Review: Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen

Today I want to review a product that’s been in my makeup collection for as long as I’ve been using makeup. One of the first eyeliners I ever used was this one by Revlon, which is a felt tip style eyeliner, and costs around ยฃ7 in Boots. I own the colour “Blackest Black” and bought this when I was first experimenting with eyeliner around two years ago (not this exact one, this is a repurchase).

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

I picked up this particular eyeliner because it has a felt tip, which I find is much easier to use compared to other eyeliners which have a brush which can be slightly flimsy when applying and can make my eyes look like a mess. Not everyone will agree with me, but the felt tip applicator is easier for me, although if you don’t like felt tip eyeliners, then this is something to bear in mind.

Unlike many products, this doesn’t have any claims on the product itself. There aren’t any claims about being waterproof, smudge proof, long lasting, etc. This is kind of unusual, but in a way this is nice as I feel I can judge this eyeliner as a ‘blank canvas’ in a way as I can’t say to myself “how annoying, it doesn’t last as long as it says it should” or anything like that. However, I do have my own expectations of what I want from an eyeliner, so I’ll discuss these as I go.

First of all, the packaging is nice and simple: a black pen with white text. Honestly, while it is nice to have nice packaging for a product, as long as it protects the product itself, and keeps it clean and safe to use, I try not to be too picky about how it looks. If it does look good, then that’s a bonus, but more importantly I want it to do a good job so my money feels well invested. Does the packaging achieve this? Yes, I don’t have any complaints about the packaging. The lid secures really well, which is great, and I’ve dropped my eyeliner so many times and it hasn’t broken… yet.

Swatch on my hand.

Swatch on my hand.

The pigmentation of the eyeliner isn’t that great, but I have used worse. If you’re looking for a ‘black as black gets’ kind of pigmentation, then I can’t say it achieves this, despite the name “blackest black”, however, I sometimes feel like I’m partially to blame for this. What I mean is, if you do buy this eyeliner, or any eyeliner in a pen style like this, then make sure to store this with the tip facing downwards so the colour naturally flows towards the nib. I usually forget to check this, and if I’m travelling with this in a makeup bag, this can’t always be done, however this can have an impact on the pigmentation.

Although the pigmentation isn’t amazing, I can’t say it’s terrible. As you can see from the swatch on my hand, it isn’t intensely pigmented, but it does have a decent amount of pigmentation nonetheless. If you have pale skin like myself, this isn’t such a bad thing since black eyeliner can be very difficult to pull off as the contrast between the dark liner and the pale skin can be overpowering (I do not agree with people who say that pale girls shouldn’t wear black eyeliner, I think it can be so edgy and fun).

Eyeliner on the eyes.

Eyeliner on the eyes.

On the eyes, it can be a little difficult to work with once you’ve been using the eyeliner for a while. The nib can wear down a little bit, so the tip isn’t as fine for drawing a thin line, however you can get around this by using an angled eyeliner brush to dab on the eyeliner pen and apply it instead. Obviously, this isn’t ideal and beats the point of the eyeliner, but I find this can be a great solution if you don’t want to throw the eyeliner pen away before it has run out. When it is still reasonably new, it applies well and can be really great for drawing thick cat-eye winged eyeliner. It can be a little difficult if you want a thin line on the inner corner of your upper lash line. As you can see from the photo above, the colour isn’t intense, but doesn’t overpower my eye(s) too much and doesn’t make me look washed out, even though my skin is quite pale.

I have quite oily eyelids, and I don’t find this smudges too badly as long as I use an eyelid primer, or in the very least use my pressed powder lightly on the eyelids to mattify my eyelids before applying eyeshadows and eyeliner. I can usually spend around 4-5 hours at uni and the eyeliner stays put, but much longer than that and it starts to fade a bit.

I haven’t found this irritates my eyes either, which is great because sometimes my skin gets grumpy and sensitive. Yes, I’m convinced my skin thinks for itself sometimes, haha. What I mean is that doesn’t pull too harshly on my eyelids when applying it, and even when it has been on my skin for a while, I don’t normally have any redness.

Would I buy this again? Despite the one I’ve been using and swatched for you guys being a repurchase, I probably won’t buy this again now that I have more experience with eyeliners compared to two years ago. I want something with a bit more pigmentation and can handle being worn through long days at uni, and even at work (I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently avoiding wearing makeup to work) when the air con is fixed. However, I do suggest this for anyone who is new to using liquid eyeliners since it lasts reasonably well, and applies quite well and isn’t too expensive. Also, even though the pigmentation isn’t amazing, it is a good place to start since it washes off easily and doesn’t irritate the eyes.

Have you tried this eyeliner? If so did you like it? Or do you have any eyeliner recommendations? I’d love to hear your suggestions and I’m sure other people would like to read them too. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and if you’d like to, please take the time to see if any of my other posts will interest you.

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2 Responses to Review: Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen

  1. Didn’t try it, so thanks for the review. I do want something a lot more pigmented then this, it’s easier to work with ๐Ÿ™‚
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