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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Review: ELF Cream Eyeliner

A while back, I made an order from ELF and received a free gift which, included this ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner in the shade 'Metallic Olive'; I've used it a couple of times and been meaning to get a post up for ages, but haven't got round to it. Finally, here we are! I'd not tried a cream eyeliner before, so these are my first impressions.
I really like the packaging of this; it's a sturdy-feeling glass pot which makes it easy to see what shade you've picked up, and has a sleek black screw-cap. It comes with a small angled brush for easy application. In the pot, it's a lovely colour, a definite olive-green and really suited to its name. Sadly, application wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped; the liner seemed a bit "dry" and altogether less creamy than I expected, which made it hard to apply smoothly. You can see this in the photos below, where the outside of my eye ended up with three quite distinct lines of liner. It actually looked okay, although it wasn't the look I was going for!
I also found that the gorgeous colour didn't translate very well; it ended up looking kind of like a faded black rather than the metallic olive-green seen in the pan. I was disappointed by this, although it did last well - I didn't use primer for these shots and it hadn't budged ten hours later, which is no mean feat on my oily lids! If it wasn't for the disappointing consistency and colour translation, this would be a winner! Obviously I've only tried the one shade so this may not be an issue that applies to the whole range.
ELF's Cream Eyeliner is available in a choice of eight shades (I love the look of 'Gunmetal' and 'Punk Purple'!), and is priced at £3.75 for 4.7g; the price includes a small angled brush.
What's your favourite type of eyeliner? Have you tried ELF's Cream Eyeliner?

(This product was received free of charge in a goodie bag when I placed my order through the ELF website. I have not been asked to write this review, and as always these are my own, honest opinions.)


  1. I think you can sometimes get a bit of a 'duff' product when it comes to ELF. Sometimes their products are amazing and then you reorder and it's not the same quality or pigmentation. It's a strange one. Still, at least it was included in your free gift and you didn't spend your own money on it! xxx


    1. That's true now I come to think about it, I've read negative reviews before and thought, 'Huh? I loved it!'. Part of me thinks maybe they were just off-loading older stock since it was a freebie in the goodie bag so that could be why.. xo

  2. This is something I have had my eye on, thanks for the review. It looks really creamy in the pot, shame it isn't like that to apply.

    1. No problem! I was disappointed too, like Helen says though ELF can be strange sometimes! xo

  3. Hi Jess, I've never used Cream Eyeliner, is it similar to the gel liners? I use the Napoleon gel liners and love them, though they're applied with smaller/thinner tipped brushes. I've never actually used any ELF products xoxox

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  4. They're similar but from my experience a thicker consistency; I've got a Gel Eyeliner review coming up soon so I'll add a little comparison into that! xo


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