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Battle of the Eyeliners: Soap and Glory Vs. Primark

As anyone that knows me (or has ever seen any photos of me ever) knows… I wear a lot of eyeliner. A lot.

Over the past few – now FOUR – years of my life, I’ve worn some variation of a winged eyeliner look every day. Every. Single. Day. And for even more years than that, I’ve been wearing black pencil, kohl eyeliner on my eyes. 

For many, a bold eyeliner look is staple for their fashion. For me, it’s a necessity. Suffering with Trich has meant that I have come up with 101 ways to cover up bald patches, gaps and lack of facial hair, meaning that eyeliner has been my saviour for many years.

So, to (possibly?) start off a new series, I’m going to be comparing liquid eyeliners, from high-end to drugstore, all the way to £1-eyeliner-what-the-hell.

So, without further ado, let’s meet the first contender! *cue John Cena theme*

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Primark’s P.S Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen in Black (£1.50)

As simply named as it is designed, Primark’s entrant into the running is a plain liquid eyeliner pen in matte black packaging. And at £1.50, no matter the quality, you can’t really complain, can you?

Soap and Glory’s Supercat Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen (£6)

I have heard so much about this product from my time on the internet. From bloggers to vloggers and Instagram-gurus, everyone seems to be obsessed with Soap and Glory. And, while this is the first product I’ve ever tried from the famous brand, I can see why. Their branding is simply fantastic, the designs of products are beautiful and so catchy and unique, and they’re known to give customers high-end quality, for drugstore price.

I was given this eyeliner for Christmas by a family friend and was, obviously, very grateful. Not only a very “me” and thoughtful gift, but also because that meant I could finally try it out. And try it, I have (And by that I mean I’ve worn it 99% of days since Christmas).

The Comparison

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As you can see from the swatches above,

Colour: 

While the pigmentation and colour of both ‘liners could seem the same from a short distance, if you really look, there are definitely some differences.

Our Primark number is slightly less black, and seems to bleed out into the skin a lot more than the Soap and Glory. However, these miniscule differences are only visible if you look really closely, and are really fussy.

Ease of Application:

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This factor is quite important to me when choosing an eyeliner, weirdly enough. I find that, while the colour and quality of many cheaper eyeliners are comparible with the more high-end versions, the way they apply is very different. If an eyeliner is too hard to apply, it can stretch the skin around the eyes and cause some pain and irritation.

Saying this, the Supercat liner is extremely easy to apply, goes on as smooth as silk and I have no issues whatsoever, whereas the Primark eyeliner pen does feel quite tough on the skin and you do have to push quite hard to get product to pay off. If you have sensitive skin on the eyes (for example, have eczema or other skin conditions), this may not be for you.

The Wing:

Both of these products, the Primark and Soap and Glory, have very similar applicators. They are similar sizes and are the same material, meaning that the look you can get from them are very similar. While some prefer the Supercat Skinny to the Supercat Liner, I prefer a chunkier wing, and this definitely gives that, as does the Primark P.S Eyeliner. So, if you’re looking for that sharp, super thin wing then these probably aren’t for you.

Durability:

The Ultimate Test. For this to be a real honest review for you guys, I actually carried out a little experiment. And I filmed it…

Overall:

So, overall, there were good and bad qualities of both (wow. What a shocking revelation, Jess.)

Ultimately, it depends on what is most important to you in a product. If you’re looking for something that can stand the test of tears, then go for a liner thats a bit more durable, which I found to be the Primark eyeliner. Howveer if you’re looking for style and quality of formula then I’d go for the more expensive option in this case, if you can guarantee that when you’ll be wearing it, you won’t come into contact with water or liquid of any kind.

Thanks for reading, guys! If there are any eyeliners that you would like me to test, review or compare then let me  know and I will absolutely do that! Also, what are your favourite liquid liners? Give me recommendations!

Thanks for reading,

Jess x

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