Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Maybelline Liner Definer Liquid Eyeliner

I don't know where to start with this. I already ranted here about this horrible little pen, but now I'm trying to write it down, I'm not sure where to start!

Ok, I'm a bit late to the 'felt tip liner' party. I've been admiring from afar, but as I don't really wear liner that much myself (and a product like this is quite useless in a pro kit) I've never really felt the need to run out & buy one.

But, I was browsing in Boots or Superdrug the other day (I can't even remember which!) and I spotted this one. Swatching it on the back of my hand, I was impressed by the clear, sharp black line it gave, skipped down the aisle & handed over my £6.50.

Once home, I was eager to give it a go and set up for filming a tutorial (which I had to abandon due to the complete and utter fail from this stupid pen). What happened? I'm not going to go on and on and on, preferring to summarise below...

The tip is rock solid and it 'stabs' into the lash line. To get any product actually onto the lid/lash line, you have to lie the pen on it's side, meaning you get an almost centimetre thick line, rather than the thinnest sleekest line as promised. It drags, tugs & pulls the eye lid. The actual liner is crap & dries patchy. It's difficult & stressful to use - trying not to stab yourself in the eye necessitates bathroom mirror gymnastics & not something I'm good at at 5.30 am getting ready on a Monday morning. It is, quite simply, down right pants.

Don't even get me started on it's name. Liner Definer Liquid Eyeliner? Seriously, someone was paid to come up with that??!!

I have not a single good thing to say about this (did I mention the very strong chemically smell?). I'm interested to hear your experiences!


  1. crap crap crap the crappiest thing i have ever bought. i have given up buying felt tip liners. xx

  2. i got this when a couple of years ago when i was first entering the world of liquid make up - there was a 3 for 2 on at boots and i only wanted this and a concealer (mad i know :P) and the cashier persuaded me to get another one of these so i had a back up...would've been sensible if i loved it but actually i just thought it was meh! It was ok for my first days of liner but now i'd never go near it! The first one i used up - i managed to get the line i wanted out of it by lying it on it's side but i found the tip always got clogged with eyeshadow or whatever i had on my lid so it was never as black as it came out on my hand...more a dull grey! And then it dried up pretty quickly and i moved onto the second one and it was just as bad...Try the collection 2000 fast stroke liner for a really good high street liner!



  3. as I mentioned on your vid I have this and seen as it was my first experience with felt tip liners I thought it was me obviously not - thanks for making me feel not quite so bad at make up application xx

  4. I've got this, I've not noticed the smell but I'll agree you have to lie it on its side to get it to make a line as using the tip drags the skin badly.

    I've managed to get it to line okish, I do it in little side dabs almost, generally going thicker than I'd like mind, my biggest bug bare is it's not black. It's more grey.

  5. so sorry that you had a bad experience! if you're looking for a great eyeliner, check out urban decay's in zero or l'oreal hip black kohl pencils

  6. Thanks for sharing what to avoid! I'm never sure about Maybelline products, don't think I've had a good one.

    But I have had a good felt pen liner experience - I really like Eyeko's Graffiti liner, it's really black and super easy to apply! I keep one in my bag for a quick glam-up. I find it transfers a bit (I have quite heavy eyelids) but if I use UD Primer Potion, it says put and black all day. And only £5!

  7. Oh man, you hit the nail on the head! This was the first felt-tip liner I ever bought, and it's so bad! It dries patchy and fades throughout the day, and no matter how much you layer it on it won't look quite black enough.
    Bourjois Liner Feutre is a good felt-tip liner if you're still looking for one in the same price range.