Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Product Review: e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner and Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush

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After reading how awesome this liner is on a million blogs, I finally gave in and picked it up on a Target run. I’ve been using a liquid liner since junior high and have been completely loyal to my Maybelline Line Stiletto for years. However, I’ve noticed that it randomly started to disappear on me, it rubs off, the slightest sign of a watery eye and my liner is nowhere to be seen. I just can’t have that! I mean, who wants to walk around looking all skiwompy with funky eyeliner? Not me.

Now some time ago, I tried the Maybelline Gel Liner (see my review here) and just didn’t care for it. That’s part of the reason I held out on trying this e.l.f. liner for so long. Now, I understand there’s a difference between gel and cream (how it’s different, I’m not sure, but I know there’s a difference. Ha ha), but the Maybelline liner did not work at all for me. I didn’t care for it in any way, it smeared easily, was hard to apply, and took too long to dry. Also, e.l.f. has been hit and miss for me. Some products are amazing and others are worthless. I like their blushes, mascara, and studio brushes, but some of the other products I’ve tried I’ve ended up throwing away.

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Look how dark that liner is! Hello gorgeous! 
(This was for a night out, that's why it's a bit thicker)

Can I please tell you how much this e.l.f. liner has changed my life? I’m in LOVE with it! It’s seriously the best thing I’ve ever used and I wish I tried it out years ago so I could have had amazing liner this whole time instead of the sasquatch look I’ve been sporting. The liner is creamy, easy to apply for your desired look, a little goes a long way, and is very dark. I bought it in black and it’s like Whoa Nelly, it really makes your eyes pop. I want to also get a brown-black or brown color as well for a more natural look sometimes. The liner dries pretty quickly- almost instantly really, doesn’t smudge (even when scratching/rubbing your eyes), and holds on to dear life through any tears or water. A few weeks ago I had a preggo breakdown and cried my eyes out, but my liner looked bomb. There was no sign of tears in my liner! Another thing I like is that even when wearing eyeshadow, the liner is still dark. It doesn’t lighten up or appear to change colors if my shadow gets on top of it. The only thing I can say negatively about the liner is that it’s hard to get off. I use my Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover or my Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser and there’s still a bit of residue left after that I need a q-tip to clean up (and even then, it’s not completely off I feel like).

To apply the liner, I bought the e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush, I don’t trust any brushes that come with products and haven’t even given the original brush a chance so I can’t tell you how it works. Plus it’s really small so I just didn’t bother and bought the angled brush at the same time. I was kind of intimidated about the slant at the end of the brush, but for $3 why not try it? I like that the tip is so slender, it gives you a lot of control in the thickness of the liner and you're able to get really close to your lash liner and between your lashes. I also really like the slant, it makes it easy to use any side and any angle to apply the liner. It’s also makes it easy to use with both my left and right hand. Every day I just wipe off any residue onto a towel or makeup remover wipe (if I’m already using one to clean up shadow residue) and it dries right away without getting stiff or gross.

So here is another thing I'm insisting that you run and buy, you won't regret it!

What liner do you swear by? Have you tried this gem yet?

10 comments :

Meghan said...

I tried the Elf Studio Cream Eyeliner for a while. I also loved it. I had flakes on my cheaks ALL THE TIME. I thought it was my mascara (L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black - which I love and wasn't willing to give up). I realized it was the eyeliner! My sister introduced me to Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. I LOVE IT! It's super black and glossy. It doesn't smudge at all or cry off, but washes off easily. I use the one with the brush (which is sturdy enough to make a straight line, but has a thin enough tip to make a super fine line), not the felt tip one. It runs about $10, so about 3 times the price of the Elf, but so worth it to me. And it's supposed to help grow your lashes, too!!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I use this and LOVE it!! It's perfect! I haven't tried that brush I've been using a one I already had but I might have to check it out!

Hikari said...

I am getting this today. ha. I have been using the e.l.f. liquid liner for almost 2 years and it's exactly how you described those other liners. Smudges, runs, disappears... So I have been on the look out. THANK YOU for this. ha.

jami lynn said...

I've never tried a cream eyeliner, but now I want to go out and get this! Great review. I just ordered some e.l.f. stuff online, guess I'm running to Target at lunch!

Jenna said...

This is the first cream eye liner I have ever purchased and I absolutely love it! It lasts for a really long time and I love the way it makes my eyes pop! Anytime I get a chance to go to Target, I buy another so that I don't have to worry about running out!

Now that you mention it, I wonder what the brown color would look like. I may have to snag that one the next time I am at Target.

Happy Tuesday!

xxoo

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

Must try! I have been using the MAC pot and am in need of more. The price is tempting! Thanks for sharing. If you love it, I am sure I will too!

Laura Hyatt said...

I've never tired anything by elf, but I have heard great things. Loved your review, very honest, might have to go see for myself now :) x
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Nida Moughal said...

Going to buy it now 😀
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