ELF Liquid Eyeliner

I picked up this ELF Liquid Eyeliner for $4 at Walmart.  I like having drug store products in my purse, they are great in a pinch and if they get lost the world isn’t going to end.  I wanted an easy eyeliner to practice my cat eyes and wings with (‘Cause they very rarely ever work) and for day to day.  The ELF website describes the product as follows:


No more tugging or pulling on your eyelids with this easy glide Expert Liquid Liner. The smudge-proof liner is rich in color, creating a long lasting defined look. The fine tip brush creates easy and precise definition for natural or dramatic eye effects.


How it performed:

The packaging is awesome, I really liked the wand.  It fit well in my hand and gave me good control.  I picked up a basic black liner, which had metallic glittery bits in it.  Although you don’t see that when you open the liner or apply it.  It glides on super easy with the brush and that is where the goodness ends.

The formula is extremely watery.  It is impossible to get a solid sleek line.  Think of spilling water on paper.  The way the water spot spreads out as it soaks in is EXACTLY the same with this liner on skin.  I tried it on bare skin, primed skin, over top of makeup, with and without setting spray and it didn’t make a difference.  This stuff was a hot mess.

I gave up on using it for a wing and just lined the lashes with it.  My mistake.  Soon I discovered glitter all over my cheeks and eyes.  Which would have been bearable if the pigment had not also decided to smear and move around.  I left the house looking reasonable and by the time I had driven to the store I looked like a raccoon that had messed with a disco ball.

The only upside to this product is that it removes easily.  I would recommend ELF products any day of the week, just not this one.  It may work for Halloween makeup otherwise, save your money.

Other things you need to know:




Water (Aqua), Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), DC Black #2 (CI 77266), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035).


This product will not be suitable if you have sensitivities to:

  • Mica
  • Dyes


Final Thoughts:


So terribly disappointed in this product.  It definitely wasn’t worth the price paid.  I would consider it if I wanted to impersonate a raccoon, otherwise its a hard pass for me.


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