If there is such a thing as a makeup tragedy, then Sue Devitt Microquatic Lash Line Enhancer is it.
I really wanted to love this felt-tip eyeliner and, in a way, I do. Though Lash Line Enhancer has a incredible, long-wearing formula, it suffers from a major, potentially deal-killing defect.
This product is marketed as a “lash line enhancer” that’s meant to be applied to the lash line where it will supposedly thicken and volumize the roots of your lashes.
However, I think that claim is a bit of marketing magic. When I used this liner, I really couldn’t tell whether or not it made my lashes any thicker. It did, however, create the illusion of thicker lashes…but any good liquid liner should be able to do that. That’s pretty much the point.
Having said that, this liquid liner has a superb formula. Its deep, inky black pigment is neither too shiny nor too matte. It has outstanding staying power that won’t budge for 8+ hours. Furthermore, it actually comes off with only warm water and a gentle face cleanser.
But here’s the product’s tragic, near-fatal flaw: The eyeliner’s delivery system may very well be defective.
I tried two different tubes of Lash Line Enhancer and achieved disappointingly similar results with both.
Strike One. When I tried Tube #1, I got about five happy applications out of it. The felt-tip produced a nice, smooth line that could easily be made thicker or thinner and could achieve a perfectly tapered point. However, it was all downhill from there.
For some reason, the eyeliner stopped dispensing evenly through the felt tip. This resulted in skipping lines and an inability to draw a sharp point.
Strike Two. I gave this eyeliner a second chance, but Tube #2 performed even more poorly than the first. I got about three applications out of it, and then it pretty much stopped working.
Strike Three? Not so fast. There’s actually a solution for making this product work.
The problem with these eyeliners isn’t that they dry out. When you apply pressure to the side of the tip, it will still dispense eyeliner…but if you go pressing this liner on your eyes, you’ll end up with a hot mess.
Instead, if you really want to use this liner, push the edge of a firm eyeliner brush against the felt tip until it’s covered with the liquid liner and then use the brush to apply the liner to your eyes.
Is Sue Devitt Lash Line Enhancer really worth the trouble? This liner’s formula is excellent enough that I can’t quite write this product off as one to avoid. On the other hand, the combination of a defective applicator and a $20 price tag prevents me from fully recommending it.
I’d love to hear from you, makeup moxies. Have you tried Sue Devitt Lash Line Enhancer? And, if so, did you have the same problems with it that I did?