Review: Maybelline Master Duo Liquid Liner

Hi guys!
Just a quick review on some liquid liner I've been playing with lately. It's the Maybelline Master Duo. I have it in a deep blue shade called Navy Gleam. Why is this one liner being called a "duo"? The tip has a slightly round, yet flat "ball" at the end. When you turn it one way, you get a thicker line, and when you rotate the wand 90 degrees, you'll get a thin line. Hopefully this picture explains it-- and I apologize for the lesser quality... my other camera is charging. 
Top left: the flat disk side of the liner, Top right: the wider line that it creates. 
Lower left: wand is rotated to show a thinner tip, Lower right: the thin line it makes.

What I like...
-I'm pretty comfortable using most forms of liquid liner, but something about the little nub on the tip of this one makes it even easier to apply. Maybe that's because the wide line is less precise & doesn't seem to require as much effort to get a straight line. 
-I like the thought that you can get two looks in one eyeliner
-I like the color of this Navy liner. It's a nice shade of deep blue... sometimes the navy liners are too close to black. 

What I don't like...
-The formula. You must shake this up well, otherwise you will get an extremely thin, watery look to the liner. But even when I do shake it up (which I did before photographing the swatches), I found it to be somewhat thin compared to other liquid liners I've used. 
-When I do another layer over the liner to get more full color, I also get a somewhat glossy finish (it was advertised this way). Just personal preference, but I don't like when liners (especially what's used on my upper lashline) have a shine to them... I prefer a matte finish because it tends to look very even & perfect. 
-It takes very little moisture for this liner to wear off. It is not a waterproof formula by any means. 

Final thoughts: I think this product is a good concept, but I don't love the formula. If this had a slightly thicker formula, I think it would be great. I'm kind of curious to try the black... maybe it could be a bit different in consistency compared to my navy? I will not wear this on a day when tears/watery eyes are a concern... it smudges too easily. That could also be a problem for those who deal with eyeliner transferring onto the lid or other parts of the eye. Again, I think the applicator is a cool design. When you turn it to the thin side, it can create a nice wing, but when you feel the need to add another layer due to the thin formula, it can be a bit of a challenge to make the wing look perfect and effortless. 

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  • Severe weather is moving into our area... never fails to make me nervous! Blogging is relaxing me a bit. 
  • Excited to get a visit from my pal Kalee tomorrow!! 
  • It's down to just ladies on American Idol! I thought each of them had a great moment last night... if I had to predict who's going home- I think it might be Amber? Who knows! 


  1. The weather has been weird where I live, its been pretty windy the last few days. Its supposed to be 84 today,I'm not ready for summer weather yet. Great post..

  2. Thank you so much for doing a review on the Maybelline Master Duo liner. I've been "eyeing" it in the drugstore for a while now, and after reading your review, I'm pretty thankful I didn't buy it.

    I love your blog and YouTube channel and am so happy that you have more time to spend sharing all of this with us :)

  3. Wow this looks pretty decent, it will be fun to try out. Greetings from India :)

  4. I predict Amber and Janelle in the bottom 2 and Janelle goes home. Lol but I have prepared myself for a dramatic surprise... so if there was one, in that case, Amber goes home. Dont even know if I made any sense xP

  5. Too bad, as a whole I have liked the master drama line, but I can see what you're saying about the watery line it can make.

  6. Hi Emily,
    Would you please tell me where you purchased your makeup vanity mirror?
    I would really like to have one similar to that.
    Thank you so much!

  7. I love your blog! The tips and products you share are great! You seem to really know what you're doing. I just started a blog of my own and would love for you to check it out! Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated!


  8. I've heard great things about the black version of this liner, but I tried the purple version and almost immediately returned it. It's even worse than the navy, even after you shake it up! It's so liquid-y and runny, and honestly the duo tip didn't even make that much of a difference to me. I didn't even want to try putting something so watery near my eyes.

  9. I haven't tried this liner, but I've heard mixed reviews. You should definitely try the black one just to make sure because I've seen swatches and it looks much more opaque in black. Nice review Emily!! xo

  10. If I remember correctly, Leigh Ann said the black one was almost impossible to get off her eyes.

  11. Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay concealers ?Please do a review on them =]

  12. is it going to smudge?
    i have not trying it,is it similiar to Revlon liquid liner which is i don't really like 'coz it smudge and not waterprof.

  13. Dear Emily,

    Please excuse the fact that the following comments are not related to the topic post or subtopics, but they are makeup/beauty related. I have heard you say on your videos many times that you love lip products. I have a couple I really like and would like to share information on them. The first is called Lizard Lips Lip Balm. This lip balm is my absolute favorite ever! It is so smooth! It feels like you have instantly moisterized lips. If my lips were dry or cracked before, this helps to heal them. And the lip balm smells sooo good! I have Tangerine Dream. Smells just like an orange dreamsicle! Original Vanilla, Smooth Mint, and Raspberry Dream are the other flavors available on their website ( and in stores, such as Riteaid, Safeway, Fred Meyer. There are other stores listed as carriers on their website too. I have never purchased them in store. The first was a gift and then I ordered them online. They sell them in four packs and a twenty four pack only on the website. Oh and I should mention these have no color. I like to apply the balm before I put gloss or lipstick on and before bed too and as part of the morning ablutions. :)

    The other product I really enjoy, it a tinted lipgloss/balm from Jordana. The name is Easyshine Glossy lip color. I have the Berry Colada and found mine at Walgreens. I love these because they are moisterizing, but they also give off some pretty color and a bit o'sparkle. And the smells are great too! I agree with you Emily that a lip product should smell good if it is to be close to your nose! :)
    I have watched many of your vids but not all so I don't know if you already make a review or mentioned these or perhaps dislike them. Anyway, I hope if you have not tried these lip products, you will and love them too. But to each her own and all that matters is the charity and friendships. :)

  14. Thank you for this review! I'm not sure whether to get it or not... It looks quite wet when applied and I don't really want to have to sit there with my eyes closed waiting for it to dry


  15. Hi Emily, I have the black version of the liner and I like it very much! You get a really black line and I haven't had a problem with it being too watery. I recommend you try it! Love your blog and youtube! :)

  16. Hi Emily!
    I was wondering if you have tried or at least come across a L'Oréal liner that is also a duo, but it doesn't have a little ball at the tip. It's just flatter at one side and finer at the other. It's called Super Liner Duo Precision.
    I have it in black and I find it lasts quite some time, with no transfering to the lid - which can happen to me a lot, depending on the formula.

    Anyway, just wanted to share that =)

    Oh! And I love you videos - I tend to always catch up with them when I'm taking a break from studying hehe - and I also love your blog posts.

  17. I have mixed feelings about this liner. I love the thick line it gives and the ease of application, but I'm not a big fan of the glossy finish. It always looks wet. I have oily eyelids PLUS hooded eyes, so I suffer from serious eyeliner transfer to my upper lid. This liner stood up very well one day, but then failed miserably the next. The WORST part is when the liner builds up and gets tacky. My liner was sticking to my lid, forcing my eyes to stay open and making blinking difficult! I freaked out and washed the liner off at work. I will give it a few more tries and see if there is something I can do to make it work. Maybe setting it with shadow?

  18. Nice!!! I decide to choose this one even though it has pros and cons but so what? I like it, that's enough.Thank you for reviewing!!!- Hotmail Sign In

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