ELF Cream Eyeliner Now Comes in a Bevy of Colors! Check Out Swatches and Review

ELF Cream Eyeliner

ELF Cream Eyeliners kind of rock!

I am pretty new to these liners and after the Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Cream Liner I loved so much dried out very soon after opening it (I retract loving it that much now and updated the post), I wanted to try these since I heard so much about them. So far so good!

They come in eleven colors, with three brand spanking new ones I haven’t even seen in stores yet which are: Teal Tease, Golden and Punk Purple.

Initially I bought Plum Purple and Midnight and had been planning on reviewing for awhile. I never got around to it yet, then bought four more colors. So I complied them all into this one post.

ELF Cream Eyeliner 2
Clockwise: Metallic Olive, Coffee, Black, Gunmetal

ELF Cream Eyeliner 3
Plum Purple, Midnight

ELF Cream Eyeliner 4

They do come with a little synthetic angled brush which I don’t love and actually toss. I prefer a totally different type of brush when applying cream liners.

ELF Cream Eyeliner Swatches
Metallic Olive, Coffee, Black, Gunmetal

Metallic Olive is a medium metallic olive color. It’s really nicely opaque and you know me and olive green! ­čśë

Coffee is a medium brown with slight reddish base. This one wasn’t quite as opaque as I would want, a little patchy.

Black is a nice deep creamy black. It’s not as black perhaps as the Wet n Wild one, but it’s not all dried out after opening it either!

Gunmetal is a really nice silvery grey metallic. Creamy as hell.

ELF Cream Eyeliner Swatches 2
Plum Purple, Midnight

Plum Purple is a deep slightly shimmery plum purple color. Very pretty and looks amazing on blue eyes.

Midnight is a very dark navy blue color.


Well worth the $3.00 price tag! I think these are really great creamy liners and I have had two of them opened for 5-6 weeks now, and they are not at all dried up or hardened. I will definitely be looking out for the three new colors also!

Availability: I found mine at Target

Pricing: $3.00 each

What do you think about these? Any colors you like?



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  • September 12, 2011

    What do you use to apply yours? I am having major problems with the one I purchased — it doesn’t go on smoothly. :(

    • September 12, 2011

      Hi Alison,

      I have a small pointed medium-stiff brush from Sephora. I keep meaning to do a post about it!

  • September 12, 2011

    @Alison I soak my eyeliner brush in a little mixture of olive oil and a teeny bit of dish washing soap and it makes the brush smooth and it helps. i took a normal tiny painter’s brush and with a pair of pliers bent it to like what a 45 degree angle and its amazing!!! good luck!

  • September 12, 2011

    Glad to hear that you like these a lot. Looks like they’re pretty pigmented.

    And I’m with you on the brush – not into using angled brushes to apply gel liner. Actually, I like small synthetic brushes that are slightly dome-shaped (not straight and flat) – the ones that come with the Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Liners. Those make it really easy.
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  • September 12, 2011

    olive,coffee and purple r gorgeous..u r soo lucky to have access to these brands :(

  • September 12, 2011

    i use the bobbi brown eyeliner brush. it works perfectly with gel eyeliner. goes on smoothly without any problems.

  • September 12, 2011

    I knew them and Coffee, Black, Midnight and Plum Purple are in my wishlist already.
    The name Punk Purple seems interesting also. I need to check its color and eventually add it to my list!

  • September 12, 2011

    I love the copper one! u better get it! I have some of these but havent used it for a while… just ordered the purple one so ‘ll see how it goes :)

  • September 12, 2011

    I own Midnight and Coffee, and they’re ok! I’d rather spend my money on an Essence Gel Eyeliner though, they’re only 50 cents more and are waterproof to boot, and are way more saturated.
    I appreciate your swatches!!

    • September 12, 2011

      Hi Jenn Staz,

      Where is the best place to find Essence? I don’t know if I have ever seen them in stores!

      • September 12, 2011

        I’m not sure if you have an Ulta near you, but all Ultas have Essence I think. And Ulta sells it on their website, too.

  • September 12, 2011

    I use Inglot bent brush, this one works really well. You need a resistant synthetic brush cause you need to wash it after every application as the product dries stiff in the brush
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  • September 12, 2011

    I love that olive shade!!!
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  • September 12, 2011

    These look great! I especially love Metallic Olive! I will be checking these out ASAP!

  • September 12, 2011

    These look nice – comparable to Ruby Kisses I wonder? are they smudge proof?

  • September 12, 2011

    I bought the midnight, and once I saw how well that worked, the olive, gunmetal, and black and I really like them. I had been using stila smudge pots after an exhaustive search to find something that wouldn’t end up transferring above the crease by the middle of the day (I finally realized that pencils were not my friend) and was thrilled that the e.l.f. worked so well and didn’t cost nearly as much. I use a bareminerals primetime primer (I bought the e.l.f. primer to try as well, but haven’t used it yet) and find that it stays really well.
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  • September 12, 2011

    Oh I like Metallic Olive! What a steal. ELF is hit or miss, but these look like a do.

  • September 12, 2011

    While I do love the ELF cream liners in general, I have had a few come already dried out, and that’s quite disappointing. But I do use the others nearly every day, they are wonderful.

  • September 12, 2011

    These look quite nice. I’m with you on the olive shades. Just adore them on my eyes & on my nails. I have a travel size Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush. It works perfectly. I’ll have to look for these. Thanks for the review. You should do a post of all the brushes you use. It’s always nice to see what brushes others are using. I can always use a new brush or a new use for what I have.

  • September 12, 2011

    These look interesting. I noticed they dried a little chalky in the swatch, but I assume that is because swatching = heavy application.
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  • September 13, 2011

    I own Coffee, Midnight Blue and Plum Purple. Coffee and Plum Purple are amazing, but Midnight applied weirdly. It’s not very creamy and I have to re-dip into the pot a few times to get enough product on my lid.

  • September 13, 2011

    These look cool! I haven’t tried them, but really they are so cheap, what’s there to lose?
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  • September 13, 2011

    Do these ‘set’ after a while? I bought the black one and it was all smudgy, but maybe I should’ve just left alone for a mo!

    • September 13, 2011

      Hi Leah,

      Yeah they do set after a minute or so.

  • September 14, 2011

    could i use these as a base for an eyeshadow or would they crease?

    • September 14, 2011

      Hi kimberly,

      Hmm I have a feeling they may crease, but you could try and see!

  • September 17, 2011

    The only thing I use these for IS AN EYESHADOW BASE and I love them!! I’ve never even tried to use them as eyeliner, I just fell in love with using them as bases and never looked back! They don’t crease on me, I’ve even worn them swimming, and I have oily lids. (Used UDPP under)

    Also – have you tried reviving dried out eyeliners with eye drops Kelly? It works, and it’s so easy!!

  • September 30, 2011

    I have the othet two the teal, bright purple, and a white one, as well as the black, I love the bright colored ones, I use a bent brush too. Wait till elf has free shipping and pick them up, you will not be sorry. Also, I’ve had them for at least 6 months and they are as creamy as when I opened them, I store them upside down idk if that helps but I like to see the colors :). Also there are really water resistent once they dry. Maybe I’ll pick up the olive one.