I’m very picky about my eyeliners. They need to be pigmented, easy to apply and long-lasting (no one wants that panda look by the end of the day). Spoiler…this offering from Rimmel delivered on none of these criteria.
I liked the idea of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin eyeliner because of its unique nib. The idea is that you can draw thick lines with the side, and thinner lines with the tip (hence the name!). Felt-tip applicators are my favourite and I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately I did not like it at all. The thick side is far too thick for me and the whole nib in general was difficult to use. You have to hold the eyeliner in exactly the right position and angle to access the part you want to use. This made application very fiddly and time consuming.
The applicator was also very hard and un-flexible, making it quite scratchy, almost painful, to use on the eye. This was especially true if you wanted to draw a thin line with the tip. I occasionally use my eyeliners in my water line; I definitely wouldn’t recommend that with this one! Below you can see the thicker and thinner sides of the nib.
The pigmentation also wasn’t great. When I swatched it on my hand it looked fine(as you can see below), however, it wasn’t the same story when I used it on my eyes. I had to go over the same area several times in order to make it opaque. When you want a smooth and sleek line, this is not ideal. Perhaps if you are going for a more subtle eyeliner which you could smudge out with eye shadow, this might be a potential use for it.
Longevity-wise, this product wasn’t too bad. It didn’t crumble, run or transfer and my under-eyes were refreshingly clear by the end of the day! Rimmel claims that the eyeliner is “long lasting, waterproof, smudge proof” and I can’t really disagree with that. The only down-side is that it makes it slightly harder to remove. But I can look past that for an eyeliner that will stay put all day.
Overall, however, I would not recommend this product. There are much better eyeliners out there that will offer easier application and better pigmentation. That’s not to say this wouldn’t work for you though – eyeliners can be very personal! Let me know if you’ve tried this one out.
Difficult to apply
Not very pigmented