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Friday, 7 November 2014

ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Crayons - Review

Like most avid make-up wearers, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect eye liner. In an ideal world they would all be creamy, easy to apply, highly pigmented, smudge proof, budge proof, water proof and easy to remove. However, I am yet to find a single one that meets more than a couple of those criteria. A few months back I was going through the ELF website and came across these Waterproof Eyeliner Crayons, and at only £3.95 I figured they were worth a try.

I have three shades; Gunmetal, Champagne and Navy, the shade names are all very self explanatory. The crayons are twist up, so unless you're after a very sharp, precise line, a sharpener isn't required. I was hoping that the Champagne one could be used in the waterline, as I've been on the hunt for a long wearing, vegan nude eyeliner for well over a year now, but it contains rather chunky glitter, so there's no way I'd attempt to put that in my eye. Neither the Gunmetal or Navy contain any glitter so I would be more likely to use these on the inner rim.

As soon as they arrived I swatched them on the back of my hand and tried smudging them out with my finger, but they didn't budge! It took a fair bit of work to remove them, particularly the Gunmetal shade, I saw this as a good sign and was looking forward to trying them out properly. I didn't really pay attention to the texture, but I really wish I had.

The following day I attempted to use Champagne on my inner corners, but the texture is so incredibly hard that very little product transferred to my face. To get it to show up at all would take way more pressure than I am comfortable using on my eye area, and unfortunately the other 2 shades are the same. 

I've tried warming them up before use but that hasn't helped at all, so as it stands at the moment they're just in my drawer unused, and that's probably where they'll stay. I was really hoping that these might be the answer to my eye liner needs, but they're hard, rough and the Champagne shade feels gritty. I'm really disappointed with these, and that's unusual for me with ELF. I definitely wouldn't recommend them and won't be buying any of the other 4 shades available. 

ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Crayons are available from the ELF website for £3.95.

Have you tried any of these eye liners before? I'd love to know your thoughts on them too.

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