e.l.f Cosmetics' Intense Ink Eyeliner Will Help You Nail The Perfect Cat-Eye

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner

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Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

What We Like
  • Very affordable

  • Large felt tip for easy application

  • Precisely pointed tip for thin liner looks

What We Don't Like
  • Dries quickly

While e.l.f Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner is quite affordable and has a larger applicator tip for easier application, you might need to pair it with other eyeliners to get the most pigment staying power when creating winged liner and other eyeliner makeup looks. 

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner

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Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

We put the e.l.f Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

No matter how many years I’ve spent doing makeup professionally (18 years, to be exact), creating winged eyeliner looks and using liquid and felt tip eyeliners are still something I need consistent practice at mastering. If you’ve found yourself frustrated repeatedly trying to create a winged liner look, you’re certainly not alone. I’ve tried several felt tip liners over the years, so anytime I have the chance to test one out that I’ve not tried yet, I’m thrilled. Whether you want to perfect your winged liner or just create an intense liner along the lashline, liquid eyeliners help you quickly get the results you’re looking for. Ahead, I tested out the e.l.f Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner (probably one of the most affordable liquid liners out there). Keep reading for my thoughts.

Fast Facts

Best For: Day and night eyeliner looks

Byrdie Clean: No

Cruelty-Free: Yes

Potential Allergens: Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide, Red No. 40

Price: $5

About The Brand: Founded in 2004 and located in Oakland, California, e.l.f Cosmetics specializes in a range of products that include skincare, mineral-based makeup, makeup application tools, and common makeup products such as lipstick, bronzer, blushes, and more.

e.l.f Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner Application

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

About My Eyes: I'm a liner lover

I wore the same eyeliner look for nearly six years—I am not kidding. Once I discovered the best-winged eyeliner shape for myself, it was game over. I wear makeup on a daily basis, and I am never without mascara, and most often, not without eyeliner either. I usually opt for more natural makeup looks, so if I want to elevate them a bit, I will do that with bold colored lipstick and liquid eyeliner. Some brands of liquid and felt tip liners I’ve worn throughout the years are Stila, Armani Beauty, and Urban Decay. 

“For the price of $5 and the size of the tip on the e.l.f Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner, you really can’t go wrong with adding it to your makeup collection. Use it in conjunction with other eyeliners, or use it to start practicing before investing your money in a more expensive eyeliner when you’re ready.” 

How To Apply: Take your time and focus

Applying felt tip liners take definite time, focus, and most importantly, practice. If you don’t get it the first time, it’s perfectly okay. I tried a few different liner looks with this product, from full-on wings to a thin, precise line along the lashes. The main difference between felt tip liners and liquid is that the felt tip is designed more like a marker, whereas the liquid liner uses an eyeliner brush dipped in liquid. 

Celebrity makeup artist Carolina Dali has some expert tips on using felt tip liners in case you need extra help. Dali emphasizes that it’s really all about practicing as much as you can, “Practice makes perfect. When you have nowhere to go, practice applying your eyeliner, learning the shape of your eye and the wing that’s most suitable for your eye shape. I swear eyeliner can sense and feel your fear, so be confident when applying it. The only way to gain confidence is to practice and become comfortable with the application process.”

If you’re trying to master the application but are falling short, Dali shared a few pro tips that are quite genius, honestly. “Have some skinny cotton swabs on hand (my favorite are by Muji) and some gentle eye makeup remover to remove any mistakes and perfect the shape. You can also buy medical adhesive tape. It molds to the shape of the eye and comes off without leaving any residue. Cut a piece of the tape using a small scissor, and apply on an upward angle at the furthest corner where your lash line ends. Take the felt tip liner and create your desired wing. The tape will help contain the liner and give you a sharp and clean shape. Once you’re done lining, remove the tape, and you’ll reveal a perfect line that’s clean and symmetrical. Repeat the same process to the other eye.” 

I usually start with my eyes open and lightly draw the wing shape first on each corner to see if they are even and check to make sure that the wing will be noticeable enough. I then go back and apply the rest of the liner, steadily connecting the line across my lash line, so it appears seamless.

The Results: There's a learning curve

There is a definite learning curve when using this eyeliner. One of the first things I noticed was that the pigment wasn’t very strong, so I really had to bend and work the tip to ensure that enough eyeliner was coming out. The tip doesn’t glide as easily across the lids, so it took me longer to create my winged liner look, as I needed to go over it a few times to ensure the line looked as even as possible. This eyeliner dries very quickly, and when I tried going over it a few times to make it look darker and thicker, some of it flaked off. Creating a very thin line along the lashes was easier to do in one application, but I still needed some help to ensure I dispensed enough of the product. 

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Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

The Value: It's incredibly affordable

For the price of $5 and the size of the tip on the e.l.f Cosmetics Intense Ink Eyeliner, you really can’t go wrong with adding it to your makeup collection. Use it in conjunction with other eyeliners, or use it to start practicing before investing your money in a more expensive eyeliner when you’re ready. The size makes it easier to practice, so you might find that it’s a fit for you and helps you get comfortable with the whole process of applying liner.

Similar Products: There's plenty to choose from

Wet n Wild Megalast Breakup-Proof Liquid Eyeliner ($5): This long-lasting waterproof eyeliner is budget-friendly and comes with a precise tip to master even the most complicated of liner looks. The ultra-pigmented color is designed not to smudge or fade, and it’s ophthalmologist-tested for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. 

Joah Beauty Line Up Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner ($9): Wing it with this felt tip eyeliner that’s packed with pigment and precise enough for all your desired eyeliner looks. Infused with biotin to help strengthen and condition lashes, this liner is also waterproof and oil-proof. 

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner ($13): Rich in pigment, this precise felt tip eyeliner glides on smooth for whatever liner looks you want to create. The ultra-fine tip allows you to get as exact or bold as you want, and the formula dries very quickly and stays in place. 

Final Verdict

It's up to you.

It’s up to you whether or not you feel this liner would be a welcomed addition to your beauty routine since you can’t go wrong with such an affordable price tag. There are more pigmented and easy-to-use liners out there, yet the cost will be more expensive.

Specs

  • Product Name Intense Ink Eyeliner
  • Product Brand e.l.f. Cosmetics
  • 609332812178
  • Price $5.00
  • Weight 0.088 oz.
  • Product Dimensions 0.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 in.
  • Color Blackest Black

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