Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Let's Talk: Liquid Eye Liners - ELF Eyeliner, WnW H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner, NP Set On the Double Pen Liquid Eyeliner, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner

To follow up with my comparison of cream/gel liners, I thought I'd do a comparison of liquid liners. Today I'll be comparing the ELF Liquid Eyeliner, the Wet N' Wild H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner, the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner, and the NP Set by Napoleon Perdis: On the Double Liquid Eyeliner Pen. Now for liquid liners, let's see out of the 4 ends up on top.

  • Prices & Weight:

    - ELF Liquid Eyeliner - $1 for 0.169 oz./5 ml.
    - Wet N' Wild H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner - $2-$4 for 0.17 oz./5 ml.
    - Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner $6-$8 for 0.08 oz./2.5 ml.
    - NP Set by Napoleon Perdis: On the Double Pen $?? for 0.20 oz./6 ml.*

    *For this item, it is a two sided cosmetic pen that has one side as a liquid liner and one side as a cream blush. Because of this I was unable to find the exact weight of each side specifically. Also, the price of this varies tremendously so I could not find a definite price. Thus I will be excluding this from this part of the comparison.
Out of the 3 I'll be comparing, ELF is by far the most bang for your buck at a whopping $1. With about the same amount of product you can get the Wet N' Wild liner but for double to quadruple the price. With half the amount of product, Revlon ColorStay comes as most expensive.

All 3 of these liners have firm pointed felt tip applicators but Revlon having the most flexible of the 3. The NP Liner has a thin brush applicator which I prefer overall.
  • Pigmentation & Texture:
[L-R: Revlon, Wet N' Wild, ELF, NP]

Out of the 4, the deepest black is the Wet N' Wild liner with the ELF one coming second. The NP was extremely sheer, thin, and watery. For the Revlon ColorStay you have to shake it in order to get a thick color. If you don't, you will get practically clear liquid. No thank you.

With the Wet N' Wild liner it took the longest to dry and even so, when dried, had a sticky shiny texture. With the Revlon liner, it was the most matte and dried to the most opaque. The NP was extremely disappointing because even before the Wet N' Wild liner dried, it started cracking against the wrinkles on my hand. The ELF liner had a satiny finish to it.
  • Staying Power:

    Things to note:
    - The Wet N' Wild Liner is extremely waterproof and ridiculously hard to take off. It took me 3 days to get the last of it off without makeup remover which I cannot use because of my sensitive skin. It does take a while to dry so make sure to do some clean ups while it does dry, because when it dries, it will be stuck! Something important to know is that this liner is NOT for novice liquid eyeliner users.
    - The ELF one is rather watery so be careful with transferring as well. It's very streaky when applying on the eyes so have a lot of patience with this one.
    - The ELF and NP liners rub off VERY easily after a small amount of wear.
[L-R: Revlon, Wet N' Wild, ELF, NP]

This is the result after wiping very hard with a Kleenex tissue. The one most effected was the ELF Liner. Overall though, these held up rather well with the force I was rubbing with.

[L-R: Revlon, Wet N' Wild, ELF, NP]

This was after washing my hand with medium force with dishwasher soap and warm water. All the other 3 were pretty much all gone while the Wet N' Wild one stayed it's complete opacity.
  • The Verdict:

    I want to say that the Wet N' Wild one is obviously the winner here but I can't completely agree with that. Of course it's staying power is out of this world but do some people really want something THAT waterproof? I was really annoyed with how difficult it was to take off and how difficult it was to apply since there is really no room for mistake with this product. I can't really say I have a favorite, I have always had transfer problems since my eyelids are rather oily. I will say this one is up in the air and I'll leave your opinions to yourselves. Whatcha think?!
What's your opinion on liquid liners? Is there a liner that you prefer that isn't in this comparison? I'm honestly looking for a HG liner so let me know! I'd love your opinions!

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