I’ve mentioned the E.L.F. waterproof eyeliner pen before when talking about wearing makeup to the gym in the evening, but I figured I should give a quick review, since I’ve had it long enough to get a good idea of what I think about it.
Well, I use it almost every day. I really like this little pen, especially for a dollar. I only got it because I kept reading that black eyeliner is inappropriate for work, and that I should be using a color that “matches my hair or is one shade darker” for daytime makeup. Um, my hair is very, very dark brown, just a step lighter than warm black. So black eyeliner tends to actually look pretty natural on me, thankyouverymuch.
But, okay. What about when I want to use warmer colors of eyeshadow, or try to rock a more natural look than kohl-rimmed eyes? Fine. So I saw this little beauty at Target and was intrigued. I got the Coffee color, which really is a very dark brown. I have to say, I’m a little hooked. If I weren’t so intent on eventually trying gel liner, I might get another one in black. It has the definition of a liquid liner, but somehow gives a less severe line. It’s nicer than a pencil because it leave a mark when you touch it to your skin, regardless of how hard you press or how warm the product is. I haven’t seen any indication that it has to be angled downward to work, like some regular pens (ever try to write a note up against a wall and have the ink “run out” because it all ran away from the tip?).
And it’s really, really waterproof. Okay, I haven’t been swimming with it yet, but it lasts through lots of sweating, which is a priority for me. I’ve worn it climbing once and to capoeira twice and through two heat waves. While I may not make beauty a priority at the gym, it’s nice to know that I can skip eye makeup removal before working out, and not have to worry about looking scary.
I can come up with only two drawbacks: 1.) the tip has gotten a bit frayed since I bought it a couple weeks ago, but I can still get a precise line; and 2.) there are reports of poor service from E.L.F.’s website. I bought it at Target, so no worries there, but do a bit of Googling to read all the reviews if you decide to buy from the website.