I just returned to using liquid eyeliner recently after a loooooooong hiatus. I picked up two different types of liquid eyeliners by Essence Cosmetics a couple of months ago at the local Pharmaprix (Shopper’s Drug Mart, for those of you fellow Canadians that aren’t living in Quebec).
The first one is the Super Fine Eyeliner Pen.
Oh so fine! This super fine eyeliner pen has an ultra slim felt tip applicator for precise application. Long lasting formula. Ideal for creating fine and subtle lines or extravagant and dramatic ones.
I found this to be a little difficult to achieve a consistently sized line, and found that I had to go over the lines to get an even application of the liner. This might be due to being out of practise in applying a liquid eyeliner, or it might be the pen tip itself. I found that it wasn’t a true, deep, dark, black colour. And, once dried on the skin, it keeps a tacky finish. Rubbing the swatch led to some colour transfer. Would I buy this one again? NO.
The second liquid eyeliner is the Essence Liquid Eyeliner. This one has a wand style applicator, which is more like the old style ones that I had used in the past, except that instead of a brush at the end of the wand, it is a firm, brush shaped, foam tip.
Intense definition! This liquid eyeliner provides fast-drying and long-lasting results. Available in classic or waterproof.
I found this one to be a lot easier to apply, likely due to having used the wand type liquid eyeliners before. The eyeliner seemed to be much easier to control the thickness of the line, and applied the eyeliner evenly, so I did not need to go over any spots. As well, the colour is a true, deep, dark, black. Once dried on the skin, it is not sticky to the touch. Rubbing the swatch did not lead to any colour transfer. Would I buy this one again? YES!
Here’s a side by side comparison of the two, swatched on bare skin, no flash:
essence cosmetics is owned by Cosnova Beauty from Germany where animal testing for cosmetic products has not been permitted since 1998. All of essence products comply with the European and American ingredient, manufacturing, and testing standards. Our suppliers are also held to these same standards and we only partner with the ones that do not test on animals.
Disclosure – Both products were purchased by me!