Happy Reviews-Day Tuesday, friends! When I attended the Essence event a few weeks ago (read about it HERE) I was given a very generous goodie bag, with a bunch of the newest releases. So today is the first of a couple Essence reviews that I will be doing.
Click through, to hear my thoughts, and see swatches of the Essence 2-in-1 eyeliner pen.
“One Eyeliner – two styles! Whether you’re trying to achieve a fine line for an elegant, classic look or a bold line for a dramatic look – with the essence 2 in 1 eyeliner pen, both are as easy as ABC.”
The pen has 2 sides, one with a thick applicator, and one with a thin one. I’ll start with the thick end. The thick end is very firm and has a flat angled edge, which is a great shape to create a cat eye.
Personally, I didn’t like the thick end. The formula was extremely murky and water-y, and this eye swatch took about 4 layers to try to get close to opacity, which was never actually achieved. I don’t think that there was anything to rave about, staying-power-wise. About 2 hours later, the product had really faded – this is how it looked:
Next up is the thin end. I definitely preferred the thin end, not just due to process of elimination, but because it seemed to have a completely different formula (I don’t know if that’s because it has 2 eyeliners in it, or whether one applicator handles the formula better). The applicator came down to a very fine tip, and the felt-tip applicator was slightly firm, which I really appreciate – because an uneasy hand, mixed with a flimsy brush applicator can be a dangerous combination.
Now that’s more like it! There was a consistent black colour throughout the entire swipe, and it was easy to use. You can use the thin end as a very thin liner, and if you prefer a thick line, I’d suggest to use the thin end, and just build it up.
|Essence 2-in-1 eyeliner pen swatched on the back of my hand.|
In the hand swatch, pictured above, the thick end is on top, and the thin is on the bottom – huuuge difference. See how the thick end’s water-y formula poured out into the creases of my skin? Meanwhile, the thin end stayed put.
– the thin end has great pigmentation
– the thin end has a firm and easy to use applicator (good for beginners)
– for $4.00 – you can’t beat the price
– the thick end’s formula is very water-y
– the thick end does not have lasting staying-power
And just for fun, I compared the thin end of the Essence 2-in-1 eyeliner pen, to my Stila liquid liner. Can you guess which one is which? ….do I hear “dupe”?
|Top: Essence 2-in-1 eyeliner pen (thin end)
Bottom: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner “Intense Black”
In the end, while the thick end didn’t work for me, I was immediately won over by the thin end. Especially, since other drugstore brands have eyeliners that retail anywhere from $10-$20, and this one only costs a fraction of that price at $4.00, I’d probably collect my loose change and buy this eyeliner in-store, just for the thin end.
Do you have a favourite Essence item? Do any of their wallet-friendly choices beat out their higher-end counterparts in your beauty regime? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time. – Shawna