The Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil ($7.99) is a new matte eyeliner pencil that launched with the Maybelline Spring 2016 Collection in a single shade of black. This one might remind you of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Tightlining Eyeliner which was available over 8 years ago from the brand but made a recent re-appearance in the Tarte Beauty in the Basics Set. I remember owning the original (the newer one was dry and dense) and loving it due to the small size which worked great for waterline and tight lining work.
So the idea of Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil isn’t a new one but it is a great one as the micro tip is just as small as Tarte’s version and is awesome for super precise application on your waterline.
Let’s take a look!
The Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil (0.0035oz) is a super slim mechanical eyeliner pencil that has a flat, micro-tip point. Honestly, I wouldn’t say this is the best point or pencil for doing a regular eyeliner look but for more precise work around the waterline or upper waterline this is great in my opinion. That’s not to say you can’t use it in regular eyeliner looks, you can, it’s just that it has a flat top and if you prefer more of a precise point for lining this doesn’t give it to you. That flat top is pretty genius for the waterline though as it is quite small and fits perfectly on either your lower or upper waterline plus it glides on fairly easily in this area. The point is a 1.8 mm tip which is a smidge larger than Hourglass’s recently released Mechnical Gel Eyeliner.
It is a drier, denser pencil with a matte finish but it doesn’t drag during application and applies quite easily. It’s a very intense blacker than blacker formula and even more matte than the recently released L’Oreal Infallible Matte Matic Mechanical Eyeliner and even more so than Urban Decay Black Velvet. The color holds very, very well on the waterline and doesn’t easily fade plus pigmentation is excellent. According to Maybelline it’ll wear for 24 hours straight! I wouldn’t say it would wear 24 hours on the waterline but I can get about six hours or so here and around on my lashline it wears for a solid 12 hours without fading or smearing. If you have oily lids you should get on very well with this formula as it’ll likely wear quite well for you.
This has a great formula, excellent wear, terrific pigmentation, but it’s actually quite small at 0.0035 oz for $7.99 plus the packaging is faulty. I made the mistake of twisting it up too much to take a photo and it would not swivel down which resulted in me having to break off a slice so I could replace the cap. When you get it, word to the wise, don’t swivel it up TOO much!
Despite faulty packaging the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil is very nicely formulated! I just wish it was a little cheaper but aside from the packaging and the price I’m loving it.