I love eyeliner. There I said it! While others fall in love with blushes, lipsticks and eye shadows, I fall in love with eyeliners. (Though I won’t pretend I don’t have my fair share of blushes, lipsticks and eye shadows…) I am forever searching for the best felt tip liners, as you may have guessed from my The Good, The Bad and the Lovely post I did not too long ago. And although in that post I declared the the Eyeko Skinny Liner was the one I love, I have to admit it fell down the rankings when it dried up super fast! I couldn’t justify spending the money in a new one in case it dried up within a month like the last one, so I went looking for another liner that was just as good, if not better.
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the newest budget brand on the block: Essence! Now I’m not kidding when I say that they are a budget brand, I’ve seen few of their products over the £5 mark. Now unlike some other budget brands, (you know who you are,) the budget aspect of these products does not mean they are lacking quality at all. I have currently only bought liners from Essence but so far I love them all, especially this one, I have repurchased it already!
This liner, their Waterproof Eyeliner Pen to be exact, has a long, thin tip that tapers to a point. I really like this style applicator as I can use the point to get a precise fine line, or I can use the barrel, (not sure if that’s what it’s called or not…) to get a thicker line that is still drawn with precision. Unlike some liners that claim to be black, this is black and stays the same all day with minimal fading. I have noticed that, without a primer, it will smudge onto your lid slightly, but as I say that is without a primer. With a primer I have not had the same problem. The pigmentation in this is superb for a product this price, jet black, whichever bit of the tip you apply from. As you can see from the swatch below it is pretty opaque, even when drawn just from the tip which is a surprise as most others don’t give off as good colour when you apply from the very point, this is usually because the tip is flimsy so doesn’t receive the same amount of product, but this does not apply here.
The whole product is just a little smaller than your typical Biro, and is easy to hold in your hand and apply. The lid clicks on and doesn’t come off too easily which should stop any unfortunate accidents in your makeup bag. The design on the packaging isn’t anything out of the ordinary, so you might look past it on the shelf. However, I urge you to persevere and find it, there may be others that have bold claims but this with all its simplicity must be admired!
If you’re looking for a relatively cheap liner this Essence one is definitely the way to go, around £2.49 for such quality is almost unheard of. I predict Essence are going to be featuring a lot more in my makeup bag in the coming months!