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MUFE Graphic Liner, Marcelle Double Precision Liner reviews, swatches, photos | High vs. Low: Two pen-tipped liners you need to know

Marcelle Double Precision pen liner review MUFE Graphic Liner

When it comes to makeup, I sometimes find it helpful to think of things in context of “generations” — like, different generations of eye primers (pre-Urban Decay tone eveners vs post-Urban Decay longevity-improving creams), lip stains (thin liquids vs YSL-type gloss-stains), eyeliner pencils (hard kohls vs waxy gel-creams) and now, liquid eyeliner pens.

These, ladies and gents, are not your mother’s pen liners. They apply like liquid liners rather than markers, they dry down to wonderfully glossy finishes, and–most importantly–they wear absolutely flawlessly all. day. long. with no staining.

PS: Neither of these liners contain silicones, so they’re a great choice if you’re trying to go ‘cone-free but still want something with great opacity and wear time!

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen review swatches photos

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Intense Black ($14.95 CAD)

This dual-ended liner was the very first pen-style liner that I ever fell in love with, and I fell hard. The two tips moderate product flow so that you never end up with tons of liner on your lashes (as you might with a liquid liner), but it wears without smudging or budging for a good 12+ hours — maybe more, but I’ve never needed to test it for any longer.

Marcelle Double Precision Liner swatches review

Marcelle Double Precision Liner swatches

I like this one for its wear, which I find to be better than the Make Up For Ever Liner, but I think that its dual-ended design has a pretty big pull, too. The felt tip is smaller than that on the Make Up For Ever, and is just firm enough to line the eyes with ease (yes, even for winged liner), while the brush tip is very fine and looks like a delicate paintbrush.

Of the two brush ends, I mainly use the felt end — the brush tip doesn’t dispense quite enough product to deliver a really solid-looking wing, though it is excellent at getting the very point at the end of your liner and fading it into nothingness. Occasionally, I need to make two passes with this liner (either end) to achieve full opacity.

» See it worn here!

Marcelle Double Precision brush tip liner review

Marcelle Double Precision brush tip

MUFE Graphic Liner swatches review, Marcelle Double Precision

MUFE Graphic Liner (thin/thick), Marcelle Double Precision felt tip (thick/thin), Marcelle Double Precision brush tip

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner ($24 USD/29 CAD)

This liner has a significantly firmer felt tip than the Marcelle, which means that it delivers a much more consistent result: the line, no matter how fine, is always the same amount of pigmented and opaque.

On the flip side of that equation, however, is the fact that the Marcelle can achieve lines that are both thicker and thinner than those within the Graphic Liner’s range (even with just its felt end), so you have to choose which is more important to you: width or opacity. (There is no wrong answer!)

MUFE Graphic Liner vinyl pen review swatches

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner

I do think this liner is ever so slightly better than the Marcelle, but (and this is a big but) I have two problems with it. One, the cap doesn’t click on; it just slides into place, and I constantly worry that it’s drying out. And two: the formula smells really toxic. Which is dumb, right? Like, logically, I know that something smelling bad does NOT equal toxic, and vice-versa.

But it smells really bad, like a paint or a Sharpie or something, and I’m not gonna lie, it freaks me out a little.

EDIT 11/03/15: This liner has started to smudge pretty badly on me, folks! I think it’s an issue of mascara — if I’m wearing a tubing mascara to “lock in” any stray patches of liner, I’m good; but if I’m not wearing any mascara at all, the Graphic Liner smudges on the top AND bottom. Keep it in mind!

» See it worn here!

Marcelle vs MUFE liquid liner pen comparison review

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner vs Marcelle Double Precision felt tips

The verdict?

I really love both these liners, so I’m going to leave the final verdict up to you (and possibly where you happen to live), but I think beginners and casual makeup wearers will appreciate the brush tip on the Marcelle, while makeup pros will prefer the Instagram-perfect opacity of the Make Up For Ever.

Whichever one you buy, remember that BOTH are very good — you really can’t go wrong here! Instinctually, I think I like the Make Up For Ever more (for its opacity and firm tip), but the scent-free Marcelle liner freaks me out way less.

