these aren’t as creamy as some drugstore liners I’ve tried, price is nice but not worth the hassle of ordering online. Maybe worth a pick up at Target if they become available there sans shipping fees eh?).
- Anyone who has alot of eyeliners (if you have alot of liners you rotate don’t get these because they’ll hang around and possibly get hard or stale before you have a chance to rotate them into a look!).
At this price I probably shouldn’t rant too much but even at a cheaper price tag the packaging still stinks and kinda does make for wasteful spending if the liners end up drying out plus they are a bit of a mess once sharpened to store since little icky bits of liner stick around on the sharpener.
If you’re really strapped for cash this might be a great option but I’d suggest another drugstore eyeliner in its place. Packaging needs major work for me to consider a repurchase.
This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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