I’m a great believer that lower-priced makeup is mostly as good as its higher-end counterparts. My favourite foundations and mascaras are drugstore, as well as some of the best lipsticks. But eyeliner has always been difficult for me, as you’ll know. For years I swore by the Stila liner, and more recently I’ve been using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, but I’m always happy to try out drugstore alternatives. Not many brands have pen-style liquid liners, and I think I’ve mentioned previously that I had tried out the Revlon version, which I found to be very stiff, scraping and dried easily.
When a coworker mentioned that the Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner was her personal fave, she was kind enough to bring me an extra she had so I could try it out. I’ve used it a few times, on bare skin, with a primer, on top of cream shadow, and on top of powder eyeshadow. My thoughts? It applies very smoothly, the same way the Stila one does – the nib is just the perfect balance of firm and bendy that I like. It also lasts all day without fading, except on bare skin. However it definitely slides around and gives me panda eyes. Nothing too extreme, but it does not hold up the same way the Stila or Kat Von D ones do, so while I would love to give a thumbs up to this product, unfortunately it doesn’t work for me. Perhaps if you have less oily eyelids, you could make this work. I can also feel that because the lid doesn’t have the extra spring, this one will dry out quickly, another huge downside.
Have you tried this product or other drugstore liquid liners? What would you suggest I try next?