EDIT: Note that the Marcelle has better wear time for those with oily lids! It does sometimes fade, but doesn’t really smudge or crease; the MUFE will give me “panda eyes” if I’m not wearing mascara.

Availability: The Marcelle liner is available at drugstores & mass market retailers across Canada or online at marcelle.ca ($14.95 CAD); the Make Up For Ever liner is available at Sephora ($24 USD/$29 CAD) and Make Up For Ever boutiques.

MUFE Graphic Liner pen review vs Marcelle Double Precision

The Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen ingredients:

Aqua Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, PVP, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate +/- Black 2, Red 40, Green 5, Blue 1

The Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Black 2 [nano], Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Coco-Glucoside, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Ammonium Hydroxide

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  • I've seldom ever strayed away from Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner because it always worked for me and I was, quite frankly, too lazy to try something else or afraid that I would waste my money on something that didn't work well. While it lasts a long time for me, I find the application a little annoying — sometimes the ink doesn't come out without shaking the pen, sometime drawing over an already drawn line will cause it to be smudged away. Have you tried KVD's and if so how would these two liners compare? Thank you!

    • Hmm. I haven't experienced any of those things with these liners, but it could have something to do with time! (They're only 1-2 months old right now). I haven't tried the KVD, I'm afraid, but I'll let you know how it compares if I do!

      • Vee

        Hi Christine and Rae- Kat Von D's Tattoo liner is my go to liner as well. Only liner I've tried that doesn't smudge and last all day. I have super oily eyelids and I've tried so many liners and this is the only liner that I have ever re-purchased. Of course if there is a cheaper liner that does the same thing, I have no problem switching to it. Do you think the Marcelle one is worth trying out?

        • Hey, Vee! Thanks for the input :) It's always great to hear from another oily-lidded gal!

          If you have access to Marcelle, I definitely think it's worth a try — their online shop does 40% off a couple times a year and they're easy to find in drugstores for 20% off, plus the formula is great. I find it does track a very small amount after about 10 hours when my lids are particularly greasy (if I'm wearing a really heavy eye cream or I take a nap or something), but 19/20 times, it wears flawlessly. For around $10 on sale, you can't go wrong with it!

          Another liner trick that I've found to be really helpful recently is dusting my lids with just a smidgen of silica powder before lining my eyes — it does a great job of absorbing the excess oil for me :)

          • Vee

            Hi Rae, good to know! I'll give it a try when I see it on sale. I'm in Canada so Marcelle is everywhere. I'm new to your blog, the poreraser review brought me here, and it seems like similar products work for us. I really like the Marcelle BB cream as well! I like how you review scents that the products might have cuz I can't do fragrances.

            I never thought to put the powder on my lids first then put the liner. I always dusted them after. I'll give that a try with my liners from the rejected bin. You should definitely give the tattoo liner a try, I don't have to dust them at all for them to stay. Like Christine said though, if you go over the same spot again, sometimes it wipes off the existing line and sometimes nothing comes out.

            Have you tried any pencil liner that doesn't smudge? Or is that discussion for another post? :p

          • Oh you must, Vee! Just a touch of silica powder — I usually just apply it with a fingertip and blend until I can't see it anymore (but my lids still feel silica-slippery). It really helps if you have oily lids, and if you do it first, you don't get a white cast on everything!

            I have yet to find a pencil liner that doesn't smudge (I WISH), but the best I've found so far has been the Senna Cosmetics Ultra Last Eyeliner. It's a little tricky to get in Canada (you'll probably have to order online), but wears better on me than any other pencil liner I've tried!

            PS: Welcome to theNotice! ;)

  • Jaa

    That's just too bad about the MUFE one! I thought it was going to be an all-A review! Does the smell linger, though? If not, it might still be a good one to try! I'm a liquid liner junkie and I like trying new formula! :)

    • I know!! Sorry, dude :(

      Smell doesn't linger; I would totally still recommend it. It's a little off-putting (especially in the morning), but I'm very happy with the liner anyways!

