EYELINER: Hype, Shite or Just Alright?

Eyeliner is the one make up product I just can’t go without. A nice thick black flick transforms these piggy little peepers in to something super sultry I tell thee, and I’ve not been without my trusty black liquid friend for over 10 years now. Make up disasters have been and gone (we won’t talk about my green eye shadow days) but eyeliner has stayed. Eyeliner eyeliner, oh how I love you. Needless to say I’ve tried a few liquid eyeliners in my time, but gone are the days of only using Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner on a daily basis, because I’ve gone on to bigger, better eye liners biiiiiiitch. This is a selection of the most recent ones I’ve had my retina around. But are they all they’re cracked up to be? WELL SIT DOWN AND I WILL TELL YOU.

British Beauty Blog Review: Black Eye Liners, featuring Essence, Benefit and Seventeen
The best liquid eyeliner I have to show you is actually the cheapest one too! Hurrah! I picked up this Essence Liquid Ink eyeliner the other month when I attended their Manchester Blogger Event. It was the best event ever where you could fill a massive bag with whatever the hell you wanted from the Essence stand at the back of the room. Amongst all my hashtag swag I slipped one of these bad boys in, and god damn I wish I’d just filled the entire bag full of them. With an RRP of £2.30(!) and currently on 3 for 2 at Wilkos (see online here) you’d be a damn fool not to dry it. It lasts all day long and has the perfect brush for doing a delicate flick. It’s super opaque and doesn’t flake or crust up even when you’re a bit over zealous and do your eye make up like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Also easily removed too, it’s the perfect all round eye liner for a mega affordable price. TIP: If your local Wilkinsons isn’t stocking Essence make up quite yet you can buy online and choose the free store delivery option. I am good to you.

OH GAAAHHHHDDDDD. I’m actually so annoyed with myself for parting with actual money for these two pieces of crap. The Seventeen Tattoo Me eyeliner is the gloopiest load of shit I’ve ever had the displeasure of using. It’s a proper gunk fest which is so hard to apply in a sleek way and you just end up getting it all round your eyes and looking like you’re trying to cover up a case of crusty conjunctivitis. I think this cost about a fiver, and that’s £5 I could of spend on two breakfastb subways and coffee. Guh. I’d say the brush was ok, but it’s hard to tell with all the black goo on it. BIN. The Maybelline Master Duo eyeliner was bought on a whim when I didn’t want to spend £2.50 on a trusty NYC eyeliner because I got my last one from the pound shop… So the normal thing to do was the spend thrice as much on a brand you never use for a gimmick product right? The formula for this is OK. Just OK. But the stupid foamy nib thing is stupid, just stupid. It’s meant to be used on one side for a fine like then you can pivot it round to create a thicker line. That’s IF you can actually see which side is thick or thin when it’s got a blob of eyeliner on it. Then if you wipe it on the side of the bottle so you can see you get no eyeliner on your actual eyes because the applicator drinks the remainder of it up. Go die Master Duo. Wasting my time.

I won’t go on about the Benefit Push Up Eyeliner too much because you can read all about it here instead. But basically I’m still undecided. 
Here, have some pictures.


  1. August 5, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Seventeen are absolutely crap for Eyeliners! I use 2True and it's only £1.99 and is absolutely awesome and stays on all day.

    • August 7, 2014 / 1:03 pm

      2True do produce a really good range for the price! And it's made in Stoke! woop.

  2. August 4, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    My fav eyeliner is the felt tip pen one from Primark for £1.50! No joke it is THE BEST.

    • August 7, 2014 / 1:03 pm

      I might get one. Or just steal yours.

  3. August 4, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    I need to try that Essence one! i'm never without black eye liner flicks – I feel naked if I try to leave the house without them. My ultimate is by DHC – it's a felt pen style but the ink is kept in the lid so the nib never dries out like most of them.

    • August 7, 2014 / 1:03 pm

      Everyone loves felt liners! The ink in the nib sounds interesting!

  4. August 4, 2014 / 4:47 am

    I almost bought the essense liner yesterday and regret not doing so now! I wanted that one and the felt tip one and now I feel myself parting with the six quid bus fare to get it!

    • August 7, 2014 / 1:02 pm

      It's definitely worth picking up! I'd easily pay more.

  5. August 3, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    My favorite black eyeliner is from essence, too! It's the one with the felt-tip, I'm not sure how it's called exactly but I think it has "superfine" written all over it, haha! I've used so many bad liquid eyeliners already… some even gave me irritations!
    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

    • August 7, 2014 / 1:01 pm

      I might try that one. I never like felt liners as they dry up so quickly tho!