Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Review: E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner

Here's my quick review on E.L.F Studio Range Cream Eyeliner. I swept up 3 colours - Coffee, Midnight and Ivory in one of their sales.

E.L.F Cream Eyeliners in Coffee, Midnight and Ivory

These cream eyeliners come in little plastic square jars. Super adorable. I love the packaging to the max until I realised they were a pain to close tightly (which is a must when dealing with cream or gel liners). Sometimes the screw caps just wouldn't align properly with the jars leaving a gap, which makes you frustrated that air might get it and dry up the liners. Not pleasant when you're in a rush.

The texture of the cream eyeliners differs a little when I first tried it out. The darker shades were creamy but seem to be of a drier consistency as compared the Ivory cream liner. Ivory was nice and fluffy like a mixture of a cream mousse formula.

Swatches: Coffee, Midnight and Ivory (provided by E.L.F website)

The colours are rather accurate on the E.L.F site (they had revamped the site with better pictures. I'm impressed).

Cream Eyeliner in Coffee is a true matte medium chocolate brown. It's just very natural looking. Cream Eyeliner in Midnight is a very dark shade of midnight blue. The swatch for Midnight isn't as accurate for this as it is a lot darker and you can't really see the blueness in it. It's almost as dark as a black. When swatched, the colour goes on pigmented but not very intense. To darken it, you just have to build on a few layers to make it dark. It dries up really fast so you'll have to work really fast. Once it dries up, it wouldn't budge at all and if u keep rubbing it, it flakes. This is kind of terrible to work with if you are intending to use it as an eyeshadow base. When applied with a finger on the eyelids, it dries up almost instantenously making the base look patchy. These 2 cream eyeliners do smudge after a day of long wearing so do remember to use some eye primer before using the cream eyeliners.

Cream Eyeliner in Ivory is a shimmery white paste. I couldn't really figure out whether it should be considered shimmery or sparkly but there's so many multicoloured tiny glitter bits that's so shimmery and it's just so pretty. The texture is super smooth and can be applied sheer and I love it as an eyeshadow base. It doesn't really intensify eyeshadow colours that much but if you layered an eyeshadow that has a pearl sheen, the pearl sheen really intensifies making the colour on the eyelid look more 3-dimensional. If you applied a matte eyeshadow over, the sparkles in it changes the eyeshadow into a more interesting colour. It's just so fun for me to play with this. Alternatively, if you don't want to use it that way, just pop it on at the inner corner of the eye to bring attention to your eyes. It's such a sparkly colour but not so overwhelming and eye catching as compared to when you use a true white eyeliner.

Overall, I find the darker eyeliner shades all right only. They are a pretty good deal for the price you pay and they do work but I'm just not super impressed. I'm not sure if I got a bad batch for the Cream Liner in Midnight just seem very dry to me. Cream Liner in Coffee was nice, just something I'll use for a natural makeup look. I like Coffee a little more than Maybelline's Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown. I would definitely repurchase the Cream Eyeliner in Ivory though.

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