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July 12, 2013

Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eye Pencil Review and Swatches

I don't wear eyeliner that much but, when I do, I want it to be a good one. Essence is one of my favourite cosmetic brands so it's no surprise that I absolutely love the Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eyepencils. 

"Party-proof for up to 16 hours! This plastic pencil kajal can be sharpened - and it stays put! The creamy, soft texture offers great coverage and won't smudge. It is also waterproof and lasts all day (and all night). Made of PVC-free material with a high coverage, the eye pencil won't melt at temperatures below 40c. Available in three STAYS No Matter What colours; #01 Midnight Black, #02 Stunning Brown and #03 Smokey Grey. RRP $2.50" 
- Essence Media Release
Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eyepencils in #01 Midnight Black and #02 Stunning Brown

As I'm sure you can see from the photos above, I have the Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eyepencil in two colours; #01 Midnight Black and #02 Stunning Brown. Both eye liners are incredibly pigmented and glide onto the eye beautifully, regardless of where they're applied.

These eyeliners are some of the smoothest liners I've ever tried, something that I really appreciated as someone who doesn't use eyeliner on a regular basis. The pencil itself is a perfect width and weight, meaning the user has optimum control over the line they're creating. There's nothing worse than using a liner you just can't control! Not only do they apply smoothly, they blend out with absolute ease.

For a more diffused line, I find myself applying the liner to one eye at a time and blending it out with an angled brush. With an eyeliner like this it's important to be quick. When this eyeliner sets it doesn't move, much like the name suggests. 

Not only does this eyeliner stay incredibly well on the upper lash line, it stays on my tight line longer than almost every other eyeliner I've tried. Whilst it does transfer to my waterline a little, it's not a lot and, unless you were looking for it, you probably wouldn't. I don't ever apply dark liner to my waterline as I think it completely closes off my eyes but I suspect it would wear just as well as it does on my tightline.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I don't gravitate towards eyeliner that often (using powder in place of liner a majority of the time) but this is the one I've been reaching for whenever I want a more defined line.

Whether you're an eyeliner amateur or connoisseur, I highly recommend you pick up these eyeliners. At a mere $2.50, the only thing I can fault about the whole product is the fact that it needs to be sharpened.

Have you tried these eyeliners? What did you think of them? What are your favourite eyeliners?

*This product was sent me for review, however all opinions are my own. I was not paid for this review.

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  1. I have the one in black. I like it, but I find sharpening it really difficult! I've tried on two sharpeners but it's just not a go-er. I'm new to blogging and would love you to check out my blog if you have time :) I'm glad I found you, it's cool to read from another Aussie.

    1. Oh no, really?! I haven't needed to sharpen mine yet. Well no, I do need to I just keep putting it off a bit. Oops. I'll definitely check yours out a bit later. Thanks for the comment. xx

  2. I also love Essence products! I always thought Essence was for little kids with their childlish packaging but I was so surprised at the quality of some of their products!!! They really do give major brands and run for their money

    1. Oh my gosh, so did I! I thought their products would be awful but I have loved almost everything I've tried from them. xx

  3. The brown one actually looks really great! I haven't really found a good brown eyeliner (pencil, at least) but this one looks really pigmented!

    1. Check it out, Jasmine (after our spending ban, of course). It's sooo cheap that you have nothing to lose! x

  4. yep sharpening is near impossible :( It seems to be that it is made of a hard plastic, not wood

  5. Hi. So how would you recommend I sharpen the pencil??! Thank you !


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