this is totally not like me. I've waited and waited before finally deciding to buy the Push Up Liner by Benefit. In my mind you shouldn't need a particular "type" of liner pen to achieve the perfect result. If you think that you're not that great at applying your eyeliner, perhaps watching few tutorials on YouTube and LOTS of practice will do your skills more good and save you some pennies. However, my curiosity took over and I just had to find out for myself what all the fuss is about with this Push Up Liner.
When it finally arrived, I was very eager to rip the packaging open and see for myself how this would work. I have heard that the product is very thick and dries fast, so I was prepared to work fast.
First, I thought that my liner is broken, as I had to twist it at least 20 times before any product actually appeared. I guess it's something to be expected with all "twisty" products. The consistency is super thick, so you really do have to be very quick or you will be dragging the product back and forth, and it will start to flake. I couldn't quite figure out how many times I need to twist in order to dispense just enough product. One time is not quite enough (depending on the thickness of the line you would like to achieve and length of the flick), two times is almost too much to be "squeezed" out at once. So you will probably have to play about before you figure out this one.
The tip on this pen is slanted, and is has a rubbery finish which I personally don't like, as the product is so thick and it's way too easy to move it out of place. Also the consistency makes it hard to achieve an even line. Mine looks like a result of ECG unless I stretch my eyelid sideways.
The fab thing that I love about this product is that when you eventually get it perfect, it will stay there for a LONG time. Literally. I struggled to remove it even using my beloved Bioderma Micellar water and face wash. Next morning I still looked like I had a very faded "print" of the eyeliner on my eyes.
Make sure to replace the orange tip thingy, otherwise the gel-like liner will dry out even faster making it unusable.
-slanted tip applicator
-too thick and dries too fast
-impossible to predict how much product will be dispensed with each twist
-pricey considering the tiny amount inside it
If you are only starting out with makeup, you may want to look elsewhere, as you have to work fast in order to get the best out of this product. Felt tip eyeliners would make a great alternative. If you have sensitive skin around eyes or tiny fine lines on your lids, you will struggle to achieve a perfect straight line without stretching out the lid which, for some people, may cause irritation and discomfort. You will struggle to produce a very fine line as the applicator tip is quite thick/wide. If your makeup skills are quite advanced, then I suggest you give this product a go, as once you get the hang of it, it gives you a fab jet black line. I will not be repurchasing this product, as I think the gel liners in a pot (my current favourite - Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner) along with side a fine liner brush (for example, MAC 208 or MAC 210) will allow you to create a wider variety of looks.
Have you tried this liner? What do you think?
Until next time,