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I keep hearing and reading about how applying white liner on the waterline can make the eyes look wider or more awake, and I wanted to try and see if that would work for me, but it took some time before I actually went out to look for a white eyeliner. I wanted an affordable product, and I remembered that I’d seen some ELF products around, so I went to the mall and snapped up the ELF Eye Widener.
ELF Eye Widener
ELF Eye Widener up close
This soft white eye pencil goes on smoothly and blends easily, creating an illusion of bold and beautiful eyes that sparkle. Helps to awaken tired eyes for a more youthful and vibrant look!
Apply this creamy white pencil along upper lash line, and on the inside of lower lids for a look that makes your eyes appear bigger and more noticeable.
Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Ceresin Wax, Cera, Carnauba (Carnauba) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax,
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Rhus Succedanea Cera(Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Cetyl Alcohol Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, BHT.
Product swatched on my arm
The regular line of ELF products I think are sold for $1 each in the USA, and over here (Manila), they’re sold for nearly $3, but I still found the price quite affordable. I was pretty excited to use it and see if it really could help make my perpetually sleepy/tired eyes look more awake. I was glad to see it came with its own sharpener too.
However…the first try was already a letdown because the consistency of the product turned out to be too soft for a liner. It was too creamy and too smudgy. A hard pencil would be uncomfortable or even painful to use on the waterline, but this was too soft and felt sort of like a product that had melted.
The second thing that disappointed me was the colour. On the pencil it looks promising but on the skin and on the eyes it’s not really a pearl white shade but more like a platinum or silver colour. Applied on the waterline, it looked rather unnatural and unfortunately, it did not make my eyes look wider or more
awake. It just looked like there were bits of silvery gunk around my lower lash line.
Here’s what I like about the ELF Eye Widener
• Um…the price? I only spent around $3 on it.
• It’s easy to sharpen because its cap has a built-in sharpener.
• It stays on for hours, however, the product smudges all around my eye (more on that below).
Here’s what I don’t like about the ELF Eye Widener
• The too soft, melty consistency. The texture prevents me from applying the product precisely— it snags on my individual lower lashes and little bits of it end up on random areas near my underyes. After a while, it smudges onto other areas as well.
• The platinum colour doesn’t look brightening but rather looks unnatural on my eyes.
• It’s a little hard to remove. I’m left with a pearly silver mess after my makeup remover fails to take it off completely.
Overall I really wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone. After using it a couple of times it’s just sat on my dresser since I don’t really know what to do with it. I don’t want it to completely go to waste though so I might try using it as an eyeshadow base sometime. Oh well, on to the next white liner!