Review: Maybelline Hyper Sharp Pen Eyeliner

Posted: January 12, 2013 in Rainy Reviews
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May I present to you….. One of the star finds of 2012!

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This must be by far one of the best eyeliners every! I haven’t owned many, but a lot of them were flukes.

I owned a Face of Australia eyeliner, and it was one of the blackest eyeliners I’d ever owned. I own a few other liquids but they were all suckish, they’d fade to an ugly gray in a matter of hours. My Essence gel liner is okay as well but of course it’s not as precise as a liquid eyeliner.

Before this, I’d tried out some rather expensive eyeliners (for me) like Clio Kill Black (because my shop sells Clio) and Dolly Wink.

They were really good eyeliners, they stayed on and was black and easy to use. But I can’t justify paying 60 bucks for an eyeliner especially that I’ve seen how fast the Clio dries up. Not only that, it is a felt tip liner and not a brush liner (as in composed of tiny bristles like a brush) and after a while of use the felt tip gets kind of wonky (like a whiteboard marker’s tip gets kinda soft and bends downwards) and it gets rough and hurts your eyelid.

I was recommended by a colleague to try the Maybelline Hyper Sharp as she claimed she goes clubbing and it still won’t budge! So I went ahead and purchased one for only RM 19.80! 

I must say it is an AMAZING eyeliner and I’ve recommended it to my makeup artist colleague and she’s happily purchased 2 since then!

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It has a very slim brush tip that is soft and will never be rough against your eyelids. The ink flowed perfectly from the first time I bought it (compared to a shitty Revlon Colorstay eyeliner I bought that was a felt tip and it was gray and the ink would never come out and if it did, it was in splotches. I bought it for 28 bucks ON SALE because I thought Revlon would be a good brand. It isn’t. It is like a ballpoint pen that just stubbornly won’t work no matter what you do.)

It is very easy to use. The tip is quite soft and flimsy but in a good way, but if you’re inexperienced or have shaky hands, it might be hard for you because the tip is so soft that if you bend your hand in a weird way the tip will also bend and yea you get an uneven line. But I use it to get into hard to reach corners and also to tightline and I LOVE IT! Mainly because I believe in super fine eyeliner and I never go for thick eyeliner.

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Please don’t judge my face, LOL. Look at my eyes! 🙂

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And another close up shot. Some wonkiness occured but it isn’t too bad. I have very rough wrinkled eyelids with many small “dots” on them so whenever I use eyeliner it spreads among the lines and dots on my eye but I think only I have this type of problem. Look how tight the line is 😀

And look at my mole. It used to be a pimple, and it turned into a mole. WTF I was like “Moles popping up means skin cancer” but Mum dismissed me and wouldn’t even look at it.

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Swatches of the eyeliner. It’s not a comparison, just two fun swatches to let you see how an eyeliner SHOULD perform. If only all eyeliners are like this ! But they aren’t, some are horribly expensive and sucks to high heavens and everytime I buy an eyeliner I’m so worried because I’m a cheapskate and I do not want s sub-standard product .

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Best of all is the STAYING POWER! This baby will not smudge or fade throughout the day! It might go a little light at the tail ends, but it stays on strong. One thing I notice about pencils or liquids is that the portion closest to the lash line where you tightline it, disappears at the end of the day even though the upper line stays strong. SO by the end of the day, you look like you put on eyeliner without tightlining and there’s a huge gap of flesh where the eyeliner disappeared probably because that part of the eye is the wettest.

But it doesn’t happen with this baby! And my eyelids are so oily that I can vouch that this is AMAZEBALLS in terms of staying power. Even in the pool or at the beach or in the shower. I did a mask with the eyeliner on (forgot to remove) and it didn’t come off. With water and rubbing, it only flakes marginally (no smudging, just flaking). Maybe not as strong as Clio or Kate, but then no way you will even rub your eye half as hard as I have to try to remove it.

So let me rate this:

Intensity: 4/5 (It’s black enough actually and you can layer on to make it blacker!)

Ease of Use: 4.5/5 (Soft and flexible tip for maneuvering into the deep corners!)

Drying time : 4/5  (Dries faster than a puddle of water in the Sahara)

Staying power: 4.5/5 (Slept overnight in it, went swimming in it because I kiasu must have eyeliner on even in the pool, and it stayed!)

Packaging: Don’t know how to rate, like that lor. No problems with it so 4/5

Price: 5/5 (Everyone can afford 20 bucks on this man! It’s wunderkind! and I’ve used it for 3 months, haven’t dried on me yet, though it has for my colleague because she draws on very thick eyeliner, like an inch high.)

It’s easy for touch-ups, I keep it in my bag for anything, and I love that no matter how I store it, ink is also running smoothly. Dolly Wink’s eyeliner doesn’t flow right unless you’ve kept in upside down for a time.

So that’s all, thanks for reading, and let me know if this eyeliner worked for you!

All pictures taken on the iPhone 5


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