Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Product Review: E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner in Coffee

Hmmmm... coffee.... snap! Now back to this review. :D

I'd be honest with you. I've never own a brown eyeliner of any kind before. Guess, you could say that I am a brown eyeliner virgin. I've always stayed true to the old skool principle of matching your liner color with your natural hair color, thus, making it appear more natural. Black was the color I've ever used. I loved my Maybelline lasting drama gel liner for the longest of time ever since I was introduced to it. Lately though, lining my eyes with this color, even tight lining, seems a bit harsh for me. So, I experimented and tried to line my upper lid with a brown eyebrow powder. There, my love affair with brown eyeliners had blossomed! My eyes were a bit bigger but did not look like I had anything on. But then of course, this one immediately transferred on my crease. I had to get a proper brown eyeliner gel. I was not ready to shell out major bucks for one as I still have yet a pot to finish (the black one). So, I finally tried the one thing I've been meaning to try ever since it came out (and probably around the same time I've already bought my Maybelline gel liner. Boo!).  This has gotten raves from fellow bloggers and it was indeed about time to stamp my verdict on this product.

E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner (Coffee)
Price: P249.75 (approx. $6)
Place bought: E.L.F. counter SM Bacoor
Sorry but the O.C. in me first noticed this little typographical error on the box. I don't know if this is just from a bad packaging batch but I think maybe people from E.L.F. could be a bit more meticulous about things like this.
Now on to the actual product. E.L.F. claims this as Smudge-proof, budge-proof, and water-resistant. When the SA put a swatch of the black one on the back of her hand, I seriously tried to rub it off her but once it dries, it definitely is hard to remove. But then the back of one's hand is not similar to that of one's eyelids. Mine specifically is an oil-secreting machine so the real test begins. There's a free brush that came with the product. Small and compact enough to bring anywhere though I had difficulty using this brush. It is not thin enough for me. So I just used one of my own eyeliner brushes.
The consistency is indeed creamy and very pigmented. I did not have to go over the same line again as one swipe was enough for me. The pot is made of lightweight plastic material to save on costs making this product affordable to the public. Some may find it cheap looking but this does not bother me at all as I am a cheap person..(kiddin'! No, seriously. hhahaha...) The thing that bothered me was the lock on the pot. It snaps in place, yes, but if you do not screw it on correctly, the ridge may chip and it would not lock anymore so be careful with that.
See? No glitters of any kind.
I then lined my upper lid without using any primer underneath and found it smudged on my crease after just an hour. No powder nor primer on my face so it was pretty much one oily mess :D

 I tried it again. This time with my Etude House Proof 10 eye primer underneath. I went out at 4:00 PM and came back later at 10:00 PM then took this photo.

Sorry, the primer wasn't properly blended out. The flash from the camera made it more obvious teehee. :D But as you can see, after 6 hours, the liner is still intact and did not smudge onto my crease. Goes to show that I could not live without my eye primer. I did, however, liked that it did not look so obvious that I had eyeliner on. It blended very well with my eyes. The finish also being matte is also a plus. Overall:

  • Affordable.
  • Pigmented.
  • Comes with a free brush.
  • Creamy and glides smoothly without tugging.
  • For not so oily lids, it does live up to its claim as budge-proof, smudge-proof, and water-resistant.
  • Still effective even if it dries out in the pot.
  • Cheap plastic packaging is prone to chipping.
  • Wish the free brush came with a cap for hygienic purposes.

That's about it. For a small price, you get a product that truly delivers. Online I found out they have more colors available such as plum, copper, gunmetal, etc. You could go crazy with these and not have to drill a hole in your wallet. Will I repurchase? Yes! after I finish this pot or maybe try the other colors. :D

Oh, this is also my birthday post so, Yey! Another year younger. Enjoy your day ladies..and gentlemen ( if I have guy readers..) Ciao! :D


  1. Aw happy birthday, you! <3

    I love my brown Maybelline gel liner. It's all I've ever used. It also used to smudge but yay for eye primers! Haha. I think I'm going to find black to be a bit too harsh but I plan to open my black one when the brown has dried up. :)

  2. Thanks Kari! I love the Maybelline one too. That one I could use without eye primer and would not smudge on me. Though I read somewhere that it has a bit of a sparkle to it? Maybe after I finish my ELF I'd try that. :D

  3. Me too! I love Maybelline. Hey, have you tried the corrector concealers of ELF?

  4. HI Pam! Are you referring to the cream correctors available locally? Nope. I haven't tried them. I'm a bit hesitant towards using cosmetics in cream form because I really have oily skin. I use mineral powder correctors. Why, have you tried them or are you planning to?