I remember the days when I first started using liquid eyeliner pens. Everything seemed so awkward. My hand was shaky trying too hard to control the pen. And the ink. Every little movement decided the fate of the outcome. There were countless of times when I wanted to just create a thin, natural-looking line as close to my lash line as possible but I always ended up with a thick line because I couldn't just get the line precise enough. I kept going back and forth to correct it and the last thing I knew I had this huge thick line instead. I simply just didn't know how to maneuver the tip of the pen. It got uglier when I wanted to do a winged-liner look! Of course, I always started with just a small flick on the outer edge of one eye, then move on to the other eye. And every time I looked in the mirror to compare if the wing on both eyes would go upward in the same angle, I was always disappointed. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get them to look the same, or even similar.
Fast forward, now I just couldn't think I'd ever be without liquid liner pens. They are simply the best form of eyeliners. They don't require sharpening like pencils, they don't need a separate brush like gel liners or black eyeshadows. The tip is always sharp, ready, and precise. Of course, there's one caveat. They dry out fast. Well, everything has pros and cons, no?
Oh, back to my experience with liquid eyeliners real quick. What I wanted to say was this thing needs practice! I don't know when it did get better but it sure did get better with time. Just keep on with it, keep making mistakes and trust me, eventually you will get it right. I still wouldn't say I'm a pro right now but I can say I've come way far. I can draw any line I want, thick or thin, with little effort and guess what, the wing on both eyes seem to go up the same angle now, too!
You are probably wondering if I'm ever going to get on with the review. Well, here comes! :)
Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Eyeliner was launched in store back in early August as part of the 122-piece collection. Somehow, it feels like only this eyeliner has managed to be well-loved and most praised among everything else in the collection. And there is a reason for that. The pen comes in a black lacquered packaging that looks and feels very much like a good expensive business pen. It feels sturdy in the hand and is a little bit on the weighty side – definitely heavier than all of the eyeliner pens I have. The cap closes with a satisfying click sound that you can rest assured it won't come off and ruin your bag.
It has a felt tip applicator that is fairly stiff. The tip of the applicator is very thin which is great for drawing precise lines but I can't help but wonder if it will withstand a lot of uses. You know most felt tip pens, after a while, they seem to disintegrate, having small bits and pieces falling off after multiple uses. I sure hope that won't happen to my Marc'er!
The ink is absolutely incredibly black, like I don't think you can get anything blacker than this. It flows really nicely to the tip too so you have a lot of control which in turn makes the application for both thick and thin lines that much easier. The formula is quite wet and it does take more than a few seconds for it to set but once it does, it will not budge. It is also waterproof and will stay pristine throughout the day and night without any noticeable flaking or fading. The only way to completely remove it is to use a dual-phase eye makeup remover.
It glides on so smoothly without any skips. The finish has just a touch of shine to it which I like. This pen was simply very well-designed – the weight and the shape of the tip work together so well for a precise and flawless application. You can just dab the tip between the lashes to get a natural-looking line, or use sideways for a quick eyeliner look, or you can go all out for a dramatic cat-eye effect. This pen is up for any task!
It is on the expensive side of eyeliner pens but it's Marc Jacobs. Do you expect any less? :) The packaging is luxe. The ink is ultra-black. The tip is a breeze to control. There's just nothing not to like about this pen. If you are hesitating, remember you get what you pay for. Better spend just a little more for a quality product than settling with countless of the cheaper versions where performance doesn't even compare. I wish I had something this nice to start my liquid liner pen experience with! It would have saved me a lot of time and headaches. :)