Nothing screams Pin-up more than that classic eye liner flick, no matter which way or style you go for what you need is a good quality eye liner. Finding that perfect eye liner however is not as easy as one might think, expensive doesn’t always mean the best quality and sometimes that cheap liner really does the trick.
With me I also have Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria and Angioedema, an auto-immune condition causing allergic reactions to everyday things and it is very random. This means I am left with teary eyes a lot of the time so my liner has to be able to stand up to a bit of a rub and a bit of water.
I have a major addiction to eye liners I own far beyond the amount any woman really needs, so I have gone through some of the high street liners to help you find the perfect one for you, with my liner addiction, there is so many liners this will be a multi-part piece.
Max Factor Masterpeice
High Precision Liquid Eye Liner Black
Cost: Around £8 available from most stores
Type: Pen style with felt tip style nib
This liner really seemed promising, I thought it would be an ideal one for that sleepy morning school run to just line and run. The design of the nib means you can hold it on it’s side for a thin line and then rotate slightly for a thick line, theoretically meaning that you should have a high precision pen for those retro flicks, however I found the nib very uncomfortable it felt very dry and scratchy. The line itself was also very hard to do, it was very gappy and hard to fill in. I also had to leave it for a while and shake it up before doing the other eye as it was as if it had dried out.
The thin line looked very good once finished but even that I had to go over two to three times to get it looking complete.
The matt finish looked really nice but I felt it took too long to get it looking all right and I was not happy with the finish at all. However it was very long lasting and didn’t flake or smudge at all, I think if it just had a wetter nib it would be a lot better.
Overall verdict: 2/5
I wouldn’t buy this again, though the longevity is good, it’s just too difficult and uncomfortable to apply.
Make Up Gallery
Pro Liquid Eyeliner
Cost: £1 Available from Poundland
Type: Pot and brush style with a brush tip
This is a bit of a gem, when someone mentioned to me how good this liner was I was dubious to say the least.
However it really is fab. The brush gives good control and you get a nice smooth line. It is easy to build up giving a very dark yet matt finish and once it has dried it doesn’t smudge easily. If you rub it too much it will flake but it does take a bit to get it agitated.
Overall rating: 5/5
It stays looking fresh all day and is certainly one of my go to liners in my make up bag and at just a pound well enough said!
Eyeliner #3 Make up Revolution
Amazing Eyeliner Waterproof
Cost: £1.50 Available direct from Make up Revolution on-line or from most Superdrug stores
Type: Pot and brush style with a felt nib
Finish: Matt waterproof
Make up Revolution is quickly making a name for itself amongst the make up junkies out there, something I will be covering soon, the liner applies smooth and cleanly and it lasts a long time, it is waterproof to a point but as someone with allergies the amount my eye tears did allow for a little bit of smudging.
I found the nib went too thin at the end and it was slightly scratchy, though I think mine might have been slightly defective and the rough long bit probably is meant to have been trimmed off, as the picture on the website doesn’t show it quite like that. It coats very well and needed very little if any touching up. It also dries quickly to a nice matt finish.
Overall rating: 4/5
The nib is uncomfortable to use but not very much so, it claims it is ‘waterproof’ I wouldn’t label it as such but I think for a normal wearer it probably would seem so, but if you’re overly teary then it does smudge though not as bad as some others I have worn in the past.
Eyeliner # 4 Makeup Acadamy
Matte Liquid Liner
Cost: £2 Available direct from MUA online or from most Superdrug stores
Type: Pot and brush style with a felt nib
I found the handle for the brush a bit long making it slightly awkward to hold, when you bring the brush out I found sometimes it splattered on my hand because it coats the brush. It goes on very well and smoothly and dries nice and quick. Because the brush picked up so much liquid from the pot it filled out very easily, however the pot itself was so unstable I was constantly worried about it spilling.
I found when my eye teared it did cause it to flake off, but on the eye which didn’t it withstood a good few hours of wear.
Overall Rating 2.5/5
I found the brush just too awkward to hold comfortably and I was so worried about it spilling I found it hard to concentrate on the job at hand.
Originally I had this down as a 3 but when I came to remove it I found that it came off, of my eyes but smudged all over my face, this was so hard to get off, in the end I had to use a harsh soap to get it off. Not good when sometimes you need to do a quick change.
Out of all the eye liners featured the one I would happily use every single day was the Make up Gallery Pro Liner from Poundland. Even without the price factor it is a very high quality liner which lasts well and is easy to apply. They also sell it in a range of other colours including glitter for when you want that touch of sparkle.
I never would normally use ‘cheap’ make up because I thought if it’s only one pound then it is sure to be inferior quality , but with the good reviews it definitely was worth a punt for the price and I think that if you try it you may also be pleasantly surprised.
I would love to hear your opinions on the eye liners featured or if you have an eyeliner which I should feature in the next part please let me know in the comments.
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