Tuesday, February 18, 2014

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Pen Review

Hello there! Long time no blogs huh? Sorry about that. I've been trying to adjust to a new schedule, and I'd say it's slowly getting there. ^_^ So... today I'm going to do a review on this e.l.f makeup remover pen in clear! ~I don't know why there's a color if there's only one kind of pen...~

For those of you who haven't noticed, Walmart has been starting to sell e.l.f products. (YAY!) But no...it's not slighter cheaper, it's still the same price you'd find anywhere else. Since most of their line is still pretty inexpensive, it's not a major problem.

So...you can probably guess where I purchased this product... (that's right...at Walmart!) but you can also find it at Target, Amazon or the official e.l.f site ~here~ as well. Since I can't currently find it at the Walmart site, the direct link to the product at the Target site will be here.  This product is part of the e.l.f. studio line, and is being sold for $3.

What's in the product?

Net wt.: 0.07oz (2.2g)

In the description, it says that this is "infused with Vitamin E, cucumber and Chamomile to moisturize and condition skin".

Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasilosane, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (VE), Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.

Now there's been a lot of products that say "paraben-free", but is parben really a bad ingredient? There are currently many researchers working on uncovering the truth. What are these so-called "parabens" exactly? Well, parabens have been widely used as preservatives for personal care products to help them last longer. Parabens have been "linked" to breast cancer, but there have not been any conclusive results that say parabens from beauty products have caused cancer. We can all agree, that anything used in excessive amounts is never a good thing, so I leave this to your discretion. A note I have to mention, is that if you do have sensitive skin, you should be avoiding parabens in your products, because it can cause irritation and such.

Reviewing time!

I picked this product up on a whim, with no idea whether or not it would actually be good. I have been using it for a couple weeks now, so all my judgment will come from my experiences with it from then to now.

The product has sleek black packaging, with a clear top and a pointed, but not really thaaaat pointed tip. (See picture!) If you have seen those Tide-to-go stain removing pens, this product is about an inch shorter ~perfect size to drop into your purse or makeup bag for travelling! For some reason, the whole felt tip part can actually come out of the pen, but I just stick it back in. Just be wary of that happening; it doesn't seem like the tip is securely in the pen. There's no strong scent to it. If I try really hard, I think I can catch a little bit of a very light lotion kind of smell.

The makeup removing ability is actually surprising to me. It does work pretty well. I like to use it when there's a bit of makeup smudging around the eye area, or for when I make little mistakes. ~I barely apply pressure when using this product~  A gentle pat, a light glide across the area is all you need. The residue the makeup leaves behind on the pen is not something I'm particularly fond of. Think of this as when you use your bright yellow highlighter on wet ink; you get that smudging ink left on the highlighter. This is the same way. In the directions, it says to "clean tip with a tissue after use" and even though you can get some of the residue off, there's still some makeup left in the pen ~which will never go away~ so be aware that it'll happen.

The application is effortless. When I first used it, I used it by the tippy tip, and it's actually a pretty rough tip, so it can feel uncomfortable on delicate areas of your face, especially around the eye area. When I use it now, I never use it by the tippy tip, I would angle the pen horizontally, and use the side of the felt tip to remove makeup.

Overall, I'm going to give this product a 9/10. I think this is a really convenient way to do little touch ups and remove little marks of makeup around your face, especially when you're on the go and you don't have that bottle of makeup remover and q-tips/cotton swabs at your disposal *huehuehue*. I don't like how the makeup will just cling onto the pen and not be removed by dabbing it onto a tissue, but hey, what can you do about it. I can't think of any other way it would work out. For the price, I think this is a pretty good product to have around.

If you decide on purchasing this product, check to see if the pen isn't dried up already, and if the cap snaps on. Do whatever it takes to prevent the pen from drying out! That's my two cents for you.

Hope you enjoy the review! Have a wonderful day!

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