Felt tip liquid liners from more affordable brands can be hit and miss (mostly miss), at least for me. I’m sure it all depends on your eye shape, but on me they often make a huge mess in the inner corner, bleed into the tiny wrinkles in this area, copy itself on the lower lid/waterline or simply disappear from the corner altogether. I’ve also experienced issues with the lack of pigmentation, flaking off during the day or the product drying out way too quickly. In short, I pretty much gave up searching for the perfect drugstore liner.
If you’ve been going through similar experiences, don’t worry, it seems like there’s
a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the new ScandalEyes Liquid Eyeliners from Rimmel. The brand has recently released two new products and they are more than I was hoping for.
Let’s start from the skinnier one, the ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner, because I feel like out of the two, this one is a must. It has a very fine tip (the felt tip type), allowing you to be extremely detailed with the tail end of the wing or to create the thinnest of lines in the inner corner. The shade may not be the blackest of blacks, but I feel like it’s good enough and, most importantly, the colour doesn’t fade throughout the day.
The line stays put, doesn’t smudge or flake off, even if your eyes get watery. The product claims to be waterproof and, although I have not tested it in extreme conditions, it will certainly last as you go about your average day. At the same time it’s not too difficult to remove, you may need to work a bit harder to get the product out from in between the lashes, but you should be able to do it with a regular eye makeup remover or micellar water.
There’s only one small flaw I’ve noticed so far. After using the ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner for about a month I’ve noticed that the tip has worn down a bit and is not as sharp as it was initially. It doesn’t really affect the performance at this stage, but I’m a bit worried that it may get worse overtime.
Next, we have the ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner, with an interesting tip that reminds me of the neon highlighters you might have used in school, just smaller (the brand describes it as a 3D felt tip). Thanks to this shape, you can achieve both thick and thin line (as the name suggests), depending on how you hold the product and maneuver the applicator. Personally, I find it a bit tricky and wouldn’t necessarily use it to create a wing, unless you’re going for a thicker look and not-so-pointy end. You can get there, of course, but it requires more time and effort than just grabbing the Micro Liner.
What I do like the ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner for is filling in the shape created with another product. It may feel like an overkill using two liners, but this one just does the job so quickly. It’s also very good for ‘stamping’ the line in the inner corner, although it can be tricky if you like to be really close to the mirror while lining the eyes. The shape of the tip allows for getting very close to the lash line and filling in the gaps between lashes, or even going underneath to make sure the upper waterline is not visible after applying mascara.
Similarly to the Precision Micro Liner, I wouldn’t describe the shade as rich black, but it’s dark enough to create good definition. I would recommend this one to those of you who don’t do the wing when lining the eyes and rather stop in the outer corner, or those who don’t mind using two products to achieve the desired look.
If you want to see the liners in action, I used them in the Master Palette by Mario makeup (Precision Micro Eyeliner) and the Maybelline Blushed Nudes makeup (both liners). If I had to pick just one, I would definitely go for the Precision one, but I also think that they complement each other very well. If you don’t mind getting both ($12.95 AUD each), don’t hesitate – I’m sure you’ll find a place for them in your makeup routine!