Review: Essence eyeliner pen and Maybelline Master Precise Ink pen eyeliner


Liquid liner….friend or foe?

I recently entered the battle with the liquid liner. It is a battle indeed! I can do pencil, I can even do gel liner…but the liquid stuff, uugghh nope, disaster :O

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s liquidy, or the fact that it’s so darn difficult to make a non-wobbly line with it, or mere superstition…But I do get the point, it does look sleeker and classier on occasion. Challenge accepted ;)!

To make my life a bit easier though, I decided to try something new…the eyeliner pen. For reasons I cannot quite explain, it looked easier to me.

When I first went to the store, I saw that Essence, Catrice, Maybelline, L’oreal, etc. all offered one of those. There was even a choice between a fine liner pen, and a regular liner pen.

For starters, I took one from Essence (€2,60). Later on, during a Maybelline sale week, I scored their eyeliner pen as well. Normally it’s more expensive, €9, and I would have passed on it…but thanks to the sale, an opportunity presented itself to compare the Essence vs. the Maybelline eyeliner pen.

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As far as packaging goes, the pens are almost identical: black, plastic, with a cap. The tip of both pens is a like a pointy sponge. As you see, the Maybelline version has a slightly longer tip.

Swatched:

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Let me begin by saying that with the eyeliner pen, I may finally come to terms with the liquid liner. I find it much easier to use. My hand feels more steady somehow…

The Maybelline liner pen feels more liquidy, and a bit more black compared to the Essence version. It also applies a bit easier. I feel like with the Essence pen, I sometimes have to press harder to get something out. However, with both I manage to make nice straight lines.

Both eyeliner pens have very good staying power (8-10 hours, or more…I just didn’t try longer) and are very easy to remove with eye makeup remover.

Recommending one over the other is difficult and a tiny bit unfair, because in all honesty, you can achieve a very similar result using either of these products. I have a slight preference for the Maybelline liner pen, just because the tip is a bit thinner, and the application feels easier. However, Essence does offer a thinner version of the pen, plus it is cheaper.

Have any of you tried an eyeliner pen? How do you feel about it?

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