I mentioned the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen in my June favorites, promising to do a full review, and here it is. I want to show you samples of how well it removes makeup, specifically eyeshadow and eyeliner.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of “oops” moments with my makeup, especially when I’m trying to do something new with my eyes. I can’t tell you how many failed attempts I’ve made at winged eyeliner. (As an aside, I think winged liner just doesn’t work with my eye shape. It just looks weird to me. Does anyone else have that problem?) Or maybe I’m in a hurry or not paying attention and my hand will slip. (Or a cat will head butt my elbow so that I poke myself in the eye with my mascara wand. It happens.) There is nothing more frustrating than to have your makeup absolutely perfect and then slip with your mascara wand or botch you eyeliner in a way that can’t be fixed without messing up your eyeshadow.
Here is what e.l.f. has to say: “Mascara smears? Uneven eyeliner? Quickly remove or correct small makeup smudges, smears and mistakes without having to take off the rest of your makeup! The gentle and non-greasy formula erases even long wearing and waterproof makeup for flawless touch ups, perfect for throwing in your purse or gym bag when you’re on-the-go! Infused with Vitamin E, Cucumber and Chamomile to moisturize and condition skin.”
I do love that I can tell the pen has conditioning properties. The formula doesn’t feel drying in anyway. Actually, it sort of reminds me of my Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes that I use to remove all of my makeup. The Makeup Remover Pen really gets the job done without smearing or making a mess. It’s great as a mid-day clean up for less than fabulous eyeliner or flaky mascara that may want to migrate and give you raccoon eyes. It’s gentle under and around the eyes and I haven’t experienced any irritation or had any problems at all. With just one or two swipes, your skin is clear with no weird residue. But don’t take my word for it. Check the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen in action.
For this swatch, I applied L’Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow in a navy color (which was somewhat disappointing in color pay-off). Then I simply wrote BiBB (for Beauty in Budget Blog) into the liner with the Makeup Remover Pen. This is one swipe on each letter. Because of the curvy lines, two swipes probably would have been best to get things crystal clear, but I wanted to show you what one swipe can do. Still not convinced?
This variety of eye and lip liners is made up of both pencil and liquid. The brands used include NYX, Avon, e.l.f., Jordana, Stila, and Eyeko. I wanted a lot of variety so you could see how well the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen performs. The two horizontal stripes are two swipes each with the Makeup Remover Pen. As you can see, two swipes cut through all of the liners without leaving residue or smearing.
To clean the tip, all you have to do is clean with a tissue to wipe away access makeup. The tip won’t be 100% white after use, but it get’s pretty clean. I’ve been looking for a good makeup remover pen in the drugstores for awhile now. As far as I’m concerned, the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen is a fantastic product. I can’t speak to how long the pen will last because I’ve only had it for about a month or so, and I don’t need to use it everyday. But for only $3, I can afford to buy backups. Because the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen is a relatively new product, I believe it is only available on the e.l.f. website. I do hope that it will show up at Target soon, though, because it is a really handy little tool.