Maybelline Master Precise Defining Black Skinny Gel Pencil Review+Swatches

 Maybelline's new Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil is a "waterproof automatic gel eye pencil featuring a 1.8mm micro tip for sharp, precise application. Effortlessly glides on smooth for up to 24 hours of wear". These super thin eyeliner pencils are available in three shades, I picked up Defining Black. The Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencils contain only 100mg of product, a fraction of the size of most pencil eyeliners, and costs around $8 at drugstores and major retailers. Maybelline is not cruelty free. This eyeliner was made in the United States.

 The Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil comes in a narrow hot pink pencil, the product name is printed on it in black lettering - very eye catching; but that's pretty much where the compliments end. The Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil's tip is extremely small, as you'll see below compared to two average size eyeliners, but the "always sharp" tip is actually flat. The bluntness of this pencil's tip kinda negates it's minuscule size, because it makes it very difficult to get right into the root of the lash comfortably. Of course, this pencil's tip will round out after repeated use, but it's hardly "always sharp". My complaints don't end there! This twist up pencil is not retractable - don't get curious to see what 100mg of product looks like, it will not twist back down. I've seen a few bloggers also mention that they had an issue with this pencil crumbling and breaking, but I haven't experienced that. Packaging does not seem to be recyclable.
 Maybelline's Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil has a smooth but slightly dry texture; it applies easily, but it doesn't quite glide on. While the Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil lays down opaque color on the skin, it isn't my favorite for the waterline, where it's color payoff is less intense, it takes a couple of passes to get a solid black line. This gel pencil isn't particularly smudgeable, and it becomes unmovable after just a few seconds. For the most part, Maybelline's newest eyeliner wears well on me, without fading or smudging, but once again it's performance is less impressive on the waterline. The Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil transfers from tightline to my waterline, and will occasionally run down onto my lower lash line or collect in my inner corner - not a cute look. Maybelline calls the formula waterproof, and I'm inclined to agree - this gel liner can be very difficult to remove, and requires an oil based product for a complete and stain free removal.
 I love a rich, deep. inky black eyeliner - something Defining Black is not. This is a softer, matte black with decent pigmentation. Additional layers will yield a deeper color, but when I'm working with just 100mg of product, I don't want to draw on layer after layer to get the color I want. 
 I really wanted to love the Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil, but between the packaging flaws, poor value, and less than jet black color, I just can't. That's not to say that this product doesn't have some good attributes - it wears well, has a nice enough texture, and the tip is extremely small. Whether or not Maybelline's Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil is for you depends on a few factors - how dark you prefer your eyeliner, how thick or thin do you like your liner, and whether you apply it to the eyelid, waterline, or both. Be careful to take these things into consideration before purchasing the Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil - you're paying a lot for very little product. I'll finish this gel pencil, but I wouldn't repurchase - it doesn't meet my needs, but it could meet yours.

Dimethicone, Ceresin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Stearoxy Dimethicone, BHT, Silica, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Tocopherol. May Contain: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77266 / Black 2.

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