Review: Maybelline Master Duo Liquid Liner
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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