Catrice: Eye Liner Pen Review

The Catrice Eye Liner Pen has left an impression on me and I'll tell you why.

According to Catrice:
Three new Eye Liner Pens for the trends of the summer: night blue, dark green and mystical grey to complement the classic black. All with a professional felt-tip for an accurate line and magical cat-like eyes.

Aqua, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Acrylates/Acrylamide Copolymer, PVP/ Dimethiconyl Acrylate/Polycarbamyl/Polyglycol Ester, Tric 12-13 Alkyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, PVP VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben.
May contain: CI 16035 (Red 40 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

I like this pen. Really, I do.

It's a pen with a semi-flexible felt-tip. The eyeliner is not waterproof but if kept dry, the lining stays fairly intact the whole day. There is a bit of colour transfer to the upper parts of my lid but I won't hold that against Catrice. It's an inherent problem of my eyelids - notice how they fold.

The good points:

• With the nice sharp tip, it's easy enough to do wing-ed eyelining.

• It is reasonably priced, only €2.99 a piece.

• The shade that I have is 060 Black Green, a gorgeous, broody deep green, which you can see in this eye look here.

For this look, I used:

Catrice Made to Stay Long Lasting Eyeshadow - Lord Of The Blings
Catrice feMALE Dip Powder Pen - So Suit!
Catrice Eye Liner Pen - Black Green
GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner - Black Ink (not shown - for tightlining)
Catrice Lashes to Kill Mascara - Black Green

Okay, now, the not-so-fantastic points:

• Again, it has a felt-tip, which can mean that the 'ink' may not transfer properly sometimes, especially if the eyelids are slightly oily. I use just a minimal amount of eye cream if I know I will be using this eyeliner that morning.

• It stains the eyelids! I've been using this eyeliner many times and it doesn't matter if it is applied on bare lids, on lids with a bit of eye cream or on lids prepped with primer, it always leaves a faint stain on the skin.

The Staining
First time: After removal with a normal eye makeup remover, I could still see a faint green line on my lids. I then attempted to wipe the stain off with a waterproof eye makeup remover but nope, that didn't help. After washing with my facial cleanser, I could still see a faint trace of the green eyelining. Vaseline may have helped but I didn't try it as I don't like having petroleum jelly on my eyes. So, I went to bed that night with that green stain (still with about 10% opacity) on my eyelids. Not funny.

Second time: The same thing happened again and it was then that I knew the first incident was no fluke and that my eye cream and eye makeup removers were not to be blamed.

Now: I don't even blink an eye. I know that by the time I wake up in the morning, most of the stain would be gone, probably due to the oils on my eyelids. I also know that the green stain would be completely washed off with another facial cleansing in the morning.

So, okay, I may like the pen and the shade but that staining thing.........very disappointing. I don't know if the same applies to the other shades and I don't intend to find out.

I'm not getting another one of these pens.

Catrice website


나니 said...

It's definitely super black! : D Love it!

Unknown said...

Good to know!
I really love the make up you did!

Witoxicity said...

Umm, it's actually a black green, Nani. :)

Thanks, rockornot. :)

Anonymous said...

Pity to hear about the staining, I loooove your eye look though. Yup I really do! Greens look stunning on you. Take care, nicole x

Anonymous said...

I love the good points you mentioned, awesome colour and a very good price. ;)

Love your eye look hun. You turned me into a green nailpolish addict, but now it's time to get me some green eye shadows. "KTee"xx

Witoxicity said...

Yay, thanks so much, Nicole! I'm always happy to hear that! I have heard of some eye makeup staining the skin but this is a first for me. :)

Thank you very much, my dear! Hee hee, well just like what I said back then with green polishes, go for the dark greens first. They are a lot easier to work with. :)

Kamikazooka said...

I wish I looked at this review before buying it ç__ç I've bought the black one and I can't get rid of those green stains!
Also it transfers when I open my eyes wide (never had that kind of problem with any other eyeliner before)

Witoxicity said...

Hello! I'm sorry to hear that you've got the same staining problem too. Now I know for sure that it wasn't just my particular pen. It's a real pity that Catrice didn't get this one right. :(