Saturday, March 8, 2014

EM Michelle Phan Scribble Calligraphy Liquid Liners Review, Photos, Swatches + GIVEAWAY

I love eyeliner of all kinds, but EM Michelle Phan's new Scribble Calligraphy Liquid Liners have changed the game! I will share descriptions and swatches of all eight shades here and provide you with comparisons to other matte cream and liquid eyeliners as well. Check out all the details after the jump and find how how you can win a set of your very own!

The EM Cosmetics website states the Scribble was "inspired by the girl who likes to speak with her eyes. Draw your most intense matte line with the unique calligraphy tip: from micro-fine to thick cat-eye." The pigmentation is indeed intense, a one stroke wonder, and it dries to the most matte finish I have ever experienced with a liquid liner. I adore the needlepoint applicator wand, which has not dulled since the day I started using it, and the synthetic Polyamid fabric is soft and very gentle on the eyes. The wand is on the longer end of the spectrum for an eye liner applicator, making it easier to press up against the lash line for a precise, long stroke. Most importantly, the Scribble makes the fine 'kitten flick' liner look, which has eluded me in the past, a two minute routine! Hence, I'm in love.

If you're interested in seeing the Scribble liners in action, watch my video review for quick tutorials of the Kitten Flick v. Thick Cat Eye liner looks here!

Makeup Worn:
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Liquid Foundation in 6
Koh Gen Do Triple Lighting Powder Foundation in OC-1
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in 30
EM Michelle Phan Concealer Palette in Light
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder 
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Liners in Tattoo Black, Black Coffee, Bronze Script, and Snow
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in 29 
EM Cosmetics Waterliner in Black Night
Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Mascara in Black
SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in 11
Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot
Velour Lashes in Guilty, Lashaholic
     *Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% off your purchase!

Zoya PixieDust in Tomoko


House of Harlow White Sunburst Studs 

Wildfox Couture Baggy Beach Jumper 

I only featured four colors in the tutorial, but here are swatches of all 8 available colors! I chose to use one quick swipe of each shade to show off the incredible pigmentation.

My favorites are Tattoo Black, Snow, Black Coffee and Bronze Script. Gunmetal Edge is ideal for those looking for a softer alternative to black, and I highly recommend it to fair blondes. Navy Script pops the most against brown eyes, while Black Forest will highlight hazel and green eyes well. Silver Lining is the sheerest of the eight.

Now, we will begin the comparisons with my favorite two liquid eyeliners, EM's Scribble in Tattoo Black and Tom Ford's Dual-Ended Pen in Deeper. Unlike waterproof liquid eyeliners, these two do not flake or irritate my sensitive eyes whatsoever. Both have velvety-smooth formulas that dry quickly and are equipped with ultra fine-tipped applicators that are ideal for creating sharp cat eye wings. I continue to receive questions about which are the 'best' eyeliners, so I will explore the most requested below:

The Tom Ford Eye Defining Dual-Ended Liquid Liner Pen in Deeper ($55 USD) is the ultimate eye liner junkie's splurge. This pen is the holy grail for those that love luxury cosmetics, and it is the easiest one to use for creating a thicker, bold cat eye. The finely tapered synthetic brush is excellent for longer strokes while the mini felt tip brush is best for detailed work between the lashes. I do layer this one a couple times for a truly opaque, satin jet black finish, so it is my second favorite to EM's.
The Inglot AMC Matte Gel Liner in 77 Black ($12 USD) is a richly pigmented gel eyeliner equivalent to the EM Scribble in Tattoo Black. It boasts a creamy formula that dries down completely matte, also rare for a gel formula. Unfortunately, this Inglot eyeliner smears all over the place and leads to major panda eyes. I do not recommend the Inglot 77 liner to anyone with monolid or hooded eyes, but it will work well if you have larger, deep-set eyes that are not prone to smudging. 
The Sephora Long Lasting Eyeliner High Precision Brush in Black ($12 USD) is a fabulous budget buy. The brush-tipped applicator is fairly precise, though EM's is significantly finer. I love that this is another one of the few matte finish liners on the market, but the problem is that it requires a few minutes to dry down. This makes the Scribble formula worth investing the extra $6 for because it dries down in 30 seconds or less — preventing messy transfer and easy layering. I also found the Sephora formula tends to flake and starts to look patchy after a few hours, especially in the sculpted wing region. 