  • Larie

    Lol at the smell of the MUFE! But I am a liquid liner fiend and am always looking for a new one, so I think I will pick one up regardless. And hold my nose.
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    • Yes good. :D I really like this one — it's smell and cap aside, the formula and felt tip are great!

  • mostlysunnybunny

    Hey Rae, the Marcelle one looks particularly promising because it is SO DANG BLACK! I am really more of a gel liner girl. Liquid eyeliners either don't stay on me till the end of the day (especially around my inner corners. Do you have the same problem?), or I have real problems working with them. Oh and also, I like to line both my lash lines and upper waterline with one single product, and I don't like it when liquid liners evaporate on my waterline. Scary thought. Anyhow, I'm glad to hear you like them both a lot! Not sure about the toxic smell of MUFE tho. I'll probably also freak!
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    • YES!!! The squishy tip means that you can get a TON of liner in one pass, and the resulting line is just the most gorgeous, vinyl-finish inky black. Crazy good.

      I have that problem with pretty much all liquid and gel liners, but not these two! Vinyl-finish liners seem to be a good bet for me — I don't end up with a lot of eye gunk (you know, the inky black stuff in your inner corner), and they wear really well until the end of the day. These two wash off like a charm, too; I can get away with just using my regular face cleanser if I'm being lazy :p

      I am terrified of the thought of putting liquids on my waterlines, though!! It totally freaks me out that they bleed into the fluid surrounding your actual eye if the two touch before they're dry :s

  • Xuvious

    Was also going yo request a KVD comparison but the MUFE one sounds great!
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    • I'll be sure to give the KVD a try when these dry out & get back to you guys!

  • I loooooove MUFE eyeliners! The Graphic Liner is a staple in my everyday make-up bag.
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    • It's so good!! I've only tried pencil liners from the brand before (which I tend to dislike on the whole), but this one REALLY impressed me.

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    LOL at the MUFE scent! I was on a liquid liner experiment, and now, I have 3 – Dolly Wink, Bobbi Brown and Eyeko. They're all pretty good, I think. I guess I have to try the MUFE one for the opacity. I guess I could tolerate the Sharpie smell. Haha!

    • Grossest. But the liner itself is so good!! I think I missed your liquid liner experiment post (ugh I have SO MANY blogs to catch up on WHERE DOES ALL THE TIME GO) but I will look for it later — can't wait to find out which one you liked most!

  • Amazing! Love the reviews, and for the record, I love the smell of Sharpies and paint (ahhh all the fumes). LOL. Probably not the healthiest choice, though, you're probably right.

    The Marcelle one looks fantastic for the price. I will probably never use the brush side though, because multiple passes hurt my eyelids.
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    • Hahaha! You were the kid sniffing the glue back in grade school, weren't you? :P

      I find this brush side to be pretty gentle, tbh, but definitely avoid if your lids are super-sensitive. The first few uses are great, but after a few weeks, you really need to go over the line once or twice!

  • sylirael

    *whistling bomb sounds and trail of glitter*

    ROGUE COMMENT DUMP INCOMIIING! Take cover everyone! O_O

    I have a huge soft spot for felt tip liners. Interestingly, this has led me to only ever own one (Lancome Liner Plume), while stocking up on all the pencil liners in ALL THE COLOURS. Is it just me or do felt tip liners seldom come in glitter purple? Maybe the glitter doesn't work through the felt tip and NOW PLEASE TELL ME THEY DO EXIST OR THERE'S ANOTHER PHD IN HERE AND OMG NO.

    The precision brush on that Marcelle one makes me want to turn my whole face into a Dürer-style 'engraved' copy of me with tiny lines, apparently because I have too much free time. Wouldn't that be awesome though? :-D

    *KABOOOM…purple sparkly mushroom cloud*
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    • WOO HOO!!! Rogue comment dumps are the best!!!!

      Tweeted a sparkly purple pen liner at you. It was the only one I could find!!

      Also: YES that would be awesome. I would want to see this. :D

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