Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner Pencil Review
After being impressed with Maybelline’s Color Sensational line of lipsticks, I’ve taken a liking to this brand. It was in this spirit that I picked up their Unstoppable Eyeliner pencil. But let me rewind a bit. I use kajal on a daily basis. I like how it gives definition to my eyes and makes my eyes pop. It is only after I’ve put on my kajal after my morning shower that I feel truly ready to face the day. But lately, I’ve had no patience with correcting the smudging that sets in by afternoon, no matter how lightly I apply the kajal. I have Biotique kajal and regular use has reduced the thick stick to a stump. That makes it difficult to apply it as a thin line. Also, these days I’m opening up to the idea that leaving the water line alone and lining the lower lash line instead opens up my eyes and looks nicer too. So with this motive, I was prepared to ditch my trusty kajal for an eyeliner pencil.
In the past, I’ve used Maybelline Define-A-Line eyeliner pencil, but that smudged horribly and irritated my eyes too. I’ve also used Rimmel kohl pencil and that had worked well. But this is where my pencil eyeliner experience ends. So I’ve been on the lookout for a good eyeliner pencil that:
- Does not irritate my eyes or give me a headache.
- Is safe to use on the water line. I don’t intend to use it on the water line, but it should not irritate my eyes just in case some of it goes over my water line.
- Has great pigmentation.
- Is creamy smooth and glides on my lash line.
- Comes off completely with soap and water. Or at the most with a dab of Olive oil.
- Does not smudge.
- Is a mechanical pencil or gets easily sharpened if it is not.
Now that would be my HG eyeliner pencil. 🙂
After glossing over Maxfactor kohl pencil, Bourjois Kohl and Contour pencil, Revlon Colorstay and Maybelline, I bought Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner pencil in Black. It is a mechanical pencil that gives a matte finish. I shelled Rs. 240 for it. The look of the casing itself is not something to brag about other than that it is a twist-up kind.
Here’s what the packaging claims:
“Smudgeproof, waterproof eyeliner. Stays put all day, holds your look in place until you remove it. Glides on smoothly. Easily lines and defines your eyes. Safe for sensitive eyes, contact lens safe, ophthalmologist tested.” My my, the writing used all the right words! I was instantly sold. And for less than 250 Rupees, it looked like a steal. But ladies, it is not an eyeliner, it is an eyewash. The eyeliner has hardly any colour payoff and is extremely waxy.
Things that work in favour of Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner:
- 1. The price.
- That it is a mechanical pencil that does not need to be sharpened. And it is retractable to boot.
- Stays put. Does not smudge. But then, how much can a smidgen of colour smudge anyway? This would be a plus only if the colour payoff were decent.
- Does not irritate my eyes. Now I do notice some burning around my lash line after applying it, but I’m pretty sure that is because of the rubbing you need to do to get any colour to offload from the pencil onto your lash line.
Things that work against Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner:
- The colour payoff is negligible. You can make some colour to deposit on your eyes if you are willing to literally rub the pencil onto your lash line. Ouch!
- The pencil is waxy and not creamy at all.
- Every now and then, you come across thin fibres emanating from the pencil. This was the case with my Maybelline Define-A-Line pencil as well. These fibres are probably there to hold the eyeliner together I think, but they look pretty gross.
- You cannot draw an unbroken line with it at all, especially on the upper lash line. The liner is so waxy that it drags along the delicate skin around the eyes. Any line that it draws on the lash line looks more like a scratch.
- Untruthful claims on the packaging about easy application etc.
After swiping the pencil 5 times along the lower lash line using some pressure
After swiping the pencil 10 times along the lower lash line using some pressure
On the same day, I also checked out Revlon Colorstay eyeliner pencils. The SA showed me two options for Revlon Colorstay pencil eyeliner. One of them was a mechanical pencil that she said was the older version (Rs. 425). The newer, improved version of Revlon Colorstay eye liner (Revlon Colorstay One Stroke Defining Liner) was a regular pencil that claimed to do the job with just a single stroke (Rs. 490).
I liked everything about it, but I had read how difficult it is to get it off. So I shared my inhibitions with the SA. She asked me to run the liner pencil on my hand and then try to smudge it. The liner didn’t budge. This scared me a bit, since I only want to “temporarily line” my eyes, not “tattoo” them! But then, she gave me some Revlon eye and lip makeup remover and the liner came off with just one swipe. The makeup remover was mainly mineral oil. So, Olive oil should be able to remove the liner as well.
The SA opened a new liner pencil before me and suggested that I try it on my water line. Who she intended to sell it to after I had already used it on my eyes is anyone’s guess. Exactly one stroke of the creamy pencil deposited a thin line of lush black pigment on my water line. Then I waited for any signs of irritation or headache. After 15 minutes of toying around with other Revlon goodies that I had no intention to buy, I couldn’t notice a single pang of irritation in my eyes. The liner hadn’t smudged until I washed my face later that evening. This liner was good. But at nearly 500 Rupees a pop, I wanted to try out cheaper options first. I said so, and took leave of the Revlon counter. The next counter was Maybelline. The rest is history. 🙁