Review: CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner

Friday, September 03, 2010

This is part 3 in a 3 part series reviewing the new CoverGirl Smoky Eye Look trio of products.

CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen, Black Brown
CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner

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For part 3 of my review of the CoverGirl Smoky Eye Look trio of products I tried out CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner pen. I'd need to caveat this review with the fact that I do not like the look of liquid liner on me. I typically use a cake eyeliner, and may use a pencil eyeliner in a pinch, but liquid eyeliner has never been my cup of tea. I pushed aside my prejudices to give CoverGirl Line Exact a try. Keeping with my attempt to do a scientific evaluation of these products, I switched out my normal eyeliner product with CoverGirl Line Exact, keeping the remainder of my eye makeup just like my normal routine. This is my review:

Packaging and Instructions

CoverGirl Line Exact comes in a pen format that reminds me a lot of a felt tip marker. I have to say, the instructions are woefully incomplete. The outer packaging does not contain even a hint of instruction -- I big negative for this liquid liner novice. The actual product packaging was also devoid of instructions, save for a very small admonition to "shake well" -- which I didn't see until after I attempted to use the product without shaking and got a kind of separated mess of product. I learned the hard way that shaking is very important to getting a well-mixed liner product. While the felt tip pen approach did seem user friendly, the lack of instructions was a big turn off.

Texture and Feel

Once I figured out that shaking the pen was a big, important step, I was able to properly test the CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner. The product did glide on very well, without skipping or tugging. Consequently, I was able to product a clean line without much effort. The color I tried -- Black Brown -- was true to what I was expecting, and dried quickly without affecting the depth of the color. Once on and dried, the Line Exact was comfortable.


Overall, I felt that the CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner produced a clean, precise line fairly easily. I was dismayed with the lack of clear instruction, but I feel I was able to overcome this set back with a little extra practice. I'm still not sold on liquid eyeliner as a look for me, but I think the CoverGirl liquid liner was much easier to use than I was expecting and would likely make a good, affordable option for fans of the liquid liner look.

Part 1 - Review: CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Part 2 - Review: CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast Eyeshadow
Part 3 - Review: CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner

Disclosure: Review samples, promotional information and giveaway items were provided by CoverGirl via Blog Spark; no compensation was received in exchange for this review.