[First Impression] e.l.f. Cosmetics – Waterproof Eyeliner – Purple

Back with another beauty bargain, today’s review is going to be based on e.l.f.’s $2 waterproof eyeliner felt tip pen. I’ve already posted a first impression the teal one, which you can check out here. I was particularly excited to find a purple (affordable) waterproof eyeliner because I love having purple incorporated in my looks, though I mainly use a deeper/darker purple. I have always wanted to use a purple eyeliner, but for the longest time I could only find them in either a kohl version or a gel version and I am not about either of those lives. 

I’m definitely not a stranger to these e.l.f. waterproof eyeliners, in fact, I went through 2 of the black ones, so when I finally saw other colors available in Target, I was extremely excited.


The Claim:

Get no smudge with no-budge eyeliner, which creates a fabulous and fresh look of precision that lasts for hours. The smooth felt tip applicator easily glides on color for very fine to bold lines for effortless beauty. – elf website

First Impression:

  • Color: Right when I took off the cap, I noticed that the tip was white for some reason and I thought that it was already dried out. When I went to swatch it, it actually came out a lot lighter than I was expecting. To be honest it didn’t actually look like a purple, but more of a periwinkle color. I thought that it would be too light for me to use as an actual eyeliner since I was looking for something more along the lines of an eggplant color or 3-4 shades lighter than that. However, the more I used it the darker it became.


  • Longevity: It was no surprise to me that this actually lasted a decent amount of time. I would say about 8-12 hours (I have pretty long days) and I didn’t see any transfer. I did notice that on my wonky eyelid, it did kind of disappear, but it wasn’t extremely noticeable. So I would say if you have extremely oily eyelids, you may have trouble with this staying around for a while.
  • Pigmentation/finish: This is definitely a pigmented product. I haven’t had any trouble with it skipping places when I’m drawing my line and when I go over dry areas, I don’t notice the dry portions flaking off. I had a problem with the L’Oreal Linear Intense, where if I went over the dry areas again, they would just flake off. I also like the fact that it dries to a matte finish.
  • Application: The actual application is smooth, the first time around. For some reason, the felt tip isn’t sturdy/stiff enough to keep it’s shape after using it on one eye. I didn’t run into this problem with the black version, so I found it weird that it happened with this one and the Teal one. The tip, at first, feels sturdy, but then as it loses it’s shape it becomes softer and it even looks like the tip is becoming frayed. I’m not too sure why these newer ones do that. For now, it isn’t too difficult to make a fine line, but I’ll have to see what happens down the road.

So Far… 

I really like having this as a fun way to add color to a neutral look. At $2 I won’t feel too bad if I don’t get a lot of uses out of it and it’s convenient to restock if I need to. The longevity and pigmentation is what blows me away so far. I would expect something like this, at this particular price, to bleed everywhere and not be pigmented at all. As of right now, I think the people who would enjoy this most are those who don’t have extremely oily lids and don’t have mono-lids. My left eye is a mono-lid and I notice that color disappearing/fading a lot faster than my right eye (double-lid).
Have you tried out this eyeliner? What do you think of it?? Let me know in the comments!!


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