All three liquid formulas from EM, Tom Ford, and Sephora are not waterproof or water-resistant. I, however, have only experienced very minimal smudging in the tear ducts and outer corners of the eyes. I am very particular about eye liner and preferred waterproof formulas in the past, but I now only alternate between these two. Both are essentials that I cannot live without!

Bottom Line: The Scribble Calligraphy Liquid Liner is my favorite product from the entire EM Michelle Phan collection and is worth every penny!

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  1. Love love love the look of these liquid liners!

  2. Thanks for the great review! Can't wait to try it... :)

  3. soooo beautiful. i don't even wear eyeliner often but these are NECESSARY!!!

  4. Great review! I have been waiting for em's liquid liners to come out and wanted to try them, and getting your blessing has definitely made me want to try them out more! :)

  5. I'm a huge fan of em cosmetic products and I love a thick cat eye look

  6. These look amazing! I have never tried anything from em, but have heard great things and I may have to give these a try. Great Post!

  7. I definitely want to try them and I'm tempted with the 20% off they have till today. I really want some of the colors that are swatched on the site (there are more than 8 colors shown on the different skin tones). I guess I just have to wait for those to come out.

  8. They look superb. Loving it being matte.

  9. Very nice. I wish i owned them all

  10. Ohhmygod. I love black coffee and snow. Rae thank you for the giveaway! Always love your honest reviews! :D

  11. Love Michelle ' s line. Would live to add these to my collection!

  12. I've been anticipating for this eyeliner ever since it first appeared in Michelle's tutorials! I'm a sucker for dark and matte liquid eyeliners. I'm suuuuuper excited for this.

    Also, I'm curious if there's any scent to the liquid eyeliner?

    Thanks for your review btw! I loved it! You looked stunning (as always)! :D

  13. Great review! I have always had trouble doing a cat eyeliner because i find that most of the time it took up most of my lid area and in my preference it looked a little too dramatic for school and i have been looking for an eyeliner that that has a really thin brush so i could fo a really thin precise cat eye and I would love to try this one.

  14. Omg I fell in love with the navy and gunmetal liner, they are really pretty!

  15. thank you sooo much for the review and give away :D

  16. This is so amazing! Love the detailed review of these liners <3 and thanks for the giveaway! Would love love love to try them out :)

  17. Your review is very detailed. It made me curious about the EM liners. Would love to give them all a try. I love that this is an international giveaway. :-) Fingers crossed!

  18. love all ur review <3
    loveeeee all em cosmetics!!!
    im a huge fans of eyeliner cause only by using eye liner could give a huge different and could emphasize the eye.
    i like the eyeliner cause so far i use eyeliner more than eye shadow,
    also love the matte finish of the em cosmetics, it create more clean finish, <3

  19. You review is so nice. Love the tutorial. The kitten flick is cute!. Thank you immensely for this giveaway. Liquid eyeliners are my absolute favorite. It's my staple product. Hope I win!

  20. These look go gorgeous! I am such a sucker for nice liners, and still looking for the perfect one. Wondering how quickly these dry as I have had trouble in the past with 24/7 UD liners and others that would get on my upper lid if not providing enough time for it to dry completely.

  21. I would really loveto win this set!. Its so perfect..

  22. LOVE, LOVE all your reviews!!! Black coffee, navy script and bronze scrip look gorgeous!!!

  23. you do the eyeliner look so perfectly.. makes it look so easy

  24. These liners look amazing. TY for the giveaway and the great review!


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