Elle 18 Eye Liner – Black Out Review, Photos, Swatches

by Nivedita on November 20, 2010 · 26 comments


Now, the Elle 18 eye-liner.: I don’t know how to react for the eye liner. Should I give a thumbs up or a thumbs down? Please decide it and let me know because I’m highly confused.

Since, I wanted to check the entire Elle 18 Color Bomb line I got this liner. However bad quality liners might be I don’t think they would smudge like kajal. I could at least use them up somehow or other. Here is a glimpse of the Elle 18 Eye liner bottle

Elle18 eye liner

Elle18 eye liner

The color is called black out and it is labeled as Black on the top of the lid. If there is only one eye-liner why is it called Black again? Does Elle 18 plan to launch other shades as well?
There’s a picture of the pink-girl on the lid but its on the opposite side. Anyway,

Price: 65 INR I got it for 63 I guess.
Quantity:5 ml. A decent quantity I think.
Shelf life: 24 months from packed.
No composition is mentioned or no direction or nothing special about the product from the company side.
On opening I found the eye-liner is okayish. Its not smooth like Lakme ones (I’ve used Lakme liners only and the insta- liner is my HG) . It has a rather rugh texture as if something powdery has been dissolved into water.
Now, The Pros and the Cons
Pros of Elle 18 Eyeliner

  • It is a decent quantity for 65 rupees. It should last me for a long time until I get bored and wouldn’t want to repurchase.
  • It is jet black. I’m happy with the darkness of the color.

Elle18 eye liner

Elle18 eye liner

  • Water-resistant. In order to test this I put it on my hand and let it dry. After that I put my hand under running water and it did not budge. But after sometime when I rubbed it while still under running water it completely washed away leaving no trace behind. So, its water-resistant but not water-proof. At least, I’m under the impression if I wash my face while it is on my, it will get washed away if I rub it without giving panda eyes which is quite embarrassing at least if it happens when you visit someone.

Now the CONS of Elle 18 Eyeliner:

  • It is water-resistant, yet not a water proof one. So, not quite a dependable liner I think.
  • The brush is like that of the nail-paint. Bad bad bad. The brush is too soft to give a decent line. I find the brushes are inconsistent in quality. I had to check several bottles and picked up the best one. Even then, it’s a bad one. Other brushes were even quite frayed. I don’t think the previous liner brushes were this bad. I never used them, I I assume because the nail-polish brushes were quite good.
  • Again, the brush is short and stubby and it is very difficult to put on an eye liner with ease if the brush is too short or too long. In fact, the lid grazes my eye-lash when I try to put it one. Also, the brush doesn’t let you have a decent straight line to the application. See in the picture. That’s the best I could do to get a decent line
Elle 18 liner brush

Elle 18 liner brush

I also put it on my eyes to show you how it looks. I did not out on any eye-make up, nor even concealer (although I ought to). But I put on a swipe of mascara. That’s all. Here is how the liner looked on my eyes

Elle18 eye liner

Elle18 eye liner

The line is not an even one. But, that can’t be helped with such a bad brush.
Shall I repurchase the Elle 18 Liner? No, I don’t think so. I’ve already got a whole lot of eye liners stacked up. I need to finish them as well.
Rating : :-* :-*:-* + 0.5
Further Readings

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

monika November 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

Does not seem like a good buy……brush is so important to get a good line….thta’s the downside of my Shehnaz Hussain liner too………love the liner but hate the brush.

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Dia November 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

Monika-Long time am planning to buy shehnaz hussain eye liner .Could you lemme know the staying power coz i dont wanna invest on something which is not worth the buy. :-)

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Rati November 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

I think this would be a pass for me as well. What is the use of a liquid liner if you don’t have a good brush to use it.. :((

Thanks for the review, Nivedita. The packaging as usual is cute and fat.. :cute: :cute: :cute:

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mehul November 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

i bought a lot from this range actually…bt not really impressed…the lipsticks are ok…bad packaging though (the cap becomes loose after some time so u cant carry it in your bag)..i loved the nail pops…as in the colors…bt hated the brush…didnt even like the eye sparklers..couldnt get my hands on the lip glosses…bt all in all i m disappointed..we cant expect much in this price range bt considering the fact that so many girls were so excited abt this collection..it let me down… :no: :no: :no: :-( :-( :-( :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Poohkie November 20, 2010 at 11:33 am

Nice review Nivedita. You have really pretty eyes…I mean eye :-D

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Janhavi November 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

I guess its a good product for young girls starting out in the make-up section – people who are not comfy with paying alot of money just for black eye-liner …….. On the bright side its a nice color, lovely black – would have loved to see a pic of the brush though

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Rati November 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

J Doo, Posted. :))

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Suma November 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

i am not looking at anything.. i am saving for a MAC!!! :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :idk: :idk: :idk: :idk: :idk: :idk: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

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Rati November 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

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Jinal November 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

its not worth a try I feel…..and as it is I am having lots of liquid liners to finish :P
I dont know how magically they come in to my make-up bag every time I see :shock: :-(( :silly:

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jomol November 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I kind of like the eyeliner Nivedita…with Rs. 65…its a pretty good deal….and water resistant too……I likes :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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sireesha November 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm

i had the older version of the elle 18 liner and it stung my eyes like crazy and also colour payoff was not that good either..so i will rather buy a good quality one by paying a bit more money than spending on a liner which doesnt serve its purpose..
hey rati..did you get my mail??

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Puja November 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

What about their eye pencils and nail paints??? Are they worth ? any idea?

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Rati November 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Hi Puja,

Nivedita has done reviews on nail paints and ye pencils already. you may check the links under further readings in the post above. :)

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Sharon November 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Looks jet black but me not going for this.Not waterproof n bad brush :no: :no:
But ur eyes(I mean eye) looks pretty :-)

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Anuradha November 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Seeing the brush and the tint..I strongly think that there is hardly any change made from the older elle 18 liner..except for the cute bottle..till now I have used two good liner brushes..1 is the Maybelline ultraliner and another is the lakme 9 to 5 intense shine one’s.. :-)) :-)) :-))

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Fathima November 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I guess elle18’s quality is only as gr8 as its price….But for Skool or college going girls,it would be good enough!!!

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neha November 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm

wo wo wo
u have beautiful eyes :beauty:

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Giasaysthat November 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

where did you get that from ?
:D
awesome review

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Rati November 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

GUcci Rush :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized:

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Preeti December 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I’ve used this and I love it! Got one with a decent brush as well. Completely worth it for the price. :)

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