Marcelle liquid eyeliners: a review

It’s not often that I find a Marcelle product that I can’t stand. In fact, only one other comes to mind. (It’s that darn packaging. Switch it to Annabelle’s and bam! we’re in business.) So, imagine my surprise when I tried out Marcelle’s three new liquid eyeliners and was, well, hugely let down.

What they are: Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pens in Olive, Teal, and Chocolate. Please note that this post does not cover the black eyeliner – I like that one much, much more. But, that’s a review for another day…

The packaging: Let’s start with the good, shall we? The tubes are the same shades as the product, which I personally love as it makes grabbing the right one a breeze. The tip, while quite a bit larger than you’d expect, is still easy to use and delivers a precise line, and the caps seal tightly. All good so far!

Exclamation marks: Marcelle’s liquid liners in Teal, Olive, and Chocolate // Squiggles: Marcelle’s liquid liner in Black. See how the coloured ones bleed a lot more?

following multiple oil-based and oil-free makeup removers & tons of scrubbing

The wear: Aaand here’s where the good stuff ends. Unlike the black liner, which dries quickly and lasts all day, these take for. ever. to. dry. For those of you who follow @thenotice on Twitter, you’ll know that I was complaining about an eyeliner last week – this is it! Eleven minutes after applying Teal and waiting for the line to set, I finally gave up and opened my eyes.

Long story short:

The verdict? Avoid! Avoid like the plague! It kills me to put the “Black List Beauty” label on a product by one of my favourite brands, but… it had to be done. These may be easy to apply and come in cute colours, but the product is (to quote Arianne) “horri-balls”!

P.S. Check out the (not so) awesome stain that Teal left behind, even after two rounds of oil-based makeup removers. I’m going to have to cover that up for days!

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  • Reply vijiis

    Yikes. Sticking to my tokidoki liquid liner pens, I guess.
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    March 1, 2011 at 8:11 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    Whoa — I didn’t expect this to be *that* eyeliner. Horriballs! ;)

    I have not tried these yet, but I will try the ones I received. I tried the black and it was fine, too.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:39 AM
  • Reply Marisa

    Thank you for this review! I almost bought one yesterday while at the drugstore but couldn't decide on the color and was planning to go back today…but not anymore…these sounds awful! I hope you'll review the other new products from the paradisia collection as I'm also interested in the eyeshadow.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    Whoa — I didn’t expect this to be *that* eyeliner. Horriballs! ;)

    I have not tried these yet, but I will try the ones I received. I tried the black and it was fine, too.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM
  • Reply makeupmorsels

    Eurgh! That's very unfortunate, and I definitely wasn't expecting to see Marcelle eyeliners in this post!
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    March 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    I didn't like these when I swatched them at Shopper's. I don't like when it leaves more of a marker-type line. Those kind of eyeliners stain really badly. Couldn't get the swatch off my hand all day.
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    March 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM
  • Reply Angela

    Ahh, total makeup nightmare! One of my biggest makeup product peeves are when they quickly wear off/smudge/crease yet are extremely difficult to completely remove. I guess with all the hits they've had, we can let Marcelle off on a warning?
    My recent post I just discovered your blog after searching for swatches of Hard Candys blushes -D I love it! I did a speedy browse and saw you love teals and turquoises- and bronzes and coppers I love those too and I was wondering what your favorite colors to wear are

    March 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM
  • Reply Ana

    This happens a lot – there are some beautiful eyeliners that are waterproof, I test them… and they end up being ANYTHINGproof.
    Good thing I test them on the back of my hand – some stayed on for a couple of days, all through frequent washing, scrubbing, makeup remover and various oils!

    Too bad, since they're always a lovely colour and the application and drying is a dream (the ones I tested were in felt-tip pens like the ones you featured – Liquid Star Liner from ArtDeco and High Precision Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner from Seventeen Cosmetics).

    May 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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